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Blood Tally (Valkyrie Collections Book 2) Kindle Edition
When Alek is forced to take a job from a local vampire hunting down a run-away thrall, he is immediately thrust into a world of blackmail and backstabbing, where the Rules are nothing more than an inconvenience to ancient, supernatural predators. For the first time, Alek has more to fear from his clients than from his debtors.
But Alek is the best in the business. It’ll take more than a Vampire Lord to keep a good reaper down.
- ASIN : B07YNXBW1Q
- Publication date : February 11, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3296 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #348,178 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1) REally sick of Alek's slave contract with Ada being brought up and it being so 'locked'. I mean, Really?? she freaking tortures him when he says boo, he is good friends with a key OtherOps operative and cannot get this contract broken or sorted???
He goes on about the 'rules' and everything which Ada is totally breaking and yet never manages to get his 'slave' status sorted?
2) Alek supposedly has his own code 'which is never broken' about cases but again this book sees him just go 'oh well, I have to do it' at least that is the way i see it.
3) Loved Olivia and Eddie they are like the best moment in this book and help not only save the book but actually save Alek.
Spoiler ALERT ****
4) 100 vampires and they could not kill Alek?? Please?? sure he is part troll and Olivia was there but they are supposedly SO Fast that it jsut does not work for me. Sure Eddie got incredibly strong at the end to kill most of them but that was still too slow really.
Basically, too many contradictions in this story for me so not interested in the next one and last half i skim read anyway. Hey, that is me and you can see lots of others liked the story so see how you go.
No spoilers here, but I like Eddie and look forward to seeing more of him, and I suspect there's a lot more to Ada's relationship with Alek is more complicated than he thinks. And I hope we see more of Olivia.
Good world building, great side characters, and a bit of a lighthearted romp with just enough violence and an occasional sad moment mixed in. Since this book was just released, I guess we won't be seeing the third book in the series any time soon - write faster, Mr. McClellan :D
I read the first book, which was well written, but dry. And I read the second just to see where the author would go. And I am glad I did.
The problem with the series, for me, is that Alek doesn't really have a compelling personality. He's a one note character. He's a slave to his owner, he keeps his nose to the grindstone, and he does his job and moves on to the next one. His best friend is also pretty cut and dried: she's a jinn, she's stuck in her ring, and she's primarily a lie detector and back up for Alex. And there isn't any character development. The characters are the same in the beginning as in the end.
And... that's about it. The rest of the characters in the book are window dressing at the end of the first book and, honestly, more than half way though this one as well. But... the author brings back some of the characters we are introduced to in the first book and starts building them into an ensemble cast. Which is just want this book needs.
And those characters are more interesting and compelling, and give me hope for the rest of the series. To me, it needs humor, some fun, an the characters really need to be more compelling and less ho hum. I keep reading a series because the characters become friends. I care about their successes and their failure and about their lives. And I LIKE them. Not passively, like do Alex and Maggie who are forgettable and not engaging. The most unique thing about both of them is that Alek is part troll, which is unusual for a hero. What I am this is missing is connection. This series needs characters that make you laugh, and cry and gasp. Characters that you can't wait to read about when another installment comes out. And since Alek and Maggie don't have that spark I am happy to see the author adding extra characters that may.
So I will read the next book to see if the promise of more compelling and engaging characters is realized. So, for now, this is a four star series because I will keep reading.
Top reviews from other countries
Good short story but not worth the price of a full sized book.
Great lead character's who you want to read about and look forward to finding out more about them.
Can't wait for next one in series.