Monday, September 9, 2013

Blood of an Ancient

Author: Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-427-9
Genre: {M/F} Urban Fantasy Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 10-22-13

Beri O’Dell needs to get her lover Nikolos back from where he’s been imprisoned in a level of hell. It’s a dangerous mission and before she can go after him, Beri has to fix her friend Blythe’s broken magic and find the blood of an ancient. Neither task is quick or easy, but that’s not all she and her friends have to deal with. Something evil is sucking the life out of people and the land, witches are being enthralled, and somehow a messed up spell is transporting Beri to Nikolos—right into hell, every time she goes to sleep.  Beri will need to use every trick at her disposal if she wants to retrieve Nikolos before he forgets who he is forever.

Blood of an Ancient is the second release in Rinda Elliott’s Beri O’Dell series. It takes up shortly after the first book left off, so they should be read in order.

The world Ms. Elliott has created just keeps getting better. The depth of her descriptions and the variety of characters continue to amaze me—and she somehow manages to weave them into a complicated plot and have it make sense. I mean who would have thought that astral projection, demons, be-spelled witches and a sprite vampire would actually work together, but it does and that’s just some of the components in this well written story.

Personality development of the characters is all top-notch. The pace is fast, there are plenty of baddies and I’m happy to say we get to learn a little more about Beri’s mysterious and dangerous family. I also can’t forget that there’s lots of action and danger as she and her friends attempt to mount a rescue of Nikolos. As you can probably tell there’s just a lot going on in this story—really too much for a review to do it justice. I suggest you give this series a try and see for yourself. Be aware—it ends on a cliffhanger that will be resolved—I assume in book three. I look forward to the next release.

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