Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Realm Walker Series - Featuring a Review of Blood Slave, Book 3, by Kathleen Collins




Blood Slave
Realm Walker Series, Book 3
Kathleen Collins

About Blood Slave:

Can she find a killer in a town where the basest desires are allowed to run free?

There are zombies in the Dead Zone and Juliana Norris is sent to take care of the problem. And for there to be zombies, there had to be bodies. When vampires are found to be the culprits, Juliana is sent undercover in the red light district of Kansas City. Lying to her mate, Thomas Kendrick, isn’t something she wants to do, but she’s in another vampire’s territory and Thomas would not be pleased. Besides, she’s more than capable of doing the job and she needs to prove it to everyone. Most of all herself.

Charles Morgan is in control of the Kansas City area, making a rich living off his various enterprises. Juliana goes undercover at the strip club Lust and gets sucked into his dark, decadent world. More victims turn up and the Agency is positive they’ve got their man, but Juliana is not so sure. When the Agency refuses to listen, she reluctantly turns to Thomas for help. He intervenes but finds Juliana unaware of the danger she is in and discovers she may just be too deep for him to save.

Read an Excerpt:

The zombie Pomeranian yipped at Nathaniel in between growling and tugging at the leg of his jeans. Juliana pulled her foot back to kick the creature away from her friend and made ready to bring her sword down on it as soon as it was clear. 

“Don’t,” Nathaniel protested as he held up a still-clawed hand. “You might hurt it.” 

Her brows arched up into her hairline. “That would be the general idea.” The thing growled again and she looked down at it where it was doing its utmost to gnaw a hole through Nathaniel’s jeans. And she wasn’t entirely sure it would stop when it got to skin. I realize you have a particu-lar kinship with all things canine, but it’s gnawing on your leg.” 

“Just my jeans.” Now back in fully human form, he bent and disengaged the dog from the denim. 

“Easy there, boy. Good dog.” When the Pomeranian continued to express its displeasure with the situation in general and Nathaniel in particular, he lifted the beast above his head, looked at it nose to nose and growled back. Evidently recognizing an alpha even in its altered state, the dog curled in on itself and whimpered before darting its tongue out to lick Nathaniel’s nose. Juliana grimaced. Zombie breath couldn’t be pretty. 

“See, he doesn’t mean any harm,” her friend said as he tucked the abomination under one arm. Their scruffy brown hair made them look surprisingly similar. 

She blinked at him in disbelief before taking another look at the creature in question. When she bent closer, it growled and she straightened with a huff. “She.” 

“What?” 

“She. Name tag says Fifi. Last time I checked that was a girl’s name.” 

Nathaniel snorted in derision. “Fifi. What a prissy name.” 

“Hate to break it to you, partner, but that is a prissy dog. And it smells like mold.”

Sapphyria's Review:

Link to review of Realm Walker, Book 1:

Link to review of The Making of Michael Bishop:
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/review-making-of-michael-bishop-realm.html

Link to review of Death's Daughter:
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/realm-walker-book-tour-featuring-review.html

Juliana Norris is back and part of an undercover operation that takes her into the heartland of a different vampire master.  Women keep showing up in the Dead Zone dead, drained of their blood, and covered in bite marks - some have even become zombies.  In order to find out who is responsible, Juliana must attempt to fit into the debauchery that is the red light district, even if it means she ends up working directly for none other than  Charles Morgan.

As per usual - ask Juliana and she'll tell you the same thing - nothing goes as planned.  Aggressive vampires come out of the darkness, Juliana's undercover op gets compromised, and she ends up in a situation that that just might get her killed - for good this time.  It's a good thing her mate is a very powerful vampire and her kinfolk can be summoned on a whim.

The Realm Walker Series is a gritty urban fantasy collection that keeps the reader intrigued from the get go.  The plot and storylines are engaging and keep the readers coming back for more.  There are several returning characters and some that are brand new in Book 3.  Each secondary character plays out their role perfectly.  Good or bad, these characters were written well.

The relationship between Thomas and Juliana is enjoyable.  She's his mate and has finally fully accepted her feelings for him and his for her.  She's stubborn and I don't really see that changing much.  Thomas loves her and dotes on her to the best of his ability while still trying to give Juliana the space and independence she requires.  The lovey-dovey situations are sweet and romantic.

I absolutely love this series.  The author's writing draws in the reader with excellent character development, world building, and dialogue.  The undercover assignment keeps Juliana and her team busy which translates to a lot of action between the pages.  There is never a dull moment.  You'll be on the edge of your seat until you read the very last sentence.  With each additional book, the series just gets better and better (and it's been great from the very beginning).

Please note that this book does contain some low-key adult scenes.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Sapphyria's Rating:


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Other Books in the Series:


Realm Walker
Realm Walker Series, Book One 
Kathleen Collins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Carina Press

Date of Publication: October 28, 2013

ISBN: 9781426896545
ASIN: B00E1V5S3S

Word Count: 76,000

About Realm Walker:

An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.

Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…

Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

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Details:

The Making of Michael Bishop 
A Realm Walker Short Story
Kathleen Collins

Genre: urban fantasy, dark fantasy

Date of Publication: August 30, 2014

ASIN: B00N5YWPCE

Number of pages: 20 

About The Making of Michael Bishop:

Keep your distance. Don't look him in the eye. Feed him and leave. 

Michael D'Augustino is a priest in the time of the Inquisition. Marked as weak for his refusal to torture those charged with sorcery, heresy, devil worship or worse, he's given another task. Feed the prisoner in the cell in the darkest corner of the dungeon. With the edict comes a set of instructions. 

Ever obedient, Michael does exactly as he is told. Until the night his charge doesn't eat and Michael has to enter the cell to find out why. Instead of the beast he believes to be imprisoned there, he finds a man. A broken, tormented man who asks for help. 

But all is not as it seems and, before the night is through, Michael will be changed forever.

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Death’s Daughter 
Realm Walker Series, Book 2
Kathleen Collins

Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance

Publisher: Carina press

ISBN: 9781426898112
ASIN: B00GKBIR80

Word Count: 68,000

About Death's Daughter, Book 2:

Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.

Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.

She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.

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About the Author:


Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them. 

The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband. 

She is currently hard at work on her next book. 

Find Kathleen Online:


@kathy_collins



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