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The Blood Books, Volume I

(Vicki Nelson #1-2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Blood Price Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic—along with another, unexpected ...more
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Published July 5th 2006 by DAW
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Opening Line:"Ian shoved his hands in his pockets and scowled down the length of the empty subway platform."

BLOOD BOOKS Volume 1 contains the first two books in Tanya Huff's 5 part Blood series. These stories became the first few episodes in the Blood Ties TV show which luckily I discovered before the books because now I have the added bonus of visual references for all the characters. The books aren't as cheesy as the TV series sometimes became in fact the writing here is well above average,
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 3.5

Review coming soon-ish.

Review: 12/18/16

I have a weakness for books set in Canada, not even gonna lie. I spent 15 years living there, and while not a perfect country, I consider it home. Novels set in Canada make me incredibly nostalgic. <3

(I'm a dual citizen tho. I was born in America to Canadian military parents lol)

This is one of my favorite supernatural themed thriller/mystery book series so far.

I also enjoyed the show that was based on the series when I was in high school. I
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf p. 125. Went off in too many directions, & was just okay before it did all that. Stopped caring. Also, this MC needs to get some gd glasses that fit, ffs.
The Flooze
*4 stars for Blood Price.*

I've been watching the show based on this series, catching it in bits and pieces thanks to dratted insomnia. Though it can be terribly cheesy and it doesn't feature the best acting, it's still entertaining.

Combine that with my impression of the one other Huff book I've read - a lacklustre story that never made me care for its characters - and I kept putting these books to the side. I hoped they'd expand on the intriguing aspects of the television show...but I feared
Aug 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who love to read about vampires and crime
Blood Price
Vicky Nelson, a former police-woman, now private investigator becomes witness of a terrible murder in a Toronto subway station. The victim has severe throat injuries and the body is drained of blood. When other murders happen in the exactly same way the media start to conjure up the picture of a vampire dealing out death and destruction.
Henry Fitzroy is a vampire and not happy at all about the suspicion against his kind. He lives unrecognized between people and he wants it to stay
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Blood Books (vol. 1) is an omnibus containing the first two of Tanya Huff’s “Blood” series; Blood Price and Blood Trail.

Blood Price, the first in the series, introduces us to the main characters. We have Vicki Nelson, a female detective that left the force because of failing eyesight, her ex-partner (and on-again, off-again lover) Mike Celluci and her assistant, Henry Fitzroy. We learn that Henry is actually a vampire.

The novels are similar in style to Butcher’s Dresden Files in that each deals
Jeremy Preacher
Omnibus, so two parts:

Blood Price:

It's interesting to see how oddly dated this feels - not in a "clearly set in the late 80s" kind of way, but in a "urban fantasy has developed as a genre" sort of way. I don't even know that I can pinpoint why it feels a little archaic, although certainly the vampire lore is bog-standard and the demon summoning equally so.

That is not to say that it's not worth reading - it's entertaining enough, and Henry Fitzroy's flashbacks are neat, although they make the
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had never read a Tanya Huff book before, and when my friend sent me Volumes 1, 2 & 3 after our discussion of some books I'd just finished reading, I was under the impression it was a romance series.

So not the case!

Still under that impression, I started the book and began to loathe it because I was instinctively waiting for the big romance scenes that were not coming. After I got through Blood Price (and figured out it was more about mystery and drama rather than romance) I actually enjoyed
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy, vampire lovers
This is the beginning of kind of a long running series for her. I read them quite a while ago, but remember enjoying them a lot.
Back in the dawn of the age of vampires (1991!) they seemed fresh and different. There's some good romantic/sexual tension with the female protag and two sexy guys(she's got kind of a chip on her shoulder, I'm afraid, but a good heart) and clever stories, too. Lots libraries have these, so a good break from Kindle/Nook extravagance.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is actually two complete novels in the Vicki Nelson series by Tanya Huff. These novels are Urban Fantasy. The first novel is Blood Price. In it Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, has had to leave the police force because of failing eyesight. She will not allow anyone to pity her however. After Vicki witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with ...more
Leslie Jonsson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd read this years ago. Excellent urban fantasy by Tanya Huff. I intend to read more by her.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Tanya huff, people in their early 30s are not old and decrepit!
Wendy Bocock
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Would give the first book a 3.5, and the second one a 3.75. I liked the werewolf family in the 2nd book quite a bit.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series, although it was quite light-weight, and the books have NOT disappointed!
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Danie by: Lifetime TV Network, sorta...
Shelves: myst-thrill
Blood Price -- Vicki Nelson, Vampire Slayer. No, wait, wrong character. Vicki Nelson, PI, former Police detective, now with retinitis pigmentosa is an interesting heroine. She's planted firmly in the side of good in this book from the beginning. After all, she was one of Toronto's finest, a detective who solved hard cases and solved a lot of them (maybe with a teeny bit of help from her partner Mike Celluci).

But then the eye thing came along and she had to retire and her life finally got
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, for-fun
I had read Blood Price a couple of years ago, as I'll pick up almost anything related to the Tudors in any way shape or form. After binge watching "Blood Ties" on DVD, however, I returned to the series to see how well the series related to the books. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the TV series did the characters justice (although they completely wussed out as far as Tony, and Henry's bisexuality, is concerned). If you are familiar with the show, Blood Price is essentially the pilot ...more
Mary T. B.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I've watched the tv serie before reading the books.
And I am really glad of it.
Those are two different things. And the books are way better.

