Title: Blood Rights
Author: Kristin Painter
Series: House of Comarre #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Overview: Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré — a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
I’ll admit that I initially picked this up solely because it had a cool cover. Much to my delight, I found it to be a highly original and fascinating read. What’s more, it’s clear from the few first chapters that Painter is an exceptionally talented writer. Her smart “no words wasted” writing style, along with the overall concept of the story were my favorite elements of this book.
This is a highly character-driven novel, and I admit I would’ve prefered to see a little more action. That said, the basic storyline was good, and some of the characters were fantastic: the main protagonist was well developed, and there were even a few minor characters that stole the show on occasion and really helped bring the story alive. Overall, it was an extremely interesting read, and I will definitely be picking up the second book.
Recommendations: Painter has published a novella called “Forbidden Blood” which expands on a story between two characters eluded to throughout “Blood Rights.” I thought it was a nice addition to the story, giving it an extra bit of depth.
Other books you might like:
- “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
- “Dead Witch Walking” by Kim Harrison
- “The Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare
- “Blood Engines” by T.A. Pratt
- “Magic to the Bone” by Devon Monk