Title: Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
Author: E.S. Moore
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kat Redding (Book 2)
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758268734 (Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-0758268730 (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Sheila
In the darkness, it’s easy to lose your way…
Kat Redding is a vampire with a job to do—wiping out the vamps and werewolves who prey on Pureblood humans. Someone has to do it…as long as that someone is her. But suddenly Kat, also known as Lady Death, has competition, and it’s causing problems. Vampire houses and werewolf clans alike are blaming her for a spate of gruesome murders, and Kat needs to figure out who’s really responsible before she becomes the next target…
On the hunt, she forms an uneasy alliance with both the Luna Cult and a powerful rogue werewolf. But the truths Kat’s uncovering—about her enemies and her few remaining confidantes—are far from comforting. And when the chance comes to leave her life of vengeance behind, Kat must decide whether her real motive lies in protecting the innocent, or sating her own fierce hungers…
Quick & Dirty: A story of a vampire with very “human” philosophical problems.
Opening Sentence: The body lay crumpled in the driveway – a heap of cloth that could have been anything if not for the distinctive smell that drifted on the light breeze.
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood is the second installment in the Kat Redding series. Kat Redding, human-turned-vampire hunter, has always fought against the things that go bump in the night. With the help of her roommate, Ethan, she fights and kills as many vampires and werewolf servants as she can get her hands on. But after the events described in the last book, is she reconsidering her stance as a lone hunter? Or has she just reached a crossroads in her life; one that may lead her away from everything she has ever fought for.
In this book, Kat Redding has hunting competition. Someone is killing off vampire and weres without prejudice and the supernatural community are looking toward Lady Death, Kat’s nickname, as the culprit. All though she may dislike the idea, she has teamed up with the Luna Den and a rogue werewolf named Adrian, to hunt down the killer. Never in her wildest dreams would Kat guess who is behind all of this madness. Will it be too much of a shock to her when she does? Due to the events surrounding these brutal murders, Kat must decide what is more important to her in her job; justice or justification.
Kat’s loss of faith drives this entire book. She questions her motives and her calling. She also questions her attraction to the quiet yet charismatic werewolf Denmaster, Jonathan. Her previous convictions no longer seem to be as black-and-white as she always believed them to be. Even the faith she has in Ethan is called into question when she discovers how he really makes all the weaponry she uses on a nightly basis.
This is a bad time for indecision on her part. Not only must Kat find the vigilante masquerading as her, but she must do it while dodging a new zealot anti-supernatural group in town. The members of this extremist group are cunning and fueled by religious conviction. Though we only meet one member if this group in this book, I expect that they will become a bigger advisory in later novels.
The largest truth that haunts Kat is the implicit fear humans have against the monsters of the night. Her kind, known to the humans as the monsters, are referred as “tainted” after all. When she stumbles upon the small town of Delai, she meets and greets humans that are not cowering in fear in their homes when the sun sets. The man that seems to focus her interest is Levi, self-appointed welcome wagon of Delai. Levi and his small town imbibe all that Kat longs for: the past where monsters were stories and people were safe. Even though Kat knows instinctually that there is something fishy with the whole place, she is still drawn to the idea of safety in an “untainted” night. Can Kat truly give up all she has done, cast off the weight of responsibility, and join Levi and his family? Can she in good conscience leave everyone and everything behind for the chance at normalcy?
I truly was not that impressed with the first book, To Walk the Night, but I am impressed with this one. The idea of going back to a time when things were less conflicting is a heady one. I think every adult, at some point, has wished for such a thing. For us, it is impossible. For Kat, who knows? The struggle for what is right makes this story much more relatable than the first one. Moore has applied a very human idea to that of a very non-human character. I am really looking forward to seeing what Kat does next. I have a feeling it is going to be a be-careful-what-you-wish-for book. I just hope that Kat ends up staying true to herself, instead of running away.
“Such a pretty thing,” the woman said. “Such a pity you chose this life.” She smiled at me, eyes gleaming.
My head swam and it was all I could do to stay conscious. I knew she had to have used silver of some sort to paralyze me, but there was more to it than that. I had no strength, worse than anything silver could do. My head was woozy, the entire world swam. That didn’t happen with just silver.
She vanished from view and I heard the case click open. She started humming as she moved things around inside. I could hear glass clinking and then something metallic being drawn through leather.
I immediately thought of my weapons, tucked away and useless to me.
Her face appeared again and she held up a serrated knife for me to see. “You chose the wrong night to hunt, my lovely little demon. It’s unfortunate your victim won’t see tomorrow. He might have liked to see the blood you took from him returned to the earth.”
I fought my body. I tried to scream, tried to even whimper, but nothing came out.
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FTC Advisory: Kensington Books graciously provided me with a copy of Tainted Night, Tainted Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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