Series: Reign of Blood #1
Edition: eBook, 319 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Never tease anything that wants to eat you.
My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…”
In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.
Reign of Blood is a post apocalyptic story set in a time where the world has succumb to a viral pandemic. Those who did not die have become hardy survivors or feral vampires. Our main character is April, a girl who has risen to the challenge of the world and become a vampire killer…and now she has to get her family back.
While Reign of Blood is reminiscence of I Am Legend or Immortal Rules, it does bring it’s own flavor to the genre. The story itself is quickly paced and packed full of action and tension,and while it isn’t the most unique story-line it’s definitely one of those simplistic books that are fantastic to just sit back and relax with. The virus aspect is a fun way to open up some different ideas into the genre, which Purdy did as well and I like the direction that this one took especially towards the latter half of the story.
April is pretty self sufficient for most of this book, teaching herself how to take down vampires and moving throughout the world by herself. She’s pretty strong willed and very independent, and her stake first ask questions later mentality does add a bit of tension when she discovers not all vampires are feral. The one issue I had with the characters in this one, was the inclusion of the insta-love relationship. Sure there is a ‘reason’ behind the connection, but I don’t really like when things are chalked up to some sort of mating hormone or ritual. It takes away from the actual development.
Overall I found Reign of Blood to be a great start to a series and I look forward to seeing what happens in book two, Disarming.