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Of Scions and Men

(American Scions #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published February 22nd 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Courtney Sloan All my titles in this series are plays on classic literature mixed with the scion mythology. This one was a play on Of Mice and Men. The prequel is No…moreAll my titles in this series are plays on classic literature mixed with the scion mythology. This one was a play on Of Mice and Men. The prequel is No Scions for Old Men, that came out earlier this year. The sequel coming next year is The Scions of Wrath.

This mixes my writing and my day job together. :)(less)
Courtney Sloan I am just finishing writing the climax right now. Then it goes through the process. It should be sometime next year. I will let you know as soon as I …moreI am just finishing writing the climax right now. Then it goes through the process. It should be sometime next year. I will let you know as soon as I know. (less)
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I feel terrible for not finishing Of Scions and Men because:
1) It's the author's debut novel and I'm the first person not to give it a positive review (I'm sorry! Please don't play darts with my picture)
2) The people at Curiosity Quills Press are absolute sweethearts

It's not a bad book - I actually enjoyed quite a lot of it. I just started to lose interest in the story until I never found myself in the mood to pick it up again.

When I started reading, it was a little hard to get into: there we
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After tragedy strikes, it is time for the Vampires to reveal their true nature and in fact they end up governing over the humans, who are forced to donate blood for the vampires to drink. In addition, important vampires can get a Scion, which is like a special blood donor who in return can tap from the vampire's power through a psychic link. Main character Rowan, both Scion and on the lookout for rogue vampires, will do what it
Clearly opinion is divided over this book, but not being one to follow the mainstream and always on the lookout for something new and fresh, I am sorry to say but I loved the book.
If you are looking for a book that does not feature insta love, solves the eternal problem of naked shifters, includes vampire bonds and dismembered bodies, all set in a dystopian world, well here is the book for you.

But and here's the but ....

"If you like Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yo
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love vampire stories, but I've read many and it's hard for me to find a refreshing take on them. Not only did this gem of a story offer me just such a story, but it included a fantastic cast of characters and a gritty post-apocalyptic urban fantasy plot that captivated me from beginning to in.

The story opens with vampire scion, Rowan Brady, going about her day job policing the prets (preternaturals) by hauling in a vamp who abused the laws by taking blood from an unlicensed source- namely sma
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

First volume of what seems to be an interesting series. Not the best urban fantasy novel I've ever read, sure, but it has political hooks that could very well lead to a few big bangs in the future.

When the world went to the dogs, vampires revealed themselves and stepped in to keep the cattle, sorry, the humans in check—after all, there's no point in letting your bloodbags kill each other with mass-destruction w
would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I, as a reader, often wonder if it is harder to create an entirely new world like in a fantasy novel or a world just like today’s but with a few crucial changes as Courtney Sloan does in Of Scions and Men? Whichever is harder, establishing a world in the first novel in a series is always a challenge. Mrs. Sloan does an admirable job of creating a “realistic” world in this novel. You know, as realistic as a world where vampires are the ruling faction in North American and Europe at least.

There w
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courtney Sloan is a new to me author, making Of Scions & Men my first experience with her writing.



Cover Art:
Not only is the cover art gorgeous it's also accurate.

1st POV - Rowan

None, although the potential for future romance does exist.

Distopian, USA
After a massive human war the paranormal population is "out of the closet". Every war has it's casualties & in this case humanity paid the price. North America is segregated from the rest
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Key Characters: Rowan Brady, Devon Shuvalov, Nadia Gavrilova, and Carson Holt

Setting: Chicago post Reclamation America

Of Scions and Men is the first installment in author Courtney Sloan's American Scion series. Protagonist Rowan Brady works for an organization called DEC (Department of Energy Conservation). The DEC ensures compliance by vampires and humans. Rowan is what is called a Blood Theft specialist. She is the person who gets
Rowan did something she felt she had to do a few years ago, and now she is scion to a very powerful vampire. But when the head vampire targets her to find a serial killer among them, she must do what she can to find out who it is before it is her head on the chopping block. She will meet new people, and learn new things about herself along the way.

This was a totally new type of vampire novel. I adored it! I loved the heroine and how she acted, and I really enjoyed the hero as well.

