I really enjoyed E.S. Moore’s debut UF novel, To Walk the Night. I was pleasantly surprised to get Tainted Blood, Tainted Night, so I could discover more about his world and read about what trouble the heroine, Kat, found herself in now.
Kat Redding is a vampire with a job to do–wiping out the vamps and werewolves who prey on Pureblood humans. Someone has to do it. . .as long as that someone is her. But suddenly Kat, also known as Lady Death, has competition, and it’s causing problems. Vampire houses and werewolf clans alike are blaming her for a spate of gruesome murders, and Kat needs to figure out who’s really responsible before she becomes the next target. . .
On the hunt, she forms an uneasy alliance with both the Luna Cult and a powerful rogue werewolf. But the truths Kat’s uncovering–about her enemies and her few remaining confidantes–are far from comforting. And when the chance comes to leave her life of vengeance behind, Kat must decide whether her real motive lies in protecting the innocent, or sating her own fierce hungers. . .
I really like Kat. As I mentioned in my review of To Walk the Night, I really hate seeing her so alone. Sadly, this trend of her feeling like she is weak if she relies on others, continues in Tainted Night, Tainted Blood. She does end up forming a truce and semi-alliance, but she’s reluctant. Don’t get me wrong, she has good reasons to be wary. But, sometimes everyone needs others to help out and people they can depend upon. I don’t really like that Moore has set up his awesome heroine to be alone…all the time. In fact, this could just be me reading too much into things…or not…but I’m really hoping that the “between the lines” information I’m picking up on, is in fact setting Kat up for something. I don’t care if it’s romance. But she needs another friend…someone other than Ethan. I like Ethan and he’s helpful and there for her. Kat trusts him, yes…but IDK, she needs more than just one person. Know what I mean?
Overall, I enjoyed Tainted Night, Tainted Blood. The pacing was pretty quick and there was a lot of action through out the book. UF fans, you will not be disappointed at the level of action that picks up mostly from the start of the book. The action does drive the overall story arc, and it’s quite the buildup. However, the final “showdown” for Tainted Night, Tainted Blood…well, that’s where I felt deflated. We get a lot of action, the story is driving towards this one end…and that end fell a bit flat to met. We get to see Kat raw and exposed emotionally, and this is a good thing. But the actual final fight? Yeah…could’ve been better, more dramatic. But, if you like some dark and dirty UF, you won’t be let down. :).
To Walk the Night
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood