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Blood Trail

(Vicki Nelson #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,254 ratings  ·  242 reviews
For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret—and is systematically massacring this ancient race.

The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers. Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 4th 2004 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 1992)
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Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sookie
Huff takes on werewolves, 1992 style. Henry tempts Vicki with a case needing discretion--a possible murder of werewolves. Since they were shot in wolf form while guarding sheep, it could have been a case of mistaken identity, until the most recent victim was hit with a silver bullet. City girl Vicki needs to head out to the country, and Henry goes to provide the night support. Back in the Toronto, Mike Celluci is digging deeper into Henry's past and discovers how little anyone really knows about ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I remember watching the TV series that was based on these books and was entertained but not really hooked. Then came the offer to buy the complete set at a discounted price (okay along with not giving away story lines I also cannot resist picking up books at a discounted price) and so I jumped at it.

Now years later I am slowly catching up on those series I have read a single book from and moved on to (read distracted by) something else to read.

I will admit that the series is some years old and
Opening Line:"The three-quarter moon, hanging low in the night sky, turned even tamed and placid farmland into a mysterious landscape of silver light and shadows."

BLOOD TRAIL is the second book in the thoroughly enjoyable Blood (Ties) series. As a fan of the TV show I was thrilled to discover this 5 part series of books and except for the absence of cell phones you won't be able to tell they were written in 1991. Once more I was impressed by author Tanya Huff
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series with Vicki and Henry. I did enjoyed the book and I find that I like the Vampire Henry better than some other vampires in other books. Basically Henry ask Vicki for help with a family of Werewolves that he's friends with who are having family members being killed with silver bullets. The one part of the book that I had difficulties with was which wolf name went with which family member. For example the wolf named Storm was called Peter in his human form. At l ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, fantasy
The second book in the Vicky Nelson series introduces more supernatural beings — this time werewolves, although the lore isn’t 100% traditional. (For example, werewolves are born, not created; if you aren’t a werewolf, you won’t become one.) It deals again, and more directly, with the problems that occur for supernatural beings living in a human community. The plot itself is reasonably obvious, and the ingredients make the outcome obvious: the way they get there and the characters surrounding th ...more
I love how Huff handles a triangle. Her weres are awesome.
Richard Schwindt
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you have ever wondered about werewolf culture; this is the book for you. In this outing Vicki and Henry descend into rural Ontario Gothic to help out a rather pleasant if unruly pack/family. This doesn't quite live up to the previous outing; the baddies are a little thinly drawn but it is still fun and you will enjoy the continuing saga.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Who Love Dark and Urban Fantasy
Somewhere in the course of this novel it occurred to me why I became so attached to this series; it all has to do with an old television series--not the one adapted directly from Huff's, which I've never seen. Rather, this reminds me strongly of Forever Knight, a series about a centuries old Vampire, Nick Knight on the Toronto police force. In a way Huff one ups that old series--Henry Fitzroy isn't merely a knight. He's based on a real historical figure, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII of Eng ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Blood Trail has Henry asking Vicki for help, regarding an unusual, often recluse family. It appears they are being picked off one by one.
Mike has a bee in his bonnet regarding Henry & decides to do some investigating into his past. Not that he's jealous or anything (um yeah right..).
Huff certainly knows her craft.Just to add I like that both books are written in the third person, you get in to everyones head, even the antagonist, TH does this really well, adding flashbacks of Henry's previous
Pam Baddeley
This was a re-read of volume 2 of a series that I remember enjoying, and I had remembered that this was one of my favourites so it was a disappointment that it fell a bit flat this time around.

Vicki Nelson, ex-cop and now a private eye, is asked by her friend Henry Fitzroy, vampire and illegitimate son of Henry VIII (a historical character, who died at age 17), to save some friends of his from a sniper. The Heerkens family live on a sheep farm outside the town or city of London, Ontario - it was
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did enjoy this book, to an extent. In this novel Vicki and Herny travel to London, Ontario (I did not know there was a London in Canada!) to investigate a slew of werewolf deaths. The ‘whodunnit’ is intriguing and well-crafted, the werewolf mythology is smart and fresh, and some wonderful secondary characters are introduced…
BUT, there was one minor point I had a big problem with, and that’s what is influencing this entire review.

In ‘Blood Price’ a character called Tony Foster was introduced. H
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is the second in Tanya Huff's 'Blood' series that I am currently re-reading. In this one, our leading lady Vicky Nelson, PI in Toronto, ex cop, is called upon to help a family living in a rural Canadian town with the dubious name of London. (I don't don't you Tanya; Canada has some interesting names, and I am Australian so no judgement from me...)

The difficulty with this case is that the family are being shot at when they are not looking too human and they are unwilling to go to the police.
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The best of the series probably because the action is mostly contained in a small world. Tanya Huff shines more brightly when she plays with an imagined setting. It push her to defined the world clearly and beautifully instead of assuming that the reader knows it and skipping the steps that make the book believable.
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May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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92 points/100 (4 ¾ stars/5) [revised from 3 stars].

Vicki Nelson and Henry Fitzroy travel to a family farm to investigate who is killing members of a family. A family of werewolves. They cannot go to the police, because they do not want anyone to know what they are. And, the only real suspects are people close to the family.


Seriously, this was so cute. I love this family of were
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire-lovers, fantasy-crime enthusiasts
Recommended to Zelda by: Blood Ties series
I liked this book better than the previous one. The supporting cast was more present and interesting.

