by Tracy Tappan
Dr. Toni Parthen is a blood specialist who occasionally assists law enforcement with homicide investigations. One night, after leaving a crime scene, she is involved in a car accident that lands her in the hospital. Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, she is drugged and abducted by a group of men during her recovery. The leader of the group, Jacken Brun, isn’t truly a man at all, but the leader of the Varcolac -- a warrior class of vampire-like beings, who are on the edge of extinction.
Jacken's job is to assist in preserving the Varcolac race by capturing and protecting women who carry a special blood chemistry. Toni discovers the truth as she awakens in a secret, underground village. She has a tough time coming to grips with her bazaar new predicament, and is further perplexed by the attraction she feels toward the enigmatic Jacken. Still, she is determined to escape. But beyond the village, new dangers are lurking.
This is a fantastic debut novel, that left me wanting more! The characters were wonderfully written, and played an intricate role in the story. The camaraderie between the warriors was wicked cool, with Toni being by far my favorite character in the novel. She was the epitome of a great heroine: intelligent, witty, strong, and with a dash of snark. She refused to allow anyone to intimidate her, which made her the perfect match for Jacken. He, on the other hand, had no clue how to handle her.
Toni's presence created all sorts of mayhem and hilarious situations. Upon learning that she was being held captive for the purpose of breeding, she responds, "You’ll excuse me if I decline your invitation... having turkey blasters filled with 'vampire' sperm stuck up inside of me isn’t particularly my idea of a good time." Ha! Nor is it mine, Toni.
Despite their tactics, I couldn't help sympathizing with the desperation and desire of the Varcolac to preserve their race. They were by no means horrible toward any of the women captured. Instead, they showed kindness. I found it fascinating that this small community of powerful and ancient beings had been relegated to the shadows, and to living as cave dwellers. Their culture, and the bits of history uncovered were intriguing and beautifully descriptive, giving the impression that things were not always this way for the Varcolac.
The Bloodline War is a fantastic novel filled with wit, action, and adventure. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormal romance.
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Reviewed by Shari