Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Vampire hunter Adrien Gilbert never dreamed he’d fall for his prey or that his love, Nicolas Lambert, would give him the gift of immortality. But when a hunter bent on destroying the truce between vampires and hunters throws the gauntlet at Adrien’s feet, Adrien must travel through time to save Nicolas, and with him, the entire vampire race.
The time has come to make a choice—one they will live with for eternity.
In this final installment in the Blood Trilogy, Adrien and Nicolas must face their greatest enemy in a deadly last confrontation. But to prevail, they’ll need to master the enemies within.
When Adrien awakens to a future he doesn’t recognize, he faces an impossible decision: live a perfect life with Nicolas in a shattered world, or risk everything to repair a broken past. But before he can challenge vampire hunter Verel Pelletier, he must master the demon who lives in his own mind—and learn to control his ability to travel through time. With Nicolas by his side, he prepares for a final battle against a powerful adversary who likes to play games with the past and future.
But the price of ensuring a future for their loved ones may be an eternity spent alone.
I always find it so hard to return to a series when it’s been a while since the last story. In this case, Blood and Ghosts, was released in 2015, and I’ve read a ton of books since then, including many by this author. Another factor here? Shira Anthony’s overall arc for her characters and plot for the trilogy. Labyrinthine barely covers it. It involves multiple time times, different eras, alternate universes even for these characters lives, yes time travel that continually changes both the people, the relationships, warping both past, future and present around all involved. It ended on a cliffhanger of sorts.
Yes, the mind boggled even as the author kept us heavily invested in the outcome for not only the main characters but many of those also in close support.
Now three years later, the last novel is released and I need to remember everything? Yikes!
Luckily for all, Shira Anthony has us covered. She included a cast of characters, their relationships to each other as well as a series recap at the beginning of the story. Neither of which weighs down the story but acts more like a springboard, providing the narrative energy for us to jump into the action once more. It’s a quick refresher course that brought everything immediately back to mind. These are marvelous characters and I didn’t need much to bring them and their situations vividly back to memory.
Having left Adrien waking to Nico/Nicholas in a future that came with a warning from their despicable enemy and a dire choice to be made, I couldn’t wait to see how Anthony now resolved all the time lines and this amazing complicated romance. I can now say I have never been happier with the finale novel of a trilogy.
Without giving away any spoilers, and they are so many ways to do that here, Anthony managed to tie all up the couples, all the convoluted timelines, bring them all full circle, and yet still, logically, bring her trilogy to an outstanding, heartwarming, sniffle- inducing conclusion.
Yes, the villains get theirs too! That’s a must with me.
But what’s more, Anthony does it by keeping the integrity of her characters, their timelines she has created for them, their various histories and relationships intact. That’s no small feat considering the various Councils and politics also involved. Did I say complicated?
I don’t know how the author manages to keep all these threads organized and flowing as she does but the story remains compelling at all times, The various Nicholas, no matter where they are in history or time, pull at your heart. The consequences of time and their actions heartbreaking. I think that’s another reason why that ending resonated with me so greatly. Because I connected so deeply with these characters through all three stories. The villains had to have their comeuppance and the heroes (all of them) had to have their forever loves.
The author gave me that. How I love this story and this trilogy.
Shira Anthony’s writing is fluid and so well done it keeps you glued to the text! Her story and series complicated, compelling and exciting and her characters memorable and ones to keep close to your heart. If you haven’t found this series yet, now is the time to start. Begin with book one, Blood and Rain, and read through until you get here. I highly recommend them all.
Cover art: Reese Dante. That’s Adrien, a perfect portrait of the man in my brain. I love it.
ebook, 214 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Series Blood :