Blood Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light CityPaperback Novel of the Half-Light City
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- Publisher: Roc
- Format: Paperback | 326 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 26mm | 141g
- Publication date: 5 June 2012
- ISBN 10: 0451464583
- ISBN 13: 9780451464583
- Sales rank: 129,941
Imagine a city divided. A city where human and Fae magic rests uneasily next to the vampire Blood and the shapeshifting Beasts. A city where a fragile peace is brokered by a treaty that set the laws for all four races...a treaty that is faltering day by day. I didn't plan on becoming a thief and a spy. But options are limited for the half-breed daughter of a Fae lord. My father abandoned me but at least I inherited some of his magic, and my skills with charms and glamours mean that few are as good at uncovering secrets others wish to hide. Right now the city has many secrets. And those who seek them pay so well... I never expected to stumble across a Templar Knight in my part of the city. Guy DuCaine is sworn to duty and honor and loyalty--all the things I'm not. I may have aroused more than his suspicion but he belongs to the Order and the human world. So when treachery and violence spill threaten both our worlds, learning to trust each other might be the only thing that saves us. But even if a spy and a holy knight can work together, finding the key to peace is never going to be easy...
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M. J. Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else's. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and fabric. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
By Kylie Short 01 Feb 2013
MJ Scott has created a rich fantasy world in the Half-Light series and once again I was sucked in quickly to the story - much anticipated, as this time it focused on Guy DuCaine, a secondary character and brother to Simon, who appeared in SHADOW KIN, the first book in this series.
While I thoroughly enjoyed SHADOW KIN, I found BLOOD KIN a much more satisfying and smoother read. Perhaps this is because I was already familiar with the world and not grappling with getting my head around the structure and races who peopled the world.
The storyline pretty much picks up from where SHADOW KIN left off. The plot arcs include dealing with the fallout from Lucius's downfall/assassination & the cure Simon came upon for the Blood-locked in SHADOW KIN but we also get a glimpse into the Fae world and the intricate politics and laws that make up the culture as well as more of the darker side, the vampires and Beast worlds.
Much of the external plot focuses on the politics and fallout as the races come to grips with Lucius's death and the power struggles left by his absence, but the story also focuses much on the relationship developing between Guy and Holly and this is the part I really enjoyed.
Both characters drew me equally, their strengths and flaws, and their actions, everything about them interested me and I liked seeing their individual and common journeys. Both were strong characters in their own right, both holding to a code of honor and willing to sacrifice their own personal goals and happiness to see others they care for protected.
Overall, BLOOD KIN was a compelling read, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series (IRON KIN, due for release in April 2013).
"M.J. Scott will have you hooked from the very first page." -- Keri Arthur