The Kat Redding universe sees a new novella with E.S Moore’s Blood From a Silver Cross. Filled with interesting characters, Moore brings a snippet into the lives of his established characters. With a fast pace, Moore shows how to write a novella well; humor and common sense abound in this urban fantasy tale.
Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.
But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…
This was my first foray into the Kat Redding series and E.S Moore’s writing. Despite this, I was able to jump into the story, focusing on the plot points rather than what I didn’t know. This is a testament to Moore’s storytelling. At no time did I feel like Moore was watering the story down or rehashing events to clue in the new reader. Instead, I saw fully developed characters who were living their lives, ultimately making me want to see the many layers beneath the novella service.
While a fast read, Blood From a Silver Cross was the perfect sample of Moore’s writing. The plot was simplistic but still interesting and I was able to gauge who had a past with whom. I look forward to venturing further into the world of Kat Redding and may just add E.S. Moore to my list of must reads.