Review: Blood Sacrifice by Maria Lima

18 Sep

Blood Sacrifice by Maria Lima
Pocket (August 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
ISBN:  9781451612691

Favorite Lines: “He was trouble with a capital fuck-me-for-being-so-stupid.” (p. 61)

All’s fair in blood and war. . . .

Talk about wedding crashers from hell. Keira Kelly and her sexy vampire king, Adam, are about to tie the proverbial knot—sort of—when an uninvited blood relative shows up to cast a long, dark shadow over the happy occasion. Adam’s brother Gideon comes bearing the one-size-fits-all gift of bad news: an ancient, convoluted Challenge thrown down upon the entire Kelly clan. It seems the dreaded forces of the Dark Fae have declared war on Keira’s family, and at stake is the land that is rightfully theirs.

But while the Kellys gather their troops in a historic San Antonio hotel to strategize, there’s mayhem back in Rio Seco. The old cemetery is vandalized, fires break out, and—worst of all—the Kelly clan matriarch and leader, Keira’s great-great-grandmother Minerva, goes missing. Should Keira risk breaking the Challenge rules by returning to her beloved home, or should she continue the waiting game that seems the only other option? With everything she loves and maybe even her life on the line, she has only one chance to get the answer right.

Maria Lima stated Blood Sacrifice is most likely the last book in the Blood Line series because the major plot line is wrapped up in the book. This makes the story especially important because I expect all of the questions raised or hinted at in previous books to be answered and for there to be NO CLIFFHANGER! Blood Sacrifice is book five in the series. It picks up within seconds of Blood Heat’s ending.

Blood Sacrifice is full of fae machinations, so if you don’t care for fae stories you probably won’t enjoy this book. Keira is willing to walk away from Texas in order to keep the peace with her ex-lover and cousin Gideon. However, Gideon is an all or nothing type of character which means Keira is not allowed the luxury of picking her battles. She must fight to keep it all. Unfortunately, it’s not a normal knock-down-drag-out situation. It’s a battle of fae wits.

One thing I’ve always liked about Keira is her ability to recognize her faults. After she’s bitchy, she thinks “why did I do that.” She also accepts to need to stop, re-evaluate and take action. At one point in the story she thinks something like: why are we always reacting? She has a smart mouth, but isn’t annoying and knows when to button it closed. Overall, Keira is a likeable heroine who I wanted to succeed.

The supporting cast of characters rise to the challenge issued and show they are all for Keira.  Nico shows his backbone, Adam confronts his past (okay, he stumbles upon the past), and Keira learns about her parents–get this–from her parents. Royalty from all factions make appearances. Think out with the old and in with the new when you read this book and you’ll be set.

Expect bygones to be bygones, family to unite and a major surprise by the end of Blood Sacrifice. Lima has done an excellent job of ending the series at a point where I’m satisfied to walk away, but if she wanted to write more books there is plenty of room. The characters can even have a happy ending after the surprise on the final pages. It is a nice ending to a nice series.

 

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