Blog Tour: Blood Curse by Kat Flannery (Review + Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop in the blog tour of Blood Curse by Kat Flannery, hosted by Dark World Books! Check out my review of this book and be sure to enter the international giveaway at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by!
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Title: Blood Curse
Author: Kat Flannery
Series: Branded Trilogy #2
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Imagin Books 

Published: October 1st, 2014
Format: eBook
Page count: 220 pages
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Summary:
“Upon mine death for the blood ye have shed, Every daughter born to ye shall die before it draws breath, to which ye will know pain and worse, I cast unto ye mine blood curse.” ~ Vadoma

Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.

Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.

Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?

 *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 4/5 stars

Ugh, this book made me suffer! I know I shouldn't start talking about the ending, but boy, did I agonize about something that happens at that point. It was so, so cruel, I almost believed it! Anyway...

When I started reading Blood Curse I feared that I was going to get lost since I hadn't (and still haven't) read the first book in the trilogy. It would have been nice to have read it since there are a few (or many) details I'm missing out from, but it turned out that it wasn't necessary to enjoy the book. Because it's GOOD. VERY good. More than good, actually.

Blood Curse is an extremely entertaining read about magick, gypsies and curses. I fell into the story immediately and I wasn't able to put it down for even a second. The plot is intriguing as Pril races to find her daughter before the Monroes get the chance to kill her because of the curse she carries in her blood. Tsura is powerful, dangerous even, and people will do anything to bend it their way. But sometimes treachery hurts more than a blow from the known enemy...

Agh, seriously, quite awesome. I liked Pril the best from all the characters because she's strong and does anything to protect her daughter. She stands besides her even when all the world is against her. And, I liked that there's more to her than meets the eye even if she doesn't know it yet. Kade is a nice character as well. He's a good person, although stubborn as a mule. I liked his character growth throughout the story, how he goes from non-believer to  being more open-minded about magick. He could use a few tips in the love department.

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with Blood Curse and I will certainly read the final installment. The ending promises a good follow-up and I'm excited to see where everything goes. I really hope it comes out soon! 

