Bad Blood (House of Comarre #3) – Leaves a bad taste in your mouth
I’m getting a little worried that I’m falling out of love with this series. I think the first book was well crafted and intriguing. The second book lost a little steam for me because I did’t enjoy the introduction of a love triangle and there were too many characters to keep up with. It also had a cliffhanger which I normally hate, but I didn’t mind it because there was only a month long wait for the next book as opposed to 6 months to over a year like for other series. Well, this one has a cliffhanger too—it turns out the House of Comarre series is not a trilogy! I was slightly mislead due to the release schedule of the first three books, but I don’t fault the author. I just wasn’t paying close enough attention.
The murder rate has spiked in Paradise City as faux Comarre are turning up dead. The Kubai Mata are on top of it, trying to get these grizzly attacks under control. Crysabelle, still healing from her injuries in the prior novel, presses on with her mission and goal to locate long lost family. She goes to New Orleans with Mal to obtain the Ring of Sorrows which is the necessary leverage she will need. Of course, nothing is simple. There’s also the little issue of Samhain, where the mortal world will merge with other worlds filled with all kinds of demons and creepy crawlies. However will they get out of this one?
The third book has a good blend of action and plot, but there are even more characters added to the storyline. Most urban fantasy books don’t take this approach and while unique, I realize that I’m not a fan of multiple POVs and side stories. I feel like I’m reading a supernatural soap opera. I think one could argue that the cover should include more characters because Crysabelle doesn’t get most of the focus anymore. I would have preferred more Crys and Mal screen time and development. One positive is that the triangle is resolved, but I’m left wondering why it was introduced in the first place. To end so quickly means it was wasted page space where there could have been other developments.
If you’ve read the other two books then I do recommend you read this one so that you can see the story progress, but don’t expect much because individual plot lines are spread thin thanks to a 400 page limit for this borderline epic fantasy. Honestly, the book felt even shorter than that. I really liked the potential of the first book, but the series isn’t really turning out how I’d hoped. Unless I hear that it rebounds, I think I might pass on the 4th book.