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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Review - Blood Claim: Tainted by Selena Illyria
Title : Blood Claim: Tainted
Author: Selena Illyria
Publisher: Loose Id
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Rating : Need to Read It
Reviewed By : Jodie Pierce
Syrus was seeking revenge. Jessye was just trying to adjust to having a new leader. Their desire burns hot, but the past and stubbornness stands between them.
Syrus will claim Jessye as his consort and gain the revenge for the murder of those he loved. Jessye will submit to him. Like hell, Jessye says. She is no one’s consort. She stands on her own and doesn’t need him. But her hunger for him haunts them both between the hunt for a murderer and political games.
Dark magick and blood, anger and desire will bring them together but also push them apart. Love, lust, need, revenge can all be tainted. Forgiveness and acceptance can heal it all.
The mission was to find the Vampyress Lorrie, dead or alive and capture her for the killing of many people. Jessye was the main character and she had a somewhat mystical past that unwove throughout the book. She was a vampire with magickal powers and the willing “consort” of Syrus. Syrus is the second main character whose family was killed by Lorrie, including his wife, Sabella. He, too would have died in the fire as his wounds were extensive had it not been for Adrian, second in command, who turned him into a wolf to save his life. Later, after living it up around the world, Syrus was changed by “The Hunter” into a vampire making him a Hybrid. The two main characters, Jessye and Syrus had a very love/hate relationship through half of the book. One was always trying to one-up the other or overpower the other. However, once they fulfilled their sexual desires with each other and exchanged blood, the blood claim was sealed. They each then barred the mark of the other, her on her lower back and he on his chest near the nipple.
The book begins with the two main characters trying to sneak into a hiding place to capture Lorrie. When Syrus is almost killed and they are forced to retreat they head back to his house. There they are attacked and it’s Jessye’s turn to become injured. At the house, they get a visit from a longtime friend of Jessye’s who warns them and tells them to go to the High King Severin about Lorrie’s actions. They send word to him and he officially invites them to his vampyre court ball. Once on the compound, he privately speaks with Jessye and Syrus and informs them that his sources have revealed that Lorrie is going to launch an attack at the ball. They all drink a potion that is supposed to keep them alive despite her best efforts. The attack is launched and the King’s consort and Jessye are both injured but not killed due to the potion. Lorrie is surrounded inside a mansion just outside the castle walls. All walks of people are called in to help including Blyder, Jessye’s original magick teacher whom together with Jessye they break through all Lorrie’s dark magick and capture her, binding her powers as well. She is sent to trial, found guilty of many atrocities and executed. Syrus finally feels some peace and looks forward to starting his new life with Jessye.
Amongst the entire goings on in this book, are very well written yet drawn out sex scenes. Jessye’s first sexual encounter with Syrus was very well described and built a fabulous picture in my head yet it went on for two chapters. I think it should have all been included in the same chapter. The author’s account of the vampyre court’s ball being “blatant sexuality” and an “orgy” is the exact picture she painted with words. You can really **feel** the desire between them. All in all, it was a wonderful book and left me wanting more.