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Shades of Blood (Warriors of Ankh #3)

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Eden’s life has taken a turn she would never have imagined. She’s gone from soul eater to warrior, left behind a family she was ashamed of and moved in with one she admires. She has a purpose, a future, and… she has Noah.

Life should be good.

But… the most fervent and powerful soul eaters are determined to take down the Ankh and Eden is the key to the destruction of the warr
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published December 5th 2011)
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Steph
I read this book in one sitting on a relaxing Sunday afternoon and I enjoyed it just as much as the others.

I feel like most parts of this story were rounded up nicely but there's just one thing that left me feeling dissatisfied...
The relationship between Darius and Valaria.
I wish we had gotten to see more of them throughout the series or that they will get their own book. I just felt like there was so much more to them that we didn't get to see.
But that's just me.

I was totally 100% on Ed
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
Before I start my review I gotta ask, is this the last book in the series? I mean the ending kind of hinted towards that but I’m still not convinced. Is book 4 coming out or this is it for Eden and Noah?

Personally I’d prefer for it to end. Why? Because I don’t want Warriors of Ankh to end up like Night Huntress. Kat and Bones are one of my most favorite book couples. But their story going on and on with useless details and events makes me like them less with each page that I read. I don’t want N
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Cynthia
I really, really hated to see this series end! I love the characters and want MORE! I think it would be absolutely wonderful to see Cyrus fall in love again, to see if Val and Darius find their way back to each other, see Jack fall in love...just so many possibilities!

A lot of people want to see Eden dead in Shades of Blood, and they try darn hard to make it happen. Eden and Noah's relationship is strained. Eden has to find a way to let go of her anger and hate she holds toward Noah's ex-girlfr
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Bri
I am pretty conflicted right now. One side of me is like, YES! This series was AWESOME, this book was AWESOME, and Samantha Young is AWESOME. And then there is the five year old in me: What? What do you mean it is over? I want moreeee. [sigh] I am never really going to grow up, am I?

Eden has more problems now than ever before. Just when she thinks everything is going smoothly, someone just has to come and ruin it all. Cosmina is breathing down her neck, a small rebellion is rising in the Neith t
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Julie(Reading By The Beach)
Samantha Young is a very talented author! It is extremely easy to get lost in each and every world that Young creates! I was sooo excited that Shades of Blood came out early, that I bought it and devoured it in one sitting! I love Eden and Noah, they are two of my all-time favorite characters! Young has a way with words that paints the most vivid image in your mind for you as you read each word. Each of her female characters are bada**, which I find to be a strong attribute to each story she has ...more
Melissa
This is totally on a side note to begin this review, but I have to say that I am so grateful for series that have a definite story arc, a beginning and ending, a story that doesn't just go on and on and on. The Warriors of Ankh series by Samantha Young has been an enjoyable one to read, and Young finds a way to bring the story of Eden, a Soul Eater turned full Ankh warrior, to a satisfying conclusion. This series has been a story of Eden finding herself. From book one where she fought against th ...more
Maria
4.5 stars

The last book of the Warriors of Ankh series was amazing! It’s the perfect closure for this unique series and I really enjoyed it. “Shades of Blood” by Samantha Young isn’t an “easy” book. Nothing it’s easy in this story. Difficult decisions, difficult situations and everything belongs neither to white or black, but to gray.

In this story, Eden has to fight all those who want her dead and her worse enemy, the woman who killed her beloved brother. She has to fight with all her inner demo
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Kale
Threads come to a head in the thrilling conclusion to the Warriors of Ankh series.

Cosmina's closing in, Eden's family is missing, and the underground leader of the Neith is instigating a possible war between the Ankh and their mortal counterparts. Which means Eden's calendar is way past full. Adding in the betrayal of her closest confidants to the workload and Paradise is spitting a rainbow of colorful curses and snarky remarks. Yet this turmoil couldn't come at worse time.

Yes, just because you
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Sara
Samantha Young is pure genius!! I don't know what else I can say, I just love her imagination, originality and her beautiful way of telling a story! I would gladly pay so much more for her books and I am truly in awe of the talent she possesses!