The only thi
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished the book and wish there was a sequel to read! Devon and Rowan were such likable people. There were no parts of the book where I was bored or ready to read something instead of finishing it. This is a great start to a series I hope continues to be as good or better than this first book. Courtney Sloan will be an author I read in the future.
Vampires, scions & shifte
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Received a complimentary copy to read and review. It was a good read. I couldn't put it down. I like the characters and world that Courtney has created. It has some great twists and turns. Readers will be drawn into the story from the first page. I look forward to reading more of Courtney's books. ...more
4.75 stars. With the potential to become a favorite series.

~A-Z reading challenge; letter O~
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

This book was great! Though I will freely admit at first I groaned and thought I was reading a ‘Hollows wannabe’. I soon shut myself up, apologised profusely for being such an idiot for assuming such a thing and got on with enjoying the story. It is NOT a ‘Hollows wannabe’ AT ALL! Yes there are some minor similarities… but you could say that about any supernatural urban fantasy that
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
In the past, I have enjoyed Ms. Sloan's husband's books, so I was intrigued when I saw that she had a book coming out and that is was in a genre I liked. I was expecting that I would like her book at least half as much as I did her husband's. What I wasn't expecting was to like it as much as I did! After a little bit of a rocky start, the book went full steam ahead with action, drama, interesting characters, while leaving me with a yearning to read more. Ro is a very spunky and fearless heroine ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy-OMG-WOW. No, seriously. Never in a million years did I think I'd ever enjoy another vampire book. I've tried and tried and tried and just... nope. But OF SCIONS AND MEN gripped me from the very first page with an amazingly unique world full of vampires, scions, shifters, and mediums;a kick-ass heroine and an amazing best friend; stakes so high I could barely keep my eyes open while reading for fear of the characters; and a world system that's so unique I wish I could dive into the mythology ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Except for a few grammatical errors, there was nothing wrong.
I really liked this take on a Vampire/Dystopian society, where vampires ruled and humans learned to live with, more or less.
Some vampires had scions and those scions usually worked in some way for them in different capacities.
I also liked the relationship between Rowan and Devon and how each of them interacted, not just with each other, but other people as well.
No spoiler
Ann M. Noser
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, kick-butt action with a wise-cracking heroine.
Mystery, murder, chaos.
The oddest almost love triangle you've ever seen--without much actual romance (kind of liked it that way, TBH).
A strong cast of characters, a horrid/disgusting villain, and writing that ties you to the page.
I understand (happily) that this is just the start of a series...
Samantha Gunning
Feb 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received a paperback copy.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It had some fantasy here, humour there and some action in the middle. Its an easy and refreshing book. The only Sad part is that it ended and i dont know If there will be a second book or not
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, from start to finish. I am really disappointed there has been no book 2 as I completely devoured book 1 and was not ready for this sorry to end.
Elena Linville
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, loved-ok
You can find this review and more on my blog.

Of Scions and Men is the first book in a new urban fantasy series and as such, it does a good job in introducing the readers to the world and the characters who inhabit it.

And that's no small feat, I can tell you. First books in a series have the thankless job of showing the reader a brand new world and making sure that they love the protagonist enough to stick not only until the end of one book, but to keep reading the series, AND they need to do th
On the surface, Of Scions and Men looks like it could be really cool – a dystopian urban fantasy world ruled by vampires. However, it’s poorly executed and often feels like a collection of little thought out tropes. If I weren’t reading this with the intention to review, I would have quit part way through.

Rowan Brandy is a vampire’s scion – someone who becomes a vampire’s servant in blood bag and gains a psychic link that allows them to use the vampire’s powers. She normally works tracking down
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually really liked this book partially because I’m a sucker for these vampire romance novels, partially because I found Devon to be attractive and partially because I found the whole scion thing to be an interesting take on an otherwise overdone genre. Plus, the fact that this is a dystopian novel with the vampires as a ruling government is also very unique and I thought that the author did a good job in world building and character growing.

While I found Rowan to be a tad rude and somewhat
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Il libro è scritto bene, la storia non è male, anche se non nuovissima, l'unico problema è la protagonista che è troppo anti-vampiro per essere credibile nel suo ruolo. Ed è pure antipatica, mi ricorda Anita Blake dei primi tempi...un po' in peggio...Anita odiava anche se stessa oltre ai mostri, perciò questo la rendeva più umana e piacevole, tutto considerato. ...more
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A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communica ...more

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