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A Dance In Blood Velvet

(Blood Wine #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  25 reviews
For the love of her vampire suitor, Karl, Charlotte has forsaken her human life. Now her only contact with people is when she hunts them down to feed. Her thirst for blood repulses her but its fulfilment brings ecstasy.

The one light in the shadows is the passion that burns between her and Karl. A love that it seems will last for eternity - until Karl's former lover, the se
Paperback, 505 pages
Published October 25th 2013 by Titan Books (first published 1994)
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Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, romance, fantasy
My review of the first book is here.

I still feel kind of weirdly ambivalent about these books. Everything the copy says about the lush gothicness, it’s true; I find the prose really compelling, something sweet and syrupy and addictive. It engages all the senses, it draws you into its dark embrace… it is exactly the rich velvety experience promised by the titles: A Taste of Blood Wine, A Dance in Blood Velvet, The Dark Blood of Poppies…

I was a little ambivalent with the first book because of the
Jun 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: gothic, vampire
Woohoo! *happy dance* They have finally rereleased this book!
I can finally afford to get it.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caro

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro

Beware of spoilers!

The Blood Wine series was first published in the 1990’s, and now, by demand of the fans, it is being reissued with new book covers, that I’m just in love with, and a new book to the series due May, 2015.

As A Dance In Blood Velvet starts, we find out that Charlotte is still being looked for by her family. Soon after, while in the Crystal Ring, Karl and Charlotte find Katerine and nourish her back to life
Simon Wood
I have an odd relationship with this book. I read it at some point when I was a teenager - I'm 34 now, so over 15 years ago - and I can remember being absolutely blown away by it. I found it in the library and read it without having read A Taste of Blood Wine. But strangely enough, the only thing that I remembered about it, other than the opening scene, a handful of other moments, and the Crystal Ring aspect, was how beautifully written it was. I don't know what I'd been reading up to that point ...more
Shannon T
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very enthralling historical paranormal series. The way Freda Warrington writes and creates the story is phenomenal. The characters, the relationships and the plot are very complex and she weaves all these elements in such a way that you cannot stop reading. I highly recommend this series--it deserves so much recognition and I even discovered that they have such a wide fan base that new issues of the books have been produced in fantastic new editions (the ones I have purchased).

Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book infuriated me. sometimes I loved it and other times I hated it. but I still read it obsessively because it was so gosh-darn good.
S.L. Baron
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
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Red Lace Reviews
Black shadows appear within the Crystal Ring, bringing confusion and fear to those who inhabit it. Charlotte Neville and her lover Karl von Wultendorf find themselves, despite being separated by emotional conflict, deeply embedded in the scheme of three mysterious figures that wish to preform a questionable ceremony.

(WARNING: This review contains MAJOR spoilers.)

The first instalment (A Taste of Blood Wine) of this darkly alluring series captured my heart, in that despite the overly dramatic ton
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another exceptional piece by Freda! This book tore all of my heart strings apart and thankfully mended them back together at the end. I've never read a book that made me feel anything other than excitement. I found myself yelling at Charlotte when she pursued Violette and even more when her and Karl started to grow apart. I honestly started to feel sick like I was in the relationship (it was maddening). I have no issues with this book whatsoever and its a strong competitor for A Taste of Blood W ...more
Amy Braun
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series does vampire romance like no other series I've read before, I'll tell you that. I read the back so I thought I knew what to expect. Nope. I was wrong. So, so very wrong. And it was awesome. This is a fantastic book with even more amazing characters, thrilling passion, heartbreaking lies and hidden truths, and rich story telling. I love Karl and Charlotte and their romance and while I'm all for them staying together forever, I have to admit it was nice to see them go through a misstep ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I really enjoyed reading (re-reading technically though I didn't realize I had read it back when it was new in the 90's) the first and was looking forward to the second.

Ugh, though! So EMO. The entire book is one character whining about god/evil/morals/the devil after another. Katerina is so obnoxious. Charlotte is obsessed for no real reason given with a ballerina. Karl is cold and aloof and the "eternal" love between he and Charlotte is missing after a mere three years for most of the book. (R
Carrie Mansfield
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampire, adult
A full review will be available on my blog 3/16.

