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Blood Trinity Blood Trinity
by Sherrilyn Kenyon And Dianna Love

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Mel Duncan

Blood Trinity is the first in the Belador Series, by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. This is (apparently) supposed to be a "sizzling new paranormal series." Well it's not.

Evalle Kincaid is the most obnoxious heroine I've been faced with in some time. She seems to communicate entirely in snark and fibbing to people. She's an Alterant, and what that is is never really explained, but it seems to be some kind of werewolf. And it's apparently very very bad. Any sign that she can or might shift will be result in her being locked up indefinitely by the tribe of "supernatural warriors" she works with. So of course she does it at least twice in this book alone. Evalle has a dark and abusive past, and it's hinted at so many times that by the time it's explained, I just didn't care. Between that and her massive persecution complex, apparently being a complete asshole to pretty much everyone is justified.

Evalle, and many of her tribe of Beladors, work for an organisation called "V.I.P.E.R" (yes, really) and it involves many levels of bureaucracy, more than a few divinities of various extractions and constant demon hunting duties. This week, they're on the hunt for a rock, which seems to be the geological equivalent of Sauron's One Ring, and powerful enough to cause an apocalypse, possibly one involving a second tribe of warriors from Tibet who have been kept captive under a volcano for a thousand years. Blood Trinityis the story of Evalle's struggle to do her part to stop the apocalypse, without getting locked up and without losing the trust of her friends – which would be easier if she stopped lying to them! And managing the sudden glut of men who want to date her.

The entire story is a mess of disconnected bits. I have no idea where the "Blood" and "Trinity" might come from in the title, because neither blood, nor a Trinity seem to be important. The prologue has no link to the rest of the book, so I guess it's explained in the upcoming sequels. A major subplot involving an international search for more Alterants is never explained, which is the clumsiest way of introducing a major arc I've ever encountered (at least that's what I presume they're trying to do). With any luck, a lot of these issues will be resolved in the upcoming second and third books, but Evalle's misadventures are just not interesting enough for me to pick them up and see.

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