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Excerpt


PROLOGUE
The moon hurled shades of green and grey across the starless black sky. Waves rolled up onto the docks rocking the boats tied there. The water pooled around his booted feet as he walked briskly along the wooden boards. The air reeked of fish and sea, and he tucked his chin into the raggedy coat inhaling the stale garment. One hand in the pocket fingered a piece of rope while the other pulled open the door to The Cat House, a brothel on the docks. 
Men of all kinds sat at the tables. Smoke, laughter and mugs clinked together. He ignored them all to take a seat at the table in the corner.
“Can you guarantee this to be done?”
“Of course.”
“You must kill him and bring the child to me.”
“Consider it done.”
He shook his head. “You must make sure he no longer breathes.”
“Indeed.”
“Do not be fooled. He is tough and knows his way around a sword.”
“I am not concerned.”
He nodded and slid a brown package tied with twine across the table to the broad-shouldered man on the other side. 
Long slender fingers reached out and picked up the package. 
“A name?”
“Kade Walker.”
CHAPTER ONE
Appalachian Mountains, Virginia 1723
Pril Peddler lifted the green shawl from her trunk and wrapped it around her bare arms. The change in seasons brought a damp chill to the morning air, and the heavy woolen wrap kept her warm. She peeked at the small face huddled under the blankets at the back of the wagon. The charm above the child swayed on the string Pril had hung it from. A dull ache hummed in her chest when she thought of the horrific loss her clan had been dealt.
The evil was near, and she’d need to work another spell to keep them safe. Late for counsel with her brother, Galius, she kissed the soft cheek of her daughter before heading to the door.
Hand up, she shaded her eyes from the bright sun as she stepped from the back of the vardo. 
She pulled the heavy burlap curtain down to close the opening and walked toward Galius. 
“Your steps are light this morning, Sister. One would think you did not want to be heard,” Galius said as he stirred the coffee beans inside the metal pot. 
Tension twisted her gut. He was right; she did not want this counsel. She did not know what to say. She let the flicker of merriment in her brother’s eyes wash over her relaxing the muscles in her shoulders.
“My step is the same.” She poked him with her finger trying to ease her own nerves and his as well.
His lips lifted as if to smile, and she held her breath. It’d been weeks since he smiled. Pril’s heart ached, and her lips trembled. 
He held up the bubbling pot. “Would you like a cup?”
 She inhaled the aroma of strong coffee beans and nodded taking a seat on a wooden stump by the fire.
He handed her a cup and sat down across from her.
The wood crackled, and sparks jumped from the heat onto the ground in front of her. She tipped her chin concentrating on what to say next. Ever since the murder of her niece, she’d not been able to hold a conversation with either of her brothers without offering apologies. This morning was no different. She could not look Galius in the eyes and see the anguish and sorrow within them. 
The Monroes had come again. They’d never be safe.
She blinked away the tears hovering against her thick lashes. Tsura was asleep in her wagon, while another was lost to them forever. The door of her brother’s wagon creaked open and Milosh’s wife, Magda, stepped out. Black circles settled around her sunken eyes, and Pril felt the stab in her chest once more. Long brown hair fell untied down the woman’s back. The black clothes she’d put on weeks ago hung on her body unchanged and wrinkled from sleep. Milosh came from behind their wagon, a jar of honey in his hand. Pril stood when Galius’ large hand grabbed her wrist. 
“They are not wanting to see you today, Sister.” 
She heard the regret in his voice, swallowed past the guilt in her own throat and nodded. 
Milosh hadn’t spoken a single word to her since the death of his child. He blamed her, and it was clear so did Magda. 
“I…I’m so sorry, Galius.”
He didn’t reply right away, and without seeing it, she knew he had wiped the tears from his eyes. “Alexandra’s death is not your fault.”
The words were spoken because they needed to be. Gypsies stayed together no matter what. 
They were family. There was no truth to his words, and Pril knew it. 
“Are you going after them?” she asked.
“I hold no power, no spells flow from my lips. I am strong, yes, but they are stronger.” He stared at her, his eyes pleading. “We need the pendant.”
Guilt thickened her tongue; the gritty residue clung to her lips and tasted bitter. 
The talisman had been in their family for generations, blessed by each new Chuvani. 
Vadoma had promised her the pendant before she died, but Pril never saw it, and there had been no time to search for the jewel when they fled. 
“Without the pendant we cannot break the curse. We cannot protect our people.” 
She knew this. They all knew this, but no one had a clue as to where the talisman was. She’d tried to call an image forward, to make a finding spell, but nothing worked. 
“We have lost one of our own. Our clan is frightened. They have lost faith. We cannot fight the Monroes. We have neither the numbers nor the skill.” He took a long drink of his coffee. 
“And neither do you.”
She glanced at him.
“I know you, Sister. You’re planning to take Tsura.”
Pril sighed. She did not know what else to do. The Monroes were coming for her child. 
Alexandra had died because of that. Milosh and Magda hated her.
“Running is not going to change anything.”
“It will save lives. It will…help Milosh and Magda to heal.”
“No, it will not. Running will get you and Tsura killed and that is all.”
“How can you look at me when you know what I’ve brought to our family, when you know that this is all because of me?” 
Galius blew out a long breath that moved his thick beard from his lips. She watched through tear filled eyes as his bottom lip quivered.
“Vadoma put this burden on you. For that, we do not judge.”
Their sister had died a vile death. She’d betrayed their clan and had hung while being burned. Pril ached for her sister’s guidance and counsel. She yearned to know that what she was doing was right. 

*****

About the Author:


Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat’s other two books and both have made bestseller lists. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the honest review of BLOOD CURSE. I am thrilled you enjoyed it. :)

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