Blood of the Wickedby Karina Cooper
Series:Dark Mission #1
Published byHarper Collins on 2011-05-31
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she’s been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what’s left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn’t know that Jessie’s his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.
Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper is the first book in the Dark Mission paranormal romance series.
POV: Third, alternating
Jessie is a witch in hiding. Silas, a witch hunter, is looking for her because he thinks she can lead him to her brother. Her brother, Caleb, is believed to be a member of an evil coven that is killing people. Silas doesn’t know Jessie is a witch. When he finds her, they have a strong sexual attraction for one another. Jessie knows they are enemies, but she can’t stop her body from responding to him. She has to lie about being a witch because Silas is trained to kill all witches. Silas knows Jessie will hate him once he finds and kills her brother, but he can’t stop himself from getting involved either.
Caleb is collecting power so he can kill the coven leader. He plans on taking over the coven. He is not the brother Jessie knew. Still, Jessie is determined to find him and save him from Silas.
The pacing is good. There is enough action and danger to satisfy readers of other genres.
Jessie is tough in some ways, but soft in other ways. She’s a well-rounded character. Silas is likeable too. He’s a lot like Jessie, except he is prejudiced. He can’t help it; he’s been taught that all witches are evil. This is his main obstacle in this story.
The book is well-written. I didn’t see any glaring errors.
I liked how Jessie and Silas are basically using each other at first, but fall in love anyway.
It was refreshing to see a heroine and hero who get physically hurt. They didn’t have any super powers or magic to make the pains go away.
Really, not many. The only thing that bothered me was the last quarter of the book. I got confused about what was going on, especially concerning the ritual. I didn’t understand why the coven leader wanted Jessie. I also didn’t understand what the ritual was for or why it got screwed up. I probably should have gone back and re-read this part, but I didn’t have time.
Overall Assessment: I enjoyed reading Blood of the Wicked. This is a series I will continue to read.
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