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Blood of the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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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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The author does an good job of throwing a witch in hiding Jessie, and a sexy missionary Silas together. Only problem being that both of these characters lie to each other throughout the book. Jessie lies to save herself and brother. Silas lies because his Church follow the won't suffer a witch to live philosophical slant. Now for a missionary he sure does take the lord's name in vain a lot. He even has sex in a ruined church. Missionary is a term for sanctioned killer. I honestly did see any good guys in this tale, except Jessie and Matilda who are just trying to survive.
I didn't like the character of Silas, but I don't have to like a character to really applaud the world building and plotting. I do want to know more about the Church and it's beliefs, the author defiantly hooked me.
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. Silas is a perfect foil, an agent passed his prime, certain this will be his last mission, and doing his best to avoid the undeniable feelings that he has for Jessie. I loved his single minded dedication to the mission, and also to protecting Jessie. Fans of urban fantasy as well as paranormal romance will love this exciting new series, and Ms. Cooper's writing is not for the faint of heart. She paints a gritty, violent picture of the future, and I'll look forward to returning to it again and again!
The hero -- you hate him, you want to love him, you can't love him, he's determined to kill the heroine and her brother. You fall for him as hard as he falls for her.
The heroine -- you want to yell, Don't love him, stop that, don't stop, love him more!
The writing is crisp and sure and carries you along, you don't want the book to end. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
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Actual rating; 4.5 Stars
Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper is the first book in the Dark...Read more