- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425235475
- ISBN-13: 978-0425235478
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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Demon Blood (The Guardian Series) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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Brook brings together two broken heroes in the high-stakes sixth Guardian paranormal romance (after 2009's Demon Forged). Manipulative but kindhearted Rosalia, an angellike Guardian, has a plan that could save the world's vampires from demons--or see them all destroyed. To succeed, she needs the help of vampire leader Deacon, who betrayed his friends in a failed attempt to save his community. Though her cause is good, Rosalia's efforts to manipulate Deacon uncomfortably mimic the actions of the demons who destroyed his life. Working together kindles a fiery attraction and steamy love scenes, but romance stalls as both think themselves unworthy of love. The characters are appealingly vulnerable, though the dialogue is occasionally awkward. The story also ties up overarching plot threads from previous entries, and while fans won't be disappointed, new readers may have trouble following the action.
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"Brook's characters leap from the page. Deacon is the perfect hero, tortured but worthy, and Rosalia is just the woman to save him. --RT BookReviews
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Few heroes have had more to overcome than Deacon-and he has a long, hard road to travel to get himself back. Sometimes with the "tortured hero" you just want to scream, "get over yourself!" but if you've read the previous book you know what a huge task it is. Brook doesn't make light of this and for the first third of the book Deacon is very raw and angry, and you GET IT. I'm glad she didn't just gloss over the issues, but made Deacon and Rosie both work very hard for it, and it came off as very real. I love both of them. They are perfect.
Rosalia is a mad genius. I mean she is the "Bobby Fisher" of the Guardians. She has the endgame figured out before the first piece is moved on the board. And she IS love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,and self-control. But I'm glad that Gemma and even Deacon caution her about becoming a "doormat" and she gets mad often enough to save herself from that moniker.
Ms. Brook is starting a new steampunk series and I hope it does well, but NOT at the expense of this series. I literally dreamt about this world that she has created, its just so vivid. And Michael and Taylor....I sincerely hopes she doesn't leave him where he is much longer. I can't take it and I want him OUT of there!
I love this particular book in the series, it is so wonderful to see a feminine, motherly seeming heroine who is also a brilliant strategist.
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I really enjoy the Guardian series and I was counting the days til I received my pre-ordered copy of Demon Blood. I devoured it within a day or so, and then went back to read it again to make sure my initial impressions still held. I found the book to be satisfying, although a little uneven. It's definitely not my fave book of the series, but I'd have trouble telling you which one is.
Lately my favorite parts of these books are actually the subplots. Taylor's struggle with Michael for control of her consciousness is both frightening and fascinating. And how can anyone help but love little Khavi with her yellow slicker (Demon Forged) and potatoes? She brings much needed comic relief to this particular book, but not enough. I was looking hard for Lilith (and Sir Pup!) in this one, and I was surprised to see they were left out. I would have appreciated some follow up describing how she was adjusting to demon-hating Irena leading the Guardians. I think there's potential for some real humor, conflict and growth there. I assumed Meljean gave Lilith the position she did so she can be worked into the majority of her books. Hopefully Demon Blood was just a fluke in that respect.
I'm not a huge Deacon fan. I can understand and sympathize as to why he is as angry and vengeful and miserable as he is, but realistically I dislike people who lack the self control to exhibit some poise or common decency towards others even while in pain. His treatment of Rosalia was crude and cruel at times, even as he hated himself for it. The story of him rescuing her way back in the day didnt do enough to balance his character; I could have used some additional evidence
to prove he was more than an emo jackass.
Maybe Rosalia's personality was too close to my own for me to adore her as much as I did Irena, Savi and Lilith. Although towards the end she came to the realization she deserved someone who would trust and respect her, I had a hard time watching her accept such callous treatment from Deacon and even the people in her life. That being said, her calculations and manipulations of others went beyond
what I was comfortable with. I really expected Deacon to have flipped out a little more upon discovering she was the driving force behind his vampire transformation - regardless of whether he ultimately made the decision or not.
I felt their romance was a bit frustrating and sometimes tedious. I really prefer when couples have to overcome "obstacles" rather than their own stupid selves to achieve their happily ever after. Because there wasn't really any looming, immediate threat on anyone (besides Michael gunning for Deacon through poor Taylor) the book revolved more around Deacon and Rosalia's tense interactions, making the subplots a welcome relief from the constant animosity and sexual tension.
The sex, as always, was great. And finally - the p-word! lol I will admit that when her inexperienced characters try to have sex, the awkwardness
is very real. Sometimes too real - but really, that's just good storytelling. It would have been interesting to play up Rosalia's virginity more. (I'm assuming she
was, although it was never said explicitly.) That could have been a much needed point of tenderness and revelation between the characters.
The editing needs improvement. I think Meljean is brilliant and creative and funny, but someone needs to let her know when she's written a 57 word sentence that's so convuluted the meaning is lost. (p106) Furthermore, it's easy to lose track of who's saying what during extensive dialogue. (Guys, I'm not a rocket scientist, but I swear I'm not a complete idiot...) I love these books and I read them meticulously. I highly doubt her proofreader is paying closer attention than I am.
I have a feeling so many people have complained about her "showing" rather than "telling" that the author made an extra effort to address this tendency and ended up with some obvious and unecessary statements that really ruin the mood and flow of the scene. Other times the complexity of what's occuring could really
use a few clarifying lines. As talented a storyteller as she is, her editor/publisher needs to step up their game to make sure her final product does her abilities justice. It's frustrating to have to re-read paragraphs to figure out what's going on.
All in all, I really did like the book though I know my review is a tad critical. The plot itself was fascinating and I'm so excited for the next installment.
* Also, if the author reads these: I'm sorry if referring to you as "Meljean" offends you. "Ms. Brook" just seems really stiff and formal. Also, I adore you. Never stop writing! Kthnxbai.
Both Deacon and Roalia are wonderful, flawed characters. In particular, Rosalia is the type of character that in a different author's hands would just turn into someone you'd instantly dislike because they're so perfect. But Ms. Brook really does a phenomenal job of really highlighting the very human flaws that she has. She and Deacon are an amazing couple. Given Deacon's history, it was hard to see how he would be redeemed, but the author pulled this off and then some.