The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers) Paperback – 4 Sep 2008
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The Sweet Scent of Blood is one of my favorite reads of the past month. The fast pace of the plot and the fascinating cast of characters will give you a happy little vacation between two covers. (Charlaine Harris)
"The central mystery keeps you reading and promises some satisfaction." (Rhian Drinkwater SFX)
On the whole I found this debut novel was surprisingly assured and pleasingly engaging. Good fun on the whole though and nice to read a British style ¿Dresden¿ or perhaps a Rachel Caine. If you like those books and want a similar-yet-different perspective, this might be one for you. (SFFWORLD.COM)
The Sweet Scent of Blood is a strong start to the Spellcrackers.com series and an impressive debut novel. I can't wait to read more from this author. Afterall, with vampires in Leicester Square, trolls in New Scotland Yard and a surfeit of blood and magic, what¿s not to like? Fang-tastic! (LOVE VAMPIRES.COM)
"A refreshingly original debut novel in what promises to be a series worth following. As the details of the world unfold, it only grows more compelling, and it provides an excellent backdrop to a convoluted mystery plot, riddled with twists." (Ross Sutcliffe SCi FI NOW)
"[A] darkly comic spook show. This is funny, frothy and expertly set up." (Calum Waddel DEATHRAY)
Fun and pacy, the book's strong lead, particularly likeable policetroll, and array of twists and turns help to thoroughly immerse the reader into the superb and full-realised supernatural society. (LINCOLNSHIRE ECHO)
Genny is a rising star at spellcrackers.com: she finds the 'M' in magic - and that invariably means Mischief, Malice and Murder!See all Product description
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I've bought book no 2 soon as finshed and will buy any sucessive ones written in the same mould as its a great escapist world with characters you can like/dislike and believe in despite their otherworldly personae. Like many books with otherworld people i think i'll get even more from the series on subsequent readings - esp this first one where i'm still trying to slot everyone into place mentally. I don't understand how some people can just read a book once then discard it - ones i like get read multiple times.
The Sweet Scent of Blood marks the start of an addictive urban fantasy series by Suzanne Mcleod. Her world is full of magical creatures but grounded in a very familiar London. There's plenty of brooding, handsome vampires but Genny doesn't go all swoony and I love her attitude throughout. Even when she has her moments of weakness, she seems to give herself a mental prod to keep her on the straight and narrow. There's just the right amount of sexy without it descending into porn.
The plot is twisty and turny, with lots of interesting and potentially suspicious characters. It's a classic mystery with a supernatural twist and a smattering of humour. I loved that there was an office bet to find out if Finn, the satyr, has a tail underneath his glamour and that the goblins bling themselves up. It's a fantastical and well thought out world that I just didn't want to leave.
I liked her use of V3 as a medical condition. Vampires can choose to inject their venom when they feed which creates willing blood slaves. The venom acts as a drug which not only makes them more attracted and attractive to vamps, but affects them physically; causing their red blood cells to multiply...more food for the vamps but also dangerous if they don't let blood on a regular basis. Of course, Genny being fae, she is extra tasty.
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