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Then came the second book, Blood Roses, and the incredibly dark vampire, Caleb Dehain, who I absolutely loved. I think I loved Blood Roses, with Caleb and Leila – a serryn born to destroy him – more than I loved Blood Shadows (although I'd never have guessed it at the time).
Ms. Pryor creates strong, but seriously flawed heroines, on a mission to take down the enemy they're destined to fall in love with, but not without consequence.
She likes to put some serious obstacles in the way of these couples, leaving you wondering how on earth they're going to come through it unscathed.
I got my 'claws' into Blood Torn by downloading it as soon as it was released, and spent an entire evening into the early hours reading the first half. I'd have pulled an all-nighter if I could, because the threads Ms. Pryor kept spinning kept me turning, page after page after page with questions, desperate to know what happened next.
The first two books follow the story of two of the key players – the two most powerful vampires – in Blackthorn.
Blood Torn, on the other hand, is all about sexy Lycan leader Jask Tao, and Phia McKay; the sharp, impulsive younger sister of Leila from Blood Roses, and she's intent on bringing down ALL of the Third Species leaders. What she doesn't count on, though, is Jask being a force to be reckoned with, someone who challenges her very being, her reason for existing and all of her values. He breaks her down, gets under her skin, and gets into her head and she's powerless to stop him, although she certainly gives it her best shot. As with all of Ms. Pryor's books, we are left with a Happy For Now, but there are some mammoth challenges left in the way, all leading up to what I expect will be a massive show-down – yet to be revealed. Once I'd experienced all the action and conflict (and not to mention steamy scenes) unfold between Jask and Phia, a feeling of deep unease crept over me at the prospect of the next book. Because while we have a Happy For Now, Ms. Pryor has laid the path for an even darker journey into the next book, a taster of which is provided at the end of Blood Torn. I read the first chapter horrified, then gasped as it came to an abrupt end. Because, although disturbingly dark, I was so embroiled in the lives of the characters of Blood Torn, so wrapped up in their world, that when I got to the next part of the story, I simply wasn't ready to leave Blackthorn. Alas, I shall just have to wait until Blood Deep is released. Or read all three books again.
Once again, a fabulous instalment from Ms. Pryor. Absolutely spectacular.
Lindsay amazing at capturing you and take you to a place that feels so real, takes you through sophie & jacks journey. You will feel every emotion they feel... because i did and my heart been torn out!! I felt there fear, pain, heartbreak, hope, love and revenge! When i put this story down i had to take my glasses off to wipe the tears away... But I'? So glad i can jump into blood deep and i cannot sit here and wonder what will happen next!I need to know even tho there is a chance my heart will not recover.
Read & reviewed by Sara Reece Owner of Smut Lovers Wonderland
Lindsay has ripped open Blackthorn and shown us its heart in Jask Tao and his pack. It was such a refreshing experience reading this, we were shown a completely different side to Blackthorn that I absolutely fell in love with. I did not want it to end!
Sophia is feisty, fierce and at times completely out of control! There were moments reading this where I just wanted to scream at her to shut up! Who talks that way to the pack leader of the lycans? On the outside she’s tough and doesn’t allow anyone to get close to her emotionally, but Jask is very perceptive and soon gets under her skin. We find out that she is extremely vulnerable and holds a pain and guilt in her heart that she shouldn’t bear.
Jask is by far my favourite resident of Blackthorn so far. He’s sexy, certainly an Alpha male who likes to be in control, but also has a soft side that we see with not just Sophia but his pack too. He holds a lot of lives in his hands and every one of them mean the world to him. Jask also holds a very similar pain and guilt in his heart that I felt ultimately shouldn’t belong there and actually kind of made me mad at his dead mate Ellen for putting him in that position in the first place!
Seeing Blackthorn through the eyes of the lycans was awesome, I love that they are a community and stick together and that they have young. (Tuly is adorable!) The first two books of the series primarily concentrated on humans and vampires who mostly seem to be out for themselves, something that Blackthorn has caused them to do. So to read of how close the lycans are I thoroughly enjoyed.
The ending of this story broke my heart and I must admit I did shed a tear!
Jask and Sophia’s story is one that will stay with me for a lifetime.
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Blackthorn is a series about four couples whose romances become integral to the future of the world in which they live. The first four books each focus on one of these couples. Their stories end at a crucial point in their relationships where the catalyst for change begins.
You won't go wrong with his author.
Pryor defines the world of Blackthorn a lot in this book. It is still a tale of social morals and politics. After Caleb’s book I didn’t know if I wanted to continue the series because I still think Caleb could just as easily snap Leila neck as bed her. But with this book Pryor has made me realize the story isn’t over yet for any couple.
This book doesn’t rap up neatly and it is quiet a cliffhanger.
I've often wondered why the Blackthorn series resonates with me so much more so than the majority of Paranormal Romance fiction. I've mentioned the series straddles the line between Urban Fantasy and Romance several times but it's more than this. This volume made it all finally "click" with me. Why do I like the Blackthorn series so much? It's because the book manages to embody an almost untouched variant of my favorite genre.
