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Product Details

  • Series: Novel of the Half-Light City (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464583
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“M.J. Scott will have you hooked from the very first page."
(Keri Arthur)

About the Author

M. J. Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction.

When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else's. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and fabric.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fantasy Investigations on June 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't realize that BLOOD KIN didn't revolve around the same characters as book 1 so I was kinda sad to start reading it and find that out. Lily and Simon still have roles but BLOOD KIN revolves around Holly who is a half Fae thief and spy and Guy who is a Templar Knight and also Simon's brother.

Holly despises the man that fathered her but when he puts a geis on her she has no choice but to spy on Simon to find out his secrets. Guy is trying to keep Lily his brothers wife out of danger when Holly who happens to be a spy falls in his arms. Holly cant tell Guy why shes really there but they end up teaming up together with the hopes that they can help each other out. I didn't feel as connected or invested in the characters outcomes but I still enjoyed Holly and Guy's journey together. Their attraction to each other is apparent from the first time they lay eyes on each other and it steadily grows. It was great that M.J Scott was able to continue the storyline from book one while introducing a new love interest and also keeping the original characters involved.

Out of the two books Book one SHADOW KIN is definitely my favorite but BLOOD KIN was a good addition to the series. The world building of this series is still fantastic and there is plenty of dangerous situations thrown in. I'm not sure who Scott plans to write about next but I hope all the characters will still be involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on June 5, 2012
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Holly's life has never been easy as her Fae father abandoned her for her limited magic skills and left her mother so devastated that she can't even function. Yet, bound and determined, Holly found a way to use her skills with charms and glamour to carve out a decent life for herself as a spy. Sure she may be on the wrong side of the law, but she her mother's care is expensive, and espionage pays well. Everything changes won't she falls (literally) into the arms of Guy Ducaine, a Templar Knight firmly on the side of all that is righteous. Never in a million years could she have foreseen the coming events that would not only have her teaming up with a Templar, but also questioning everything she has ever known.

Just like in Shadow Kin, out of the two love interests, it is the woman who is the one with questionable occupation and morals rather than the man. In so many paranormal romance novels, there seems to be a recurring theme of the "bad boy". The sweet naive role played by so many females honestly gets a little tiring at times. In fact, a lot of the time I find myself leaning more towards urban fantasy novels to avoid this issue, even though that means missing out on the love stuff that I enjoy. So having the role reversal in this series is utterly refreshing as it gives me the best of both worlds with a kick butt heroine and the yummy love stuff too. Now don't get me wrong, the guys in these books are anything but weak willed, they are just firmly on the right side of the law. So it's fun to see how they react to their opposite. It definitely makes things interesting, that's for sure.

I knew there would be fallout from the ending events of Shadow Kin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RabidReads on August 30, 2012
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I was a little sad to learn that each installment in the Half-Light City series showcases a different couple; after having really enjoyed Shadow Kin I was reluctant to say goodbye to Lilly and Simon. However, I decided to give Guy and Holly the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, much to my chagrin, I found Blood Kin to be only a so-so read. The female protagonist in this book didn't manage to capture my interest the way that her predecessor did and the plot isn't nearly as compelling. I did enjoy the politics and the Steampunk-y feel of Scott's universe and am interested in seeing if this series evens out in 2013 with the third novel.

My feelings towards this book's characters are the opposite of what I felt towards Lilly and Simon. In the first novel I adored the female heroine but didn't care for the male protagonist overly much while as in Blood Kin I fell in love with Guy but only had lukewarm feelings towards Holly. I wonder if Scott planned it that way? The Templar Knight was very, well... knightly, as you'd expect. He's honorable, loyal and a devote practitioner. It was interesting watching him take a walk on the "dark side"; from learning the fine art of spying to tackling the slippery slope of inter-racial politics. He's the ultimate good guy and Holly is tasked with helping him step away from his comfort zone which proves to be as entertaining as it is traumatic.

Half-Light City politics are once again front and center in this story. Tales of deceit, backstabbing and power plays abound; all key trouble causing ingredients. Holly holds an interesting position in their society because she doesn't really have any allegiances; basically whoever is willing to pay her is considered a friend for the duration of their contract.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookwatcher on August 7, 2012
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continueing from the first book without one needed to read the first book, it is an ok story of another forced into dangerous work. The girl falls right into the guys arms at the very beginning and ends up bound by her fathers fey magic to go against him and his family. a happy ending of sort and its always interesting to see anothers view of the fey court
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