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Blood Curse (Branded Trilogy) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 14, 2014
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About the Author
Kat Flannery's love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She's been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon's Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat's other two books and both have made bestsellers lists. BLOOD CURSE is Kat’s fourth book and she is currently hard at work on her next. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. Website: www.katflannery-author.com
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intriguing Chick Literature
I admit I was expecting a continuation of the story of Otakatay and Nora. I was pleasantly surprised... I really liked the strong female character of Pril and the explanation of gypsy folklore. The book starts out a bit slow but miss Flannery's writing gets stronger as the action builds to find the daughter... There are twists you don't see coming bravo to miss Flannery on this front. the fight scenes are a bit much however. I enjoyed the budding relationships of Kade, Pril, Red Wolf, and Tsura. Pias and Silas are two great Villains... Thanks for entertaining me again!!! ****out of 5 STARS.
I was stirred by the raw emotionality and imagination of Lakota Honor, and this second book continues with the same successful panache. It is obvious that Blood Curse is well researched by its interesting historical details and engaging settings. The main characters are multi-dimensional and, most notably, their inner worlds are talentedly revealed by Flannery. Reading her, I sometimes almost think she is some distant relative of Dostoevsky. Also, the twists in the novel are genuine and keep the reader suspended right through to the denouement.
I highly recommend this book, not just for its notable contribution to an excellent series, but for its virginal denudation of its characters' hearts and souls.
Yours in literature,
While Kade vows to protect Pril and the child, this goes against his original plan and when he develops feelings for Pril, they’re not entirely welcomed. He has to focus on his task… Although it’s becoming increasingy harder as he can no longer deny the attraction between them.
The story was solid and well-researched, and the characters were amazing, in particular Pril. She was strong and capable, and extremely brave. The writing was excellent and immediately, I felt like I was part of the story. Fans of paranormal romance and historical romances will love this book. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Pril must hide her adopted daughter, her sister's child, from the evil ones who want her dead. Her other niece has just been killed, and she knows they will come after Tsura next. She sets a spell around the child to protect her from harm. She must keep her child alive if it is the last thing she ever does. Tsura is now the Chuvani, the new enchantress, since her true mother was killed four years ago.
Kade Walker approaches Pril's gypsy camp needing to find out information. When he meets Pril, he immediately believes she is a liar and a fraud. She taunts him by asking him if he is afraid, so he enters her wagon. They get into an argument, Tsura enters the main room and sends a wind so strong that it propels them through the doorway, knocking Kade unconscious and breaking one of Pril's ribs.
Shortly after this a fire breaks out, and Tsura disappears during the chaos. When some of the other gypsies turn on Pril, she asks Kade to help her find her daughter. But, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire? Kade has secrets and--little does Pril know--they involve her daughter. Will Kade prove to be her savior or her enemy?
The pacing of this story is excellent and kept me turning the pages. The premise for the book is a strong one, and I became vested in the heroine from the first page. I rooted for her and wanted her to achieve her goal of finding her daughter before any harm could come to the child. In fact, this is why I continued reading the book. Kat Flannery is very good at writing action scenes and pulled me in from the beginning, and the fear Pril feels for Tsura is palpable and intense. I could easily see the heroine's goal, motivation and conflict.
However, I do not like the hero for much of the book. Possible because the author does not fully explain his goal and only alludes to his motivation for a good portion of the story. Now, I did understand his internal conflict, but not the external until much later in the story, keeping me from becoming vested in the hero. At fifty percent of the story, I viewed Kade as a villain, instead of the hero, even though it was clear he would turn out to be. Finally, the author does give the reason why Kade is seeking Tsura in the later part of the book.
While this story is entertaining, it is set in the wrong time period. Gypsies did not come to America until the early 1850s. Another problem for me: She mentions that the Salem witch hunts were still fresh in people's minds, yet they occurred in 1692, thirty-one years before 1723. I suppose there were still people who remembered them, but I doubt they were strong memories. Another issue is: Much of her terminology is way too modern for the period this book is set in, and the telegraph machine was not invented until 1837 by Samuel Morse, yet she has one of the characters say he would send a telegram. While some form of telegraphy existed from 1792, if did not exist in America and certainly not in 1723.
Now, let's deal with whether this is a true historical romance. For me it is not. Even though the story does have a happy ending, I never could see this couple falling in love with each other. For much of the book, Kade refers to Pril as Gypsy in a bit of a derogatory manner. The romance is contrived and thrown in the book haphazardly at best. There is no sexual tension in this story, no longing to be with each other, nothing. They kiss one time and then again at the end. The epilogue for the story does not mention the hero or the heroine. It is there simply to set up the next book in this series.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy most of this book, and I never saw who the real villain would prove to be coming. I was completely surprised. If you enjoy fantasy and witchcraft with plenty of action, then this may be a book you will want to read, but if you want a romantic love story with factual history, then I would not suggest this book. Happy reading!
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