Short review:
That gothic style that worked so well in the first book works against the sequel as the story broadens beyond being merely Karl and Charlotte's tale. Furthermore, the obsession that drove them together in the first book now merely causes them to stare at each other longingly and wonder why their relationship is falling apart. It's annoying, not romantic, and Violette is just as depressed as the rest of them. The vampires in this book c
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
The storyline really annoyed the sh*t out of me.

It wasn’t completely bad but it wasn’t great...

I honestly wanted to strangle Charlotte... badly... her character went downhill in this story, I expected much more character growth... instead I felt like she done a 360 and turned into a brat... I just felt like she wanted it her way and it was her way only. Just terrible, I actually liked Charlotte in book one and now... mehhhh.

Well... not only Charlotte was annoying, there were other characters too
Mar 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: vampires
#2 Blood Wine series - Vampires

5/5/20 mistakenly went into storage during a move. Will be a Halloween 2020 read
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the second!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and very fast paced, it's equal parts a wicked romance and an occult horror novel. HIGHLY recommended for fans of Anne Rice (and I know that every vampire novel has that blurb, but this is only the second time that I've said that about another author's work.) The stakes (heh) are much higher than they were in the previous novel, and the plot is more driven by Charlotte's conflicting desires, as well as the humans' involvement with the occult, than they are by the plot of a re ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I genuinely enjoyed the first in the series, however, this one became too fanastical for me. The author continued her questioning about the existence of God, the reason for vampires, the spirit or the consciousness, the reincarnation of Lilith and a chosen Adam for consort, etc. The ending of this book foreshadows events in the next. I was deeply interested in the relationship of the main characters, but I lose patience with stubborn, bull-headedness with disastrous results. I will not be readin ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 4-stars, series
This one surprised me so much, it was so much better than the first. I was expecting the story to go a certain way, but it went somewhere I never thought it would and it worked. So much stuff happened all the time, it didn't feel draggy like the first one, and the characters and the world were just fantastic. There was just one thing I didn't like, which made me knock off a star, but it wasn't enough to hinder my enjoyment of the book.
Nico Janow
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Depressing vampire soap opera? DNF.
John Wilde
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be the book which really introduced me to the love of reading. It is dark, gothic, romantic, passionate, right and flippin wrong(as I don't approve of the glorification of vampires) but Carl and Charlotte are both tender as well as brutal, and you can't help like them in their way and feel for them in their own tough and perilous existence.The way Freda has written this novel... Well..its pure art...though if it were a candle it would offer very little light and warmth. Its intriguin ...more
Jul 29, 2015 marked it as not-finished
I'm getting better at asking myself Why (am I reading this)? versus Why not (finish anyway)? and if the answer to the former is not satisfactory, giving up. A Dance in Blood Velvet is a Why? book. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, I just have more interesting books to read.
Jayme Prisbell-Hultman
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second book was interesting. It provided more of a look into the questions Karl and Charlotte have been looking for as well showing how events, people, and situations can alter the relationships you depend on most.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Um, what? How did I come to like the second book more than the first? I think it was the supernatural aspect of it, delving into the realm of Lilith, exploring Good versus Evil.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved CHarlotte in the first book and hated her with a passion in this book. Despite that, loved this book!
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Freda Warrington is an award-winning British author, known for her epic fantasy, vampire and supernatural novels.

“The Blood Wine books are addictive, thrilling reads that are impossible to put down and they definitely deserve more attention” –

Her earliest novels, the Blackbird series, were written and published in the 1980s. In the intervening years she has seen numerous novels of

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Blood Wine (5 books)
  • A Taste of Blood Wine (Blood Wine, #1)
  • The Dark Blood of Poppies (Blood Wine, #3)
  • The Dark Arts of Blood (Blood Wine, #4)
  • Nights of Blood Wine (Blood Wine, #4.5)

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