An outcast among Beladors, Evalle Kinkaid has walked the line between human and beast her whole life. Her origins unknown, she’s on a quest to learn more about her past… and her future,
When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there’s no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she’s on a deadly quest for her own survival and forced to work with a man who has the power to unravel her entire world. Through the sordid underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the front lines of the city, where her former allies have joined forces to hunt her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price.
But saving herself is the least of her problems if she doesn’t stop the coming apocalypse. The clock is ticking and Atlanta is beginning to catch fire.
Some of you may be wondering why, after my bitch session last week, I’m still talking about SK. Well, these are books that I read last year and I just want to get everything in order. I don’t want to talk about book three in a series without having told you about books one and two. So I’ll talk less about SK in a few days once I’ve gone over everything of hers that I’ve read.
Right, moving on to the book. The Belador series is the result of a collaboration between SK and Dianna Love. Blood Trinity is the first book in the series following the lives of a race of warriors known as Beladors. The Beladors are responsible for protecting the rest of humanity from all manner of creepy crawlies, including the extra freaky Alterants. The Alterants are basically Beladors except for one thing: much like the mild-mannered Bruce Banner, you will not like these people when they’re angry. They turn into these vicious monsters whose only instincts are to rip, tear and smash. Because of all this, all of the Alterants have been locked away. Except for one.
Evalle Kinkaid is half Belador, half Alterant and she has to walk a very fine line. She knows that one misstep will get her thrown into prison, never to be released. That’s why she works extra hard to be the best Belador she can be. Needless to say, it’s not been easy, especially when there’s a long list of people, including Evalle’s boss, who are just waiting for her to fail. Luckily for Evalle, there are some people that she can trust. They are Tzader Burke and Vladimir Quinn. Evalle, Tzader and Quinn first met after they were betrayed by a fellow Belador who was pretending to be in trouble. Let me just stop here and say that Tzader and Quinn are awesome. But nowhere near as awesome as Evalle. She is one kick ass chick, and she’s not the type to wait around for the big strong man to come and rescue her. Nope. She is perfectly capable of taking care of herself. Happily, SK and Love didn’t go the whole love triangle route with these three. I swear, I would have put the book down if they’d done that. Instead they gave the reader a solid friendship between these three, where they’re like family. This isn’t to say that a love triangle is out of the question.
Enter Isak and Storm. Isak is a human with an ax to grind against Alterants and demons. Evalle and Isak meet when Evalle finds herself cornered by a big smelly demon. There is some attraction going on there but Isak doesn’t know about Evalle’s other side. He just sees this really hot chick who fights demons. He has no idea that she’s half of a species he loathes. Then-then-we have Storm. Oh, my yum. Seriously, this guy is smoking hot! There’s some serious attraction going on there but, once again, there’s a problem. Evalle’s jackass boss, Sen, has brought Storm in to catch Evalle in a lie, and to prove that she is in fact a threat to humanity and the Beladors. No clue what Sen’s problem is. Did he lose a loved one to an Alterant, or is he just a dick? So Evalle is understandably wary of Storm. But even she has to admit that he is positively sigh worthy…
I think that this may be one of SK’s better series. There are fewer preachy monologues, and the heroine isn’t completely reliant on her hero. Evalle is one capable lady, and she is focused on surviving and her job. Men are nice, but not a priority. My type of heroine.