Tuesday, May 18, 2010

ALLIANCE IN BLOOD Partnership in Blood series, Volume One by Ariel Tachna

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: May 2008
978-0-9815084-9-8 (e-book/paperback)
Paranormal M/M Vampire
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

What does a distressed wizard have to do with a cynical, disillusioned vampire? Well quite a lot it seems. Alan Magnier is that wizard and he is in the middle of a war that has been fought in the shadows of the world by the paranormal community. The wizards send him to meet with the representative of the vampires, Orlando St. Clair and both find something that will change their entire world. To turn the tide of the war, wizards and vampires must partner up and defeat their common foes before it is too late. Will these two factions find a way to bridge their differences and win the war?

ALLIANCE IN BLOOD had a great premise- a magical war, wizards and vampires who were not on top of the food chain so to speak. I proceeded to open the book, started reading and immediately was wondering who the main characters were. There were too many characters thrown at you that could have been gradually introduced or spaced out better. I felt like I needed a score card to figure out who was who. It was very disconcerting to say the least.

Meet Alan Magnier, a wizard sent to try to make an alliance with the vampires to win the magical war that is plaguing the wizards and the world. He is a wizard who is fighting a war that is decimating the wizards and he is determined to do whatever it takes to persuade the vampires on their side and form an alliance. Orlando St. Clair is bitter and tired of feeling like an outcast because he is a vampire. These two are opposites yet there was a spark between them that had me intrigued. Ms. Tachna delivers two very interesting yet opposites in ways that work in ALLIANCE IN BLOOD. Both were determined in their causes (Alan-Vampire alliance, Orlando-Get the vampires rights and protections under the law) and it came across the pages. These two were the perfect foil for each other and Ms. Tachna keeps the sexual tension building between the two until it combusts between them. The relationship between Orlando and Alan had me flipping the pages even as I tried to ignore all the secondary characters being tossed at the reader.

ALLIANCE IN BLOOD was a good story but a tad over full of characters that can confuse the reader. Nonetheless, the story was interesting and had a great hook as I mentioned earlier (wizards, magical war, vampires, etc) that intrigued me. I may check out the other books in the series eventually to see if they even out character wise. If you enjoy a good paranormal story, then check out ALLIANCE IN BLOOD.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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