Monday, February 13, 2012

LIONSBLOOD (Collection) by Marteeka Karland

Publisher: Changeling Press
Date published: January 13, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60521-766-6
Paranormal Futuristic
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.

(4.5 heart)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! This is a collection of previously released stories in this world.

Lionsblood is a very short story about Marie, who calls on Klark for help when she can’t get home before the cold strikes.

Lionsmate is the story of Talia, a human on a slave farm, and of Dykstra who buys her, even though he’d meant to buy a strong male to help him in his work. But she’s so feisty he can’t resist her, even though he insists on waiting to see if she adjusts to life in his world.

Lionsbane. Jayla’s family is killed by a rogue lionsblood and now she’s determined to kill them. Kane has always protected her even though she doesn’t know it. Until the day he needs her instead.

Lionsheart is Shiffley’s story. His protege, Gretta, is taken to prison and he’s determined to free her.

I really enjoyed these stories. The world building was excellent, with lots of show as we saw the land through the eyes of the characters. Each story added to our knowledge, effortlessly expanding our understanding of this place, with no gaps or inconsistencies. I also loved the way some of the characters reappeared in other stories and was thrilled in the final book when we learned more about Shiff.

There were some excellent lines in the book. The kind of line you remember and laugh over again and again. I noticed only two unimportant grammatical errors in the entire book and for 54,000 words that’s outstanding. The two short stories are very erotic, whereas the two longer books have a lot more build-up to the sex which made an excellent balance in the volume.

My only complaint is with the cover. Since the author is the cover artist I was waiting for the story/plot point, of why the woman has no breasts and no nipples. It never happened. I can only assume a prudish retailer demanded their removal. If that is what happened, I’d have preferred some clothing on her to having parts of her airbrushed off. It was disconcerting when I’d been waiting for the explanation.

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

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