In the nineties, a particularly specialized zeitgeist emerged in fiction. After Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire and White Wolf's Vampire: The Masquerade, there was a brief surge of fiction defined as Gothic Punk. Like cyberpunk, it was a conflict between the rich and powerful elite versus the poor downtrodden masses. Except, instead of cybernetics and computers leveling the playing field, it was supernatural powers. Elder vampires oppressed young ones while both oppressed the living. Werewolves fought against vampires while fighting each other.
While I wouldn't call Blackthorn a Gothic Punk series, I will say it resurrects the best of that sub-genre and puts its own unique spin on it. Lindsay J. Pryor's world is filled with fantastically corrupt officials, both human and monster. Urban segregation is a daily part of life with the so-called Third species forced to share their living space with the worst of humanity. The protagonists are those individuals who maintain a shred of idealism (Caitlin, Lelia, and now Sophia) or those who have to play by the world's corrupt rules (Kane, Caleb, and Jask).
Blood Torn follows Sophia and Jask butting heads about the inequities of the world. Unlike the previous protagonists, who were largely apolitical, both of Blood Torn's heroes have strong opinions on the way things are run. Sophia blames the vampires for the sorry state of the Blackthorn district, ignoring the fact its humans are every bit as slimy as the worst of the undead. Jask, on the other hand, believes it is the people in power in the Midtown and Summerton district keeping the Third races oppressed.
I'm quite fond of Sophia and think she's probably my favorite heroine of the series. A highly intelligent young woman, she's dead wrong about 90% of her opinions but you can see how she's reached most of her conclusions. She's a lot more equal in terms of power and will to her romantic foil than previous heroines (who were usually grossly outmatched). I also enjoyed Sophia's ill-advised attempts to play the role of the serryn seductress despite being relatively chaste.
Jask Tao is a much more measured character than either Kane or Caleb. Whereas Kane was obsessed with revenge and Caleb with his (poor) place on the vampire totem pole, Jask has more sympathetic concerns. He's interested in protecting his pack first, second, and last. Having established a comfortable position in the Blackthorn district, he doesn't wield near the authority of Caleb or Kane but has enough to intervene on behalf of his fellows.
Unfortunately, unlike vampirism, lycanthropy is a dread curse in this setting. Incredibly painful, it requires a regime of pills or herbal supplements to keep at bay and Jask's pack is running short this month. This vulnerability is something we haven't seen before in Ms. Pryor's series and provides a nice contrast. Watching him try to be the toughest dog on the block and dominate Sophia, only to fail miserably because she's the kind of person to break before she bends is a delight to read.
New readers should be warned that Blood Torn is not just an episodic installment of the series. It is one which ties directly into the previous two volumes. I thus recommend readers pick up and read them before they try their hand at Blood Torn. This is doubly so because several plot threads introduced in the earlier works come to a head. The ending of the book surprised me tremendously and promises drastic changes for the setting.
Fans of Blood Shadows will be pleased to know we get a few scenes starring previous book heroine, Caitlin Parish. While she only has a small role to play, we get a sense of how her life has changed since the climax of the original volume in the series. I won't spoil her situation for readers but, as in all forms of punk, being good sucks. There's also some hints as to what is happening with Caleb and Lelia but neither makes an extended appearance. I expect for both of them to show up in Blood Deep.
In conclusion, I find Blood Torn to be yet another excellent addition to the story. The increased focus on world-building as well as the settings politics intrigued me while the romance wasn't scrimped upon. I think of the three couples introduced in the series so far, Jask and Sophie are the most "realistic" (for what value said word has in a world of vampires, witches, and werewolves). While there were some elements I didn't much care for, including Jask's resolution to a long-standing personal problem, the rest of the book kept me entertained. I am eager for the next volume and hope it comes out soon. Expect a cliffhanger, readers!
A fan of the author and the series, Blood Torn was a welcome read albeit one that left me characteristically disappointed that I would need to wait at least another six months or more before the next installment. But good things definitely come to those who wait, so I wait patiently.
My favorite book in the series is by far Blood Shadows and not being a fan of lycans in general, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Blood Torn.
Jask Tao was originally featured as an ancillary character in Blood Shadows. But Blood Torn is his story.
As the story unfolds, we are immediately introduced to Jask, the leader of the lycans and Sophia or Phia, a member of The Alliance, a rebel organization that has come under fire and who suddenly and under precarious circumstances learns she is a serryn (a powerful witch with lethal blood that can kill vampires.) Jask takes Phia against her will and so begins the story of the lycan and the serryn.
Sparks fly the moment these two come face-to-face and you know you are in for a treat as the conflict between these two rip-roars off the page. At first, Jask isn't sure what to make of the fierce Phia but soon, Jask realizes Phia is his golden ticket, a prize the vampires would pay dearly for. But it's hard to offer up the prize when Jask and Phia share an explosive chemistry that is rather hard to ignore for both.
