Title: Triad Blood
Author: ‘Nathan Burgoine
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Length: 240 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
At a Glance: The start to an amazing paranormal series. I’ve already reread this book!
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.
But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.
Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.
Review: First of all, Triad Blood isn’t a romance, but please, do NOT let that deter you. There are some romantic elements in the novel, and there are some short stories set in this universe that have some romance as well (go read Three, you will not be disappointed, oh my gosh…) so you are able to get your fill. Also, I have it on good authority that later in the trilogy there will be more romance, just not yet.
That said, I loved this book so much that I’ve already read it twice and will likely read it again soon. Yeah, it’s that good. Also, if you don’t love this book, just walk away and never talk to me again.
‘Nathan Burgoine is a talented writer who creates a fascinating world and complex characters. While there are short stories with Anders, Curtis, and Luc, they don’t need to be read before Triad Blood. I do, however, recommend reading Three prior to it, as the story shows readers how this particular triad is formed, and it’s awesome.
In Triad Blood, Anders, Curtis, and Luc are getting by as a unique triad formed by an incubus, a wizard, and a vampire. In a world where paranormal creatures survive in groups of three or more, a lone demon, wizard, or vampire is target practice for the others. It’s downright deadly for them to be on their own, and these three have found a way to beat the system. Former loners, they’ve created a group that is surprisingly powerful; not only are they stronger than when they were solo, but they’re changing in ways as well. Ways that other demons, wizards, and vampires don’t particularly care for.
Enter Renard, the Duc of the area. At a seance held for local vampire cotteries, Renard challenges Luc and his triad…and finds they’re evenly matched. Luc and his boys just want to exist quietly, not challenge anyone, but when you’re strong, there’s always someone out there that wants to take you down, and they are dragged into something that extends beyond.
Burgoine has created such fantastic characters, and each one is distinct. There’s Curtis, the young, nerdy wizard who just wanted his own group so he would be left alone to work his magic and learn. Then there’s Luc, the handsome vampire who, like Curtis, wanted a group so he could actually feed without risking his skin to do so. He’s elegant and sophisticated and not at all interested in vampire politics.
And then there’s Anders. Where to even begin with this one. As an incubus, of course he’s going to love sex. But he’s a gay incubus, and as a result he’s been shunned by the others. He’s crass, he’s a bit of a brute, but he’s somehow still ridiculously sexy. But he has a one track mind at all times. Despite the fact that he’s constantly thinking about sex, he’s not a one-dimensional character by any stretch of the imagination. I loved every time he piped up from the background because he left me hysterical, even if Curtis and Luc just rolled their eyes and ignored him as best they could.
The secondary characters are also fascinating. They end up becoming larger pieces of a twisted puzzle, so while I want to share more about them, I won’t. I’ll leave them to you to discover.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Seriously. I loved this book so much I actually want to write fanfiction for it. Heck, I want to see a movie or a TV series with these characters. I would watch it over and over and over and…you get the point.
If you’re a fan of demons, vampires, wizards, paranormal fiction, mysteries, thrillers, stories set in Canada, or a combination of the previously mentioned, do yourself a favor and check this book out!
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