Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Kat Flannery's Blood Curse. My stop includes all the information for this book (and series), my review, and a giveaway.
(Branded Trilogy #2)
“Upon mine death for the blood ye have shed, Every daughter born to ye shall die before it draws breath, to which ye will know pain and worse, I cast unto ye mine blood curse.” ~ Vadoma
Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?
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About Lakota Honor (Book #1)
Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat’s other two books and both have made bestseller lists. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.
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Blood Curse was a fascinating read. The combination of gypsy culture, magic, and lore with the setting in and around Jamestown made for an interesting story.
Ms. Flannery did well in depicting how people in that time would react to such a thing as a blood curse - how far someone would go to end it, how far someone would go to protect an innocent. And to what limits some would go in order to attain power. She didn't shy away from violence and it too furthered the depth of the story. I liked the story Flannery wove around the the characters - a branded child whom people think is evil and the men hunting her who are far more evil than any child could ever be, and Pril, who'd lay down her life to protect her child.
Pril is a strong and feisty heroine. She is fiercely loyal and protective of those she loves. She understands the fear those have of her little girl but will do what she has to do in order to keep her safe. Kade is headstrong and sees things as black and white. He, too, is loyal. I felt this common attribute was what got them into trouble - led them together. The journey he and Pril embark on does much to change his perspective. He begins to realize things aren't always black and white, right and wrong.
I did think that transitions between scenes could have been a little smoother. And the ending felt rushed - too neat. But overall, I enjoyed Blood Curse and will make time to read Lakota Honor. I'm interested to see how the stories fit together, and how Ms. Flannery will finish up this trilogy.
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It's always good when you can see the characters grow and develop, as it sounds like Kade does.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad it worked out well for you, Brandee! I haven't read it yet but I'm curious, especially after reading the latest reviews on the net. It seems like the gypsy culture has rocked the reviewers' minds! :)ReplyDelete
Your issues with this book are pretty minimal, and I like that the author didn't hold back on the less savory aspects of blood curses, especially given the time period of this story. I have a difficult time though when there's too much violence towards children in a novel, and I'm unclear how far the author takes that element, so I'll need to read a couple of more reviews before I decide. Thanks for getting the ball rolling!ReplyDelete
Carmel @ Rabid Reads
This series sounds interesting, and it's good to see that the series got off to a positive start. Great review!ReplyDelete
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
Oh this series is new to me but it definitely sounds like something I might enjoy! Great review!ReplyDelete
Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives
Yeah, he really does. And it was interesting to see how people's prejudices color their actions - and how those prejudices can change. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Silvia! I truly enjoyed the gypsy culture - and the perceptions of it.ReplyDelete
And there was really so much more going on...I liked how the author presented it all.ReplyDelete
The violence against children was handled tastefully, Carmel. As a mom, I wouldn't be able to handle anything too graphic.ReplyDelete
Me either, Brandi. It was a unique element and I liked how Ms. Flannery wrapped the story around the culture and outsiders' perceptions of it.ReplyDelete
It was interesting, Naomi. I hope I can read Lakota Honor sometime.ReplyDelete