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Bloodrites (Novel)

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Bloodrites
Bloodrites Book Cover, written by Kathi Huggins
Bloodrites Book Cover,
written by Kathi Huggins
Author(s) Kathi Huggins
Series Blood Prophecy
Publisher Xlibris
Publication date April 30, 2015
Media type eBook
Paperback
Hardcover
Length 342 Pages
ISBN 978-1503536920 (Paperback)
978-1503536913 (Hardcover)
ASIN B00XCZNLSS (eBook)
Preceded by Bloodstar
Followed by Blood Ties

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).


Bloodrites is an eBook written by Kathi Huggins. It is the third work in the Blood Prophecy series by this author. In this work the character Jade is partly a Succubus in nature and the character Ryder is an Incubus.


Overview

  • Title: Bloodrites
  • Author: Kathi Huggins
  • Published By: Xlibris
  • Length: 342 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B00XCZNLSS (eBook)
  • ISBN-10: 1503536920 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503536920 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-10: 1503536912 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503536913 (Hardcover)
  • Publishing Date: April 30, 2015


Other Works in this Series on SuccuWiki


Plot Summary

With the location of Jade’s Incubus mate now known, she would do anything in her power to make him hers. Without him Jade could never have Michael and that was something she would not accept.

If the Incubus didn’t want her or refused to be her mate, would she be able walk away? Even if Jade did everything that the prophecy said no one really knew what would happen. She would make her family happy above all else. Michael was supposed to be her last mate but if the Incubus didn’t want her she would not walk away from Michael, nor he from her. Michael was way beyond a want or a need, he was a must have no matter what. Jade craved Michael in so many ways it was hard to think of anything but the day they could finally be together.

The battles in the past have been for Jade’s life but this one would be for her future. The future that she wants with the mates she has the one she still wants. This could turn out to be the biggest fight of Jade’s life.


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on February 28, 2017


Jade’s path towards finding her mates has led to this. The incubus called Ryder and, in time, the angel named Micheal. But Ryder must be first, but being first does not mean that all is perfect. The truth hurts, the past haunts the present and future. What that means to Jade is more complicated than she could have imagined.

This work tries to tie up some of the loose ends that swirl around Jade but, as a whole, I felt like that just made things more complicated. More characters come into the story, more are tied to Jade, in various ways, and things become very confusing overall. There’s a feeling of trying to get a lot of ideas and threads into the series at one time, but that seems to just contribute to the work being far too complex, convoluted, and odd.

There’s quite a lot less sex in this work compared to the prior ones and as a result there’s a lot of story, background, and past to be revealed. But that’s the problem and it’s an ongoing one for the series. The characters have so much story, Jade’s life and loves are so messy that there’s no sense of getting anything settled or worked out for them all. The layers of Jade’s life, all of the lives she has touched, add too much to the story.

There needed to be a pruning of things, to get to the core of the story and tell that. A series with, it seems like, a hundred characters popping in and out is very overwhelming. Which then brings me to what seems to be the point of this work, that being the appearance of Ryder, the incubus of the series.

He’s a mystery, really quite unlikeable, but is as strong willed as Jade is, which actually might made for a good story to tell. While the work is billed to be focused on him, really it isn’t. The story is about Jade, her past, her father, and the forces that are trying to stop her. Ryder himself makes up a slim fraction of the work, which leaves a lot unsaid and wondering about him.

The flaws of the series before remain, the story needs some focus. The overall idea and series is interesting and remains so, but the telling of that story doesn’t live up to the story itself. Jade isn’t growing as a character personality-wise but she is background-wise. There’s still a lot unsaid, missing, needing to be explored about her. But the author seems to be running out of time and their story seems to have gotten away from them.

The story of Jade is, of course, multi-faceted. There are so many things to touch upon and see what comes of them. But the dialogue needs, I am afraid to say, to be more lively than it is for one, and the story needs to be more focused for the other.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The erotica again becomes a bit repetitive over time, but the author seems to have felt a need to tone back some of the sex to something more manageable. Jade’s a bit more developed, the supporting characters haven’t developed somewhat however. Ryder is… disappointing. The int of the next work to come seems to suggest there’s more to be told about him which I hope will make things make more sense. The dialogue is still stiff, sometimes sounding very odd and wrong.

I’ll hope the next work moves towards a resolution, it should as the author has noted with the tease of the work to come that it would be the last work in the series. They have a lot of threads to close, to make sense of. I hope they are able to manage that, all things considered.


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