The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Our story introduces Chrysabelle, who is a breed of human carrying potent blood that vampires long for. Known as a Comarre, Chrysabelle has just completed one hundred years’ service to her vampire Patron but as this book begins, she is on the run framed for his murder. Chrysabelle needs help and somehow stumbles upon Malkom, a vampire outcast, but he isn't really as keen to help her as Chrysabelle would like. Now luckily Malkom isn't alone as he lives with a shifter and a ghost and things start getting really complicated when Chrysabelle's blood (that is driving Malkom insane) ends up being a complete game changer! I did say it gets complicated and hang on to your hat because this story is anything but predictable.
I liked that we get the point of view from the villain of the piece as well as the lead characters because it opened up the story. Now having said that, I thought she came across as a bit of a pantomime villainess, wearing a coat made out of pelts from unborn shifters, just yuck and nasty and perhaps a tad 101 Dalmatians? For me, having a truly evil presence made the world building and future plot far more tangible.
Malkom is a bit of a stereo type I fear. Bitter, disillusioned, traumatised and fearful of commitment, but he clearly does care about Doc (cat shifter) and Fi (ghost), who live with him. Malkom tries so hard to be brutish but you can see he really is redeemable and yes, I've high hopes for this damaged hero.
Now I come to the hard part, I didn't like Chrysabelle! She seems quite innocent in some ways and yet at times is so in your face, I struggled to understand her motives. I should feel compassion for her after the vile way she has been used as a commodity; but her arrogance and unshakable belief that her blood makes all the difference just didn't sit well. It's so obvious Chrysabelle wants to jump Malkom’s bones and please Malkom, just get it over and bite her!
I will definitely read more because if I feel that strongly about the characters, I'd be crazy not to! A slow first half or so but the pace and storyline really picked up with shocking revelations at the end. I really wanted more from Doc and Fi so I'm holding on to hope.
There are lots of different types of creatures in Blood Rights and a glossary is included which should help other readers, but as my copy is a paperback, I didn't find it until I'd read the book!
I love the cover artwork and am curious how these characters will continue their journey so yes, I think I will pick up Flesh and Blood soon.