Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rise of the Blood

Author: Lucienne Diver
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-654-9
Genre: {M/F} Urban Fantasy Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Life isn’t going smoothly for Tori Karacis and being linked by the tabloids to Apollo Demas isn’t helping. It’s making her cranky and her honey, Detective Nick Armani isn’t happy either. Things get worse after she learns Zeus and Poseidon have escaped from jail—and then Tori receives several death threats. Getting her and Nick out town for her cousin’s wedding in Delphi can’t come fast enough, but the plane isn’t a safe place to be. It’s almost jerked out of the sky by an angry god. But being on the ground in Greece isn’t any safer than the air. A long forgotten cult attempts a blood sacrifice and accidentally awakens Rhea, a mother goddess who has long been dormant. Now she’s back in the world, angry and out of control. What else can go wrong at the wedding? Rhea tries to awaken the titans.

Rise of the Blood is the newest release in Lucienne Diver’s paranormal series, Latter-Day Olympians. Due to the ongoing story line and recurring characters, the books should be read in order. 

There’s a lot going on in this story. It’s really pretty much non-stop action of one type or another from beginning to end. Along with it you get a smooth plot flow, nice imagery, a unique locale, lots of interesting characters and great bantering dialogue. That’s not to say there aren’t serious moments too, because there’s plenty of danger once Tori and Nick get on the plane. Relationships are evolving and changing, we learn more about the various gods and there’s even betrayal, earthquakes and a trip to Hades as part of the plot. What more could you want? It really has a bit of everything. And you get a funny, kick-ass heroine too. My only big complaint is the abrupt ending, which I found jarring.  

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