Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blood and Fire by Tori L. Ridgewood

Title:  Blood and Fire
Series:  Talbot Trilogy #2
Author:  Tori L. Ridgewood
Published:  Feb 11/14 by Melange Books
Length:  250pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What chance does one witch have against five vampires? Alone, not much. But Rayvin’s allies are gathering...

The battle between good and evil supernatural forces heats up in the long, cold November nights of the former mining town. But how will Rayvin’s motley crew of spellcasters and shapeshifters cope when they discover the threat they face is even greater than they imagined?

My Review:

This story was well written and approachable. Ridgewood’s descriptions are straightforward, allowing the readers to grasp the concept while still using their imagination to create the full scene. The story is action packed, keeping you moving every second. By jumping between various sub-plots to cover all of her characters Ridgewood covers a lot of story, giving you glimpses into each character’s plight. However, I found the storyline to be superficial at times, making it hard to fully immerse myself into. Ridgewood covers a lot of ground with a lot of intensity but doesn’t dig deep. I also found the recaps from the previous story to be much longer than necessary, detracting from the current story.

There are a variety of different characters in this novel, all important in their own right. I found them to be well developed in and of their role in the story, but not too much beyond that. It didn’t allow for a deep connection with the characters, but it did allow for the plot to progress more quickly. Ridgewood also depends greatly on character development from the first novel in the story.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, quick read. It follows well from the first instalment in the series and leaves you wondering what’s next.

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