Review: Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for. Or die.
Combining sizzling passion and dark, sinfully seductive vampire heroes, Lindsay J. Pryor’s writing is an exciting new find for those who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
If you’re a fan of J.R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole or Felicity Heaton then you’ll love Lindsay J. Pryor’s books too.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
This book left me with something of a dilemma, what do you do when you found half of the book spectacular and half of it mind-numbingly painful? I opted for scoring it three stars but I’m still unsure if this is fair, although whatever I did with this I don’t feel it would have been right one way or another.
I wanted to read it as I love books with a Paranormal slant, I enjoy reading books by several of the authors mentioned in the blurb above so was interested to see what Lindsay J Pryor had to offer with this, the first in her Blackthorn series.
It started very well, with strong characters and description. The story looked to be going well and there were merging storylines and hidden motives which were looking to make this an interesting read. Then Caitlin gets kidnapped by Kane.
I guess for some who prefer the romance element this is what the purpose of this book is, for me paranormal romance infers to me that there will be a strong storyline with a romance element. What I found with this book was that the romance element all but took over for probably half of the book. There are endless pages of dialogue and descriptive text between the two characters.
The intention of this was to build the tension and chemistry between these two characters, complete opposites (of course). I found it tiring and distracting, hoping for the story to pick up again at some point. Eventually it did towards the end of the book, with some interesting twists.
The basis of the underlying story was brilliant, the idea of a world where supernatural creatures exist on different levels. That there is a creature which chases souls within a family, that the world could be split so supernatural creatures are under human rule. There were so many things I loved and so many aspects which could have been developed further rather than wasting so much page space on the relationship between the two characters.
I feel people who are looking for straight up romance will probably enjoy this a whole lot more than I did, but I expect much more from this genre, well I expect a lot more even from romance I’m afraid.
I received a copy of this book from Bookoutre via NetGalley in return for my review.
About Lindsay J Pryor:
Lindsay J. Pryor writes dark, intense, multi-layered Gothic dark paranormal romance set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn.
Discovered after being a twice-finalist in an international writing competiton, Lindsay’s Blackthorn really captured the imagination of her publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in. She paints this multi-layered world effortlessly, and uses it as the setting for intense forbidden romances.
Lindsay’s Blackthorn series regularly tops Amazon’s U.S. and U.K Gothic romance charts. Books from her series have also reached number 1 in four sub-genres of paranormal romance, as well as being a number 1 ‘Most Wished For’ paranormal romance on Amazon UK. She has been a Top 50 bestseller (#47) in Amazon.com’s main kindle charts and has skirted the Top 100 on Amazon UK. Her Blackthorn books have sold in six figures. The first three Blackthorn books are also now available on audio via Tantor Media.
Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she’d grow out of it but hasn’t yet.
Lindsay holds an honours science degree in Psychology and Communication, is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. She taught for eighteen years before becoming a full-time author. She’s intrigued by mythology, likes to relax watching films, and is a keen supporter of animal welfare. Lindsay was born and grew up in Wales but now lives in the South West of England with her husband, their rescue bunny and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.
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