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Servant of the Blood (Everly Abbott) Paperback – September 14, 2021
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I knew vampires before I could walk, not that I knew what they really were. I knew they weren’t really like me. They looked like me and they could act like me, but we were fundamentally different. I was human, just like my parents, and when I turned eighteen, I decided to work for the vampires after college, too. We had worked for their nest for over five generations and I wanted to continued that tradition.
But then, the master of the nest died. He’d practically raised me, my mother, my father, and everyone before us. He had looked at humans working for the nest as part of the nest. We were members of the family, even though we weren’t immortal or drank blood. He kept tight control and accidents were so rare I had never seen one happen.
The new master of the nest is not so kind or good at the job.
We need help. I need help. The new master is letting the vampires get out of control. Bodies are starting to pile up and even the other staff is at risk.
I’m Everly Abbott and I need a solution to this before more people get killed.
But the solution might be more dangerous than the problem.
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- Publisher : Lifeblood Publishing (September 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1732000212
- ISBN-13 : 978-1732000216
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.95 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I enjoyed about the book is that Everyly is a different kind of fighter. She doesn't start out as a supernatural with abilities that come with that which is a nice change of pace. We get characters that we just hate because of what they do and horrors they subject others too. Everly for a good part of it has to figure things out alone and covering for how her mother actually died. This is what didn't really make sense to me because with all that was going on, with the vampires killing on the regular and new psycho master and his lover, surely you would know that foul play was involved even without her admitting it?
Before actions can be taken against this now chaotic nest, proof is needed of their wrongdoings. The person able to act on that and carry out "justice" is Alexius. He is a very old vampire known to the vampires as someone to be feared. He was also the father to the former master of the nest. Everly works with him to provide proof of what's been going on so he can take care of the nest while also finding out what really happened to his son.
Alexius and Everly work well together and it will be interesting to see how their relationship develops. The author has planned for 9 books in the series so it seems we will have plenty of time to get to know them.
Even if you are new to Banet or have read other series of her Tribunal books this book will be a good read of the genre.
After the last chapter of this book, the possibilities in the next installment are ever-exciting! I’m so excited for March to get here, so I can get more of Everly and Alexius. Another stellar read with tons of potential! I’m also excited for the prospect of 9 books in this series.
March cannot come soon enough! The possibilities for her are endless. She is not someone on a mission. She makes plans she looks to the long game and she executes them no matter what. It is going to be awesome to see where K.N. Banet takes this character. Here is to hoping for a very long series.
I understand she wanted to keep ppl safe but some of her actions just didn't make sense. And as a top IT person that they claimed she was, there were steps she could have taken which would have made more sense. Ugh. I don't want to give anything away. Things really got juicy again the last half of the book only for it to end. I'm interested in seeing how the next book plays out and hope it's much better. I was eagerly awaiting this and it was just a bit of a let down. For now I'll just wait and see.
Suddenly, Everly is faced with a danger she had never thought of, and it will take as much ingenuity as possibly to survive it all.
This is the first book in the series, so while it doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, it does have a great big unfinished plot line.
Everly is a computer geek, whose traumatic introduction to the horror that vampires can commit, leaves her struggling in fear.
She works hard to try and keep her co-workers safe, but it leaves her alone, with very little recourse.
We do meet an intriguing vampire, Alexius, about whom we know very little even by the end of the book, and about whom several very interesting questions arise, but I don’t want to say too much because it’s far more fun to read it!
This is an interesting paranormal/urban fantasy book, with absorbing characters and an engaging plot-line. While the first part of the book is quite dark, leaving the reader to feel the hopelessness of the situation that Everly experiences, the second half takes off and brings it all to a satisfying, if incomplete conclusion.
That’s not a bad thing, it just means that the reader will be dying to know what’s going to happen next!
There is very little romance in this book, which makes sense when taken in context, so be ready for that too.
If you enjoy urban fantasy, or paranormal fantasy (ongoing plot line, slow burn or no romance) then you will like this book!
Top reviews from other countries
Everly Abbott is a Servant of The Blood. She is part of a family that works for vampires and she chose to join the family business after the nest paid for her college education. Her father died 15 years ago and her brother decided not to work for vampires. Her mother works in the same nest as she does and is in charge of the household staff, a very important role. Everly is the person who formed the IT department and introduced the nest to modern technology and how to get around it when necessary. This aspect of her job is a lot more commonly used than it used to be.
After losing the old master of the nest the nature of the vampires living there has changed significantly. Under Jacob, the old master vampire, human were treated gently and with respect, the new master vampire, Edwin, sees humans as a walking meal unless they happen to be useful to him in other ways. The nest is oppressive and the humans and less violent vampires are walking on a knife’s edge in a bid to remain alive.
Everly in particular is placed in a situation after situation where she doesn’t know if she will get out alive or if she can save her friends and colleagues. When she finally finds someone to help she grabs on with both hands.
I will say that this book does not shy away from killing off characters. There is quite a lot of blood and gore described in violent scenes of death. There are lots of twists in the plot which is fantastically paced. It draws you in page by page until you have no space left in your mind for anything other than this world. This author is a tremendous world builder and she has created something violent and bloody in the world the Tribunal Vampires, with brief moments of hope for a better world that we might see in future books.
I love the concept of this book, which looks at the purely human servants of a vampires. This type of main character is very unusual and makes the book even more interesting. In any vampire book there are always ‘useful’ humans who help the vampires and it’s fascinating to see this world from those types of eyes. We witness the darkness of the vampire world but we also see some of the joyful aspects of sharing lives with a beings who are hundreds of years old.
I loved this book so much with the feisty character of Everly, who stepped off the pages and became real for me. She was traumatised, suffered from anxiety and grief and she still got back up again. She is protective of not only humans but also vampires that don’t stray towards the darker path of their existence. She’s very bright, hard working and more capable than she realises. I can’t wait to see how her personality develops as she gains in confidence.
This book is as great as others written by this author. I can’t wait to see what comes next after the way this book ended!
Read this book. You won't regret it.
Disliked getting to the end and not having the 2nd instalment ready to go.
I would recommend this book for people in their twenties and older. Though younger adults would enjoy this series too.
I am holding back a higher rating until I read the next instalment. I like the female lead and want to see her get vengeance.