Monday, May 30, 2016

#Tuesday Review - Of Blood and Passion by Pamela Palmer (Paranormal Romance)

Series: Vamp City # 3
Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Pamela Palmer
Source: Library
Genre: Paranormal Romance

In the gripping conclusion to the Vamp City trilogy, sorceress Quinn Lennox and vampire Arturo Mazza battle the dangerously powerful vampire master, Cristoff Gonzaga, in a desperate attempt to save both of their worlds. As Vamp City crumbles around them, their only chance of survival demands an unconditional trust that will test the very foundation of Quinn’s soul, and surrender to a powerful love neither can deny.

Of Blood and Passion is the third and final installment in author Pamela Palmer's Vamp City trilogy. The trilogy features Quinn Lennox as the apparent last sorceress who has finally come into her Blackstone inheritance. She must now try and save Vamp City and those she loves like her vampire lover Arturo Mazza and her brother Zack from dying of magic sickness. In order to do so, she must defeat Cristoff Gonzaga, renew the magic that is rapidly decaying, and destroy a sword called Escalla. Not such an easy feat. 

For those who haven't read this series yet, Vamp City is a dark, alternate place that was created to be exactly like 1870 Washington DC. The City was created by a powerful wizard named Phineas Blackstone. There is no sunlight, only darkness. VC is a city that is filled with vampires who feed off emotions. Some humans have found themselves becoming Slava's or immortals after staying in VC for more than 2 years. There are certain vampires, like Arturo, who can cross over and back again from VC to modern day DC. This gives them a chance to bring things back that they desire or need to survive. 

Quinn, Zack, and his friend Lily found out the hard way that the place existed when they stumbled through an apparent wormhole/shimmer and found themselves in a place where vampires, fae, werewolves, and an assortment of humans who have been stuck in VC for years. In this reality, if a human doesn't return to their own world, they become immortal. Humans are also traded like livestock and forced to fight to the death. 

Quinn isn't an easy character to get into at times. Besides the fact that she stumbled upon VC and then is cast as its savior, makes for a very interesting choices. Her relationship with Arturo hasn't exactly been easy either. She's been betrayed by him several times, got to the point where she didn't give a crap whether or not VC fell or was saved. But, now she has more than enough allies from vampires, werewolves, fae and humans to make it hard to watch them all wither away and die thanks to her doing nothing.

Quinn has some very interesting new strengths, and with a touch, she can drain a vampire of their life force. Also, thanks to Quinn's attempt at renewing the magic in VC, a majority of vampires are now regaining their souls, and that makes for an interesting twist since they are more aware of what they've done to humans, and others. Some will think that Quinn's over protection of her brother is from her own experiences as being abandoned. You could say that, or you can say that her brother Zack is the only one who never left her, or never betrayed her. Until she found herself in VC and found herself with a whole new family and responsibilities.

As the final novel in a series, Of  Blood and Passion ends on a high note. I really liked the final battle between Quinn, her allies, and Cristoff. Palmer really didn't leave anything on the editing room floor. She put every character into harms way. She gave Quinn some impressive new allies, including her own brother and those from the Levenach side of her powers. And, her relationship with Arturo ends in a good place, and not always at each other's throats.

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