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Blood Rights (House of Comarré) [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Painter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gothic fantasy meets vampire fiction in this debut novel from
Kristen Painter - full of politics, intrigue, and blood.


Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.


Editorial Reviews

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""Prophecy, curses, and devilish machination combine for a spellbinding debut of dark romance and pulse-pounding adventure."" ---Library Journal Starred Review

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Painter scores with this one. Passion and murder, vampires and courtesans - original and un-put-downable. Do yourself a favor and read this one Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author Breathtaking prose, enthralling storytelling, a rare find. Painter is a major talent! Gena Showalter, NYT Bestselling Author A world full of rich potential. Excellent! P.C. Cast, NYT Bestselling Author Kristen Painter brings a sultry new voice to the vampire genre, one that beckons with quiet passion and intrigue L.A. Banks, New York Times bestselling author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series

Product Details

  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0073R3Z6O
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9P1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book in the House of Comarre trilogy by Kristen Painter. The second book, Flesh and Blood, is supposed to release in Nov of 2011. The third book, Bad Blood, is scheduled to release a month later in December 2011. This was a great book. There are some very creative ideas in here and some great characters; it made for a wonderful and engaging story.

Chrysabelle has spent a hundred years serving as a Comarre to a high ranking vampire. On the eve of her test to escape service by combat; her master is killed. This leaves Chrysabelle free but she is also forced to flee since she is suspected of murdering her master. Now Chrysabelle is forced to try and blend in with the human world until she can clear her name. When Chrysabelle tries to get help she runs into Mal. Mal is a royal vampire who has been declared anathema. Mal and Chrysabelle don't get along well, but working together may be the only way they can both get what they want and clear Chrysabelle's name.

This was a very well done book. The world created is interesting. The book is set in the near future, 2060 I believe, most of the common things are recognizable but some of the technology has changed quite a bit. With the futuristic setting the book ends up being a pleasant blend of sci-fi, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and mystery.

The most intriguing part of the society Chrysabelle comes from is the House of Comarre. The House of Comarre has a lot of secrets, some you find out in this book but there is still a lot of mystery involving this group of individuals. The whole idea behind the Comarre is fascinating even at face value, but when you find out about all the mystery behind this House it becomes an even more fascinating and engaging idea.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A new way of looking at vampires September 28, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will admit it, when I picked this book, it was all about the cover! I know we all say "don't judge a book by it's cover" but be honest . . . we do! And this cover is spectacular. It just jumped off the computer screen for me! It immediately filled me with a feeling of mystery and beauty - and I found it all in the pages of this book.

Blood Rights are set somewhere in the future but you will not find this reflected in any of the scenes in the book. The world feels very real and very now . . . It is also labelled as an Urban Fantasy (not a genre that I usually prefer) but I felt that everything was mostly about the characters. There is lots of action off course but you will not be disappointed with all the romantic tension between Chrysabelle and Malkolm.

This is the first book of The House of Comarre series and we are introduced to the world of the comarre. We are only allowed to see fleeting glimpses but what a world it is. It is such a new view of vampires and all their companions that I hope much more of this world will be revealed to us in the books to come. You will see vampires in a whole new light.

Chrysabelle has been comarre (or blood slave) to her patron for a hundred years. On the night that she hopes to be set free, he is found murdered and she becomes the number one suspect. She flees into the open world and into the arms of Malkolm, a vampire that has fallen from grace. But has she now run into the arms of even greater danger?

Malkolm is one of the most tortured souls that I have read in a long time - both physically and mentally. He has been cursed to kill all that he drinks from. His body and soul are covered by all his victims and sometimes they force their way out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was initially drawn to Blood Rights because of the breathtaking cover art - I preordered it immediately, unsure what to expect, but hoping to get a bit of enjoyment out of the story at least. This book far exceeded my expectations. What I found within its pages was a pulse pounding adventure story, with a good helping of mystery, with great world building, likeable characters, and a smoking hot romance.

~ Premise ~

Chrysabelle is one of the Comarre - a woman trained from childhood to be a companion, and blood source for vampires. Much like the geisha's the Comarre are taught to be graceful, gracious, learned, and well spoken, and are then auctioned off to the highest bidder - a patron from one of the great vampire noble houses.

When Chrysabelle finds her long time vampire patron dead, she is accused of his murder and the theft of a valuable artifact, and forced to flee into the human world. She is hunted for murder and theft, and for being what she is - a Comarre - a status symbol and source of pure, empowering blood. Beset upon at every turn, Chrysabelle enlists the aid of the oh so very sexy Malkolm - a outcast vampire noble, with a dark past. Together they work to untangle the complex weave of lies and politics surround her patron's death, and the importance of the artifact that the other nobles seem to covet so desperately.

~ World ~

While the world building in this book isn't breaking any new ground, it was very tight, creative, and well thought out. This story focuses primarily on the vampire world, and that of their blood slave servants, The Cromarre.

The author put a lot of work into creating the politics, magic, and structure of both her vampire houses, and the Comarre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but ending was a bit rushed
Pretty good start to a new series. Although this takes place in the future (just over 50 years in the future), there are very few items mentioned about a "futuristic"... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Wendy Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars stimulating read
Found it very well written, touched areas other authors have not done before.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I like how this book is different from other generic vampire story's. I will continue reading it's got me hooked
Published 3 months ago by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start into a new series
I like the idea of the Comarre that's why I got hooked up. The characters are well defined and it is easy to love them or in some cases to hate them :-)
Looking forward to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I liked the story and the main characters. Some of the plot line was a little confusing, but I enjoyed reading it.
Published 11 months ago by Vicki Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Start to a great series!
I love the new characters and the POV the story is told in, however I am hoping that the main character will mature some. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. McMullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read******
What a well written series! Blood Rights was a free download and from there I was hooked, purchased the rest of the series! Money well spent on this author!
Published 11 months ago by Becplants
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Rights
I was impressed with how much I liked this book. I thoughtbit was going to be just like all the other good vampire and damsel in distress books! The story is actually really good! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Adrenaline!
Loved it...kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time and I can't wait to dive into the next in the series!
Published 12 months ago by Stephanie J Hickok
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Twist to Vampire Stories
I really liked this book. It has a world I haven't seen before with its vampire nobility and comarre...those created to supply pure blood...at least on the surface. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor where she loves to interact with readers and on her blog: http://kristenpainter.com/blog/.

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