Review: Born in Blood

Recently, I finished reading the first book in the Sentinels series, Born in Blood, written by Alexandra Ivy. I’m a huge fan of her Guardians of Eternity series so I definitely wanted to check out Born in Blood.

Description: Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful eroticBorn_In_Blood dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.

My thoughts:

  • Sgt. Duncan O’Conner is quite the yummy, arrogant alpha male. *swoon*
  • Callie Brown is no slouch herself. I like that she isn’t feeble and has to rely on Duncan and Fane. She’s one tough cookie.
  • The world of the “high-bloods” or as the intimidated humans refer to them – “freaks” – are a clever idea. They are humans born with special powers or senses, who have been segregated and live in their own world. Think more witches than vampires.
  • The sentinels, who guard the high-bloods, are sexy bad asses – just look at Fane and Wolfe. Woot woot!
  • Enjoyed the plot with the mystery behind Leah’s murder. At points it was a bit predictable, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment.
  • One thing that kind of bugs me . . . Callie is described as having spiky red hair, almost a pixie haircut. The women on the cover . . . not a good resemblance of Callie.
  • One other possibly nit-picky point (spoiler): I was hoping for more description and more intensity in the final battle with the dead Zak raised. The scene seemed too neat and almost skimmed over for my tastes.
  • My one wish: there was a lot of talk of Duncan’s family; I wanted to read how Sunday dinner went (the whole “meet the parents” thing).

This was an intriguing start to a new series. I really liked the secondary characters – Fane, Wolfe, Serra, the Mave, and the other sentinels – and I wonder whose book will be next. Should be interesting, that’s for sure!

4 out of 5 stars


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