Blood Shadows (Blackthorn #1)

Blood Shadows

Author: Lindsay Pryor                                                                                                 Published: November 27, 2012                                                                                           Pages: 380

Stars: 4 out of 5


For vengeance – would you trust a vampire?

For justice – could you betray your family?

For love – are you ready to question everything you believe in?

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.

She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.

Or die.


This book was a great read! As I was reading the book, I was intending on stopping to take notes. But somehow I found myself at the end of the book with only two sentences written. The book was so interesting, I didn’t want to put it down.

I really enjoyed Kane’s character. I know he can be a chauvinistic ass, but it’s done in a goading way and he owns it. Besides, he’s the villain. I love that hid character isn’t the idolized vampire who is just misunderstood. Yes he was charming, handsome, and flirtatious. But he was also a ruthless bad guy and he didn’t let you forget it. He didn’t pretend to be anything than he was and I appreciate how true his character stayed.

Caitlin’s character was strong, feisty, smart, and fun. But at the same time her biggest weakness was her emotions. This was frustrating because really, a woman’s weakness is her emotions. Not all that original and kind of touches on a misogyny undertone. I honestly didn’t find her character all that strong. She was kind of a pushover and didn’t really bring all that much to the investigation. But I did enjoy her snarkiness.

I like how the author had you guessing throughout the entire book. The plot is detailed with lots of twists and hidden agendas. This book is heavy with sexual tension and dominated sex. If you are shy about this sort of thing, this book isn’t for you. Overall, I really enjoyed the book.


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