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Bloodstar (Novel)

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Bloodstar
Bloodstar Book Cover, written by Kathi Huggins
Bloodstar Book Cover,
written by Kathi Huggins
Author(s) Kathi Huggins
Series Blood Prophecy
Publisher Xlibris
Publication date January 26, 2015
Media type eBook
Paperback
Hardcover
Length 304 Pages
ISBN 978-1503532472 (Paperback)
978-1503532465 (Hardcover)
ASIN B00STLCUXM (eBook)
Preceded by Bloodlust
Followed by Bloodrites

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


Bloodstar is an eBook written by Kathi Huggins. It is the second work in the Blood Prophecy series by this author. In this work the character Jade is partly a Succubus in nature.


Overview

  • Title: Bloodstar
  • Author: Kathi Huggins
  • Published By: Xlibris
  • Length: 304 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B00STLCUXM (eBook)
  • ISBN-10: 150353247X (Paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503532472 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-10: 1503532461 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503532465 (Hardcover)
  • Publishing Date: January 26, 2015


Other Works in this Series on SuccuWiki


Plot Summary

Jade can only hope her life will return to normal, but what is normal for her?

In the last year, she has learned she is the center of a prophecy designed to affect every species. She has acquired three mates but still has five more to find, and those extra mates will come in handy since Jade’s succubus side requires frequent feedings. At one point in her life, Jade had feared the possibility of becoming a slave to the needs of being a succubus. But now thanks to Marcus, she has control over her needs and can enjoy all the pleasures involved in being a succubus.

Jade became pregnant with two babies by two different mates, Marcus and Hawk, and then gave birth. Throw in the battle with the were-tigers and the rescue of Blaze after his capture. It adds up to a very busy year.

Now that her first two babies are born, Jade’s mates are becoming very focused on helping her develop the powers she holds for all eight of the species contained in her blood, for if she needs to protect herself or any of her loved ones, she needs to have no doubts in herself or her powers. Jade knows her mates have more confidence in her than she had in herself. She would do whatever it takes to protect her family against those who want to see her dead and stop the prophecy to keep the bloodlines pure and untainted.


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on March 20, 2016


The core of this series revolves around Jade, who seems to be the centre of a prophecy and now she has to deal with what that means. One woman with eight mates to keep under control is not an easy thing to do. Worse so when the entire world is trying to kill you. Still more so when you are the only hope and all you really want is to, somehow, be happy.

Jade’s main problem is that of all of her “selves” the most complicated one is what she calls her succubus, this being the last of them to come out and in doing so, Jade simply craves sex. It would have been interesting to see that to be more of a struggle over the series, but almost from the beginning, she is given a means to control herself, supposedly, which then opens the door to the rest of the series to unfold. I’m not sure that really was the best means to deal with what otherwise would have been. As the series goes on, it is hard to say if it actually worked, considering how much sex Jade gets into over the course of the series.

All of Jade’s mates are vastly powerful beings, to the point where the Archangel Michael is one of them. Her father is Luc, better known as Lucifer, and for me, he was the most interesting of all of the characters in that he was a father first. There’s not much seen of his “other role” and that I think made him different and more interesting because he could be a father that only wanted the best for his daughter. That comes out over and over again in the series and compared to all of the fighting around Jade, it was a refreshing thing to see. There is also, for me, one wonderful character who bakes cookies. In truth, they were, many times, so much more interesting than all of the others around them for one important reason. They spoke plainly, truthfully, and understood what happened around them and didn’t judge. The young are, many times, wiser than all if they are listened to.

There are some oddities in the works, mainly in some of the dialogue that doesn’t “flow” well at times. It reads a bit stilted, and if one read the dialogue out loud that becomes obvious. There are a massive number of characters to keep track of, some of which are present a lot of the time, some that pop in here and there over long stretches of the series. There might be too many minor characters as a whole considering that the main character list runs to something like 15 individuals and there are probably as many, if not more, minor ones.

The erotica, at times, becomes a bit repetitive, as Jade finds each of her mates, she joins with each. Most of the time it is Jade being dominant, sometimes almost equal, and only once is she submissive to one of her mates. However in each, the scenes follow the same path of discovery, disbelief, acceptance, and then, in the last, the characters are joined and then it is off to meet the rest of the partners. It does wear a little thin, and occasionally gets in the way of the main plot and story trying to develop.

The storylines have their moments, there are mysteries to solve, relationships to battle over, the coming of children is, in its own way, a strain on everyone involved. Some of the threads aren’t solved, being left open for, what I assume will be, the last work in the series. There is a good deal of “doom and gloom” that hovers over the work as well. There is some sidetracking as well, and a lot of time passes between some of the chapters using one of the more different means of moving time forwards.

The work is, as I have noted, a little uneven and that does make for some passages where attention wanders and staying with the story can be difficult. The series does tend to, as each mate is found for Jade, close off that thread and bundle it into the main issues that Jade deals with, occasionally working, sometimes just seeming a little odd. The one thing that does become tiresome is how often Jade’s mates fight over her at times, some trying to control her, some needing her to live, others unsure about the entire arrangement at times. This is a stumbling point for the characters, over and over again, and I wonder if there can’t be a solution to this that allows the focus of the work to move from who’s dominant to some kind of understanding. Perhaps, in time, the children will make that happen… We’ll see.

I’ll give the series three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The erotica becomes a bit repetitive over time, some of the scenes in that feel very deja vu. The work is very complicated, needing the reader to keep in the story even when it stumbles over itself to keep going onwards. The writing occasionally is a bit stiff, the dialog sounds a bit off here and there. But the core idea of the work, that one’s blood doesn’t matter, it is who you are, and what you do with your life… That holds everything together and makes this all work.


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