Showing posts with label Brotherhood of Blood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brotherhood of Blood. Show all posts

Friday, May 11, 2012

{Review} "Night of the Huntress" by Kathryn Smith

Title:  Be Mine Tonight (Brotherhood of Blood #2)
Author:  Kathryn Smith
Publisher:   HarperCollins eBooks
Publication Date:  January 30, 2007
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Vampire
Format:  Kindle, 232 KB

Buy this book:  Amazon
Author's Goodreads Profile:  Kathryn Smith

Synopsis from Goodreads  
Bishop has been a vampire for 700 years and though he wishes nothing more than to live his life in peace, getting humans to believe that vampires are not monsters is a difficult task, and vampire hunters like The Reaper make it even more difficult.
Believing that a vampire killed her mother, Marika leads a band of vigilantes, determined to rid the world of these monsters. What no one knows is that Irina herself is half–vampire. Determined to deny that side of her, Marika captures Bishop, believing he can lead her to the vampire responsible for her mother's death. But over the course of Bishop's captivity, secrets about Marika's past are revealed and she soon learns that what she has always believed to be true is anything but. Now Irina and Bishop are in a race against time as they fight for their lives––and their love.
Diving in...
I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one.  I felt like this one had more going on it it.  We get a little more of the background on the Templars.  Bishop is another of the original Templars who was turned with the Blood Grail.  He is in Romania to search for missing Shadow Creatures, this also happens to be where his home was over 600 years ago.  He is visiting the site of his former home when he is captured by The Reaper.

Marika is The Reaper, she and her band of vigilantes from the village have been slaying vampires and Bishop thinks that they are responsible for his missing friends. Marika has always believed that a vampire killed her mother so she believes all vampires are evil. She is on a mission to kill as many of them as she can until she finds the one who killed her mother.  We find out that Marika has her own secret that ends up conflicting with her mission as she comes to terms with it.

Marika is hired to capture Bishop by a man who works for the religious order that is after the Blood Grail.  She knows that Bishop can tell her where Saint then she is has to turn him over to the men that paid her.  The more time she spends with him the more she starts questioning her belief that all vampires are evil.

Marika's world and all her beliefs are turned upside down by Bishop.  Their love story was so fun to read, I thought.  They fight like crazy for awhile, but they can't deny that they are meant to be together.  This is at it's heart a romance novel, but there is a lot of action.  This story also furthers the end game as far as the other Templars and the Order go.  We get a little more insight into what the order is doing with the creatures that they capture.  There is quite a bit of action in this book.

This one actually overlaps the 1st book a little and Marcus and the priest from book 1 show up at the end for a bit. Like the other book this one is a little predictable, but the story itself is better, in my opinion. I think that these books are very well written.  Only a little profanity in this one and some very steamy love scenes.

Rating 7/10

Thursday, May 10, 2012

{Review} "Be Mine Tonight" by Kathryn Smith

Title:  Be Mine Tonight (Brotherhood of Blood #1)
Author:  Kathryn Smith
Publisher:   HarperCollins eBooks
Publication Date:  June 27, 2006
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Vampire
Format:  Kindle, 236 KB

Buy this book:  Amazon
Author's Goodreads Profile:  Kathryn Smith

Synopsis from Amazon   
I am called Chapel . . .
For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past -- when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet... 
Never have I known a maiden the like of Prudence Ryland, whose beauty and spirit awaken a heart I feared long cold and dead. But her young life is slipping away, and she also seeks the deliverance of the Grail -- unaware that the cost of her search could be her soul. I must help Prudence, for in six hundred years, no other woman has stirred my passions so. But dare I tender to my beloved that which she most desires -- the sensuous "gift" of forever that is both rapture and a curse: my immortal kiss?
Diving In...

I think that the author did a really good job setting this series up.  This entire series is set in 1899 an most of the books overlap a little until the last book.  Chapel is one of the Knights Templars who drinks from what they believe to be the Holy Grail.  They soon realize that they have drank from the Blood Grail, this turns them all into vampires.  Every vampire story has a different origin and I thing that Kathryn Smith's is very imaginative.  She holds to many of the same "conditions" as the popular vampire stories, but she adds in some new ones that are all her own.

This one had potential to be really cool with the whole archaeological aspect, but it falls a little short of fulfilling that.  Prudence is a very forward thinking young woman who is suffering from a terminal illness.  She is searching for the Holy Grail because she believes if she drinks from it she will be spared death.  She is working with a friend Marcus who has his own agenda when it comes to what they may find.

Chapel is a vampire who travels with a priest to oversee the site when it's revealed that they may have found the Grail.  All the former Templars turned vampires were given their names by The Church when they returned from their mission and the Church basically names them abominations.  Chapel is the only one who seems to still be doing penance for what he believes are his sins.

As they look for the Grail they find an empty chamber that clearly someone had been residing in and in true Indiana Jones style they encounter traps along the way.  Pru has issues with her illness and Chapel remains at her side.  He doesn't want to watch her die, but he also believes that saving her would damn her soul so he struggles with this throughout the book.

The only thing I really had a problem with in this book is the fact that it's way too easy to figure out how it's going to end.  That's kind of the way all of the books are, but this one is pretty obvious from the beginning.  There is really no mystery to this one at all.  The other books go more in-depth and that's okay since she is really using this book to set up the whole story.

There is a little profanity in this book but not much that I recall.  There are some pretty steamy love scenes.

Rating 6/10