Venomous Craving Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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In this battle of the galaxies, Earth has been nearly wiped out of its inhabitants, and most are contained in a Human Preservation Breeding facility and treated like lab animals. They are not considered free but as slaves. When she was three, her family and many others escaped and had lived in the forest. For twenty years, she has known freedom but must always remain vigilant to prevent capture. Unfortunately, while hunting, she will become the captured prey. A free female human is one of the most valuable commodities and worth the fortune of entire planets.
Karian was the Commander in Chief of the Eok armies when he was captured by Cattelans and has been held in a cage for the past ten years. What a shock when a human female enters the escape pod, and together they escape the Cattelan ship, but for how long.
“Humans are like unicorns and mermaids. Only fools claim they have seen one.” “She was a unicorn, a mermaid, and a golden goose if there ever was one.”
The plot will have Rose and Karian escaping their Cattelan captures, but for how long. All escape pods have a beaconing signal. Convincing Rose to free him from his cage prison will take precious days that endanger them to be recaptured. She will finally give in and free him, and they will butt heads countless times, she is a huntress and doesn’t take orders well. He wants to protect her, and her smaller body cannot handle the harsh climate of the Saarmok moon. Together, they will have to learn to trust each other.
“Karian’s terrible warrior face was drenched with the blood of his enemy, his fangs exposed and bloodied. He wasn’t a creature of nightmares. He was the creature nightmares were terrified of.”
Together, they will fight to the death defending each other from predators, until Karian’s people can rescue them. But the fight has only begun as Trade Minister Knut claims he has claims over Rose as a human of Earth. Because Rose saved Karian’s life, he has pledged his to her, a life for a life. When he publically claims he in a mating ceremony as his mate, he shocks everyone, claiming her as a bloodmate, one that is not only for life but includes his own life.
The story has betrayal, deceit, good versus evil, control, kidnap and capture, life and death, survival, passion, determination, and a love story. There are a few sex scenes, but not overly explicit.
“They were tired by more than just flesh. His soul was branded into her, his bones knitted into hers. They were two parts of the same soul. “
When they crash and she can see, she finds out Karian is a Eok, a member of a deadly warrior species, and is afraid of releasing him from the cage. They have to work together to survive and escape the slavers. There is lots of action for Rose throughout the storyline and she is shown to be a courageous huntress willing to fight for those she loves.
Rose has a lot to learn when they return to his planet and we learn about his society. My only issue with the book is when Karian loses his teasing and word play in the middle of the story and how he keeps Rose in the dark about some things. I guess it was needed to demonstrate the difference in the cultures where fenales were protected because of their scarcity and the difficulties Rose faced being a huntress and independent by nature.
I enjoyed the bad guys being BAD guys and the drama in the storyline. All in all, it was quite an adventure and I can hardly wait for the sequels about his 3 brothers, I hope!!
Regardless of this plot hole, I will be eagerly waiting for the next book!!!