Secrets of Blood and Bone by Robert S. Sadler was a book whose story really intrigued me, but whose character interactions left a lot to be desired.
What if one night you discovered you were a rare breed of warrior meant to be the champion of all mankind? That you were caught in the middle of an age old war between supernatural forces and had no choice but to fight or die? Oh, and that the beautiful predator staring at you from across the room was just dying to have sex with you, or maybe eat you depending on her mood? Secrets of Blood & Bone is a fast paced paranormal adventure jam packed full of action, be it on the battle field or in the bedroom!
This is the first installment in a series of books which introduces us to a strong-willed hero named Quillen Ware, or just Q to his friends. One night while working in a dangerous inner city emergency room, his security guard duties take him into the parking lot where he attempts to diffuse a gang war in the making. Riding on the heels of the bullet-riddled gang-bangers come a squad of mercenary soldiers accompanied by a pair of supernatural monsters who leave nothing but death and destruction in their wake. As Q’s new life unfolds before him, he finds himself fighting for his life with a hell hound, dining with an immortal shape shifter, bantering with a genius gnome, and sharing sexual tension with a beautiful were-tiger all before the first night comes to a close. During his journey, Q must discover if his father is indeed a serial rapist and who was responsible for his real mother’s death while fighting for his life and his sanity in a world where sex and violence are everyday facets of normal existence. Q fully embraces a new way of life on his way to an epic climax and a discovery that will shake not only his world but that of the entire supernatural community!
Like I said, the story wasn’t all that bad. Q is this really big guy that hasn’t ever really fit in. He’s a security guard in a hospital, and he’s always felt like an outsider. One night, Hell hounds come into the hospital and kill everyone. This shoves Q into the world of paranormal beings, and he soon finds out that he isn’t your average seven foot security guard. In fact, at first no one really knows what he is. That doesn’t stop people from trying to recruit him though.
You see, for millennium now, there have been two types of paranormals. The first type wants to stay under the radar and not reveal themselves or their world to humans. The second type feels that they are superior, and think that they should rule over humans, making them slaves. So, throughout the book you follow Q as he attempts to find out exactly what he is while in the process of fighting the good fight.
I know, I know, this doesn’t sound half bad. I thought the same thing when I was approached to review Secrets of Blood and Bone. So what exactly is the problem? The problem was the dialogue – it was almost childish in the way that the characters interacted. Here’s this big warrior dude, who’s supposed to be a savior to his people and I assumed that there would be some maturity to his persona, but when he’s unsure or angry at someone he starts acting like some delinquent thirteen year old. Talking about how people can suck his bleepity bleep bleep. I don’t care if there is cursing in a book, but only if it adds to the book. Here it just felt like he was posturing. Trying to make people think that he was tougher than he was.
Overall, Secrets of Blood and Bone by Robers S. Sadler had a lot of potential, and there was plenty that caught my interest; however, Q put me off so much that it took away from the story. So if your able to ignore that sort of thing, or it it just doesn’t’ bother you, then this might be something to check out.