"Even better than the first!"
After the confrontation with Stamp, Mariah's group of were-
creatures and Gabriel knew they needed to move on and find
somewhere else to live. Now moved into their new home,
everything is in jeopardy once again when Mariah becomes
upset and runs outside. Knowing she should not have allowed
her nature to get the better of her, Mariah accepts
responsibility for putting the group in danger and takes
Chaplin's suggestion of trying to find a cure. Even though
Chaplin wants to accompany her, Mariah refuses to allow it.
After all, dogs are pretty rare now and Chaplin will stand
out. With any luck at all, Mariah will be able to find out
something before the full moon. Of course, she doesn't go
alone. Against his better judgment and because of their
bond, Gabriel goes with her. So the two of them leave,
using their special abilities to run at night and find
somewhere to sleep during the day.
Not that things remain calm with the rest of Mariah's band,
for Stamp has not given up on finding them and killing them
all, especially Gabriel. Unfortunately for Stamp, he now
has a limp and gears in his leg so he can't move the way he
once did. At least he has Mags with him and slowly but
surely, he's been training her in the ways of a Shredder.
They've even found the new hideout for the scrubs and so
the two of them head there. They manage to kill one of the
were-creatures, but the other three escape, along with the
Since Stamp found them and somehow killed Sammy, Hannah,
Pucci and the Oldster, along with Chaplin, are on Mariah
and Gabriel's trail. They manage to catch up with Mariah
and Gabriel in the outskirts of GBVille and they have
someone with them. Seems Mariah and Gabriel had an
adventure or two on the way to GBVille. The person with
them is Taraline, one of the so-called walking dead because
of the disease she has, who is also hoping for a cure. They
need to find a way to get into the asylum and find out if
there really is a cure for them or not.
Will they be able to get in the asylum? Is there a cure?
Will they be able to regain their humanity? Will Gabriel
and Mariah ever be close again?
BLOOD RULES (A NOVEL OF THE BLOODLANDS) is even more
exciting than the first of the series. Christine Cody once
again skillfully takes us into the apocalyptic world she
has created filled with vampires, many different kinds of
were-creatures and those who hunt them. Christine Cody's
worldbuilding skills are fantastic. She gives us enough
information to never get lost in the story, but never so
much that it becomes overwhelming or confusing. And if you
thought the ending of BLOODLANDS was a shocker, wait until
you read this one. Absolutely fantastic with a twist I sure
didn't see coming. If you're in the mood for something that
never bogs down and will keep you turning pages, read this
series. It will not disappoint.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted September 17, 2011
In the Bloodlands, Sometimes the Monsters Don’t Even Know Themselves….
After the vampire named Gabriel came into her world, Mariah Lyander was forced to face her own true nature and admit to the terrible things she had done--things he could not forgive.
To redeem herself, to recover her own humanity--and Gabriel's love--she sets out on a perilous journey across the haunted land, in search of a rumored cure. And Gabriel, blood-bonded to her, is compelled to follow.
Together--yet not together--they will face danger and death. And what they find is not a place where monsters can be cured—but one where they are born…