Phia, who is pig-headed with a penchant for speaking before thinking and a polar opposite to Jask's cool, calm front, starts to evolve just enough to realize the kind of plight Jask and his pack are in when the supply of the herbal concoction they take to hide their true nature is dwindling and fast and she wants nothing more than to help him.
But Phia has her own issues to deal with when her blood turns poisonous, a rare trait that can mean only one thing, her sister Leila (introduced in Blood Roses,) is in trouble and manages to escape Jask's captivity only to come back of her own willingness. Somewhere along the way, the immature Phia realizes Jask is a stellar kind-of guy who has planted himself in her heart and her once childish antics turn serious and she is all about doing the right thing despite her own many misgivings.
The story, like Blood Shadows and Blood Roses before it, is a love story that develops while the characters are exercising duty, duty to their loved ones, to their position, to their race. That same theme holds true in Blood Torn where Jask and Phia grow together, torn then bonded by their duty to their families respectively.
Again, the author's fluid writing style kept me glued to the pages. But more than her taIent for words is her ability to create a complex world while intersecting character storylines adeptly. Blood Torn does not disappoint as the series takes many twists and turns, building on secrets that haunt these characters, driving them to the extremes, thereby adding layers and creating dimension and depth that is not often seen in paranormal romance.
Fair warning! As a reader of the series, it is advisable that new readers start with Blood Shadows then progress to Blood Roses and Blood Torn in that order. Blood Torn makes many references to past characters and storylines, weaving them into Jask and Phia's story as a continuation of the overall arc of Blackthorn series.
If you haven't picked up the books in The Blackthorn Series, you are doing yourself a disservice as a reader.
But going back to Blood Torn, the book is elegant, fiery and elaborate with equal parts heat and love mixed in for good measure. Can't wait for Blood Deep to release!
My rating - a must read!
How can you resist someone as powerful as Jask when he deems to give his attention whatever the agenda? His focus is a challenge Phia fights to break but not even her own agenda matters when the underlying violence and passion directs itself into love against all odds dictated by the bleak and harsh world they live in. Their love story is intense, sensual and sexy. I have loved Kane and Caleb but there is something so humane and deep in Jask that makes him a favourite, he is a breath-taking alpha male.
The plot really does thicken and it is fascinating. There is a complexity that is quite frightening because at the heart of it the believability is there in the turning of every page and unfolding events. The behaviours make sense, power and greed are addictive and those that succumb brutal, callous and oblivious to anything that matters. I can't wait to see where it all goes but mostly I can't wait to see if it gets any better. I personally am sure it will.
Great book from an author who knows how to use words that manipulates us into giving our full and undivided attention.
The reason I didn't give this book five stars, the complaint I've had since the beginning, is the apparent lack of quality editing!! For goodness' sake, give future books to more beta readers or another editor because the the repetitiveness and glaring errors really detract from my reading experience. And I hate that because I am totally in love with this series! The worst for me was the use of the phrase "let alone." It is used 76 times!! And the majority of those times it is used incorrectly (should be something along the lines of "as well as" instead of "let alone"). I mean, this phrase was used so many times and so often that I was often grinding my teeth in frustration instead of enjoying the story.
Despite this annoyance, I'll be downloading book four right away.
We finally meet Sophia. The middle sister right after she learns that she is now a Serryn. She scared and confused. She doesn't know what's going on which makes her vulnerable and her tough girl act keeps her safe while trying to figure it out before Jasks figures out the truth.
Speaking of Jask. Yummy. He's dark and moody but as the story goes on, you get these glimpses of great kindness. He's one you want by your side.
This really becoming a great series. After reading book 1, BLOOD SHADOWS, I'll admit, I didn't think it was all that, but the ending really got me curious about book 2, BLOOD ROSES, which just blew my mind, and now book 3, BLOOD TORN - well, I'm addicted so bring on #4!
This part of the series punched me in the gut. I thought it had the most angst of her series so far. In some places it totally ripped my heart out and felt myself shedding tears. The book has to be good to do that to me. (I’m a tough guy…not really! But it was awesome! I love angst!)
I think one of my favorite lines in the book is the “Vampires might bite, honey, but lycans tear.” Gave me shivers.
I really felt for Jask—it kind of surprised me after ‘Blood Shadows.’ I didn’t expect to like him after the ending of that book. But wow, did Pryor change my mind! She seems to have a way of doing that.
Discovering that Blood Deep, coming out soon might not be the end??? I’m so excited! I can’t wait. Whatever she decided to do I’m definitely on board!
--Kara Lee Lovell, author of Demons of Granite Rock
HOWEVER, in Blood Torn, there is plenty of humor as well as a much feistier heroine in Sophia. Granted, sometimes she seems a bit immature - like a teenager without an edit button, but the dynamic between her and Jasx is fun. He's a great alpha male who is likeable and knows Sophia is holding something back. And she keeps purposely doing everything she can to push his buttons. Still a dark story in a dark setting, but a good satisfying read.