Friday, June 11, 2010

Tainted Blood

Title: Tainted Blood
Author: Sam C. Leonhard
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-411-4
Genre: [M/M] Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

At birth, Gabriel Jordan was left in a trash bin by his drug addicted mother. He then lived with his beloved grandmother for several years but when she slipped into madness, he ended up in a variety of foster homes until he ran away to the streets for good. Now he tries to make a living taking pictures for a private investigator that pays him barely enough money to survive and he often doesn’t have enough money to eat every day. It’s during a stake-out that he spies Dr. Aleksei Tennant floating to the ground from the window of the apartment of the woman he’s following.

Tennant introduces Gabriel to a world he didn’t know existed, teaching him about portals to other worlds, runes and people who are of mixed blood—tainted blood, just like Gabriel. Together they build a new and, at times, fragile friendship while hunting down a serial killer who is killing people not completely human. While on another world, the killer attacks Aleksei and Gabriel, putting their lives and budding love in danger and if they don’t discover the murderer’s identity, they could end up his next victims.

Tainted Blood is the first release for new author Sam C. Leonhard. It’s a well-written and suspenseful urban fantasy filled with magical portals to seventeen worlds, mixed-race children, murder, mayhem, runes, government oppression and race ID cards. Gabe and Tennant are both likable and while some of the aspects of their world are a bit stereotypical, it didn’t prevent me from enjoying this entertaining fantasy. In fact, it left me wanting to know more, especially about Gabe’s true genetic heritage and what it will mean to his future, which I hope might be revealed in a second book.

The differences between Gabe and Tennant is huge, but that didn’t stop them from developing feelings for each other—it might have been slowly, but that only made their joining more intense and passionate when it finally happened. The details of the numerous killings and their hunt for the murderer were handled nicely, and while I figured out the race of the killer fairly quickly; the identity of who wasn’t revealed until almost the end—and that did catch me a bit by surprise.

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