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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Blood - Cailtin Kittredge, 21 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: Pure Blood: A Nocturne City Novel (Mass Market Paperback)
Three months after the events of Night Life, Luna Wilder is back on the beat as a homocide detective. The apparently random death of a junkie becomes something much bigger as Luna uncovers a link between the powerful caster and blood witch families of Nocturne City, and the threat of all-out war becomes a dangerous reality, with Luna in the firing line from all sides.

I know, I've done a pretty crappy job of summarising the plot, which is excellent. But really, you should just buy the book and discover all the many facets for yourself. Suffice to say, Pure Blood is a worthy follow-up to Night Life, just as gritty, dark, and weirdly Lovecraftian. But really, I'm all about the werewolves, so let's talk about them. In Night Life Luna was somewhat in denial concerning her lupine self, keeping herself isolated and lonely and telling herself she liked being that way. In Pure Blood, given her semi-celebrity status as an outed werewolf cop, she can't live like this anymore, and it feels like she doesn't really want to.

In attempting to change her life, Luna's hooked up with an emo (and human) boyfriend called Trevor. Of course she's not really interested in him, despite her best efforts. It's Redback werewolf Dmitri she really wants, but he's off-limits due to a rather nasty demon infection he picked up last time he and Luna hung out. The great thing about Pure Blood is that Kittredge gives us a lot more werewolf law and pack information. We see the threats that pack wolves pose to Insoli Luna. She's basically there for the taking by pack law, with no rights or means to defend herself beyond her own strength. Kittredge uses this to infuse the main plot with moments of real danger for Luna. This is an author who's not afraid to beat her heroine to a pulp. I appreciate that.

Ultimately, all this feeds into Luna's relationship with Dmitri and affects the decisions they make which will carry on to the third book, Second Skin. I'm always excited when authors allow their characters to actually develop in a realistic way, and Kittredge is doing just that. It gives you a reason to be invested in the series beyond the immediate plot. (Which, by the way, was subversive and creepy, but again, just buy it and see for yourself).

We also learn more about pack magic, something that was touched on too briefly before, as well as the caster and blood witch histories. It's fun to guess at where Kittredge intends to take the series overall, as she does seem to drop hints that Nocturne City's humans won't take the presence of werewolves and witches quietly for much longer.

So in conclusion, the second Nocturne City book builds on the foundations laid down by the first and paves the way for what looks to be a dark and scary third book. I have to reiterate again that I look forward to this, and anything else Kittredge writes, which luckily seems to be a lot.
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