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The Blood Books, Volume II by Tanya Huff
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Jun 04, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2009

Blood Books Volume 2 was an anthology of two Tanya Huff novels; Blood Lines and Blood Pact. The volume could have been subtitled “Night of the Living Dead” since they both had similar themes.

In Blood Lines, we have an ancient Egyptian wizard that was magically bound as a mummy. He’s accidentally released and starts taking over Toronto by enchanting all of the high ranking officials. The regular cast of characters- Vicki Nelson, a female detective that left the force because of failing eyesight, her ex-partner and current lover Mike Celluci and Henry Fitzroy, a romance writing vampire- work together to save the city. The tale was entertaining, but there wasn’t much character development.

Huff, however, really moves her characters along in Blood Pact. During the course of a medical study run by insane college students where bacteria is being used to reanimate dead tissue, a main character that recently passed away is turned into a zombie. To save the life of another character, Henry needs to “make them” into a vampire. This will obviously impact the story lines in the series from this book forward. Of the first four, this novel was the most entertaining and fundamentally “creepy.” It will be interesting to see where Huff takes her characters next.

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