Friday, August 5, 2011
Review: Bloodlands by Christine Cody
Bloodlands is the first book in the Mariah Lyander/Bloodlands series by Christine Cody and an ACE Fantasy.
The New Badlands - a desolate area in the West forged by the terrible events that altered the entire country, where a few frightened citizens retreated underground to shelter from the brutal weather...and from a society gone deadly dangerous.
Then the vampire arrived - and they started calling it the Bloodlands.
Not because Gabriel, the so-called monster running from his true self, was searching for his lover’s murderer. Nor because Mariah, the woman who reluctantly took him in, was willing to do anything to survive in the changed world.
No, the Badlands officially became the Bloodlands the moment a gun-for-hire who’d decided to slay every monster left in the country came after Gabriel.
Mariah Lyander is terrified. Of the world around here, the people in it, her past..and the secret she harbors.
Her father, a scientist, brought them to the Badlands years ago in the hopes of a better life. Deep underground, he taught Mariah how to mine water, grow her own food and keep herself safe - then he left her own her own.
Now a young woman, Mariah has little interaction with the few underground neighbors she has - preferring the company of her genetically altered dog instead.
When her video equipment picks up an injured man outside her cleverly concealed home, Mariah suspects he is an agent of Mr. Stamp - trying to get inside to steal her water.
But what she finds is potentially more dangerous - Gabriel - and he has a secret of his own, a secret that could get him killed if the wrong people find out.
Bloodlands was a little slow going for me - but enjoyable all the same.
I give Bloodlands 3 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace (July 26, 2011)