The Bloodline War wasn't quite what I expected - I was anticipating something a little more frothy and a little more tropey and somewhat more light-hearted.
Not quite so and kudos for it.
Tappan actually takes a good hard look at the much loved and much used trope of a dying race who needs breeders and addresses it to often funny effect. Yes, Stockholm Syndrome, sex and venom addiction and post-marital bliss or lack of it are mentioned and it's funny. Black humor, but it works. Toni might have been abducted, but she's not taking any of that lying down and I love how she immediately lays down the law and has no issue with making her stance perfectly clear.
It's a good thing that this is the first book in the series because I would not have been down with how the women had been treated in the past and I'm a bit uncertain about Toni essentially being their savior. I'm especially uncomfortable with the notion that none of these people with Dragon blood are capable of having and sustaining meaningful relationships with normal humans, but I can roll with it. Tappan makes it slide, although just barely for my peace of mind.
Diving into this book takes a bit of chewing, if I may mix my metaphors. Tappan introduces a lot of world-building and a lot of politics right off the bat and although it's not done in an info-dumpy sort of way, it's not exactly breezy reading. There's a lot of factions and a lot of different types of magic going on and I wasn't entirely certain what was what, even at the end of the book. I do have every expectation that we'll get more understanding with further books and what I did see of the world was fascinating.
The Bloodline War was intriguing with a lot of very unique elements that I'm looking forward to seeing more of and I'm off to track down the second book. Maybe I'll get to see more feminine ass-kicking of hide-bound males. Always a fun time.
A car accident changes everything for Dr. Toni Parthen. Her computer hacked hospital blood test confirms she’s the carrier of a gene that’s the key to salvation for a unique race of human beings. Abducted from her hospital room to a secret, underground community, Toni is asked to do the unthinkable: procreate with a man from a race called Varcolac—a species that must consume the blood of other humans to survive. Then bizarre turns dangerous, because a new, mysterious enemy also wants her special DNA, and Toni finds herself in the middle of an all-out war to possess her.
It’s the job of Jacken Brun, leader of the Warrior Class, to keep the captured women safe from a demonic race of humans who rule a neighboring part of their underground world. His challenges multiply when Toni inflames the women into mutiny, and then there’s his biggest problem…his growing desire for the infuriating woman herself. Afflicted with a dark genetic makeup, Jacken can never be with a woman. Until Toni uses her scientific ingenuity to find a way for her and Jacken to be together. But then the new enemy faction unearths Toni and drags her to their hidden lair, where they’ll inflict an unspeakable cruelty on her to gain access to her valuable genes.
It will take every warrior skill Jacken owns to save the woman he loves, but only if he can find her in time….
*** THE BLOODLINE WAR is a Bronze Medal winner of the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY)***
THE BLOODLINE WAR is a dark paranormal romance, containing profanity and some adult situations.