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In my months of reading urban fantasy I have learned that these stories come in flavors--the range going from lighter, more relaxing read to dark, bleak stories--bordering, if not tragic--that elicit strong emotion. To me, Blood Wager is above the midline. It is not the darkest in the range (the darkest series I have attempted so far are books by J.A. Saare (Rhiannon series). In common with all is the creation of a world, with its rules, in which the characters must live.
Some have criticized the changing of viewpoint in this book (first to third person and back). I had no trouble with this. It is a style of writing, and like any other can be done well or done poorly. I found her style easy to read.
For the story itself, I must give Connie Suttle credit for writing such an emotionally compelling novel. I found the beginning to be original, definitely spiking my curiosity and desire to continue reading. I found myself drawn into the story and invested in the primary characters, their development, and their fates. I have a major issue, unfortunately.
Here are my overall impressions. 1. I genuinely like Lissa. She is somewhat different than heroines of other UF books I have read--she remembers her humanity and her life as a 46 year old human. And why should she not? She ends the book with only three months experience as a vampire.
Some have been bothered by her seeming weak. To me, her actions, thoughts and emotions fit with a character with her beginnings and experience. As for her surprisingly fast and intuitive development as a vampire, coming from a person who hours before did not know they existed--yes, this seemed unbelievable. She had to adapt in a hurry, but her adaption was too smooth. She knew too much, as the fact she could compel people and make them forget, and how to get her meals without killing, etcetera. But this is not an essential issue in my opinion.
Lissa went on to develop some surprising traits, such as fearlessness in the face of danger and fighting ability. (No reason to assume those things come naturally once one is a vampire). She dared to step in front of bullets in spite of having been a (human) middle-aged housewife only weeks before, and with no certainty that she would live. Yet she remained essentially herself, ethical, compassionate and loyal, with human emotions of loss, despair and fear for her fate. It is the weaknesses inherent in her humanity that put her at risk.
2. Consistency. Some have mentioned plot holes, many of which might better be qualified as continuity errors that normally should be caught by a copy editor. I did see some, and I saw some things that were considered plot holes by others that were in fact resolved in the book. Lissa's employer, for instance, did know that Lissa was a vampire from the beginning of her employment with him, but this was not made clear until later in the book, and the first mention of this was somewhat equivocal--something along the lines of her employer having had her background checked and discovered she had a false identity. This also answered why no one seemed as concerned as one would expect over Lissa's gunshot wounds. As for errors that I did find, an example was the fact that Lissa revealed she could do mindspeech to Gavin earlier in the book, and yet when she did it again later he was shocked.
3. Other characterization. Some could have been better defined, but for their purpose in the story, this was perhaps not necessary, as they were used mainly as props in the story to reflect Lissa's development. Several were important, however, including Gavin. And with all of my reactions to this story, I have the most issue with Gavin.
This is revealed in the beginning of the story: Gavin is an assassin sent by the Vampire Council to kill Lissa, as she is considered a rogue and must therefore die. It is his behavior in the end of the book, and subsequently Lissa's, that disturbed me. This may be enough for me to discontinue reading the series, unfortunately, as I was very compelled by this story until that point.
I do know what is sometimes said about "rules" in fantasy worlds such as in vampire stories. Another reviewer of this book said it was in the nature of vampire society to be harsh in ways of justice to protect their world. But there really are no "rules." An author is responsible for the world she builds. After all...vampires are (gasp!) works of fiction.
Please do not read this next paragraph if you wish to avoid a reveal. This is an elaboration of something I have already stated.
In the relationship between Gavin and Lissa, Gavin alternately kept his distance, then did not. His conflict was easy to see. However, when fulfilling his ultimate duty, he was extremely and unnecessarily harsh and cruel. As experienced as he was, and especially with his supposed emotional investment, he should have known what was excessive and could easily have been compassionate. Perhaps saddest of all, no adequate explanation was made of his behavior. He had acted as Lissa's friend, so his actions were completely unforgiveable. And for Lissa especially, forgiveness should never have been in the equation.
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So, sadly, I am ambivalent about continuting this series, in spite of how much good there is about this book. Some things are sticking points for me, and the dénouement of this book hit one of my hot buttons. Any man, alive or dead, should protect who he loves, not abuse them. For Gavin, I can't imagine what might transpire in the remainder of this series that could redeem him. Many other readers clearly feel differently, but if you are sensitive to this issue, be advised.
Lissa was having a really bad day. Understatement, as her beloved husband had just died that day and before the day is out so does Lissa. I guess you would call becoming a vampire dying of a sort. And all because two bored vampires decided to make a wager about her becoming a vampire. Her adventures begin when she wakes up alone and escapes the locked room she finds herself in. It doesn’t take her long to realize what she is and that she is totally alone in it. She literally has to start from scratch with her whole life AND grieve her husbands death. From learning how to feed to having to find a job with no ID, it’s not easy for Lissa. She was 47 when she died, when she woke up she looked 23 and completely different so there is no going back to her life. How she goes about her new life, job and new friendships makes for a really great read.
You know those series that even though you just finished one book, you immediately buy the next one and the next one until you run out? That’s what’s going on with this series for me. My TBR stack of books can just sit there awhile while I enjoy these books. Oh there’s a few things that are confusing a bit here and there but for the most part this book sucked me in and never let go. Of course there’s some love interests along the way but that’s not in the forefront of this book. And sometimes that is a good thing because you know you have a whole series to explore that especially since she is a new widow. The author has created a world where vampires and werewolves live among us,albeit secretly. Lissa manages to become involved in both of these worlds. Both worlds have power struggles, politics and their own systems of reprimanding their members-this was some great world building I must say! I loved this book and the next one, Blood Passage, that I am reading now is just as good so far. These have been out awhile and that’s good because there’s several out there to read-and no waiting! I rated it 4.5 stars. Originally posted on PureTextuality.com on 06/21/2013