Title: Triad Blood
Author: ‘Nathan Burgoine
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: May 1st 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Fantasy
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.
But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.
Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.
Here’s what you need to know: Curtis, a powerful wizard and Orphan (a wizard not born to one of the magical bloodlines), has defied “the Families” and instead of forming a coven with two other wizards has instead formed a triad of power with an Incubus Demon and a Vampire through a complicated rite with blood, soul, and magic. Something no one knew was even possible. Their triumvirate of power is an unknown and therefore a threat to all.
Wizards, Demons and Vampires are all trying to break them apart or kill them outright.
The story is suspenseful and has some interesting world building, but I sometimes felt like I’d been dropped in the middle of the story. Turns out, there is a short story called Three, which originally appeared in Bold Strokes Books’ anthology Blood Sacraments, which introduces the characters from Triad Blood.
While I haven’t read Three and could follow along with the story quite well without it, I wish I had read Three before starting Triad Blood. I feel like it might have rounded out some sharper corners.
Regardless, I liked the characters. Curtis is endearing, smart, and no pushover, which is good because Anders, the Incubus Demon, is a right pain in the ass who would run roughshod over him in a heartbeat, and Luc is a slick operator who would run Curtis’s life if he let him.
Told from the perspectives of all three main characters, the writing was enjoyable, and I was happy because there’s also a bit of humor, with Anders providing most of the snark in a delightful way. Luc was a harder character for me to know, and remains, to me, largely mysterious.
Note though that this isn’t an erotic tale. Though the three do have to share blood, bodies, and magic every full moon to solidify their connection, the specifics are mainly off page. Honestly, I didn’t feel any loss for it.
All in all, I enjoyed the story and could see Burgoine continuing Curtis, Anders and Luc’s story in a series. I for one, would be happy to read more.
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