Image of Out for Blood (House of Comarré)


Image of Out for Blood (House of Comarré)

Out for Blood, book four of the House of Comarré, begins exactly where the previous book leaves off, so it’s highly recommended that this series be read in order. The relationship between Chrysabelle and Mal is built on a soul-deep love that is still new and uncertain, but definitely worth fighting for, which Painter portrays through short vignettes of development. With a full cast of secondary characters, Paradise City is full of dark complexity and is thick with betrayal, with new twists around every corner. Painter weaves a captivating otherworldly tale where readers can never predict what choices might be made or what alliances might be forged.

Chrysabelle has died twice in the last few days, and that’s only the beginning of her problems. Paradise City is in political turmoil, and the mayor has enacted a curfew that has varcolai and vampires alike willing to risk war with the humans in order to protect themselves. Meanwhile, Tatiana, ex-wife to Mal and immortal enemy to Chrysabelle, has been given a vampire baby to raise and she is using her new status to gain power among the vampire houses. Chrysabelle is tasked with retrieving this child and rescuing her brother at the same time. If she fails, the Kubai Mata will come for her, and the coveted ring of sorrow, making this the most important mission of her life. (ORBIT, Nov., 480 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Anna Dougherty