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Out for Blood (House of Comarré) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the House of Comarré Series

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Praise for The House of Comarré series:

"Gripping, gritty, and imaginative. If you love dangerous males, kick-ass females, and unexpected twists, this is the series for you! Kristen Painter's engaging voice, smart writing, and bold, explosive plot blew me away. Prepare to lose some sleep!" --- Larissa Ione, New York Times 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

"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

"Kristen Painter's Blood Rights is dark and rich with layer after delicious layer. This spellbinding series will have you begging for more!" --- Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author

"A world full of rich potential. Excellent!" --- P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author

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

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 her readers and on her blog, http://kristenpainter.com/blog/.
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Product Details

  • Series: House of Comarré (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316200174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316200172
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OUT FOR BLOOD is the fourth book in the House of Comarré series and I really enjoyed it. The pace was quicker, the POV changes were handled more smoothly, and the plotlines were integrated much better.

Chrysabelle has had the Ring of Sorrows melted down and stitched into her skin as signum. It is giving her some odd powers, but she is still more concerned about searching for her brother. At least she has a lead now; she believes it is Damian, the comar kidnapped by Daciana and Tatiana. He just happens to be in the same place as the half-vampire child, Lilith. The KM are determined to have the child and they are not above forcing Chrysabelle to retrieve her.

At the beginning of the book, I was worried that Mal and Chrysabelle's relationship had devolved, but Ms. Painter quickly turned it around and finally gave us the smoochies we had been waiting for. I really enjoy Mal and Chrysabelle as a pair; they work well together and are dedicated to one another. I loved seeing them both finally admit to their feelings. There were some really beautiful moments between the two of them in this book. The ending was a complete game changer though and I already cannot wait for the next book.

Fi and Doc were sweet together as always though I don't think their story has finished playing out. I feel like there will still be repercussions from the events in this novel and especially from the mate fight in the arena. I can't wait to see how Doc develops as pride leader.

I'm not sure I see how Yahla was really necessary for the plotline, but I am happy that a new KM section chief has been appointed at the very least. A basilisk, who would have guessed?
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The first House of Comarre book in the series was great: a tight plot, nice world building and a lead hero and heroine who had depth. Unfortunately, each succeeding book has been worse and worse and I finally gave up on this series with this book.

Chrysabelle's actions become more selfish and childish as the series progresses. In the first book, she seemed like a strong character with depth, but each succeeding book opens with her brooding in her house and deciding to embark on another adventure for poorly explained motives.

The first book focused on only a few characters to good effect. However, this last book took the cake as nearly every character-major and minor-had a storyline that needed to be followed, expanded upon and needlessly discussed. And the ending of the book had me rolling my eyes-too obvious and dramatic. It felt like I was reading Twilight.

All urgency from the first book lessens as the series progresses. Everyone makes a big deal about Samhain and the breaking of the Covenant but those events take a back seat to all the character drama.

The main plot of the book could have been intriguing but between all the meandering threads for the ever-increasing cast of characters, it got lost. All in all, I felt like I was reading a really bad soap opera.
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I no longer think of the House of Comarre as a series, I think of it as a saga. The world is so rich, the characters so well drawn, the plot so complex, that it has taken on a life of its own. Lots of new things happen in this book, not the least of which is Chrysabelle's new ability to come back from the dead, a power gained by using the sacred gold from a ring of power to re-apply the signum to her skin. At least I have no more sleepless nights wondering how she will match the life-span (no, make that death-span) of Mal--a vampire, cursed, yes, but still destined to live a long time. Ms. Painter's world-building skills are awesome and if you've not read the earlier books in the saga, I urge you to pick up Blood Rights (House of Comarré) and get started - it won't take you long to catch up, the books are too compelling to put down. If you have, like I, devoured this book within days of it's release, alas, we'll have to wait impatiently for the final episode from Ms. Painter's talented pen.
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Out for Blood is the latest in Painter's House of Comarre series. Last year the first three books were released in consecutive months to each other and now it's been about a year since Bad Blood has been released. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't remember everything that had taken place up to this point. Painter does a good job of recapping the events of the previous books without boring us down with an info dump.

Like the previous books, this book picks up right where Bad Blood left off. Crysabelle has just returned from the Aurelian trying to get the name of her brother, but the Aurelian "killed" her. Or tried to. There's still a lot to learn about the gold Crysabelle tattooed into her body. I was a little worried because Crysabelle starts off the book very spiteful and mean (especially to Mal) and I was worried that would be the theme for her the entire book, but it wasn't. That would have brought down the whole book for me, if there was such a character departation as that.

There are a lot of voices in the story. While it still is mainly Mal and Chrysabelle's story we get a lot of other POVs. Painter does a wonderful job of balancing these different characters out. She also has a great way of keeping the reader engaged by knowing how to end a sequence in just the right spot so you keep reading until you get back to that point and its conclusion.

The ending of course leads us into the next book Last Blood. I assume, by the title, that this is the last in the series or a least the last in this story arc. I look forward to the next book. Painter set up some very interesting twists by the end of Out for Blood and I can't wait to see how they all get tied up.
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