Title: Blood Law
Author: Karin Tabke
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Blood Moon Rising (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425240924 (Berkley/Heat)
ISBN-13: 978-0425240922 (Berkley/Heat)
For all eternity, only one thing shall separate them—until the Blood Law is avenged…
The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.
One woman stands at the center of it all…
As undisputed Alpha, Rafael must choose a life mate to preserve the dominance of his Lycan pack. He never suspected, his mate would be a human, the same wounded, girl-woman he seduces from the brink of death. Falon is a dangerous combination of Lycan and Slayer—beings bred to destroy his kind. Even more, she’s a mesmerizing beauty whose sensuality tempts the seasoned warrior to take unnecessary risks. The primal heat between them is irresistible, yet surrendering to it could destroy them both…for a vengeful foe stands ready in the shadows to fulfill what is rightfully his by Blood Law.
Quick & Dirty: An explosive new series with a captivating mythology, intriguing characters, and pulse-pounding action.
Opening Sentence: In medieval Europe, wolves were feared and looked upon as the scourge of the earth.
Ms. Tabke introduces her heroine, Falon, who is a dynamic and gutsy character. Falon has an uncertain past and a complicated future. She’s an orphan and knows very little about her birth parents. Every day is a struggle for Falon to survive. She can’t make her rent and she eats by shamefully stealing from Del’s Grocery. On one particularly bleak night, Falon couldn’t ignore her hunger pains. Deciding to go on a “food” run, she runs into trouble at Del’s Grocery. As fate would have it, Rafael happens upon the increasingly popular Del’s. Rafael, the undisputed alpha of the Vulkasin pack, is on a Slayer hunt. Rafael’s curiosity is piqued because the Slayers clearly want this average human girl. Rafael decides to save Falon from certain death, healing her from her injuries. As events progress, Rafael ends up marking Falon as his life mate. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of the end for Rafael and Falon. A vengeful foe steps out of the shadows to claim what’s rightfully his, and will stop at nothing until he gets his revenge.
Falon has very tough choices to make, yet she remains strong under pressure. She shares such a passionate connection with Rafael, and establishes her own identity. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop and it added so much depth to an already intriguing story. Rafael is an amazing alpha male. It’s been awhile since I was this emotionally caught up and engrossed by a character. Rafael’s presence easily grips the reader because he’s such an authentic character. When he’s troubled, you feel it. When he’s highly sexual, you feel it. When he’s in agony and let’s his inner wolf out, you root for him to exact his will because it’s for the pack and he’s alpha. The pack is all that matters – well, that and Falon.
Blood Law satisfies on many levels. The sexual tension is intense and the romance is deeply moving. One of the strongest elements of this story is the mythology. The history between the Lycans and Slayers is riveting and complex. The Lycans have been hunted since medieval times, constantly defending their bloodlines, packs and running from the power of the deformed great wolf, Fenrir. The “Godfather” of Slayers is Peter Corbet – aka Peter the Wolf. Peter stopped at nothing to eradicate Lycans in England and Scotland. I can’t tell you too much more about the lore because I would be spoiling this amazing story for you, but it’s layered and interwoven beautifully into the story. I loved everything about this world.
Overall, Blood Law is an extraordinary story. It’s gripping, steeped in emotion, and filled with tension. Ms. Tabke succeeds in delivering complex characters and a fresh take on Lycan mythology. Betrayal, treachery and danger abound as loyalties are tested, and the lines between justice and vengeance are blurred. The Blood Law must be upheld and Blood Rights won’t be denied.
Rafael raised both of his swords over his head. “Vengeance is all mine tonight, Slayer!” Despite the added Slayers and the loss of a handful of his men, Rafael’s confidence soared. He was at the pinnacle tonight. Nothing could hurt him! With the help of his magnificent Berserkers, who were making hash out of anything that got in their way, and the power of the ring, he would lead his pack to victory.
Slayers were smart, but he was smarter. Slayers killed because of an eight-hundred-year-old command by a long-dead king. Lycans killed to survive and to avenge the deaths of their loved ones. Tonight, he would avenge hundreds of slain Lycans, including his own mother and father.
He looked up at the ceiling two stories high to several heavy looped metal chains hanging from a swing arm mounted from a think steel beam. He leapt straight up, grabbing into a think, blunt hook looped over the swing arm. He shoved the hook up, freeing it. Securing his right foot in the bend of the hook and wrapping the chain around his calf for leverage, Rafael did a free fall. In a wide, forceful swath, he swung down with both swords drawn, hacking at the rush of Slayers. Bullets zinged past him as the Slayers opened fire, several hitting his vest but not penetrating. As he came in for his first hard hit, he took several Slayers out. As the swing reached its full rotation, he unwound his leg from the chains and leapt onto the bottom of the east ramp that led to the platform, then bounded onto the platform where the girl stood screaming bloody murder.
The Blood Moon Rising Series:
1. Blood Law
2. Blood Rights
3. Blood Moon Rising
FTC Advisory: The author provided me with a copy of Blood Law. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
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