by: Alyxandra Harvey
It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.
Blood Feud begins with a glimpse into the past…
It is Christmas Eve London 1795 and Isabeau St. Croix is lurking in the kitchen of her uncle’s manor, hiding away from all the holiday festivities. She is a changed person after spending the previous year of her life on the streets of Paris, during the Great Terror. Grateful to her estranged uncle for taking her in, she still feels like the dirty raggamuffin living on the streets, stealing money to secure passage to safety in London. She forces herself to make an appearance at her Uncle’s Christmas Ball with every intention of saying her greetings and disappearing from the crowd. But a stroll in the garden and a chance meeting, change her plans. Phillip Marshall, Earl of Grey Haven begins to chat with her and offers her wine, as Isabeau sips the warm drink she notices how different it tastes. They begin to discuss gothic novels and she states “She does not believe in Vampires”….
*Fast forward to present day*
A change in vampire hierarchy has taken place and the new queen, Helena, and her family are getting ready for the Royal coronation. In a show of unity Helena has extended a hand of friendship to the rogue vampire community known as the hounds. In the midst of preparations for the ceremony there is an assassination attempt on the Queen. The queen and her family survive but they are unable to gather any info from the would be killer. Almost immediately after the attempt the family is told that the Hound Princess will be arriving shortly. The hounds are the tribe of vampires that Montmarte (another vampire leader) created to serve as his army, by turning them, then basically leaving them to die.
The hound tribe send the closest thing they have to a princess to the royal coronation and that is Isabeau St. Croix. Isabeau is more than happy to attend this gathering in hopes of finally serving out her revenge to the man responsible for her being undead, but it’s not Montmarte…it is his lieutenant Greyhaven. Isabeau has lived for over 200 years wanting to repay Greyhaven, but everything gets blurry as she gets closer to Helena’s handsome son (and Solange’s brother) Logan.
Oh, and did I mention that there is even a prophecy told to Isabeau before the quest that she would find her mate at the Royal coronation? Yeah…well things are complicated to say the least and continue to get more so as Montmarte decides he wants Logans’s sister Solonge! Let the kick-butt action begin!
Let me say that this is a vampire hierarchy like none other I’ve read in books. It is interesting and unique, and likewise, so are the characters. Blood Feud is different from Hearts at Stake in the respect that we are seeing a male perspective and a very different female perspective than Solonge and Lucy (who narrated the first book). Isabeau has had a very difficult life, and the difficulty began before she was even a vampire when she was a teen, French refugee in London. She is more calculating, and cold than the other females Logan has been around and that is part of the attraction at first. It is a more mature book, in my opinion, than Hearts at Stake and I think it shows the author’s knowledge of history in the descriptions. Both books are definitely Romance stories, but where Hearts at Stake was a re-telling of the “Snow White” fairytale, Blood Feud is a little more Romeo & Juliet…with a darker under story and killer twist. And what romance would be any fun reading without obstacles for the star-crossed lovers to overcome…and they must if they want to be together!
If you are a fan of the fang, then you will definitely enjoy Harvey’s take on vampires. And, if you just love interesting romance stories with a splash of thriller on top then The Drake Chronicles are books you will want to add to your reading list! GOOD SUMMER READS!
-Peace & Love-
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