Tuesday, May 6, 2014

INNOCENT BLOOD by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell

The Order of the Sanguines Series Book Two
William Morrow/Harper Collins
December 10th, 2013
Supernatural Mystery, Apocalyptic Prophecy, Action-Adventure, Contemporary
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Library
4 Hearts

It has been a few months since the Blood Gospel was found and opened and for archaeologist Erin Granger, it was a journey that was fraught with danger, revelations and more. Now back in the United States, she struggles to figure out where her life is going when an unexpected attack at her ranch leads her back to the world of the Sanguines and must join forces again with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and the mysterious Father Rhun Korza in order to race to discover the next clue in a prophecy. Can these three figure out what comes next while searching for clues across centuries & around the world and to hell and back?

I have to admit James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have penned one heart pounding wild ride in the next book in their new series, INNOCENT BLOOD. This is an awesome sequel to The Blood Gospel and the authors keep the twists coming as the story unfolds with new characters popping up and old ones we met in the first book taking center stage along side Erin, Rhun and Jordan. The story delivers a wild roller coaster of a ride for readers to enjoy as they follow our three main characters on a journey that crosses the world, centuries and more. The characters are just delightful and some make the reader want to scream ‘Not him’ as a twist in the ending leaves your jaw dropped in shock. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read this one yet but suffice to say, there are a few plot twists that had me totally thrown for a loop. The characters are well written and come alive amid the pages, with hidden nuances, vulnerabilities and more coming across the pages as the readers are thrown in the story. I loved how the characters continued to grow, question and find the mysteries they are trying to uncover as well as solve. There is no bad guy per say but a few characters give the hint of what is coming within the story that you can’t help but wonder if true evil isn’t all black and white but also shades of grey.

INNOCENT BLOOD makes you think as it leads you on an adventure that doesn’t let up even at the last page and both authors deliver an explosive story that leaves you breathless in the end. This is a journey of self discovery not just for the characters of the book but also possibly the reader as well. It’s about finding your role in life regardless of what or who wants you to be. It is also about faith and as you cheer on the good guys, you find yourself wondering are they all that good and are the bad guys also not so bad. This story and series makes you think and form your own opinions on it but I have to admit, INNOCENT BLOOD delivers from the first page to the last. With just the touch of Indiana Jones to keep things interesting, history comes alive amid the pages as Erin, Rhun and Jordan race to find the next clue in the prophecy even as they try to stay alive.

INNOCENT BLOOD is best read after The Blood Gospel (book one) and I can not wait to see where they go next in this series. If you enjoy a different sort of book that leaves you hanging by your fingertips at times then you need to read this series. I caution you that you won’t want to put it down because you will need to find out what happens next for these characters. Now the question is what can these two authors do to top this sequel?

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.


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