Vasilije is Vampire. He takes what and whom he wants when he wants and answers to no one. Sire to hundreds of vampires all over the world, Vasilije enjoys the pleasures of his vampire life. His pleasure is interrupted when one of his own is staked and he finds himself in New Orleans on a hunt for the one responsible. There he meets Sasa, a empath caught up in the vampire world. Sasa is different. The sparks between the two are immediate and undeniable. Drawn to Vasilije is an way she has never experienced, Sasa finds herself wanting to help him but has a secret that would surely turn him against her. In his quest for revenge, Vasilije discovers that there is more to the death of his progeny than either he or Sasa knows and that it might spell disaster for vampires all over the world.
Blood Avenged is a bit reminiscent of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but without BDR’s emotional chutzpah. That is not to say Blood Avenged is not an enjoyable read; it is, but there are definitely a few things that took me out of the story. The main issue is that the story feels disjointed. There are some awkward transitions as well as two distinct phases of the story. The first arc is well plotted and full of action. The second phase of the story feels more like an epilogue that was expanded, and because it is essentially the introduction to the series, I feel as though there could have been far more development.
Despite that, I really did enjoy Blood Avenged. You can never go wrong setting a vampire story in New Orleans, and Blood Avenged is no exception. Vasilije is an excellent alpha vampire, and the first scene of him hunting really sets the tone for this character. Sasa is an interesting character; I definitely wanted to shake her at least half the time. Some of her choices really do not make sense, but overall, she is pretty likeable.
I do feel that the relationship between Vasilije and Sasa could have been more developed. He is a 400-year-old vampire and she is a sheltered empathic human—there really should have been more conversation before they fell into bed together.
Blood Avenged falls just this side of erotic romance, and while there is no BDSM, it is pretty graphic and there is a good amount of it. The sex scenes are well done but almost gratuitous. Some of the scene are very poignant and really do add to the story, but there were a few where I felt the story would have been better served if those pages were used for more plot development.
Blood Avenged is a good start for a series. The overall conflict is intriguing, and I am very curious about several of the characters who will clearly be the center of the following books.
- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Gabrielle Bisset (March 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984724354
- ISBN-13: 978-0984724352