Blood Blade
Marcus Pelegrimas
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Buy *Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1)* by Marcus Pelegrimas

Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1)
Marcus Pelegrimas
336 pages
January 2009
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Blood Blade is the first book in a series which shows much promise, an urban fantasy come to life without all the romance often attributed to the creatures of the night. Skinners are all that keep the foul creatures at bay, and their numbers are rapidly dwindling. A refreshing plus to this series is the excitingly new approach to dark paranormal creature lore.

Marvel Comics' Blade is perhaps most comparable to Pelegrimas’ Skinners, but Bram Stoker’s original Dracula also maneuvers along the same lines of hunting evil—even in its own lair—to save humanity while simultaneously kicking some vampire butt.

Shape-shifting creatures of unearthly strength are waging war against the peoples of the earth when one mad Vampire shatters the illusions of power that have held the balance for so long. In a cold, remote part of Canada, Cole experiences firsthand the nature of these beasts and is thrown without a backward glance into the dangerous fast-paced world of the Skinners.

With an alluring woman stepping up to be his mentor, Cole’s initiation into the Skinners is going full steam ahead, and there's no turning back. A creature unlike any the world has ever known is wreaking dangerous levels of havoc, at the center of bloodbaths so monstrous that they're actually scaring off the vampires. Ah, yes, the life of a Skinner has never been called easy, nor has it ever promised a long life.

The visually descriptive power of the prose woven throughout the novel means that not one iota is boring or lacking in action.

This first book is really a simultaneous building-up of two important aspects for what is expected, though not guaranteed, in the following book: protagonist Cole becoming a Skinner and the hidden truths behind the first book’s plot that are the foundation of the second’s. Anticipation is high for the next installment and where this author can go with his foundation in place and the storyline free to really take-off.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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