Friday, April 27, 2012

CBLS Virtual Book Tour - Review and Excerpt: Amber Riley's "The Land of Tears" (Kindred Blood, Book 3)

Title: The Land of Tears (Kindred Blood, Book 3)
Author: Amber Riley
Publisher: Self
Length: Approx 50,000 words
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy YA
Review Copy Courtesy Of: CBLS Promotions
(in exchange for an honest review)
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Spain is the one place Kaden never planned to see again. Years after he escaped the master vampire, he has never looked back—until now. As he stands before enemy vampires and werewolves, he knows that determination is the only thing that can save Lyn from her captives. Everything Kaden has worked so hard for has to be forgotten. He must become a ruthless killer once again.

After everything Kaden has done to remain free, he has purposely walked back into his old life, leaving his friends behind in order to protect them. Now, in the midst of a bad game of hide and seek with Phoenix, Kaden must fool everyone into thinking he has returned for all the right reasons. But Phoenix is not easily swayed. He still resents Kaden for leaving and letting Tobias out of his tomb. Kaden is running out of time. If his plan fails, there will never be another opportunity.

In the third tale of the Kindred Blood series, a young life depends on whether Kaden can convince Phoenix and his fellow vampires to trust him. One way or another, things are about to end where they all began."


The headlights of a Volkswagen blinked at me once. I approached the car and bent to the driver’s side window. “Hey, Max.”

“Hello,” he replied slowly. He turned in his seat to look behind him. “Gabriel, are you sure about this?”
“We talked it through last night,” he said softly. “It will be fine.”

Max sighed. “Just remember what they said.” When Gabriel didn’t answer, he continued on. “Your brother has been filled in, like you asked. But please stick to the plan. I don’t want to make that phone call.”

Gabriel’s pale hand reached for the handle. I quickly opened the car door and helped him onto the street. “I am perfectly clear on what is going to happen.”

Max said a few lines in Italian. Gabriel smiled and replied. I didn’t know what they said, but it seemed important. The look Max gave me before driving away was unreadable, but it was clear that our relationship hinged on how the night ended.

Saph's Review:

Here are the links to my reviews of the first 2 books in the series:

I absolutely love the very first sentence of Chapter 1 in Book #3, The Land of Tears:
"There is one moment, one defining moment, in everyone's life that will alter the entire course of their future."

For Kaden, it's the kidnapping of Lyn, by the Marquis, while the group was in Rome.  The only logical step for Kaden now was to get her back.  After slipping away from Stu, Flo, Alex, and Reece, Kaden finds himself back in the viper's nest.  The locating of, and submission to Phoenix may be the only way to save Lyn and desperate times call for desperate measures.  Oh the things you do for the ones you love!

We get to see the innate nature of Phoenix and Kaden in this installment of the Kindred Blood series.  In order to convince Phoenix to trust him again, Kaden is forced to resort to a vampire's basic nature, the very nature that he's tried so hard to overcome; bloodlust, murder, drinking of blood from the "tap."  This behavior also helps Kaden keep Lyn comfortable while being held within Phoenix's grasp.  

After striking an alliance with Tobia, the rightful Master vampire, who has also managed to locate Phoenix, Kaden starts to set his plans in motion.  Then Stu, Flo, Alex, Reece, Max, and Gabriel turn up in the village near Phoenix's lair, throwing a monkey wrench in some of the plans.  Treachery abounds when someone in Kaden's circle is discovered to be in alliance with Phoenix.  

When it's all said and done, who will be the ones left standing?

Excellent final story to the Kindred Blood saga.  The emotional levels within this installment ebb and flow nicely.   The author, Amber Riley, leaves no stone unturned in her quest to pen this exciting adventure of Kaden, Lyn, and the rest of the group. 

I enjoyed reading every part of this trilogy. I found that the things I said about Book 1 & 2 also apply to Book 3:

~~ 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!



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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1 comment:

Amber Riley said...

Thanks so much for being part of the tour! I'm so glad you enjoyed the series! :)