I don't want to ruin the story for anyone but I have to say a few things. First of all, I loved the characters in this series so much! I loved Eden, Noah, Cameron, Cyrus and October (btw how cool of a name is October?). Loved them all!!! I was so glad to
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Aliki
τελειωσε λοιπον και τι να πουμε αγαπημενοι μου βιβλιοφαγοι?θα μπορουσε να ειναι τοσο τελεια τριλογια αν δεν απογασιζε το κοριτσι μας να κρατησει χαμηλους τονους.τι να κανεις ετσι ειναι αυτα...αμα θες αλικη κατι αλλο βαλε τον κωλο σου κατω και γραψε.οι ρυθμοι του βιβλιου ειναι ιδιοι με το δευτερο λιγο δραση λιγο φλερτ λιγο χιουμορ και λιγο διαπλοκη.η εδεμ βρηκε αυτο που εψαχνε και ειχε το επιθυμητο τελος μετα απο πολλα πολλα βασανα.το καλο μου το παιδι ολοι ηθελαν να το σκοτωσουν τσου τσου ...τι ...more
Sharone
Perfect ending to a fantastic series :)
Koh Cheow Tong
I am glad to say that I was able to finish the 'Warriors of Ankh' series without having to skip through pages, which I would always have to do nowadays when reading a YA Paranormal book. This is because:
1) The story is straightforward, the characters aren't running in circles. Short and sweet.
2) There are no love triangles (which are really popular nowadays in those Paranormal Romance books. Most likely got encouraged and introduced by-ahem-Twilight.)
3) Yes. Eden and Noah does get jealous when
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Deanna
That went by way too fast. Way. Too. Fast. Five hours later and BOOM, I'm done. Why?! Why did I read it so fast? I should have spread it out more, taken my time. Now the series is just over.

Okay, I'm not gonna say much (it's always the hardest to write something when you enjoyed the book) but I will say that I loved this book just like the two before it!

I loved it for these reasons:

A) Eden was back to her old, edgy self that I missed in Blood Past

B) Tobe and Eden worked things out

C) The whole r
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Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Why? Why did it have to end? I want more! This series has slowly worked its way up to my top five best series. I haven’t read a series this good in a long time. And if you’ve read my review to the first two books in the series, than you know by now how obsessed I am with it.

Shades of Blood was a great ending to an AMAZING series! I would seriously love to see this series as a TV show or movies. I was at the edge of my seat reading it playing the guessing game. I wanted to skip ahead so many tim
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BookHookup
***The Book Hookup was SO delighted to have our awesome friend, Michelle (aka TC1 / TwilightCougar1) guest review this last book in the series for us. Thank you, Michelle! ♥ ****

Michelle’s Review: So the third and last *sniff* book in the Warriors of Ankh book series…what can I say that’s spoiler free? You are in a wholely unique universe filled with characters you are strongly attached to, external and internal demons are closing in on you, and your world is almost ending. Perfect climax to our
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Katy
Sooo good! I want more!

I guess this is kind of a brief review of all three books in the Warriors of Ankh trilogy..

The first book in the series felt like a big intro to me. I liked the story and loved learning the world of soul eaters and the Ankh.

The second book was excellent. Noah and Eden finally stopped being so extremely stubborn. It was a nice change.

The final book is definitely my favorite. Eden is quite the badass, Noah is wonderful; Cyrus and Val are given more depth. I enjoyed the dyn
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
The third and final book. It was great. With so many enemies out there that wanted Eden killed, there was a lot that needed to be dealt with before the series could end. The soul eaters' Tribunal, the rebel Neith, and the rogue Neith, Corsica. So, there was a lot of action and a lot of danger.

But I was rather disappointed with Eden's behaviour a lot of the time. She is an extremely emotional woman, with passionate mood swings. Naturally, her relationship with Noah was tumultuous. She would take
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Live-Fearlessly
Book = 2.5
Series 3.8

I loved the idea of this series; there are soul eaters and Ankh. Monsters and those created to kill them. I love how Eden is part of both, and created a grey spot amid something that used to be black and white. I loved Eden (in the first two books at least, in the third one I wanted to strangle her) and I loved Noah and Cyrus and all the weird characters. The humor was great and if the plot was good than it would be exceptional writing. But there are just so many holes and mi
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Beth
* Possible Spoiler Alert*

I was pleased with Shades of Blood, the final book in the Warriors of Ankh series. I felt like Eden really grew up in this book-without losing herself and her snark. While it was touch and go there for awhile with Eden's need for revenge, in the end she realized that the love her new family and Noah had for her was more important than her need to avenge Stellan's death. Of course there was that typical frustration where you just wanted to smack her upside the head; but s
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xxbook_nerdxx
LOVED this trilogy!!! it was an amazing read and i recommend it to all paranornal-romance genre fans. i was sad to see the series end but i'm glad it ended on a high note before it started to wash-out like many paranormal series nowadays. but i would have liked to see if there could have been a future possible for darius and val (maybe a book for this couple in the near future???)

both hero and heroine were likable, believable and witty characters as were the supporting characters (Cyrus, Tobe, C
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Alison
Not the strongest book of the series, but I still enjoyed Shades of Blood. Eden as a character changed so much from the desperate soul eater wanting any other life to a full-blooded Ankh warrior who knew how to kick some major ass. She was sassy and confident and learned from her mistakes.

