Blood Rights by Kristen Painter is one of those books I’ve been meaning to pick up for ages. The first time I ran across it was in a post on unusual urban fantasy by Chelsea Mueller over at Heroes & Heartbreakers. Putting “Unusual” and “Urban Fantasy” in the same sentence is a sure way to get my attention, and the gorgeous cover didn’t hurt, either. The final installment of the series just came out, so I’ve been running into buzz about it everywhere. And, a teaser showed up at the end of Nicole Peeler’s Tempest Reborn, the finale of one of my all time favorite urban fantasy series. I blew through the first chapter in a handful of minutes, and I was hooked.
Granted, I’m only halfway through, but so far, this book has everything I love in an urban fantasy series.
- It’s creepy.
And I mean genuinely creepy. There were scenes I read with my hand over my face. The villainess is sufficiently evil to make me sleep with the light on, but Painter humanizes her, too. There are hints at real pain in her past. I can’t help but be intrigued and horrified at the same time.
- It’s sexy.
The centerpiece of Painter’s world is the relationship between vampires and the comarre, a special breed of humans bred to feed them. The set-up is fraught with sexual tension, and Painter works it between the two leads and the side characters, as well.
- It’s rich.
The world building is gorgeous. It’s intricate, but deftly done. No data-dumps, here. And it hints at a deeply wrought backstory I can’t wait to discover more of.
What about you? Have you read any House of Comarre titles? Discovered any other great new-to-you series recently?