My time with Burning up continues. 🙂 So we’ve spent time with Singh (review here) and Brook (review here). Now it’s time for Blood and Roses by Angela Knight. This was my first Knight novel. I’ve wanted to read her for awhile, well this was my opportunity. Yay me! So the blurb from Ms. Knight’s website:
A medieval vampire fantasy that will appear in the anthology BURNING UP, which will include novellas by Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra, and Meljean Brook.
Okay, that description is a little sparse, so here’s the one from Goodreads also:
Angela Knight pairs a vampire warrior and his seductive captor in a battle against demonic predators.
I’m not sure Blood and Roses is part of a series or not. I thought at first it was, but when I headed to Ms. Knight’s website, there was no indication. Regardless, Blood and Roses read like a standalone. I had no problem understanding what was going on. 🙂
Starting with the romantic setup: I didn’t buy it. 🙂 The idea that a captor could seduce a prisoner into betraying his loyalty just didn’t work for me. I certainly wouldn’t trust my captor. I don’t care how hot he is in the sack. And if I were the captor, I wouldn’t think my prisoner would be so stupid to fall for some seduction trick. That’s just me though. 🙂 I honestly thought the villain was trying to set up the heroine (Amaris) by suggesting she seduce the hero (Raniero)… maybe it was part of some grand scheme to bring the heroine down also. I was wrong. The villain actually thought his suggestion was a great plan. In my opinion, it made the villain a less than worthy adversary.
Even though the setup was rather lame, the world building was pretty cool. Ms. Knight included four different type of beings. Roses — special women with magical abilities. Vampires — human soldiers transformed into the bloodsucking, light sensitive beings who protected the kingdom. Humans — that’s you. And Varil — lizard-like people who ate folks who weren’t Varil. For the most part, it seemed like a pretty cool world. I’d certainly like to read more about it. Only thing which didn’t really make sense was: how did vampires protected the kingdom if the sun was fatal to them? I don’t recall the Varil being sensitive to the sun. If I were the Varil, I’d just attack during the day.
As far as the characters, the villain was lame. So, I’ll just get that out of the way first. He pretty much made cameo appearances and made not so bright choices. At one time in the novel he walked in and it remind me of that scene from the movie Airplane. Here. See for yourself:
No real significant part… he was just there because the novel needed a villain. Moving on. Amaris, the heroine, wasn’t so bad though. 🙂 I’m all for strong women, and she definitely was one of those. She kicked ass. Even Raniero had to admit to that. She was a woman who took what she wanted. It was unexpected in a very naughty, awesome kind of way. Now that I think about it, Raniero, the hero, wasn’t so bad either. He didn’t stand out as unique as Amaris, but he was pretty cool in his own right. The only thing I didn’t like about our hero and heroine was they seemed to have the exact same hangup keeping them from a romantic union.
So there were a few plot holes in my mind. However, this work was still enjoyable. I’d certainly be interested in reading another story in this world. If nothing else, I’d love to pick up another anthology which included Angela Knight and along with another author I’m familiar with.
- Who the six hells gave a prisoner a feather pillow?
- “You make a solid mount, my lord.”
- She’d taken him like a camp whore in ruthless possession.
One more story left: Shifting Sea by Virginia Kantra. She also happens to be a writer I’ve never read. I’ve only just started it, but I’m wondering what the catch is. That alone has me intrigued. 🙂