Alliance in Blood

Title: Alliance in Blood (Partnership in Blood #1)
Author: Ariel Tachna
Cover Artist: Dan Skinner
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Genre: Paranormal M/M, Vampires
Length:  235 pages
Rating: 3.50 stars out of 5

A guest review by Lasha

Summary Review: Original storyline involving vampires and wizards which becomes bogged down by too many POV changes and confusing plot.

THE BLURB

Can a desperate wizard and a bitter, disillusioned vampire find a way to build the partnership that could save their world?

In a world rocked by magical war, vampires are seen by many as less than human, as the stereotypical creatures of the night who prey on others. But as the war intensifies, the wizards know they need an advantage to turn the tide in their favor: the strength and edge the vampires can give them in the battle against the dark wizards who seek to destroy life as they know it.

In a dangerous move and show of good will, the wizards ask the leader of the vampires to meet with them, so that they might plead their cause. One desperate man, Alain Magnier, and one bitter, disillusioned vampire, Orlando St. Clair, meet in Paris, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance of their decision: Will the vampires join the cause and form a partnership with the wizards to win the war?

 

THE REVIEW

 

It looks like it is Ariel Tachna day here on Jessewave with two reviews of her books being published. My review doesn’t involve hunky race car drivers but instead dark and brooding vampires and wizards. Alliance in Blood is the first in a series of books depicting the lives of Paris supernatural beings involved in a deadly war. The plot starts as light wizards propose an alliance with vampires to defeat dark wizards who want to control the world. Since wizards and vampires do not have a cordial relationship they each send emissaries to meet late at night in Père Lachaise Cemetery. Enter Orlando the vampire and Alain the wizard. When these two men meet it is instant chemistry and when Orlando drinks Alain’s blood to make sure he is not lying about the wizards wanting an alliance…instant desire. As Alain and Orlando struggle to put their newfound attraction aside to deal with the war, eventually they realize they cannot and decide to bond with each other, causing other wizards and vampires to follow suit. (Drinking the right wizard’s blood, a vampire can be in sunlight. This turns out to be an invaluable asset in the war against the dark wizards.)

The storyline for Alliance in Blood is very original, not your typical vampire tale. No one sparkles here – darn. I like the uneasy relationship between wizards and vampires which leads to their alliance. The wizards need the vampires in their ranks and the vampires want equal rights in the supernatural world, so each side has something to gain in this deal. The other interesting thing is that each vampire and wizard can be paired to make a stronger fighting team. But there is only one vampire for each wizard and vice versa. The match must be perfect or the vampire will not be able to walk in the sun after drinking his/her wizard’s blood.  Basically some vampires and wizards get their soul mate when they pair up. At least that is the case with Orlando and Alain.

And while I loved the premise, the characters and the world-building Ms. Tachna does in this novel, the reason I could only give the book 3.5 stars is the multiple POV changes which distracted from the storytelling (I could not understand who was talking in some instances). Two POVs is fine, especially if it is from the two protagonists, but there were at least eight to ten POVs of lesser characters which threw me out of the novel. Many, many times. Plus the introduction of way too many characters, that I couldn’t follow without a flowchart, seemed to bog the book down in minutiae. Lastly, the prose. Sometimes I like purple prose, but Alliance in Blood suffered from too flowery prose combined with the info dump on the reader truly made for a confusing tale.

In conclusion, while I loved the relationship between Orlando and Alain and would gladly read about them again, the structural and prose issues with this novel overwhelms the reader and make for a less satisfying read. Now I have read other books by Ariel Tachna and I have never found multiple POV changes or overly long prose, so this novel must be a fluke. The sequel, Buy Link Covenant in Blood is available and it probably a must read if you decide to buy this book since the ending of Alliance leaves some very important threads hanging. For me, I will be reading the sequels as I want to see how the plot changes and morphs as the vampire-wizard alliance continues. Plus I am looking forward to seeing if the POV and other issues are resolved. What can I say, when I start something, I have to finish it.

Recommended for readers who love the author’s other works, vampires, wizards (Harry Potter-like duels are cool) and super sexy bonding rituals.

OVERALL

9 comments

  • I so hear you about Harry Potter :(. Sure but you have to email me first, if I reply to a review as regular commenter I can’t see email, you as author of the review see it, when I get comments on the review as author only then I can see it. Write to me and I will reply 🙂

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  • Lasha

    The premise sounds really cool and it’s a pity about the multiple POV’s, something that really gets on my nerves. However, since I’ve been warned about them and the purple prose, (something else that I hate), I can read the book just for the two main protagonists and the plot. 🙂

    I should tell you that this series turns into M/f along the way. 🙁

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    • Do you mean Orlando/Alain turns into m/f or some other couple takes focus away from the m/m vampire-wizard thing? Because I like het romances, but just not in my m/m romance. 🙂

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      • I don’t know which couple but Ariel told me that there are M/f pairings in upcoming episodes of the series. There might be some information on her site or blog. She knows the policy of the site which is the reason why she gave me a heads up when I requested Alliance in Blood. 🙁

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      • Thanks for the great review Lasha, I have read all four books in these series and while I do not remember the names of m/f pairing, Orlando/Allain most definitely do not become one, in fact none of the m/m pairings (I am 99% sure) turn into m/f, just one more or less central wizard/vampire pairing will be m/f. Of course central is relative in these series, because as you said there are MANY and I mean many characters which author tries to give sort of kind of equal page space. Definitely made me a bit dizzy, however wierdly I found several couples to be quite endearing (and yeah, big Harry Potter fan here :), so loved duels)), so I was willing to tolerate the dizziness and go on. Oh there are couple episodic m/f pairings if I remember correctly.

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        • Hey can you email me privately and tell me about the supposed “klennex” ending in book #4, Reparation in Blood? I was going to buy the rest of the series, but won’t if it has major deaths. Thanks, Sirius. I cried enough after Harry Potter. 🙁

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      • It’s not the main pairing that’s M/F. There are a couple M/F pairings that happen later in the series, though, and one of them kind of squicked me a bit.

        Still, it’s easy enough to skip past that without losing the storyline of the series. And yes. Unless there are more books past #4 that I don’t know about, I’ve read them all. LOL

        ~Tis

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  • Hi Lasha:

    Thank you for the thoughtful review. The blurb had me at “desperate” and “bitter, disillusioned” so I’ll just have to see if the multiple POV is a wallbanger or not on this one. (Purple prose has never bothered me and the rest of the issues sounds like standard book one issues for a series so no complaints here unless the POV totally unbearable)

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I've been reading romance books since I was 12 and when I found m/m books a few years ago I fell madly in love with the genre. My favorites tropes are: GFY, police partners in love and May-December romances. I also adore paranormals and in my spare time away from Jessewave, I review pararmormal m/m books at my own blog. Give me a good shifter book and I'm a happy girl!
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