Review: Blood Eternal

Posted October 10, 2011 by Jen in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , ,

Blood Eternal
Author: Marie Treanor 
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Signet
Awakened by Blood #3
ISBN: #978-0451234728
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher 
About the book:
Secrets don’t disappear after seduction…
Elizabeth Silk is struggling to reconcile her passion for the vampire overlord Saloman and her allegiance to the vampire hunters. When a shocking vampire revolt calls Saloman away from her, she refuses to follow him.
To make matters worse, Saloman’s beloved cousin Luk has been
found and awakened by one of his greatest enemies. Frenzied
with bloodlust, Luk embarks on a killing spree and prepares to
expose Saloman’s biggest vulnerability: Elizabeth.
But under Saloman’s regime, vampires have become less concerned with secrecy, no longer willing to hide their power. Rumors are swirling about attacks on humans. After Saloman joins forces with the vampire hunters to consolidate his power, Elizabeth begins to understand her role in the inevitable collision of the two worlds. She could bring resolution between vampires and humans—if she can manage to stay alive long enough to play both sides….
What VampBard is talking about:
Book three of the Awakened by Blood series by Marie Treanor was a welcome vacation for the brain. It had JUST the right amount of all the things that make paranormal romance my favorite genre to make me itch to pick up my book every spare moment. Bravo, Ms. Treanor!
So. What makes this such an awesome read? Hmm… Where to begin…
Our heroine, Dr. Elizabeth Silk, is pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place. Yeah, yeah, yeah… all heroines are…that’s what creates conflict… blah blah blah. Seriously though. Treanor fabulously crafted Elizabeth as a strong female lead. She is independent, and has the ability to maintain her own life, whether she’s with her HEA or not. Who doesn’t love an educated woman that can tell off a hottie vamp that is powerful as all get-out? Can I please grow up to be Elizabeth? I think she will appeal to a wide-range of readers – those that ARE Elizabeth as well as those that want to be her.
Saloman. Mmmmmmm. I don’t actually recall ever having an EXPLICIT description of our hottie hero. We know he has long, dark hair that falls over his shoulders. We know he has dark eyes that flash amber when he’s amorous. I do, however, have a distinctive image in my head of what Saloman would look like. I’m thinking he’d almost be Wrath-like (ala Black Dagger Brotherhood), but not quite so large, and definitely not sporting body art! Saloman is definitely a good guy. He seems to have quite the vision for what he’d like the future to hold for vampire-kind, as well as human-kind. While Saloman is definitely protective of Elizabeth, he allows her to be her own person. We see this as we read through the book, and I hope to see more of him in subsequent novels. Do I want to have a Saloman? I think all women want to be protected and kept safe to a certain extent. They want to be taken care of – and we closely identify this desire with the relationship between Saloman and Elizabeth.
Over-all, the grammarian didn’t have much of a problem with the text. I think that some of the language and usage was British in nature, and the author utilized older dialogue styles for certain characters. I found it, for the most part, charming and thought it helped to draw me into the universe expertly crafted by Treanor. I’ll probably seek out the first two books in the series, Blood on Silk and Blood Sin as I am quite interested in discovering what I might have missed in the prior installments of this series.
VampBards Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

Books in the series

Blood on Silk (Book 1)
Blood Sin (Book 2)
Blood Eternal (Book 3)

2 responses to “Review: Blood Eternal

  1. Fantastic review. I’m happy that you enjoyed it so much even though you haven’t read the first two books. I also like when authors give you a few descriptors of the characters and let you fill in your own image. So many times we all come up with our own image anyway so why not just let us do that from the beginning?! 🙂 Speaking of BDB, I really need to start that series soon! :-/ I’ve placed book one in this series on my shelf. I hope you enjoy the first two books as much as this one. 🙂