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In Blood We Trust

by Christine Cody

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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Trilogies have have wonderful opportunities to tell expanded yet concise stories that fully explore a world and the characters that inhabit it without ever growing stale or redundant. The Bloodlands trilogy takes full advantage of this. Each book has rippled out and revealed larger and larger realities about this post-apocalyptic setting. From the cave settlements and small cast of characters in BLOODLANDS, to the city life of the hubs in BLOOD RULES, and now the surrounding cities as well in IN BLOOD WE TRUST.

As you can imagine, as this world has grown, so have the number of characters. The additional POVs introduced in BLOOD RULES are back and given much more prominence and even distinct storylines and romances. Again, I felt this came at the expense of the primary story arc and relationship between Mariah and Gabriel. While I appreciate the varied insights these other characters provided, I never really connected with any of them and found myself rushing through their chapters.
I also had some issues with a few scenes that crossed over into the ‘ick’ category for me. A near orgy that broke out with Mariah and Gabriel at the center, a hot and heavy sex scene that took place literary rolling in the blood and remains of dead bodies, and a romance that developed between a man and a Tik-Tik woman (a creature who kills pregnant woman to eat babies). It was enough that I almost put the book down several times.

Overall, this was a series that started out with a ton of promise, but with each subsequent book, that promise diminished. The worldbuilding and mythology remained consistently strong and fascinating throughout, and I was completely hooked in the romance between Mariah and Gabriel, but I wish the tone and intimacy of the first book had continued through IN BLOOD WE TRUST. Taken as a whole, the Bloodlands series is worth reading, even if it doesn’t finish as strongly as it should have.

Sexual Content:
A couple moderately graphic sex scenes. A scene that almost turns into an orgy. ( )
  pollywannabook | Sep 20, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441020879, Mass Market Paperback)

They are monsters: Mariah, the reluctant rebel who has become a god to others of her kind, and Gabriel, the vampire, who loves her at his own peril.

They have returned to the Bloodlands, where their story began-to face the horrors of Mariah's past and the uncertainties of Gabriel's future- and to make a final stand, for their lives-and their love.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:18 -0400)

They are monsters: Mariah, the reluctant rebel who has become a god to others of her kind, and Gabriel, the vampire, who loves her at his own peril.

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