Please note that there are slight spoilers for the first book The Sweet Scent of Blood and the second book The Cold Kiss Of Death.
This is the second tPlease note that there are slight spoilers for the first book The Sweet Scent of Blood and the second book The Cold Kiss Of Death.
This is the second time that I have read The Bitter Seed of Magic and it is as good as the first time that I read it. However this isn’t my favourite book out of the three, but don’t get me wrong it is still a fantastic book. All of the Fae are trying to get Genny pregnant in the hopes that the fertility curse will be broken but our Genny is not too keen to get knocked up. Not even by her friend and boss the Satyr Finn. Her vampire protector Malik al-Khan is MIA but life seems very quiet and peachy for Gen. That is until the Faelings start turning up dead and when Gen’s nemesis DI Helen Crane is shall we say less than helpful it is down to our favourite bean sidhe to solve the murders.
This book cannot be read on its own, it must be read as part of the series otherwise you will not have a clue what is going on. However, saying that this is a complex book so you have to pay attention. There are so many twists, turns and shocks that my head was spinning. Now is you have read any of my reviews before you know I am all about the vampire but in this book my head was turned by the handsome Finn. We also get more of Tavish the kelpie who is an awesome character plus we meet some new people too.
I absolutely adore this series and I don’t understand why it is better known, the only thing that I can think of is that it is that Ms McLeod is a British author and the story is set in the UK. If you like Urban Fantasy please please please try this series, you will not regret it. Yes it is fast paced and there is lots going but these books are magnificent. Well done Ms McLeod I can’t wait for book 4 The Shifting Price of Prey and I give The Bitter Seed of Magic 5 stars. ...more
This is the second time that I have read this book. I am re-reading the three books in the series in preparation for the fourth one The Shifting PriceThis is the second time that I have read this book. I am re-reading the three books in the series in preparation for the fourth one The Shifting Price Of Prey being released soon. This is not a book that can be read on its own you really do need to read the first book The Sweet Scent Of Blood before reading this one. I adore this series it is set in London and features 24 year old Genny who was born to a sidhe fae mother and vampire father. Genny works for spellcrackers.com where she cracks spells; she also has the virus 3V which means she is basically a vampire junkie. She craves being bitten by a vamp and if she doesn’t get bitten she can die as her body produces too much blood. So in order to overcome this she takes G-zav which is sort of like methadone and it stops her cravings. Being sidhe Genny’s blood is coveted by vampires. Not only is it tasty to them but many believe it is powerful and will give the vamp drinking it extra powers. So for these reasons Genny keeps herself to herself and tries to keep away from the vamps and stays under the protection of the witches. However in book 1 Genny killed the uber master vampire known as the Earl and now all the vampires in London are courting her in the hopes that she will become their blood pet. But Genny also met Malik Al Khan the handsome master vampire who has wanted Genny since he first tasted her blood when she was four and now Genny is starting to think she may turn to him for safety.
This book deals with Genny’s vampire problems and more. We discover more about the fae and their relationship with Genny. Ms McLeod introduces us to lots more fae. Their descriptions are just fantastic. We have tree fae and fish fae and then there is a great new character called Travis who is a kelpie. Plus we can’t forget the possible love interest Finn who is a satyr and Genny’s boss. There is intrigue, double crossing and a murder mystery to solve. For me spellcrackers.com is Urban Fantasy as its best. The characters are superb and the tension between Genny and Malik is sizzling with world building that is imaginative and immense. I would recommend this series to people who like Urban Fantasy. If you have read and liked The Hollows by Kim Harrison you should give these books a try. I am so glad that re-read this book there are some things that I either didn’t grasp or that I forgot first time round and for the second time I am going to give The cold Kiss Of Death 5 stars. ...more
Because I am re-reading this book in advance of the 4th book you can probably guess that I like it, and I do, I absolutely love it. Ms McLeod has creaBecause I am re-reading this book in advance of the 4th book you can probably guess that I like it, and I do, I absolutely love it. Ms McLeod has created a fantastic world filled with all sorts of supernatural beings plus it is set in London which is awesome as I live in the UK and the sort of books I read are very very rarely set in my home country.
