Thursday, 22 November 2012

Review: Blood Law - Karin Tabke

The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations. And one woman stands at the centre of it all...

As undisputed Alpha, Rafael must choose a life mate to preserve the dominance of his Lycan pack. He never suspected his mate would be a human, the same wounded woman he seduces from the brink of death. Falon is a dangerous combination of Lycan and Slayer - beings bred to destroy his kind. Even more, she's a mesmerising beauty whose sensuality tempts her seasoned warrior to take unnecessary risks. The primal heat between them is irresistible, yet surrendering to it could destroy them both . . . for a vengeful foe stands ready in the shadows to take what is rightfully his by Blood Law.

Blood Moon Rising Trilogy:
Blood Law
Bloodright
Blood Vow (December 2012)

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Review:
Rafael knows he has to find a mate to enable his pack to thrive but after killing his brother's mate he knows the woman he chooses will be forced to pay his debt with her life. He may have only killed Lucien's mate because she was a Slayer who had set out to destroy them all but Lucien has never believed that and according to the Blood Law Rafael must pay the price. When Rafael meets Falon he is surprised to find himself wanting to mark a human as his own, but he finds her impossible to resist and decides it is the best way to get her out of his system before her life is forfeit to pay his debt. At least then he will be free to make peace with Lucien and take a permanent Lycan mate. There is more to Falon than meets the eye though and the more time Rafael spends with her the less willing he is to sacrifice her to Lucian's revenge. Will Rafael put his duty to his people above his own needs or will he risk all to keep Falon safe from harm?

I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about Rafael at first, the way he was so willing to mark Falon even knowing it would cost her her life didn't give me warm feelings towards him! He comes across as quite arrogant and seems to believe that Falon is beneath him just because she is human. Even though he knows she is innocent and doesn't deserve to end up caught in his argument with his brother he seems quite willing to let her pay the ultimate price. I didn't think the author would be able to make me like him but she definitely proved me wrong and by the end of the story I was routing for him and Falon to work things out and be able to stay together. The more you see of Rafael the more you see how hard things have been for him, he feels a great responsibility to his pack and thinks that he has let them down by not taking a mate sooner but at the same time he hates the idea of allowing Lucien to take someone's life out of a misguided sense of revenge. Rafael feels he has been harshly judged by the Blood Law when the woman he killed was a Slayer and as it is forbidden for a Lycan to take a Slayer as their mate he feels that Lucian was the one in the wrong. At the same time he has to deal with the pressures of the ever increasing Slayer threat while his Pack is becoming weaker thanks to the divide between him and Lucien so he really is under a lot of strain. He hides his worries and fear under a tough as nails outer shell but once you look past that you can see what a caring man he really is inside.

It would be easy to think of Lucien as the bad guy in the story but when you look at it from his point of view he had found the love of his life and feels he was betrayed by his brother when Rafael killed her. Not only did he lose the woman he loved but he also lost his brother and half of his pack when they took Rafael's side against him. He doesn't believe his mate was a Slayer but even if she was he loved her and was devastated by her death. The way in which Rafael killed her didn't help matters and it really is no wonder that Lucien is out for revenge. The fact that he is willing to use an innocent woman to do it doesn't gain him any sympathy from me but I could understand that his pain has caused him to go to such drastic lengths! Lucien really is the ultimate tortured bad boy and I'm very curious to see if the author manages to redeem him by the end of the series.

Falon has always known that she was different from everyone else but as an orphan she never understood why. After meeting Rafael she finally feels that she has met someone who will be able to give her the answers that she needs. Falon has been through a lot but she has always had a strong will to live and that only gets stronger when she finds herself caught in the feud between Rafael and Lucien. The attraction between her and Rafael is intense and they have off the scale chemistry but she also feels a bond with Lucien which makes things complicated. She is out of her depth in the Lycan world, a world where she doesn't know the rules and doesn't understand how everything works, but she never lets that stop her from fighting for what she wants or standing up for what she believes in. You have to admire her strength and the way she refuses to back down when Rafael makes demands of her, she really grows throughout the story and becomes someone that the rest of the Pack have to admire.

Blood Law is a fantastic start to the Blood Moon Rising trilogy and it left me desperate to get my hands on the next instalment. I have to say I was completely shocked at the ending - I wouldn't have guessed what was about to happen in a million years! - and I'm dying to know how things will play out between the brothers in Bloodright. If you're a fan of werewolves and you're looking for a paranormal romance that pushes the boundaries then you definitely need to pick up this book. There were a few scenes that made me slightly uncomfortable but I love a book that manages to shock me and that was certainly the case with this one. If you like your romance on the erotic side then this series is sure to hit the mark and I have a feeling that it's going to get even more interesting as the series continues. This was my first book by Karin Tabke but it won't be the last and as soon as I have finished with this series I'll be working my way through her back list.

Source: Received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review

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