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Blood of the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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From the Back Cover
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.
As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.
A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.
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Top Customer Reviews
_Blood of the Wicked_ is the first in the Dark Mission paranormal romance series by debut author Karina Cooper. It appears that each installment will be self-contained and focus on a different couple. The setting is an alternate future: witches existed and were known to exist in the story's past, and then when disasters struck the world's cities, the witches were blamed for the cataclysms and are now hunted and burned. In New Seattle, built on the ruins of today's Seattle, we meet our hero and heroine.
Silas is a witch hunter on the trail of a violent coven. To that end, he seeks out Jessie, the sister of one of the coven's witches, Caleb. He finds her tending bar in a strip club and, to make a long story short, the two end up hunting Caleb together. Silas intends to capture Caleb and have him executed, while Jessie believes her brother is innocent and plans to save him instead. But Jessie has a secret: she is also a witch, and if Silas finds out, it will mean a death sentence.
Cooper's writing is for the most part very good. New Seattle and the alternate history are interesting, and Cooper skillfully depicts the wet, cold, bleak, chaotic world her characters live in. You don't even realize how well she describes it until the characters reach a beautiful, wholesome sanctuary that is the polar opposite of the city, and until they are thrust back into New Seattle after that brief idyll. Some of the geographic descriptions and fight scenes can get a little confusing, and Cooper has a few "pet words" that she overuses ("roil" comes to mind), but overall the prose works well.Read more ›
The story is set about 50 years after a series of cataclysmic events changed the face of the world. Many blame witches for the near-armageddon. And they are persecuted relentlessly. Jessie is a witch in hiding. Silas is a witch-hunter, determined to find Jessie's brother, Caleb. He targets Jessie, not because she is a witch (he doesn't know that she is), but to help track Caleb.
Silas and Jessie are undeniably drawn to each other. He has been hardened by his life, and is worn down physically and emotionally. He's been off the job for 14 years, doing other things. (And it's never really clear to me how "The Mission" got him to come back to find Caleb.) He thinks all witches are evil and with the exception of Jessie, it looks like he's not entirely wrong. You would think that because he's the heroine's brother, Caleb is really a good guy who has been unfairly targeted. You would be wrong. He is horrible. But Jessie doesn't know that. Just as Silas is using her to track his prey, she is using him, hoping to find her brother and save him.
I think my biggest problem with this book was that I found myself confused by some of the world building. I understand that a new Seattle was built above the rubble of the old, and only the upper class live above ground. After a time, I figured that city below ground was the remnants of the Old Seattle (?Read more ›
I loved Blood of the Wicked. It's categorized as Paranormal Romance, and there are certainly some steamy scenes (very steamy), but the action takes front and center, and I really enjoyed the author's rendering of a post apocalyptic Seattle. Seattle has been built up in layers since earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, and all manner of "natural" disaster, supposedly caused by witches, nearly destroyed the earth. Humans have rebuilt, but vast wastelands still remain, and the lower levels of Seattle remain full of danger. Ms. Cooper provided just enough world building to whet the appetite, but she has plenty of material to mine in future novels. Jessie is smart and tough, but is still very vulnerable from years of living off the grid to avoid persecution.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the first book in this series... It was hard
For me to put it down..
This review first appeared on Books That Hook on June 11, 2014
Actual rating; 4.5 Stars
Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper is the first book in the Dark... Read more
I was caught up in this story of good versus evil, or what some considered evil. I believe there is good and evil in all of us. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Monica Pulliam
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So much of Blood of the Wicked caught me by complete surprise. Nothing was as I assumed it would be. Motives were far different from what I imagined. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by The Jeep Diva
I'm definitely a fan of paranormal romance novels, but this book... It grabbed me by the throat forcing my eyes to the page and I just COULD NOT STOP reading. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by MarywithHugs
This one hooked me when I read the blurb and decided to give it a whirl. I am a sucker for unique backdrops and world-building which is what drew me to the genres who specialize... Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Sophia Rose
I tried this book on an off chance because the preface sounded interesting and found it to be very intriguing!! Looking forward to reading more novels by this author!!Published on January 5, 2013 by Carolyne
This book has it ALL. From the plot to the characters to the writing, the author never misses a step. Her universe is true and interesting and palatable and I want more. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by ETNRedClay