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Review: Last Blood by Kristen Painter

Title: Last Blood

Author: Kristen Painter

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: House of Comarré (Book 5)

Publication Date: July 30, 2013

Format: Paperback, 464 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316200182 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316200189 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they’ve ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone on the side of light.

One of them will change sides. One of them will die. No one will survive unscathed. Can Chrysabelle save those she cares about or will that love get her killed? What price is she willing to pay to draw last blood?

Quick & Dirty: This is the last book in the House of Comarre series. Chrysabelle will face her enemies for the last time. The question is whether she will come out the winner against them or lose all that she holds dear.

Opening Sentence: Twenty-four hours.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

For those of you who have read this series and enjoyed it, I am sad to say this is the last book in the series. Now after saying that, I have to say that I believe Kristen Painter has out done herself with this book. As I stated in my review of Out for Blood, I have not read the first books in this series, even so I think out of the two I read this one was even better than the last and is a must read.

In this book everything is changing fast for Chrysabelle. She has to fight her enemies to find her happily ever after, but there are new enemies that she would never have dreamed of.  If she does not find a way to stop Tatiana, Tatiana could destroy Chrysabelle’s future happiness. Thankfully, Chrysabelle has a plan. Unfortunately, with Mal’s love being stripped from him it is looking like she may have to face Tatiana on her own, unless she can find a way to help Mal recover his love for her in time. Will Chrysabelle be able to set her life back in order or will Chrysabelle’s enemies destroy everything?

This book does have its confusing moments when you think about the fact that Mal and Chrysabelle’s story is the main story, and then you have their friends stories added in also. Thankfully, Painter is such a good artist that you can figure out easily who is being talked about at which parts. First, you have Doc and Fi, the local pride leader and his wife. They have to find out who killed the last pride leaders’ wife before Fi is accused and thrown into jail. Then there is Creek, who is indebted to a secret organization set up to protect humans from othernaturals, and is trying to find his way out. To find out if everyone receives what they are looking for you must read this book. The best and worst part of this story is all the surprises that appear. This book kept making me go — wow what just happened? I just wanted to keep reading the story to find out what would happen next. This is a bad thing because it makes it hard to give a good review without giving too much away. I do believe that those who have liked the other books in this series will love this one as much — if not more than the others. For those who have never read this series, I recommend reading it from the beginning to understand what is going on, but definitely read this series.

Notable Scene:

Julie. Where was Julie? Pain fogged her memory. She reached out again. The hand in front of her looked…odd. The cuticles were black, the rest of the hand shriveled and gray. She stared at it, trying to understand who that hand belonged to. Her? That was her hand? The drive to keep moving forward burned in her mind.

The skin burst into flame. A second later the pain exploded through her body. She tried to get to her feet, but her nerves were a melted mess of stinging nettles.

House of Comarré Series:

1. Blood Rights

2. Flesh and Blood

3. Bad Blood

4. Out for Blood

5. Last Blood

FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Last Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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