In this story Vicki finds herself heading out from Toronto to rural Canada. Henry is asked to help in uncovering who killed a few of his old friends from a family he has been in contact with since WWII, and he asks Vicki to go with him. Mike gets into the mix too about half-way through, and messes things up a bit.
A fun thing about the story was that it takes place in the high heat of the summer,
This is the second Vicky Nelson book I've read and have to say that I didn't think it was as good as the first. Throughout the first half of the book, Mike and Henry were barely mentioned. One of the reasons I enjoyed the first book so much was because of the dynamics between all three leading characters. Missed it this time. Had plenty of Vicky present, but got a little tired of all the werewolf stuff. Not only that, but I found the cast confusing - each werewolf had a 'wolf' name plus a 'human ...more
Amy Grossman
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel from Tanya Huff's Blood Ties series, and it keeps getting better and better (guess it usually works that way!). I'm glad I just watched season 2 of the Blood Ties television series, because this book mirrored one of the episodes within that season (I love comparing the details between the two!). Blood Trail takes Vicky Nelson and Henry Fitzroy to London, Ontario to track down the cold blooded killer murdering family members living on a farm there. However, the family mem ...more
Carolyn F.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was on the fence of who the bad guys were but I did have it narrowed down to two when their characters were introduced, so pat myself on the back. I like that the heroine isn't perfect. Towers over most men, including one of her love interests, and is slowly losing her sight.

This story was good and for having been published in 1992, is probably at the beginning of the werewolf/vampire craze. This book has both. A very small amount of romantic encounters. Most of the fade-to-black kind with lo
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread Blood Price relative recently, and after watching a few more episodes of the Blood Ties TV series, I wanted to go back to the source material again. Hooray for books sitting waiting on my Kindle.

I really enjoyed this all over again. I had forgotten a lot of the detail, and it was lovely to revisit with Vicki, Mike and Henry.

I find the books relatively timeless - except for the cell phone thing - so every now and then a reference will surprise me, but I find that to be part of the fun. I
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
When I read these books originally this was my least favourite, but it grows on me with each re-read.

So often in supernatural tales vampires and werewolves go hand in hand, it has almost got to the point where it is a requirement, but Huff does well here in that her werewolves are different to those so often portrayed in other books.

I also like that Huff doesn't really string out Celluci not knowing what Henry is (well, at the least knowing he is not-human), nor does she give us a typical love
I enjoyed this book. It is fluff but enjoyable fluff. I liked this book a lot better then book one, maybe b/c it had wolves in it and who can say no to wolves. I like the fact that this is a brake away from the usual soft vampire porn that most vampire books are.
This was by far the best book in this series. I thought the werewolf-sharpshooter was original and the way Tanya Huff described the group dynamics within the werewolf clan were original.
Midnight Voss
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Blood Trail was my least favorite installment of the Vicki Nelson series. I'm not sure if that's because the precepts of the series work less well with this plot or because I have such high expectations for werewolf stories.

Yep! In this book, Vicki and Henry go out to London, Ontario to solve the murder of some werewolves. Henry Fitzroy happens to be a friend of the family!

Lore/Worldbuilding: This installment doesn't add anything to the vampire lore, really, other than acknowledging that Henry s
Judy Hall
Vicky Nelson confronted a demon and has dated a vampire, so why is she surprised to meet a werewolf? Henry Fitzroy needs her help after a werewolf clan who has been living peacefully in London Ontario comes to him after two of their members have been killed. They are sure that someone has learned their secret and that is why they are being stalked.

Henry can't help them alone. He can't be out in the day. Vicky can't see at night so between them they can cover the whole day. The two go out to the
I enjoyed this next book in the Blood Series. I enjoyed the story and seeing Vicki outside of the city and trying her hand at solving a problem for rural werewolves. There wasn't as much of Henry as I was hoping and too much of other characters that we won't see again. I did like seeing more of Mike Celluci and his interactions with Vicki. I was put off a bit because of the "love triangle". If it's one thing I hate, it's a love triangle... It wasn't that bad but I feel like it will pop up again ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I admit straight away that I'm reading this novel because of the Canadian TV show, Blood Ties(2007). With that in mind, I see all characters as those portrayed in the TV show (which is really only trouble when it comes to Vicki as in the show she's in her mid 30's and not blond.)

As it's own, the book isn't much of a standalone--yet it is at the same time. There is a lot of references between Vicki, Henry, and Celluci that if you didn't read the first novel, you may scratch your head in confusio
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'll round this up to a four. I wish Goodreads let you put half stars. I enjoyed this more than the first book, which was a lot of fun to read, but I had also thought the conclusion was a little anticlimactic.

This book did not have that problem. The plot is straightforward, but well paced. I thought the solution to the mystery was a little predictable, but it was fun watching the characters get there.
As with the first book, I really enjoyed how the main character is struggling to come to terms
Reading Blood Price was a nice bit of nostalgia, it showed off the beginning of my favourite genre and offered up a look at the series that began a tv show I found fun and a little silly. With the second book I'm forced to admit that while the first book held appeal in it's outdated notions and frankly predictable plot and storytelling the second one loses that charm. It's clumsy and predictable and the "love triangle" developing seems pointless and unnecessary when you consider the rules Huff h ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it

Even though I didn't think the first book of the series was anything to write home about, I did like the female protagonist, Vicki Nelson, enough to give this second book of the series a shot. Sadly, while Vicki remains a compelling heroine, the story this time was so tedious, and poorly conceived I wish I hadn't bothered.

Characters who are literally too stupid to live are a major bugbear of mine, and there is an entire werewolf family of them in this book. Not only didn't I care
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Blood Trail took everything I enjoyed about the first Vicki Nelson book to an extreme, and not in a good way.
A caricature of a villain became a religious satire.
Slight tension became a full-blown love triangle, which overtook the supernatural plot entirely.
And a logical analysis of werewolf culture went from insightful to disturbing.
Just because wolves in the wild mate with their relatives doesn't mean the climax of the book needs to be about a teenager wanting to do his twin sister.
I would not
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