Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blood Prince by Shannon West

Title: Blood Prince
Series: W.R.A.I.T.H.,   1
Author: Shannon West
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal, M/M (Oral and anal sex)
Page count: 82 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
When FBI agent Cole Gregory is called to his bureau chief’s office and recruited for a special task force called WRAITH, he is confronted with the commander of the force, a handsome, enigmatic man named Levi who makes Cole feel restless and uneasy.
The two men tell him an unbelievable tale of a world beyond our own, a world where Fairies and Demons rule, and where Fae and Paranormal creatures exist and sometimes cross over to our world to interact with humans—the Vargr Realm. They’ve known about our world for thousands of years and are attracted to humans. WRAITH is a special Vargr task force established to retrieve those of the Vargr Realm who travel between the dimensions unlawfully and to neutralize any human witnesses who come in contact with these travelers.
While all this is hard enough to believe, even more difficult to ignore is the way Commander Levi looks at Cole, as if he wants to consume him. When Levi changes into a powerful demon right before his eyes, Cole begins to wonder if he’ll even survive this encounter, or will this demon take possession of not only his body but his soul?

If you are looking for a unique view of things that go bump in the night, you will enjoy Blood Prince by Shannon West, the first installment of the W.R.A.I.T.H. series. 
The world Ms. West built painted a picture of a parallel universe that worked in concert with Earth, even going so far as to using samples of death and vice in current affairs as an explanation for the need for W.R.A.I.T.H.  This is my first time reading this author, but it will not be the last. 
While I liked the world she was building, I struggled with the characters in this story.  I wanted a better understanding of what made them tick.  Ms. West would begin giving us a glimpse of their character and then derail their development with the use of sex, especially by Levi. 
I thought Cole an interesting mix of strong and shy.  He is a military veteran with medals of commendation and physically strong, but he is unsure emotionally.  I thought he handled learning that humans are not alone and the paranormal is actually real while not at least realistically.  I mean he went from the structure of the military to the regiment of the F.B.I. to W.R.A.I.T.H. and didn’t immediately fall over with enthusiasm.  Who would?  So I could appreciate the realism Ms. West gave to that situation.  Unfortunately for him, circumstances didn’t allow him to catch his breath and take in the life altering information he gained. 
Levi didn’t help matters.  He would drop these little bombs and to me it felt like he did it just because he could.  “Oh, you are not alone, by the way I am a half-demon.”  “Oh, you think you are strictly human, no wait you are fae and royalty to boot.  Oh, you have more questions, let’s have sex.”  I found Levi to be the less palatable of the two.  He used Cole’s naiveté against him.  While the reader was given a better understanding to the world they inhabited I didn’t think he gave Cole the same.
Having said that, I did enjoy the world presented in the tale and Ms. West did a great job of whetting the appetite of her readers, having them want to know what happens next.  She gave Levi and Cole their personal happily ever after while setting up the continuation of this series.

                                               Four Twinkling Stars

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