Blood Price:
The things start at the very first page. We get to know Vicki Nelson, a strong female character who stop at nothing when she works on a case. She doesn't seems to need anyone, but it don't bother. She is strong enough to be awesome, and have enough flaws to be likable. I really love her.
She is forced to team up with 450 years old
Lasairfiona Smith
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For some light, urban fantasy reading...
There isn't anything particularly special about these books. The writing is okay, the characters are fairly one dimensional, and the plots are quite straightforward. However, Huff puts together a pleasant read. Two of the three main characters love to scream at each other and typically lose their temper every other page. How these two could possibly function as cops without a serious list of citations is anyone's guess, but it is quite entertaining to read about how they really, really want to ...more
LaNita Herlem
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love the show "Blood Ties" which is based on Tanya Huff's Blood Books. Since I have seen the complete television series, I was hesitant to read the books because, well, I had already seen them. I was wrong. The first book "Blood Price" is the first two shows of the tv series, but the second book, "Blood Trail" is not. Yes there is a show concerning lycanthropy that does take a couple minute details from the book, but the two stories are NOTHING alike. Hopfully that will be the case with the ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the show. Just LOVE IT!

BLOOD PRICE- Fantastic. Great story!
I just love the main characters. Vicki is quite a strong yet hard-headed character-she's great. It does jump around a lot. Which isn't bad. it gives the characters more life, tells their back-story and provides more 'meat' to the stories. You get a look in to each of the characters, see from their points of view.

Shew, i really can't stand this Norman character- i just want to smack him. He was annoying
K.A. Jordan
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
First two books of the 'Blood' series. Well done without being over done. Worth the effort to track down. Huff has a deft way of telling at story. Good characters, Henry is likable, Vickie is gruff and flawed enough to be interested. Sex is implied not grossly detailed.

Like many other reviewers I found out about the books from the TV series.

Huff does a good job of pulling the reader into the story. I liked her 'regular' characters enough to keep reading the rest of the series. While Norman
Colleen S Harris
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of urban fantasy
This is actually a compendium containing Huff's first two novels in a series; Blood Trail and Blood Price. (I do wish more series would compile their books this way.) The first novel drops you in media res with a plucky protagonist; some of her relationships seem odd, but the reader becomes accustomed over the course of the novel. The omnipresent POV is interesting; much of the urban fantasy I've read is from the protagonist's point of view; transitions between character thoughts seem unwieldy ...more
This was cool. Kind of an old school film noir story about a lady private investigator... she's hard-boiled, smart-assed, and gets the jobs done. She has to retire from the police force because she has a degenerative eye disease. Gets wrapped in a case which introduces her to demons, vampire (singular) and then later werewolves. Has a bit of a love triangle which was interesting. She has a relationship with a cop, then forms another with the vampire. She doesn't seem to want to choose between ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This two-volume book includes the first two stories in Huff's "Blood Books" An urban fantasy series about ex-cop Vicki Nelson and Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII and a vampire. a predecessor to many of today's urban fantasy series, the blood books are focused more on adventure and mystery than romance. And while Nelson has her flaws, she is more mature, and less inclined to the hip-cocking, gum-smacking, sneering wisecracks of her more recent contemporaries. That said, this series lacks ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this one up because I had enjoyed short stories set in the same world, and I was quite surprised to find that the characterizations were completely different. The huge thing that has already happened to the main character hasn't happened yet in these two books. It's like two books of reeeeeally long setup before everything happens to her later (but not in these books). Does that make sense? These are vaguely interesting as the hard-boiled detective is suddenly introduced to the ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so far (i just finished Price...haven't started Trail yet).
Henry's an awesome vampire with baggage, Mike I'm just in love with for the sarcasm and crankiness and Vicki is not an irritating female that sometimes we get stuck with as leads.

My only issues were if his Catholic faith is so important to Henry as was earlier in the book suggested, why didn't it play a part in facing the Demon (Only Mike crosses himself and he's supposed to be the skeptical one?)

And only time will
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Blood Debt

In this, the 5th story of Vicki Nelson, vampire and PI, she is asked by Henry Fitzroy (vampire) to help him solve a case where a ghost visits him each evening. If Henry asks a wrong question someone dies, so the rush is on to find who his killer is. This is first time Vicki has seen Henry in 12 months, as two vampires cannot live in the same area as they are territorial. Vicki finds that hard to believe as she puts his theory to the test - they have their moments – she has her partner
Sep 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was recommended to me because I was a sucker for anything with a vampire in it. I really enjoyed these books although the writing left a lot to be desired. It kept me engaged until they ended. Blood Price, the first in the series, introduces us to the main characters. Vicki Nelson private investigator, her ex-partner Mike Celluci and 450-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy.

Viki Nelson left the police forced to become a private investigator, one night on the subway she comes across a murder,
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series. The first one is similar to the pilot of the show, but with enough differences that you have a feel for where you are in the story without it getting boring. I found it to be better then the show actually. I really liked Henry's fashbacks and the banter between all the characters.

The second book was even better. I absolutely loved the werewolves.

Some time in the early 90's I read one book out of this series. All I remember from the the book
May 12, 2008 rated it liked it
The first novel of this 2-book omnibus left me with mixed feelings. I enjoyed it, because it is a good yarn. However, it has a few big weaknesses which kept me from really getting excited about it.

First of all, only Vicky Nelson and Henry Fitzroy are well fleshed-out characters. Celluci was on his way, but didn't quite make it. The villain was a lame collection of stereotypes.

Huff jumps back and forth between viewpoints like she's on a pogo stick. It was distracting and unnecessary. There are
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