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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Original edition (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234728
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,163,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A thrilling continuation of and satisfying conclusion to Elizabeth and Saloman's struggle to stay in the light together 24 Feb 2013
By Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the midst of Saloman's tumultuous, forbidden romance with the wickedly smart and vulnerably human Elizabeth Silk, there is one thing on the powerful Ancient's mind: to see the world change, to see the vampires be brought out to the open and live in the human world. His strategy is carefully calculated and involves the gradual education of humans in order to achieve tolerance and cooperation, but his Ancient cousin, Luk's unexpected awakening, may veer him off his path.

I absolutely devoured this third and final installment of Marie Treanor's Awakened by Blood series... I am definitely pining for more, and am distressed by the fact that there IS no more. I would recommend readers of the first two books to pick this one up, just because Blood Eternal picks off and concludes where Blood Sin left off.

Recent vampire revolts risk Elizabeth and Saloman losing each other, which makes Saloman all the more determined to maintain order within the dynamic of vampires slowly cohabiting with humans in the real world. In the end, however, his mission uncovers one startling, anticipated truth: that as much as both he and Elizabeth want and need eternal love, she is thoroughly human, and it is her humanity that makes her so valuable to both him and to the world. She indeed, is his weakness; her loving, frail humanity, compassion, intelligence, wit, vulnerability, sweetness, bravery, and overthought are what make him falter. She is simultaneously his strength, his stamina, his moral guidance; he needs her to survive. As much as he wants to love her forever, he knows she belongs in the light, and he, in the shadows. Through her and through opening up to her, he painfully learns and relearns both his identity and the sheer, melancholy truism that in love, nothing can ever, ever be perfect.

The emotional anguish and unfeasibility of the romance is so well-conveyed. Blood Eternal tugged at my heartstrings and left me aching inside. Elizabeth is Saloman's lifeline, but when the deranged and furious Luk realizes she is also his demise, he'll do anything to fulfill his early prophecies and use her as the missing piece to Saloman's complete destruction. It's possible their love may be strong enough to change Luk's predictions and in turn, change Luk's insanity itself, but it's also possible their love could ultimately lead to the sacrifice of one of them... or both of them, in time.

The entire novel surrounds the internal battle for Elizabeth's trust, from both the perspectives of Saloman and the single-minded vampire hunters who lover her as much as he does. Saloman's adverse effects surface clearly, not only to Elizabeth's friends, but also to Elizabeth herself; it is obvious that he is whittling away her human life--she has no sense of normal anymore--which is causing her to lose her principles. It's interesting how Treanor adds Elizabeth's confusion with her identity in this last novel, because readers previously thought she had such a good grip on it before. The importance of loving herself first--the self that Saloman fell in love with and the self that could temper his inhumanity and make his domination more like cooperation--is brought to light. She is not the only one who needs her humanity--the world needs it too. If she lost who she was, there would be more lives at risk than she could ever imagine.

One of my favorite aspects of Blood Eternal was the slow, painful unraveling of Saloman--what made him a vampire, and what made the weaknesses he has today. Luk's mentally insane and dangerous resurrection reveals another one of Saloman's vulnerabilities; his agonizing past is explored and his weaknesses tested. I loved how he was finally able to bare himself to Elizabeth, as well as bare a part of her she never knew existed. The unearthing of secrets and deep desires makes it difficult to distinguish the vampire and human races by much. Saloman's compassion is heart-wrenching; that a being so evil could feel emotions so loving, is tragic, and is what makes him so damn perfect for Elizabeth. I'm devastated there's no more of Saloman to read about--am experiencing severe Saloman withdrawal symptoms. Bloody fictional characters!

The return of old vampires we've grown to love and new one's we'll come to hate ushers a violent, willful ultimate battle will determine their fate... that is, if they make it out alive. Victory in the raging vampire war will spark a new millenium of Ancients for the greater good of both humans and vampires, while defeat will end the world as they know it.

Pros: More thrilling romantically, action-wise, and emotionally // Mystery shrouding Saloman is finally cleared // Entire cast of vampires and hunters alike unite // Witty, deliberate writing style // Saloman and Elizabeth are both perfectly lovable // Fast-paced and action-packed // Sizzling, sensual, as always // The impossibility of a vampire-human relationship is heartbreaking // Quirky, amusing dialogue // Ending that leaves me wanting more!!!!

Cons: Drags on at times // Glamorization of vampires gets out of hand: medical prowess? Spell-casting? Protectional powers? Foresight of natural disasters?? I found it to be way too much.

