Sunday, January 6, 2013

Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey

Published: January 8th, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages: 496
Copy: From Publisher and Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

In the thrilling conclusion of the Drake Chronicles, love and loyalties will be tested ... and proven once and for all.
Solange Drake has been officially crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling the centuries old prophecy that foretold the rise to power of a daughter born to an ancient vampire line. Except Solange's thoughts and actions are no longer her own—she's been slowly being possessed by the spirit of Viola, the first daughter born into the Drake line, since her bloodchange. And instead of uniting the vampire tribes under the rule of an ancient daughter as the prophecy predicted, Viola would rather destroy them all and enslave humans in a personal vendetta for the devastation both wrought to her life centuries ago. Can Solange break her hold in time to save everyone she loves from a vampire civil war, hunter attack, and each other? Not everyone will survive the prophecy . . . perhaps not even her.

I just love Alyxandra Harvey's Drake Chronicles.  The are exciting, romantic and laugh out loud funny.  With Blood Prophecy, Ms Harvey went to a new level.  The most obvious one was the length of the book - this one is almost twice as long as the others, but it was great fun the whole way. 

Everything has come together in Blood Prophecy - Solange is fighting for her life and her love, Kieran.  Lucy - wonderful, funny, loyal Lucy - is still there trying to help everyone, and especially Nicholas, who has his own major set of problems this time around.  Quinn and Hunter trust each other and are right in the thick of things,  Connor and Cristabel are still trying to get used to Cristabel's change of status and Logan and Isabeau are up to their ears in magic and nasty creatures.

Blood Prophecy ties up every loose end, throws in several new and exciting twists and finishes everything off with a cherry on top.  I can't get into details here - if you've read the previous 5 titles (Hearts at Stake;Blood Feud; Out for Blood; Bleeding Hearts and Blood Moon) it would spoil things too much, and if you haven't read them, well it wouldn't make sense and you should get out and start reading them now.  Ms Harvey has created a complex and very believable vampire society that has many, many levels.  The human hunters are interesting and very surprising and I loved the way that she continually surprised me with the story.  Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, something would change.

Written primarily in the alternating voices of Lucy and Solange, I have a word to the wise - check out the top of each chapter and make sure you know who is narrating, because it may just be Hunter or Isabeau, who creep in occasionally.  The alternating 1st person pov's add yet another interesting dimension to an already exciting and adventurous story and keep the tension level way up high.  Add that to the romantic tension that runs through the story and you won't want to stop reading.

If you like your vampires with a funny, yet serious twist, then you will love the Drake Chronicles.  They are just so much fun.  Oh, and Ms Harvey is Canadian too, from Ontario no less - bonus :)

Check out my reviews for Blood Feud and Out for Blood  and also Stolen Away, a non Drake Chronicles book

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