Friday, April 20, 2012

CBLS Virtual Book Tour - Review and Excerpt: Amber Riley's "The Well of Truth" (Kindred Blood, Book 2)



Title:  The Well of Truth (Kindred Blood, Book 2)
Author:  Amber Riley
Publisher:  Self
Length:  Approx. 50,000 words
Genre:  YA Paranormal/Fantasy 

BLURB:

Kaden has made a promise to the Iustitia. In exchange for helping the vampire hunters rid Rome of their supernatural infestation, he will never be hunted by the church-assuming he makes it out of the country alive. With a master vampire who is letting the city be terrorized, Kaden must uncover his true motives before it is too late.

Something dangerous is closing in on Kaden, and he cannot afford to be weak. Inside Vatican City, the vampires are more vulnerable than they have ever been. But with his independence on the line, Kaden is breaking every rule in the book, putting everyone's lives at risk. Worse yet, he is feeling things again-things he has not felt in centuries. He must find a way to completely sever his ties with the past. Unfortunately, in a city that is supposed to be off limits to all vampires, Kaden finds more than he bargained for-and loses even more.

"The Well of Truth" tells a haunting tale in which a hardened vampire will realize that some secrets are better left in the dark.

EXCERPT:

Sullivan was pulled backward. I didn’t dare take my eyes from Tobias. He appeared to be sleeping, but vampires could be excellent actors. That was one reason I hesitated to go into the room. The other reason was fear. The room was a vampire’s hell, and I didn’t want to be anywhere near it. I would never survive being locked inside.

“Kaden, stop,” Vin demanded. “Get away from the door.” There was the sound of impact and he began coughing.

“What are you waiting for?” Flo hissed.

I chanced it. I looked back. Flo’s back was blistered and red, Stu’s face was covered in blood, and Sullivan’s neck was slowly healing from a large gash. There wasn’t any time left to waste. I had to kill him and get us out of the tunnels safely.

I turned to the tomb again and jumped, banging my head on the stone. Tobias was sitting with his legs crossed and his hands curled over his knees. He looked up at me calmly with angry hazel eyes.

“Hello,” he said hoarsely. “I don’t believe we’ve met.”

Saph's Review:

"The Well Of Truth" is Book 2 in Amber Riley's Kindred Blood series.  I have previously reviewed Book 1, "The Flash of A Firefly."

Times must be desperate in Rome if the Iustitia - the Pope's army of vampire hunters - recruit the very undead creature usually on the receiving of their weapons.  Kaden, Sullivan, Flo, Stu, and Lyn find themselves on their way to Italy to team up with the Iustitia to cleanse the city of an epidemic of newly created vampires.  Reece and Alex, werewolves, join them as their daytime protectors.  Upon inspection of the city, Kaden and Sullivan discover that one of Phoenix's heavily guarded prisoners, Abel ~ a psycho vampire ~ has escaped and could be the vampire behind the recent newbie vamp population explosion.  As Kaden and his crew continue to investigate the goings-on within the city they discover treachery beyond anything they had imagined. 

The relationship between Lyn and Kaden gets a bit more complicated while in Rome.  He manages to keep her at arm's length even when they are laying next to each other.  It will be interesting to see where they ultimately end up especially after the ending leaves in a cliffhanger (Don't worry--I have Book 3, too!).

The discovery of secrets harbored by the Vatican and the last few Popes, along with the revelations surrounding Phoenix and the escape/release of Abel are a lot of intense situations for our Fave 4 Vamps to wrap their heads around.  When they finally find what they are looking for will they be able to stop events in time or be killed in the attempt? 

The Well of Truth is a very exciting sequel to The Flash of A Firefly.  I enjoyed reading every part of it.  I found that the things I said about Book 1 also apply to Book 2:

~~ The author's writing style is great. There aren't any awkward moments, incomplete thoughts, or incoherent sentences that leave you scratching your head or rereading passages 20 times in hopes that maybe you understand the ideas that the author was attempting to convey. I loved the plot. It was nice and solid and kept on the edge of your seat. Just when you thought the story would go one direction, it did a 180 and you were off in another direction. ~~

The vampires continue to kick butts first and take names later!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amber Riley has enjoyed writing short stories since childhood and is happiest with a cat in her lap. Born and raised in Central New York, she is currently living in Germany with her new son and husband, a Seabee with the US Navy.



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