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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Love the fact that story is (mostly) placed in England, places I know!
I am looking forward for the next book!
By the time I was about half way through the book on my kindle I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait to read the next one. I'd advise you to persevere with it as there are some interesting themes here, and the books is unlike any others I've read in the genre.
I did find it difficult to keep track of a couple of the lesser characters, but I think that is the fault of my own muddle-head mid-life age, not the author (I can't remember my own name on some days! LOL) There were a couple of places where I did not know what was going on - but neither did the lead character, and the whole point of an engrossing story is to read on and find out what is happening.
If you like stories of mayhem and magic, fabulous fae, vicious vampires and wicked witches, then this is for you.
A fantastic fantasy feast!
(Note: the author is known to me: however, this is a genuine personal review of a book I enjoyed reading)
The book is set in Britain and it's nice to be able to relate to the locations described, so many of the brilliant authors in this genre are American and their stories are therefore located in the States. The main character Genny is really well written and you live her ups and downs as she sucked into the world of vampires that she'd really rather avoid for both personal and professional reasons.
The story moves at a good pace which keeps you interested. At times I found it hard to put my kindle down. There is a vast array of supernatural creatures in the book from fae to vampires to witches to trolls.
If you are unsure about this book I would recommend getting a sample (even if you don't have a kindle you can use various free readers). You'll soon realise if it's your kind of thing or not.
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.