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- Print Length: 85 pages
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- Publisher: Katarr Kanticles Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F7YF3RY
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In this tale, Nin has been installed at Pale Rider, and is "playing house" (sans some benefits)with Xan. He is called upon by his blood brother, M, and yanked back into the family business. He is to eliminate some outlaw vamps down in Texas at a little bar named Traitors. Of course we all know how fond his memories are from his last trip there. He and Nin run into a few snags ... one that results in a bullet hole in the back glass of the Camaro, and another that results in a broken windshield (this one was courtesy of a deer and the bad driving habits of a fleeing vamp). Xan also loses his Zippo lighter out the window of the Camaro as they are leaving Traitors. Interestingly enough, the bar went up in flames. Go figure ;)
We are left with not a cliff hanger but perhaps a slippery slope, and hope that we will see more of this series SOON!
I read it twice back to back just to soak it all in, needless to say I can't get enough of this series or Xan!!
Xan is the perfect anti-hero; funny, snarky, a little slow on the uptake and sometimes so loveable that you forget he's an ass kicking vampire with a past as an assassin that has yet to be fully revealed. He's laying low as a bass playing musician in Pinecliffe, Colorado, trying to live as normal a life as he can when he's ordered out of retirement to make a hit in Texas. Nin, a different clan of vampire than Xan, tags along, adding to the tension of the job since he cannot trust her...or his undesired attraction for her, especially since she's already betrayed him once.
This story is a wild ride, told from Xan's perspective and has enough dips and turns to keep your interest piqued from beginning to end. Carrie Clevenger's writing is, as always, smooth, dotted with musical references, car love, deceptively romantic, va-va-va boom sexy, and offers a delightfully fresh perspective on the vampire mythos that leaves you begging for more.
Can't wait to read more.
And make sure you check out Crooked Fang and Blood and Fire to catch up on Xan's adventures.
In Traitors, the newest novella in the Crooked Fang series by Carrie Clevenger, Xan finds himself on a road trip to Texas to hunt down and dispatch a group of vampires. No questions asked. Along for the ride is Nin, the nesferata, and the strange but inevitable pull of their pseudo-relationship.
The other members of Crooked Fang are absent for this short as is, for the majority, Pale Rider itself. Instead we’re treated with watching Xan squirm under Nin’s flirtation and the burgeoning hope of happiness for our wayward vamp.
The action is light in Traitors with the main focus being Xan’s ties to an ancient vamp who still pulls his strings. The inevitable fight scene was much tamer than I expected but it concluded the story nicely. Xan had to come to terms with the fact that he’s no longer the complete Billy Badass he once was and that his time serving his bloodline is far from over.
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I was asked to review Traitors, and because it was a short story (78 pages) I started it late the same night I received it, and finished the rest the next morning over breakfast. Yeah, I always seem to pick just the right stories to read whilst eating!
What irks me is the fact that I haven't read any of this author's previous work, so I'm seriously bummed out. Surely you can tell by that sentence alone that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've said this a few times, but there's nothing more fabulous than reading something by a completely new author and upon starting, I know I'm going to enjoy it. As I did with Traitors.
Carrie Clevenger has a way of writing that immediately pulls you in. She also has a way of making her characters so interesting, you can't help but end up liking each and every one of them. The really bad guys, too. You also have to love the band's name, Crooked Fang, which just happens to be book one's title. I'll need to read this one somewhere along the line as there's obviously history I don't know about. There's also Blood and Fire. Honestly, have I been living under a rock? No, just been busy, but still.
Traitors is edgy, on the money and this short story flows like water down a stream, never once stopping. The writing style is fabulous, at no point abruptly stopping but constantly moving from one scene to the next. Much like another author I absolutely enjoy (Emma Meade who also writes paranormal) although Carrie is a multi-genre writer, there is no extra anything to fill up pages. The story is told in a way that's exciting, entertaining and to the point. I love stories where I'm not left feeling like something was missing, but stories that by the end I know I want to read more about.
Traitors was awesome. Xan Marcelles is super cool, and yummy. He's quirky and snarky too, and I adored him. I loved the fact that he's bummed he has to carry out a hit - well a few, but quickly reasons that sitting at Pale Rider doing nothing is boring, so what the heck. Besides, he doesn't really have a choice. What 'M' commands, he must obey. He might as well make the best of the situation he's been forced into. Nin who pretty much keeps the place looking pretty, is his 'friends with benefits' kind of friend, although he's constantly weary of Nin due to some history between them. She's a dark horse as far as I'm concerned. I like Nin, but I get this feeling that she's sometimes too quiet. I wouldn't exactly trust her fully, but she did have Xan's back.
Xan ends up taking Nin with him, and they hit a few snags along the way. Besides the hits they need to carry out, feeding is a concern. What I liked with these vampires are the differences between them. Some have fangs that retract and are able to walk in sunlight, others like Xan have permanent fangs and the sun is no friend. Makes for an interesting dynamic.
I can't really say more than I have, because then I'd give everything away. It ultimately ends with the Xan accomplishing what he set out to do, with action scenes throughout the book delivering time and again. The story and Xan's character delivers on the humour, too. I'd hang around with him in a heartbeat! This story is by no means at an end. At least I know I want more. Carrie Clevenger is certainly an author I will be keeping my eye on. Loved!
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