Gen is a great character and I warmed to her immediately she has led a troubled life as a Sidhe Fae whose blood is coveted by vampires. There is a big storyline running in the background which tells us of her childhood, some of it is revealed in this book and the two books which follow. I forgot how much vamp action there is in The Sweet Scent Of Blood as well. The vampires are as vampires should be, gorgeous and sexy one minute, deadly and manipulative the next. They even go so far as infecting their victims with 3V, an infection that makes the being infected with it beg to be bitten.
There are some excellent secondary characters also. In particular there is the Satyr called Finn who works with Gen and the master vamp Malik al-Khan. The plot is well written and keeps you turning the pages to find out who has done what. I really love this series and if you like dark urban fantasy with a kick ass heroine and sexy hot vamps I recommend you try this book. I am going to give The Sweet Scent Of Blood 5 stars. ...more
I thought this would be a difficult review to write but in fact it is one of the easiest I have ever written because I am so passionate about this series. So where shall I start. First I suppose I should say a little bit about the Chicagoland Vampire series. It is as you can probably guess set in Chicago and is primarily about the vampires that live there. The stories are written in the first person from Merit’s point of view. Merit was an English student who was turned vampire against her will by the Master vampire Ethan in order to save her life. Now if you haven’t read the previous 4 Chicagoland books then why not they are awesome in my opinion and if you want to read them you may want to turn away now because there will be spoilers on those books.
I received my copy of Drink Deep a day early and I was so excited about it I started reading straightaway. I had waited 6 tortuous months for this moment and nothing was going to stop me from reading it, in fact I didn’t stop until I finished it late last night. I was apprehensive when I started with how Ms Neill was going to deal with Ethan’s death in the previous book Hard Bitten. I had read that some people were giving up on the series because of how the last book ended. But I applauded Ms Neill for the brave decision she made with killing Ethan. No I didn’t want Ethan dead but like in real life bad unpleasant things happen and we just have to accept it and move on. Plus it got everyone talking about Hard Bitten and craving Drink Deep, well played Ms Neill. So before I turned the first page I thought to myself. Did I want Ethan to be brought back to life? Yes of course I did I absolutely love and adore Ethan and I was heart broken when he died. Did I want Ethan to stay dead? Yes I also wanted this too. I didn’t want a cheesy way in which he could be resurrected like the whole waking up from a dream thing with Bobby Ewing in Dallas. I also wanted to see how the series would be taken forward without Ethan.
Right so lets get down to the nitty gritty of Drink Deep. You probably have read the blurb but basically strange things are happening in Chicago. Lake Michigan has turned black and is sucking all the magic from the city. The GP has put Franklin Cabot a GP representative into Cadogan House to try and get it in order and Merit is trying to get her life as Sentinel back on track without Ethan. Merit is ordered to get to the bottom of Lake Michigan turning black and to assist her she enlists the help of Grey House guard Jonah.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is quite a slow story with all the action taking place in the last quarter of the book. In fact I got a little bored at times with the first three quarters of the book. I don’t know if this is because I just wanted to get the Ethan issue resolved or not. There are the usual characters in this installment but they tend to take a back seat and Jonah is very much a main character. I really liked Jonah I haven’t been too keen on him in the previous books but he really started to shine for me in this. He isn’t an Ethan replacement, no one ever could be, but I did like him. There is a main theme running through the book in that Merit and her vampires are getting unfairly treated. The humans are blaming them for everything and Franklin is giving them orders and setting tests that they will inevitably fail. This really got to me in the end I was fed up with everyone picking on the vampires and nobody doing anything about it. I wanted Merit to stand up and do something instead of just taking it on the chin every time. I also felt that the last quarter of the book was rushed. I did like the pace of it because it fitted with the events that happen but some of the scenes could have been longer for me. We are left with an exciting ending that once again has me begging for more but thankfully it is not on the scale of Hard Bitten. I really don’t know what rating to give this book, I want to give the first bit 3 stars and the last bit 5 stars. Well that’s all isn’t it? Oh right you want to know if Ethan comes back, well let me tell you……you will just have to read and find out for yourself. ...more