Blood Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light City Mass Market Paperback – Jun 5 2012
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“M.J. Scott will have you hooked from the very first page."
— Keri Arthur
About the Author
M. J. Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction.
When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else's. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and fabric.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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Holly despises the man that fathered her but when he puts a geis on her she has no choice but to spy on Simon to find out his secrets. Guy is trying to keep Lily his brothers wife out of danger when Holly who happens to be a spy falls in his arms. Holly cant tell Guy why shes really there but they end up teaming up together with the hopes that they can help each other out. I didn't feel as connected or invested in the characters outcomes but I still enjoyed Holly and Guy's journey together. Their attraction to each other is apparent from the first time they lay eyes on each other and it steadily grows. It was great that M.J Scott was able to continue the storyline from book one while introducing a new love interest and also keeping the original characters involved.
Out of the two books Book one SHADOW KIN is definitely my favorite but BLOOD KIN was a good addition to the series. The world building of this series is still fantastic and there is plenty of dangerous situations thrown in. I'm not sure who Scott plans to write about next but I hope all the characters will still be involved.
My feelings towards this book's characters are the opposite of what I felt towards Lilly and Simon. In the first novel I adored the female heroine but didn't care for the male protagonist overly much while as in Blood Kin I fell in love with Guy but only had lukewarm feelings towards Holly. I wonder if Scott planned it that way? The Templar Knight was very, well... knightly, as you'd expect. He's honorable, loyal and a devote practitioner. It was interesting watching him take a walk on the "dark side"; from learning the fine art of spying to tackling the slippery slope of inter-racial politics. He's the ultimate good guy and Holly is tasked with helping him step away from his comfort zone which proves to be as entertaining as it is traumatic.
Half-Light City politics are once again front and center in this story. Tales of deceit, backstabbing and power plays abound; all key trouble causing ingredients. Holly holds an interesting position in their society because she doesn't really have any allegiances; basically whoever is willing to pay her is considered a friend for the duration of their contract. Oftentimes while spying on one branch of supes she picks up information that's invaluable to another sect which in turn leaves her in a precarious situation. This girl is definitely a master manipulator and knows how to walk a fine line!
This book's plot line is closely connected to the events that happened in Shadow Kin and, as a result, it sort of comes across as a "dealing with the fallout" or "piggybacking" novel. Sure, Holly and Guy go off on their own to investigate the attacks on the Templars but everything eventually leads back to the original problem from the first book. Because of this, I found that there was a certain degree of predictability to this installment. The characters spend a great deal of time observing things from a distance (i.e. spying on rooftops and from theater balconies) which in turn causes the plot to progress at a much slower pace. Overall I found that Blood Kin was a silent observer more so than an active participant in this series' action; a disappointment when compared to the adrenaline rush from the first novel.
Blood Kin is an eclectic mix of Fantasy, Steampunk and espionage with an abundance of political intrigue. The story actually reminded me of a game of chess; not terribly action-y but every move is minutely planned.
Just like in Shadow Kin, out of the two love interests, it is the woman who is the one with questionable occupation and morals rather than the man. In so many paranormal romance novels, there seems to be a recurring theme of the "bad boy". The sweet naive role played by so many females honestly gets a little tiring at times. In fact, a lot of the time I find myself leaning more towards urban fantasy novels to avoid this issue, even though that means missing out on the love stuff that I enjoy. So having the role reversal in this series is utterly refreshing as it gives me the best of both worlds with a kick butt heroine and the yummy love stuff too. Now don't get me wrong, the guys in these books are anything but weak willed, they are just firmly on the right side of the law. So it's fun to see how they react to their opposite. It definitely makes things interesting, that's for sure.
I knew there would be fallout from the ending events of Shadow Kin. I had feeling a certain death, and the power vacuum it caused was going to be a terrible mess as everyone scrambled for position in the Blood. However, I never could have predicted how much more complex the issues would actually be. There is such a tangled web being woven, and it very much makes for an incredibly engrossing read. Also, I especially like the way M.J. Scott incorporated the previous couple as an integral part of the story and fallout. I was really glad to see them have more than a walk on role considering they were the ones to really start the mess, so it makes sense they would be there for the blow out.
Like the previous installment, Blood Kin is told in dual first person perspective, which I absolutely love. It's really great to be able to be that far into the head of both sides of the relationship as Holly and Guy are two very different people. I just fell like it adds so much more to the reading experience. When you combine that with the other great elements that I loved, like the incredibly intriguing mythology and incredible characters, Blood Kin was a fantastic read. In fact I had started reading it rather late at night, telling myself I would read 100 pages and then go to bed. Those 100 pages quickly turned into an all-nighter as I just couldn't put it down. The only thing that kept me from giving this a perfect rating was that I would have liked to have seen a more developed ending between Holly and Guy. Hopefully they will play an important role in the next installment so we get to see more of them together. So, in the end, I highly recommend Blood Kin as it is a stellar read that will definitely keep you coming back for more!
BLOOD KIN was one of those books that I really didn't want to put down as it hit all of my buttons for an entertaining story. It had the intrigue and danger of a spy novel, intense action scenes, and a romance that evolved organically over the course of the story. One of the most exciting scenes for me was actually not very big on action as it took place in a opera hall where people went to watch and be watched. It felt intense and scary as every action was noticed and being analyzed. The wrong actions could spell failure in Holly and Guy DuCaine's mission. This scene expertly shows how Holly's spy world has just as much danger and nuance as Guy violent Templar knight world.
One of the many highlights in BLOOD KIN was the relationship between Holly and Guy DuCaine. Not only did they have smoking physical chemistry but also wonderfully witty banter with each other. In a lot of ways, Guy DuCaine was like the classic knights in literature who are extremely loyal, honorable, and valiantly saving the damsel in distress. Pairing him with Holly, a highly crafty and intelligent spy who is herself very brave and equally dedicated to protecting those she loves made for an unpredictable but exciting romance, especially considering that they were on seemingly opposite sides of the law.
Whether this is your first visit to Half-Light City or you're already a fan, BLOOD KIN expertly weaves the events from SHADOW KIN throughout this sequel in a way that entices new readers without boring old ones. I am really looking forward continuing this enthralling ride in IRON KIN, the next book in the Half-Light City series which will be released in 2013.
Her father orders Holly to spy on Guy's brother Simon the healer (see Shadow Kin). Guy catches her again when his secret investigation collides with her espionage. They agree to team up undercover as a fallen knight is in love with a hybrid. Neither is prepared for fiction to become reality.
The second Half-Light City political romantic fantasy is an exciting thriller as various factions manipulate the shaky treaty that peacefully governs the city. Fast-paced and well written, the storyline feels like déjà vu as the lead couple is identical to the protagonists of Shadow Kin with Guy being a dedicated Templar like Simon and Holly a half fae forced to do the villain's bidding like Lily.