Review: Blood Avenged (Sons Of Navarus #1) by Gabrielle Bisset
Ancient vampire Vasilije ends up in New Orleans after pissing off an old rival. As part of her revenge, Tatiana makes a deal with Sasa, an empath, to get close to him. The only problem is, as Sasa gets to know Vasilije, she finds he isn’t at all the monster Tatiana made him out to be. In fact, Tatiana is pretty monstrous herself. Sasa has to sort it all out before Tatiana has her revenge. Can she make the necessary sacrifice to save Vasilije? Blood Avenged is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
- Title: Blood Avenged
- Series: The Sons Of Navarus #1
- Author: Gabrielle Bisset
- Prominent Characters: Vasilije, Sasa, Tatiana
- Recommended reader age: 18+
- Sexual content level: strong
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Blood Avenged will keep you guessing right until the end. The vampire Vasilije seems to be doing something he enjoys and finds fulfilling when he inadvertently crosses his old rival, Tatiana. In seeking her revenge, Tatiana seems to orchestrate the complications Vasilije faces. Sasa seems to be a simple pawn in Tatiana’s plans. But just below the surface, other forces are at play, and while there are hints, most don’t seem significant until the end.
With well-developed and multi-dimensional protagonists, Vasilije and Sasa, Ms. Bisset skillfully reveals the story, one layer at a time, building twists into each turn of the plot. The antagonist, Tatiana, is notably less complex with her straight forward villain-ness, making her a little less believable as a character. Without seeing the story from her point-of-view at all, it’s difficult to understand her motivation, which ends up making some of her machinations seem over the top.
Sasa, the heroine, while well written, spends most of the book being reactive, rather than proactive. She’s manipulated and used, first by a secondary character, then by Tatiana. Vasilije does his share of the manipulating and using, too, even after emotional ties develop. In a few scenes, she becomes proactive, but it doesn’t last. Being reactive doesn’t make her entirely unsympathetic, or weak, however. As a victim of circumstances anyone could find herself in, Sasa makes some unwise choices, and ends up in the deal with Tatiana. Rather than simply going along with the deal, she finds ways to be subversive. And when the worst still happens, she takes the consequences, with an admirable sort of enduring strength.
The majority of Blood Avenged takes place in New Orleans, and Ms. Bisset makes the setting an integral part of the plot, using it to set up some of the complications of the story. She provides details of both popular locations, and more out of the way areas, giving the story a real flavor of the area. Her descriptions bring the setting to life, without overpowering or distracting the reader.
Despite the ever-increasing heat of the intimate scenes, the reader is kept guessing whether the Vasilije is just enjoying a willing woman, and if Sasa is using sex to help her do her job, or if they’re really developing feelings for one another. The sex scenes sizzle, with straight-forward language that weaves a spell of urgency and encompasses all the senses, and runs the gamut of emotions.
Ms. Bisset’s ability to make readers share her characters’ emotions is admirable. One of my favorite scenes in Blood Avenged is a rage-fueled sex scene. One character’s rage and sense of betrayal joins with the other’s fear and hopelessness, and both morph into tender acceptance and love.
Ahhh… True love! Err… Ooookay, then. Nevermind.
“I love her. Please let me go to her.”
Shaking his head, Vasilije answered, “No. But if you’d like, we can find that brunette
Alex’s eyes seemed to light up and for the first time since feeding, he was happy. “The one from last night? Okay, that sounds good.”
It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.
Lowering his gaze to meet hers, his blue eyes showed concern more than anything else. “Sasa, something is very wrong. That man knew everything about me. I never mentioned where I’m from and that one of my vampires lived here, and my accent isn’t English, yet he referred to me being from London and knows about Teagan.”
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If you enjoyed Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset, for the insight on the creation of vampires, and conflict within the world of vampires, you might also like Hot Vampire Kiss by Lisa Renee Jones.
Blood Avenged is an engrossing mixture of straight-forward writing style, and behind-the-scenes plot twists. You read along, thinking you know exactly what’s happening, only to find out there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Throw in a delicious hero, scalding hot sex scenes, and a dash of poignant sweetness, and Blood Avenged is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
Rating: Blood Avenged
Here are a few places you can find Blood Avenged author Gabrielle Bisset:
- http://www.gabriellebisset.com (website)
- http://gbisset.blogspot.com (blog)
- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabrielle-Bisset (Facebook)