- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 626 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (9 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F942TI8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blade to the Keep (Goddess With a Blade Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in Goddess With a Blade (4 Book Series)
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Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
As this is the second in a series, and I hadn't read the first I downloaded the Amazon sample as usual in this situation, so I could get some background info. What I hadn't bargained on was getting so hooked on the book I simply had to buy it, and read it before getting to this ARC. It was a fabulous read, and though I could have read this without knowing all that was in book one, it certainly heightens the enjoyment and understanding having that background. The price is excellent too for such quality writing and story line.
Anyway - on to this book. It picks up where book one leaves off, with Rowan now made the Liaison between Vampires and Hunters, and trying to get through an amendment to the existing Treaty. The last book brought forward a problem where the Vampires held some important information which Rowan, needed but they were not obliged to share, so she had to wait until permission was granted. That meant a very dangerous vampire was on the lose for longer than needed. She wants essential information to be mandatorily shared. As always though there are dissidents, and Rowan being they person she is, she makes enemies easily :) though she also has some really good and strong friends. This novel is set in her childhood home, the residence of The First, the man who brought her up and taught her to be what she is. He's also the person who killed her parents, and who she has seen only on occasions since she found that out.
The story is full of twists and turns, double dealing, danger with Vampires and Hunters alike harbouring a grudge against Rowan. Her vampire boyfriend ( can I call him a Boyfriend when he's 450 years old? Can't really think of another term though...Read more ›
A very good read, good balance of hot, intrigue and action. New book due Autumn this year. Am off to pre-order!
Rowan’s relationships with The First and her vampire lover Clive are explored further, and more insight is given into Rowan’s rather brutal past as she revisits the home she was raised in and interacts with characters that impacted her formative years. There are also new enemies; one in particular that Brigid clearly knows and hates, from powerful vampires to petty human bureaucrats.
There are some great moments of action (usually involving Rowan smashing her fist into someone’s face) but the romance between Rowan and Clive; although passionate, is fleeting and definitely takes a back seat to the negotiations taking place. There is a good level of dry humour, which offsets the level of violence and resulting bloodshed quite well, and a smart mouthed strong heroine that is determined to get her job done. The finale is dramatic and tense, and sets the scene well for book 3 “Blade on the Hunt” due for pub. this autumn.
Rowan was raised at the Keep by Theo known as the First and oldest vampire. He's by nature hard and cruel but possessive of the young woman he sees as his adopted daughter. Rowan fled the vampire stronghold nearly fifteen years ago and has no real wish to return but her duty to humanity and Hunter Corps places her back there. Rowan is no ordinary human though as she carries the essence of a Goddess within her as well as strength and speed from vampire blood but more importantly she understands the vampire mindset and is a formidable opponent .
Many oppose the Treaty and Rowan seemingly treads in a minefield . The only bright spark on the horizon is her gorgeous man Clive but Clive is the vampire Scion of a North America and his first duty is the safety of his brethren. That doesn't mean he won't try to steer Rowan safely in the right direction though and sometimes that direction is in his arms!
Rowan will need her wits about her though as vampire politics can get very nasty, full of complicated rules were no slight goes unpunished. It looks as if Rowan has walked into a hotbed of treachery as intrigue is all around her. Some are openly antagonistic to the changes proposed but there are those who play their cards close to their chest. One thing is clear though death is coming to visit the Keep!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoying the interaction and the story lines. Must read in order. The 1st was sex and murder. The 2nd is sex and politics. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JmN
Finished the first book, started the second straight away. Couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Loved the whole story line.Published 9 months ago by nicee trainor
Oh. What an ass-kicking foul mouth heroine Rowan is. Another great read with plenty of fighting and sex.
Lauren Dane writes a great fantasy story.
A well deserved 4stars
This book is even better than the first! Lauren has developed the characters nicely and I can't wait for the next in the seriesPublished 20 months ago by MattL
Awesome, the bar was raised again and can't wait to see where this goes next. This is an auto buy for mePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great news - a new series, bad news is I've now read the two available books and have to wait until November!!!Published on 3 July 2014 by SP66
I only gave 3stars as this book lacks the fast pace and action of the first book. The storyline was less impressive and the witty dialogue as a result had less impact. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by alex B
Brilliant! I literally didn't put it down until I had finished it!! A real page turner that really delves inside the vampiric society and shows off our heroine's strength and... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by Ela