- Release Date
- October 2010
- Book 1 of Belador
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. All her life, Evalle has walked the line between the two. Her origins unknown, she's on a quest to learn more about her past and her future.
But when a demon claims a human and there's no one else to blame, Evalle comes under fire. It's no longer a question of learning about herself, it's a question of survival. Through the underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the battleground of where her VIPER allies have become the force that is now hunting her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price.
But proving her innocence is the least of her problems if she doesn't stop the coming apocalypse. The clock is ticking and it's about to become a lot hotter in Atlanta.
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 01, 2010 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
325 people found the following review helpful
The writing team of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love delivers a fascinating, action-packed story in this first book of the Belador series. Just when you thought the heroine could catch a breath, another thing happened and she's off saving her own butt or someone else's. Awesome worldbuilding, a kick-ass heroine and chock full of alpha males, this is one story you're not going to want to miss.
Evalle Kincaid is an Alterant, a half-Belador and half-something else, and this makes her anathema to most Beladors. Beladors are a tribe of people who belong to a bigger organization whose sole purpose is to protect humanity from nonhumans (i.e. demons, evil majik, etc.) who might want to do them harm. The Beladors tolerate her in their midst, but there's no real welcome. The Beladors couldn't be blamed either, because in the past, several Alterants have gone berserk and killed a lot of Beladors. Things go from bad to worse when she was set up as the murderer of a human, the very persons Beladors were sworn to protect. Now, Evalle has to clear up her name, aside from making sure a very important stone doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
The first Urban Fantasy book I read where the heroine was written from a 3rd person point of view, and I love it! I love seeing how other people view Evalle and also knowing things about the story from another person's perspective. In my opinion, such a technique adds depth and substance to the story.
I like Evalle. Like most UF heroines, she kicks ass in a dark world that's full of supernatural beings who might want to do away with her. However, she has vulnerabilities that make her very relatable, like wanting to belong and be accepted just as she is. It makes her very human, especially the way she continues to struggle with it, the way she'd say she doesn't care if the Beladors never accepted her, but you know deep down, she does. This is aside from her physical limitations of being nocturnal, having possess a skin type that burns easily and eyes that are sensitive to light. She has a strong sense of duty, of right and wrong, of loyalty to her tribe. Her origins are unknown, (heck, she doesn't even know who her parents are!) and I think it would be interesting to find out who she really is. There's a tantalizing hint in one statement in the book, about how the greatest power comes from knowing who one is.
What I also like about Evalle is that she grew and changed by the end of the book, though the lessons she has to learn were hard and demands that she put herself forward, risking pain and maybe imprisonment, of which she still has nightmares about her past.
The cast of secondary characters was equally fascinating, and I hope we'll learn more about them and their powers in future books. I was especially interested in Storm and Isak, both gorgeous alpha men who are Evalle's potential love interests. Both are equally yummy, I don't know how Evalle's going to choose!
Then, there's Quinn and Tzader, both Beladors whom we met in the prologue, and at first I thought they were her love interests, but later on, I'm glad they became her close friends and that she has this much support network within the tribe, people who accepted her unconditionally and kept her secrets. Nobody should be without friends.
Just when I thought I knew how the story's going to go, the authors surprised me with a loop here, a twist there. I swear, this book's got more twists and turns than a labyrinth! But all to the good, because combined, they made one heck of a good story. I can't wait for the next book!
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Nov 01, 2010
320 people found the following review helpful
Blood Trinity is the first book in the new Belador series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. I was very excited about starting this book. The Belador series is about several new species never heard of before making the series totally original.
Evalle, the main character, is a mix of two powerful species which makes her very strong and dangerous with special powers of her own. Unfortunately, most of her tribe treat her as an outsider and look for every opportunity to put her back in a cage. Evalle trusts no one in the beginning but as the story progresses she finds that she can trust a few and needs their trust in order to find out the truths about what's really going on. Someone in Atlanta is trying to set her up so that she's given the ultimate punishment, which is worse than death.
Evalle is partnered up with a man named Storm who has special powers of his own such as the ability to tell if you're lying. Evalle of course takes offense and thinks that he is sent to spy on her and get proof that she's a danger to society. She is also attracted to this mysterious man and wants so badly to trust him but knows that she can't, even after he has helped her keep her secrets several times. You are going to feel touched by Evalle's character because she is innocent but being blamed or suspected for everything.
This book was exciting, suspenseful, well written, full of action and a great typical urban fantasy. The worldbuilding was done in a way that I never felt overwhelmed with all the different species and such.
I would reccommend this book to fans of urban fantasy. This book contains no sexual interations except a few kisses so if you like a clean story, this book is for you. Having said that, I liked this book but I didn't love it. I love romance and I always have trouble with urban fantasies because of this. Urban Fantasies rarely have strong romance elements. But I still know a great story when I read one, so don't forget to check out this book.
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