Friday, November 6, 2009

The Hunt

The Hunt is the first in a series called Laws of the Blood by Susan Sizemore. The book is set in modern day Los Angeles. the "Laws" are the rules vampires must live by. There are a separate species of vampire called "Enforcers" that make all the vamps in their territory follow the Laws. If you ever saw the show Forever Knight you'll remember their Enforcers were super strong, super mean vamps. Enforcers in The Hunt have a similar reputation.

Selim is LA's Enforcer. He must keep five "nests" of vampires plus various "strigs" or solitary vampires in line. The nest leaders have been calling for a hunt. It is Selim's job to decide who and how many humans the nests get to kill. A hunt has to be carefully orchestrated because the first Law of Blood is that no vampire can do anything that brings vampires into human awareness.

The first Law has stood for centuries but things are changing. Somewhere in LA a vampire has been riding Selim's dreams and is writing a screenplay that tells the truth about vampires. If other vampires find out the truth about Selim he could lose his territory and probably his life. To save himself he'll have to kill everyone involved with the screenplay starting with it's author.

The Hunt is an interesting book filled with likable characters. There's more than one "crazy" running around making things difficult. I was quite amused by the real reason the screenplay was written. The Thomas Jefferson quote, "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing" is only part of the story. What the undead do to fight ennui is often interesting.

Sizemore does a good job of explaining her world without endless pages of exposition. There are little tweeks to the vampire myth. Why vampires seek out psychics for companions isn't really explained. Yes, they're useful but as Selim knows, it can be very inconvenient to have someone else in your head.

I liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Buy The Hunt (Laws of the Blood, Book 1)

1 comment:

  1. I love this series of Sizemore's. The characters are interesting, and there's more to them than the typical cardboard cutout paranormals you find in most books of this genre. Bad things happen to good people, and relatiionships don't always run smoothly - just like in real life! My fav book was "Companion" - definitely a different slant on "romance"!


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