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I Belong


Review: Blood from a Silver Cross by E.S. Moore

Blood from a Silver CrossTitle: Blood from a Silver Cross

Author: E.S. Moore

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Kat Redding (Book 4)

Publication Date: February 6, 2014

Format: eBook, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 1601832427 (Kensington)

ISBN-13:  978-1601832429 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Trust is a dangerous business.

Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.

But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…

Quick & Dirty: While the main storyline kept my attention, the secondary plotlines from previous books just served to confuse me, thus hampering my overall enjoyment of the book.

Opening Sentence: Ethan drummed his fingers on the table in a steady staccato.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

While there were strong hints of a good book here, in the end, I was mainly disappointed. I had issues with the main character and just felt that, in the end, not much happened. I will also admit to not reading the first three books in this series, which does obviously color my opinion, as I spent a large amount of time feeling confused, so my review will be a bit biased in that sense. That being said, I felt there were enough good parts of the book that I had to give it three stars rather than two.

In the world that Moore has created, vampires and werewolves rule the night. Humans, or Purebloods, know not to go out after dark unless they have a death wish. Kat hates being a vampire, and has dedicated her life to eradicating monsters. She’s known as Lady Death. In the past year, however, she’s had to admit that not all monsters are bad. When Jonathan, the Denmaster of the Luna Cult, asks for her help to find a killer, she can’t say no. The victim was a werewolf, found crucified, with a silver crucifix burned into his forehead. Kat immediately suspects the Left Hand, a radical Pureblood group that does not see the difference between good and bad monsters. There’s no easy way to know who Left Hand members are though, so Kat basically has to bide her time until there’s another attack. Will she be able to track the Left Hand down, or will many more die at the hands of this insane group?

I honestly don’t know what to think of Kat. She’s very standoffish, which makes sense for an assassin, but at the same time, the scenes we get that are supposed to show her humanity didn’t work for me for some reason. They came off feeling flat or forced, and that succeeded in making me feel very disconnected from her as the main character. Since the story is told in first person narration, the fact that I couldn’t connect to the narrator made it very hard for me to get into the story.

The thing that bothered me more than Kat though was that there seemed to be a lot of extra storylines that don’t do anything other than set up potential future plotlines. It was these storylines that led to a lot of my confusion because they were carried over from previous books. If the book had just focused on the Left Hand and their string of killings, I think I would have rated the book much higher because I greatly enjoyed the parts of the book that focused on this main plotline.

As I said, I greatly enjoyed the main plotline of the book. It’s action packed and leaves the reader on the edge of their seat up until the very end. However, my reaction to Kat as the main character and my confusion due to secondary storylines dragged the book down for me. I believe fans of this series will greatly enjoy this installment, as they should already know about these secondary storylines. While I was largely disappointed, the ending intrigued me enough that I am thinking of finding time to go back and try the first book in the series to see if that changes my opinion.

Notable Scene:

“If you don’t get to the point soon, I’m leaving.”

Beligral chuckled. “I feel that the day is coming when my services will no longer be required. You are gaining power of your own, power that you hardly know what to do with.”

“That doesn’t sound like a bad thing,” I said.

He laughed again, this time a full-throated laugh that shook the walls, before turning his burning gaze on me. “But with that power, you will lose something you so desperately want.”

“Yeah,” I said, swallowing hard. It was a struggle not to meet his eye. “What’s that?”

“Your humanity.”

I couldn’t help it. My eyes rose to meet his own. Our gazes locked and he had me. I couldn’t look away. I could feel him rooting around inside my head and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I felt paralyzed, weaker than I’d ever felt before.

“Stop,” Ethan said. I could feel him next to me, but couldn’t look away from the demon long enough to reassure myself he wasn’t going to do something stupid. “Stop now or I’ll send you back.”

Beligral held my gaze a moment longer before turning away.

My entire body sagged as if his stare had been the only thing holding me up. I leaned against the wall, breath coming fast and hard. I felt like I’d just gone twenty rounds with a dozen very pissed off werewolves. My chest burned and my head thumped so hard, it felt like my skull might explode.

“Are you okay?” Ethan whispered, resting a hand on my wrist.

I nodded and forced myself to stand erect. “I’m leaving,” I said. “We’re done. Don’t ever bother me again.” I turned away, this time fully intent on leaving for good. I could no longer feel the mark behind my ear. Apparently, it had vanished sometime during our little staring contest. I was free.

My foot hit the first step just as the demon spoke.

“I can make you human again.”

Kat Redding Series:

1. To Walk the Night

2. Tainted Night, Tainted Blood

3. Blessed by a Demon’s Mark

4. Blood from a Silver Cross

5. Souls of the Damned (June 19, 2014)

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

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