Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review: Blood and Fire by Tori L. Ridgewood

Blood and Fire
The Talbot Trilogy Book Two

Tori L. Ridgewood

Paranormal Romance
February 11, 2014

Available at Amazon * Smashwords * Lulu

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?

The Talbot Trilogy books:
0. Mist and Midnight (prequel)
1. Wind and Shadow
2. Blood and Fire
3. Crystal and Wand

Link to my review of Wind and Shadow -book one in The Talbot TrilogyClick here

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blood and Fire is the second book in The Talbot Trilogy, and it's action-packed with shapeshifters, vampires, and witches. This book picks up where book one, Wind and Shadow ended, so be sure to read it first. Now the hard part. How to review a book two without spoilers from both books?

Many new characters are introduced in this second book. What's interesting is that the chapters alternate between the characters, telling different stories until everyone comes together near the end (which by the way is a bit of a cliffhanger). At times I really liked the switch-up since it kept things moving forward and exciting. But sometimes I felt a bit annoyed--I'd just get into something and it's off to another place.

This book is heavy on descriptions, sometimes to the tiniest, minute detail. There were times I felt a bit mired and found myself skimming to move on to dialogue or action. Though this book is quite different from book one, I enjoyed it just as much. I still really like main character Rayvin a lot. There's lots of action and new characters to keep the story fresh. Definitely a really good follow-up to Wind and Shadow.

About the Author

After her first heartbreak, Tori found solace in two things: reading romance novels and listening to an after-dark radio program called Lovers and Other Strangers. Throughout the summer and fall of 1990, the new kid in town found reading fiction and writing her own short stories gave her a much needed creative outlet. Determined to become a published author, Tori amassed stacks of notebooks and boxes of filed-away stories, most only half-finished before another idea would overtake her and demand to be written down. Then, while on parental leave with her second baby, one story formed and refused to be packed away. Between teaching full-time, parenting, and life in general, it would take almost seven years before the first novel in her first trilogy would be completed. In the process, Tori finally found her stride as a writer.

At present, on her off-time, Tori not only enjoys reading, but also listening to an eclectic mix of music as she walks the family dog (Skittles), attempts to turn her thumb green, or makes needlework gifts for her friends and family members. She loves to travel, collect and make miniature furniture, and a good cup of tea during a thunderstorm or a blizzard. Under it all, she is always intrigued by history, the supernatural, vampire and shapeshifter mythology, romance, and other dangers.

Tori is currently working on Crystal and Wand: Book Three of The Talbot Trilogy. She lives in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children. She is a full-time teacher at a local high school.

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