Monday, June 04, 2012

In the Blood, by Nancy A. Collins

(pb; 1992, 2003: second book in the Sonja Blue series)

From the back cover:

"Love and an open vein.

"Sonja Blue, the leather-clad vampire-cum-vampire-hunter star of Sunglasses After Dark is back, taking out her rage on the demonic blood-drinkers who prey on the living. But her hunt has attracted attention from an unholy family Sonja barely knew she had. Morgan, the monster who remade her twenty years ago, wants to bring his beloved daughter to heel, and Sonja finds her existence entwined with that of Palmer, a mortal man. Part of her wants to love him, but when dealing with monsters where does love and slavery begin?"


Excellent sequel that delivers and expands on the gory, action-driven promise of its source novel, Sunglasses After Dark, while introducing new, equally intriguing characters and storylines.

Blood also reads like its own distinctive novel in that Collins has pushed light humor, based in genre, to its spine-snapping, edgier fore: mad scientists, haunted houses, legendary monsters, vampire and werecreature themes, et cetera - and the result is a novel that not only is a wonderful follow-up, but one that made this reader look forward to the next four Sonja Blue books, starting with the third one, Paint It Black.

Worth owning, this.


The first three Sonja Blue novels (Sunglasses After Dark, In The Blood, Paint It Black) were republished in a paperback omnibus edition, titled Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection, in 1995.

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