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How can you resist someone as powerful as Jask when he deems to give his attention whatever the agenda? His focus is a challenge Phia fights to break but not even her own agenda matters when the underlying violence and passion directs itself into love against all odds dictated by the bleak and harsh world they live in. Their love story is intense, sensual and sexy. I have loved Kane and Caleb but there is something so humane and deep in Jask that makes him a favourite, he is a breath-taking alpha male.
The plot really does thicken and it is fascinating. There is a complexity that is quite frightening because at the heart of it the believability is there in the turning of every page and unfolding events. The behaviours make sense, power and greed are addictive and those that succumb brutal, callous and oblivious to anything that matters. I can't wait to see where it all goes but mostly I can't wait to see if it gets any better. I personally am sure it will.
Great book from an author who knows how to use words that manipulates us into giving our full and undivided attention.
I've often wondered why the Blackthorn series resonates with me so much more so than the majority of Paranormal Romance fiction. I've mentioned the series straddles the line between Urban Fantasy and Romance several times but it's more than this. This volume made it all finally "click" with me. Why do I like the Blackthorn series so much? It's because the book manages to embody an almost untouched variant of my favorite genre.
In the nineties, a particularly specialized zeitgeist emerged in fiction. After Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire and White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade, there was a brief surge of fiction defined as Gothic Punk. Like cyberpunk, it was a conflict between the rich and powerful elite versus the poor downtrodden masses. Except, instead of cybernetics and computers leveling the playing field, it was supernatural powers. Elder vampires oppressed young ones while both oppressed the living. Werewolves fought against vampires while fighting each other.
While I wouldn't call Blackthorn a Gothic Punk series, I will say it resurrects the best of that sub-genre and puts its own unique spin on it. Lindsay J. Pryor's world is filled with fantastically corrupt officials, both human and monster. Urban segregation is a daily part of life with the so-called Third species forced to share their living space with the worst of humanity. The protagonists are those individuals who maintain a shred of idealism (Caitlin, Lelia, and now Sophia) or those who have to play by the world's corrupt rules (Kane, Caleb, and Jask).
Blood Torn follows Sophia and Jask butting heads about the inequities of the world. Unlike the previous protagonists, who were largely apolitical, both of Blood Torn's heroes have strong opinions on the way things are run. Sophia blames the vampires for the sorry state of the Blackthorn district, ignoring the fact its humans are every bit as slimy as the worst of the undead. Jask, on the other hand, believes it is the people in power in the Midtown and Summerton district keeping the Third races oppressed.
I'm quite fond of Sophia and think she's probably my favorite heroine of the series. A highly intelligent young woman, she's dead wrong about 90% of her opinions but you can see how she's reached most of her conclusions. She's a lot more equal in terms of power and will to her romantic foil than previous heroines (who were usually grossly outmatched). I also enjoyed Sophia's ill-advised attempts to play the role of the serryn seductress despite being relatively chaste.
Jask Tao is a much more measured character than either Kane or Caleb. Whereas Kane was obsessed with revenge and Caleb with his (poor) place on the vampire totem pole, Jask has more sympathetic concerns. He's interested in protecting his pack first, second, and last. Having established a comfortable position in the Blackthorn district, he doesn't wield near the authority of Caleb or Kane but has enough to intervene on behalf of his fellows.
Unfortunately, unlike vampirism, lycanthropy is a dread curse in this setting. Incredibly painful, it requires a regime of pills or herbal supplements to keep at bay and Jask's pack is running short this month. This vulnerability is something we haven't seen before in Ms. Pryor's series and provides a nice contrast. Watching him try to be the toughest dog on the block and dominate Sophia, only to fail miserably because she's the kind of person to break before she bends is a delight to read.
New readers should be warned that Blood Torn is not just an episodic installment of the series. It is one which ties directly into the previous two volumes. I thus recommend readers pick up and read them before they try their hand at Blood Torn. This is doubly so because several plot threads introduced in the earlier works come to a head. The ending of the book surprised me tremendously and promises drastic changes for the setting.
Fans of Blood Shadows will be pleased to know we get a few scenes starring previous book heroine, Caitlin Parish. While she only has a small role to play, we get a sense of how her life has changed since the climax of the original volume in the series. I won't spoil her situation for readers but, as in all forms of punk, being good sucks. There's also some hints as to what is happening with Caleb and Lelia but neither makes an extended appearance. I expect for both of them to show up in Blood Deep.
In conclusion, I find Blood Torn to be yet another excellent addition to the story. The increased focus on world-building as well as the settings politics intrigued me while the romance wasn't scrimped upon. I think of the three couples introduced in the series so far, Jask and Sophie are the most "realistic" (for what value said word has in a world of vampires, witches, and werewolves). While there were some elements I didn't much care for, including Jask's resolution to a long-standing personal problem, the rest of the book kept me entertained. I am eager for the next volume and hope it comes out soon. Expect a cliffhanger, readers!
This part of the series punched me in the gut. I thought it had the most angst of her series so far. In some places it totally ripped my heart out and felt myself shedding tears. The book has to be good to do that to me. (I’m a tough guy…not really! But it was awesome! I love angst!)
I think one of my favorite lines in the book is the “Vampires might bite, honey, but lycans tear.” Gave me shivers.
I really felt for Jask—it kind of surprised me after ‘Blood Shadows.’ I didn’t expect to like him after the ending of that book. But wow, did Pryor change my mind! She seems to have a way of doing that.
Discovering that Blood Deep, coming out soon might not be the end??? I’m so excited! I can’t wait. Whatever she decided to do I’m definitely on board!
--Kara Lee Lovell, author of Demons of Granite Rock
We finally meet Sophia. The middle sister right after she learns that she is now a Serryn. She scared and confused. She doesn't know what's going on which makes her vulnerable and her tough girl act keeps her safe while trying to figure it out before Jasks figures out the truth.
Speaking of Jask. Yummy. He's dark and moody but as the story goes on, you get these glimpses of great kindness. He's one you want by your side.
This really becoming a great series. After reading book 1, BLOOD SHADOWS, I'll admit, I didn't think it was all that, but the ending really got me curious about book 2, BLOOD ROSES, which just blew my mind, and now book 3, BLOOD TORN - well, I'm addicted so bring on #4!
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