Online plot summary: “For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret—and is systematically massacring this ancient race.
The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers. Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry can’t hunt the killer alone, so he turns to Vicki Nelson for help. As they race against time to stop the murderer, they begin to fear that their combined talents may not be enough to prevent him from completing his deadly plan.”
My review: Tanya Huff is one of very favorite authors. Her writing is technically proficient, her matter-of-fact prose capable of sustaining humor, pathos, philosophical reflection, drama and suspense. Blood Trail, book two in her Vicki Nelson series, is no exception. Some people seem turned off by the constantly shifting POV, but I find it very easy to follow. While others find the style distracting, for me, it enriches the narrative and increases the suspense.
Whether her novels are science-fiction (the Valor Confederation), urban fantasy (Vicki Nelson Blood Series, The Enchantment Emporium), humor with a UF plot (The Keeper Chronicles), or epic fantasy (the Quarters series), one of Huff’s greatest talents is her ability to make the unbelievable believable. The list of genres above indicates the breadth of her imagination. Another major asset is the pacing of her stories. She always seems to know the perfect point to shift scenes for maximum suspense and drama.
Blood Trail is book two of the Blood series featuring former cop, now PI, Vicki Nelson and vampire Henry Fitzroy — yeah, that Henry Fitzroy. It’s a fast-paced, intriguing mystery, with very likable characters, consistent plotting, a crisp narrative, and plenty of the author’s characteristic wit.
The dynamics of the werewolf pack are particularly interesting, quite believable, and just plain fun. Hope we meet them again somewhere down the road. The conflict between Vicki’s old lover Mike, who was her partner when she was a cop, and her new lover Henry is played mostly for humor, rather than getting all angst-y, and it’s one of novel’s highlights. Vicki’s failing eyesight is an important plot element, but, there’s no pity party, here.
I enjoyed this one more than Blood Price, the first book in the series, largely because of the characters — again, the wer were awesome! — and the increased use of wit and humor.
‘nuff said. Just read the damned thing. You’ll be glad you did.