by Maria Lima
Cover Artist: Shutterstock
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pocket Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781451612691
Date: 30 August 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The most recent book in the Blood Lines series by Maria Lima, Blood Sacrifice, doesn't disappoint. The book begins essentially where Blood Heat left off. Keira's cousin, Gideon, is back and has issued a challenge which puts Keira's and Adam's claims to the land they hold in jeopardy. They must vacate the land and all their holdings until the challenge is settled.
The problem is that the challenge itself is written and bespelled so that it is difficult to read by anyone who might have a chance to understand it. But while they relocate to San Antonio to figure out what to do, they learn that their land, people, and holdings are in danger. Keira has no doubt that her cousin isn't playing fair and now has to figure out what they can do without voiding the challenge and thus losing everything.
On top of everything else, the Kelly clan matriarch, Gigi, is missing. For the first time in her life, Keira is in need of Gigi's advice since she's the expert on twisted machinations. Now, on top of figuring out and surviving the challenge, Keira's got to find Gigi.
Add in the usual weirdness of vampires, werewolves, and fey and you'll find yourself pulled into the action from the first page. Don't worry, you don't have to reread Blood Heat to get ready for this book, there's enough background to bring you up to speed. However, I would advise holding off until you have a good chunk of reading time because you're going to want to read it all in one sitting.
If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, this is not the one to start with. New readers get to read the Blood Lines series for the first time and get surprised by this wonderfully textured series of characters and setting. Beware. These are not the usual urban fantasy or paranormal romance. Lima has some fresh perspective on how these groups fit in the modern world, while being unsuspected by those without special powers or connections to this underworld of supernaturals.