Blood and Fire (The Talbot Trilogy #2)
By Tori L. Ridgewood
Published February, 2014 by Melange Books
4 stars - Intriguing Sequel!
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
What chance does one witch have against five vampires? Alone, not much. But Rayvin’s allies are gathering...
The battle between good and evil supernatural forces heats up in the long, cold November nights of the former mining town. But how will Rayvin’s motley crew of spellcasters and shapeshifters cope when they discover the threat they face is even greater than they imagined?
Blood and Fire is the second book in The Talbot Trilogy and picks up right where Wind and Shadow left off. That being said, it is probably a good idea to read the first book before you read this one. I also recommend that you read this book if you've already read Wind and Shadow because it introduces new elements, characters, and even more questions! I did enjoy Blood and Fire and found quite a few things interesting about it.
Rayvin is back as well as some other well known characters. Things are not easy for Rayvin and she has it pretty tough being held captive by de Sade. He has some pretty horrendous plans for her as well as Charlotte who we see even more of in this book. We meet some more of de Sade's followers that he made into vampires and we meet some allies. We don't get a ton of Rayvin in this book because we read about quite a few different characters besides her, but she is still incredibly strong despite the circumstances. This book introduces some more strong female leads that aren't totally human either. Gargoyles and Wood Nymphs, as well as wolves, are introduced and I found that very interesting. I loved that Ridgewood was able to mix things up a bit.
There is a ton going on in this book and I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away, I will say that there are quite a few characters that we read through the eyes of and that might get a tad bit confusing at times. Readers will learn more about Rayvin and will be surprised by some of the things that Rayvin learns throughout the book. Blood and Fire had action, suspense, and a little romance as well. The ending is a definite cliff hanger and leaves us with a few questions left unanswered. I feel like the book definitely picked up in the action part near the ending and left you wanting to know more. Blood and Fire does have a bit more mature content and strong language than the previous one, but if that doesn't bother you then you'll definitely enjoy this book. If you've read Wind and Shadow, then check this one out next!
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The Talbot Trilogy books:
0. Mist and Midnight (prequel)
1. Wind and Shadow
2. Blood and Fire
3. Crystal and Wand
About the Author:
After her first heartbreak, Tori found solace in two things: reading romance novels and listening to an after-dark radio program called Lovers and Other Strangers. Throughout the summer and fall of 1990, the new kid in town found reading fiction and writing her own short stories gave her a much needed creative outlet. Determined to become a published author, Tori amassed stacks of notebooks and boxes of filed-away stories, most only half-finished before another idea would overtake her and demand to be written down. Then, while on parental leave with her second baby, one story formed and refused to be packed away. Between teaching full-time, parenting, and life in general, it would take almost seven years before the first novel in her first trilogy would be completed. In the process, Tori finally found her stride as a writer.
At present, on her off-time, Tori not only enjoys reading, but also listening to an eclectic mix of music as she walks the family dog (Skittles), attempts to turn her thumb green, or makes needlework gifts for her friends and family members. She loves to travel, collect and make miniature furniture, and a good cup of tea during a thunderstorm or a blizzard. Under it all, she is always intrigued by history, the supernatural, vampire and shapeshifter mythology, romance, and other dangers.
Tori is currently working on Crystal and Wand: Book Three of The Talbot Trilogy. She lives in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children. She is a full-time teacher at a local high school.