Love: The stake [Elizabeth] always carried lay on the bedside table. "What's this?" Saloman had said, apparently amused. "In case I get too rough?"

"In case you stop."

Verdict: Gripping, full of blood and kickassery and action, and emotionally doleful, Blood Eternal is a thrilling continuation of Elizabeth and Saloman's struggle to stay in the light together... even at the risk of losing themselves completely within their love. The tradeoff in their relationship--her impairment of his judgment that renders him sensitive and his disarming of her grounded values--accurately portray the pain of their love that is impossible to either bear or to forsake. He could die with her, ending his existence and all the good he could do for the world, or she could die for him, and go on forever; either way, one of them will lose what they most need. Somehow though, readers will maintain hope that their decision will, in the end, be for the better--whether Elizabeth and Saloman stay together, or not. Blood Sin is a riveting, satisfying, and completely addicting conclusion to a beloved vampire tale that will stay in readers' hearts for a long time to come.

8 out of 10 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher, via Bewitching Book Tours, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Oh Oh Another Ancient awakened! 6 Oct 2011
By La-deb 22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this to be one of the best Vampire series since Kerrelyn Sparks "Love at Stake" books. Saloman & Elizabeth enchanted me from the first book. This is the third in the series. Saloman's cousin Luk, another Ancient, is awakened by a US Senator who would like to be "turned" to feed his politcal power avarice & to kill Saloman & his Awakener Elizabeth.Vampire war is on the horizon. Most of the great characters are back from the other books & some exciting new ones. I liked that there were more of Saloman's thoughts regarding his deepening feelings for Elizabeth who is torn between her loyalty to the Hunters & her ever growing love of this powerful being. His dilemma of his love for the insane cousin Luk, who was also his mentor & along with his lover Tsigana betrayed & staked him 300 + years earlier, till Elizabeth, a descendant of Tsigana accidently awakened him. I enjoyed Saloman's funny one-liners & turn up the air conditioners for the love scenes were steamy dreamy. Even though this is a trilogy, I felt that Ms. Treanor left some room for other stories (I hope!)Possibly Michaela, Maxmillian, Cyn, John, Josh,& Angyalka & maybe a bit more of Saloman & Elizabeth. I could not put this book down & read it in one day!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Exciting conclusion 27 Oct 2011
By Cocktails and Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Elizabeth has her Ph.D, her teaching position at St. Andrews University is about to end, and she's sitting on a job offer from a university in Budapest wondering if she should take it. She'd be closer to Saloman, but she's not sure he wants her there or if she'd appear to clingy. On the other hand, she'd be closer to her hunter friends and could continue doing some odd jobs for them.

One of her odd jobs takes her to an Army hospital where she visits an injured soldier who tells her a story of vampires drinking is blood after being injured in an explosion and then being rescued by a dark angel. The man sounds hauntingly like Saloman, which has Elizabeth wondering what he's up to. Next, she sees video of him telling Peruvian villagers to leave a day or two prior to a devastating earthquake. She realizes he's helping people, not trying to control them as she originally thought. Desperate to get to him, she's about ready to book the next flight to Peru when she gets word from the hunters that the Ancient Luc, has been reawakened and she's needed in Turkey. She knows what this news will do to Saloman, so she vows that she will be the one to put Luc back into his grave to save Saloman that pain.

Saloman feels when Luc is awakened and makes his way to Turkey. He discovers that Dante's had a hand in awakened Luc and is now teaming up with some very reluctant hunters to try and capture both Luc and Dante before things go really bad. But things go from bad to worse when Luc and Dante stir up the vampire community in a revolt against Saloman and his new ways. It's now up to Saloman, Elizabeth and the hunters to stop Luc before more blood is spilled.

This book will make you love Saloman. I was kind of on the fence with him, because he was such an arrogant ass most of the time. It always seemed like he was using Elizabeth for sex and/or blood, then discarded her afterwards. Sure, in Blood Sin, he did get a little better towards the end, but he was still all about him and not so much about Elizabeth unless she was right in front of him. He's different in this book. He's always thinking about Elizabeth, even when she thinks he isn't. We discover he's learned to close himself off from everyone since he was a young boy, because his father would use your secrets to punish you. To Saloman, if no one knows what you love they can't use it against you. But he's learning that closing himself off from Elizabeth is hurting her more than he ever realized and he changes...for her.

