Black Blood – John Hennessy
I liked what I read, simple as that. I had no idea where the story was going and was often surprised by the events that unfolded. Hennessy has created a post- World War 3 story where the champions are the aliens and humans have been stripped of all emotion. A fantastical, dystopian novel in many ways. Where magic emanates off an ancient human sect and vampires and werewolves stalk the night.
I loved the first third of the story the best, I felt Hennessy started out strong, instantly pulling me and keeping me interested. The remaining parts were equally solid, but I had some personal qualms with the direction the story took with how the magic system worked. My issue being, I felt it was more organic from the way it began, and then it evolved into the more traditional spell-book type. Which honestly disappointed me, because I loved how natural and primal it felt in the beginning. But I’m not the writer and it’s not my story. I just felt like it started one way and took a sharp left halfway through the book.
Regardless, this was just a personal peeve, I still very much enjoyed the story and look forward to how the story will progress in the books to follow.
If you have a little geek in your blood, then I recommend this tale. I don’t think Hennessy with disappoint you, as he appears to be a promising storyteller.
Synopsis: Vampires, werewolves, witches, magic—no one in the Sanctuary, home of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, believes in such imaginary creations, including Aberdeen Dareday. That is until the day Abby wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. The day she learns everything she’s been told about the world is a lie. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her abnormality, and the corpses left in its unexplainable wake, she finds herself on the run in an entirely new world. A world in which darkness reigns, full of supernatural creatures bent on her execution.
When all seems lost and facing certain death, Abby is saved by Ash, a quiet yet striking young man who shares her black blood, and her mysterious powers. After Ash reveals a clue regarding an old witch, they head north to her home in Montana, determined to beat the piling odds and obtain the answers they seek. Now hunted by everyone from vengeful humans, to the alluring vampire Prince of Texas, to the Lord Alpha of the largest werewolf pack ever to exist, Abby must discover what is so special about her black blood if she hopes to live and fight another day, but time stands against them as their enemies close in for the kill.
Black Blood is a spellbinding cross-genre mutation unlike anything you’ve ever read, weaving paranormal fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world.
THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY:
Born in 1988, John Hennessy grew up in Yakima, WA, graduated from Western Washington in 2011, and now lives in Portland, OR, with his wife, a chubby kitty, and two budgies who sing to him while he writes. His love for fantasy started at a young age with Warcraft II, and it quickly bloomed into much more as he was introduced to different writers like Garth Nix, Orson Scott Card, and Michael Crichton. When he’s not writing, he’s usually reading, biking, running, watching basketball, or some show on Netflix.
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*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.