Noah was fun to read, if a little sappy at times. He was over protective but learned to give and take over the course of the series, which made him more and more likeable.

I wish there had been more of Darius
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tooter
This last book of the trilogy is showing itself to be a letdown. Somehow, it just doesn't have the urgency of the 1st or even 2nd books. Noah and Eden finally complete their relationship, and it was just very blah. No hotness in the lead up or scene at all. Their romance is a central part of the plot, and even if it's a YA book, it was not very emotional. And about as interesting as reading about their first trip to the grocery store together.

Also, there has been an annoying number of unclear se
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Sara
Summary: Eden’s life has taken a turn she would never have imagined. She’s gone from soul eater to warrior, left behind a family she was ashamed of and moved in with one she admires. She has a purpose, a future, and… she has Noah.

Life should be good.

But… the most fervent and powerful soul eaters are determined to take down the Ankh and Eden is the key to the destruction of the warrior race.
Moreover, a shadowed enemy is still after Eden, and the mortal Warriors of Neith have chosen the worst time
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Jackie
Such a great book. Shades of Blood is the last installment to Warriors of Ankh. I am quite sad to see it was the end. I wanted this series to keep going. *sigh* Samantha Young is such as great writer.

I really love the characters, especially Val and Darius. I actually wanted to see more of them, actually i wanted to see them together with some chemistry. I still miss Stellan...

Shades of Blood had a great ending. I love Eden and Noah. My two most favourite couples. I also love the fighting scenes
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Anjie Kendall
Thank you, thank you, thank you for not having a love triangle in this series.

What a fan-fricken'-tastic way to end. I'm sorry that it's over, but I'm very satisfied with how it all played out. Loved, loved, loved Eden and Noah, and was impressed with the growth they both showed in this book, in just the little time that this series took place.

I would love if in the future Samantha Young did more with any of these characters. I thought the premise behind the story was fantastic, and if there wer
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
I'm going to start off with the end because I really like it. I love how well everything is nicely tied together as well as things fall apart. At one part of the book I was thinking that maybe there was a 4th book cause soo much is happening. Not the case.

I loved the love interest and how much it changed. They went through problems yet over came them. I like that they were not perfect people but made mistakes. And they learned from their mistakes. They fought together even when they are fighting
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Justyna
After reading the two first series of Warriors of Ankh books, I couldn't wait for the third one. As I enjoyed an interesting and complex plot in the first and second book I just couldn't find it in the third one. It was something missing! I really like Samantha Young's writing style and all her books I have read it so far, I just thing the writer has started writing too many book series at the same time and she just probably wanted to finish one series to start writing other unfinished series. T ...more
Melissa
Jan 30, 2012 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: uf
I really enjoyed this series. As usual the first and third books in a trilogy seem to have all the action while the second book just acts as a bridge or intermission between the others. The series had a kick ass female lead, a love interest, a lot of action and other very interesting supporting character roles. The author left the story open enough (but no cliffhangers, thank the gods) so that in the future, there could be more books. There were enough secondary characters that there could be so ...more
Cindi
3.5 stars

This was another nice addition to the Warriors of Ankh series. I will admit that I was not overjoyed with the way certain things played out (view spoiler) and I felt that there were a couple of big things left unfinished (view spoiler) but I understood why the author went in those particular directions. The story may not have worked otherwise and I respect that. I hope to see one of those things (in the last spoiler lin
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Stephanie Constantinople
Downloaded and read this book in under four (combined) hours. Shades of Blood is the third book in the Warriors of Ankh series/trilogy. I loved this book very much, from Eden and Noah's relationship, to the badass fight scenes! I had to wait (rather impatiently) before I could actually read this book, but now that I had I just want to forget and re-read the whole story! Shades of Blood reached and exceeded my expectations for possible last installment. Fans of Samantha Young will definitely not ...more
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