Elizabeth finally starts seeing that she has been a bit of a doormat to Saloman and starts to stand her ground with him, a little. She knows that she can never stay mad at him if she's right in front of him, but she does start walking away and giving them both time to reflect on whatever action Saloman has done to set her off. She learns that if she asks the questions or tells Saloman how she feels, things work out much better (for example: telling him about her job offer and finding out he's excited).

I wasn't in love with the ending to this. I was confused about what happened with Elizabeth when her new powers came into play (as I don't remember them being mentioned much before) and how that managed to stop all the bad vampires in their tracks. But I was ok with that, since for me the story was really about Saloman and Elizabeth resolving their differences to be together.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I wished more pages were devoted to Elizabeth and Saloman. 12 Oct 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood Eternal by Marie Treanor
Paranormal Romance -Oct. 4th, 2011
4 stars

Blood Eternal is the third and last book in the `Awakened by Blood' trilogy. The whole series follow the romantic relationship between Elizabeth Silk, an academic/graduate student, who accidentally awakened the greatest vampire ever known to mankind, Saloman. (Due to its complexity, this is not a recommended stand-alone read; it is best if you start at the very first book and work your way to the last one.)

Elizabeth Silk has finally reached some sort of tenuous balance in her life - she has admitted completely to herself and to others that she is irrevocably in love with Saloman irregardless of whether he feels the same way. Happily, Saloman is making the effort to keep Elizabeth in his life even though they may spent time far apart. When Elizabeth receives word from the vampire hunters that Saloman's cousin, Luk, was awakened by Dante, the ambitious US senator who craves power and dominion over all, she flies immediately to Turkey, not knowing the danger she's in. As he slowly recovers his memory, Luk is half-mad and had been treated by Dante as a pet. Now Luk wants to exact revenge against Saloman, the vampire who killed him. When Luk discovers Elizabeth and her importance to Saloman, he shifts his focus to her. Can Saloman protect Elizabeth?

There's a lot going on in this book. First you have the demented Dante and insane Luke running amok. Secondly you have Saloman and Elizabeth's fragile relationship, thirdly Saloman is trying to convince the hunters to change their mindset and let vampires and humans co-exist peacefully, fourthly Elizabeth has a mysterious illness, and lastly, there's another group of humans who are forming another vampire hunter club. All in all, this is a very packed story. With so much going on, the plot, with its multiple branches and subplots, does feel a bit rushed and chaotic.

The reason why I enjoyed the first book so much was the amount of focus the author placed on Saloman and Elizabeth's romance. By the third book, I feel like the story has gotten out of the author's control. There's simply too much, which weighs down the pace of the story. I don't mind reading about Luk, but Dante, despite being the main villain in the second book, didn't appear much in the third book. There was so much going on I thought it was overkill. There were simply not enough room in the book for them, and I wished that the author had expanded the story or had another book or two in the series.

I wished more pages were devoted to Elizabeth and Saloman. I'm really glad that Saloman finally moved past the mindset that sex with Elizabeth is just sex. It's nice to see him reciprocate some feelings back. To me, the first half of the book is the closest the two of them can get to a `real' relationship between a vampire and a human. Overall, I felt the twists and storyline were a bit too pat and eventually...unsatisfying and bloodless. Towards the end, I keep having a sneaky suspicion that Treanor got too attached to her characters and just wanted a nice, easy happily-ever-after for them.

Blood Eternal is a decent conclusion to the trilogy, and I am happy about Saloman's emotional growth in the last book, but I feel that it lack a certain `oomph' that made the first book an amazing roller coaster ride.

Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
fun urban fantasy 5 Oct 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Elizabeth "The Awakener" Silk is hesitant as to what she should do. She has a job offer that she wants to accept in Budapest; but at the same time she lacks confidence in her relationship with Saloman, the king of the vampires and a resident of the Hungarian capital.

Much of her doubts come from her beloved's machinations in the human and vampire worlds as he works on strengthening his powerful position. As Saloman tries to forge an alliance with hunters, the awakening of his vampire blood relative Luk and a related rebellion has him rushing to prevent a calamity while Elizabeth realizes the inevitable is coming with vampires coming out of the coffins.

The third Awakened by Blood urban fantasy (see Blood Sin and Blood on Silk) moves forward the overarching political and social theme and the relationship between the lead couple. Although the changing points of view slow down the pace, sub-genre fans will enjoy entering the bloody realm of Marie Treanor as Saloman tries to consolidate his power in two worlds but also hoping not at the cost of the woman he cherishes.

Harriet Klausner
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