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Blood of the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel (udgave 2011)

af Karina Cooper (Forfatter)

Serier: Dark Mission (1)

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"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."--P. [4] of cover.… (mere)
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Titel:Blood of the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel
Forfattere:Karina Cooper (Forfatter)
Info:Avon (2011), 384 pages
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When old Seattle was destroyed by the fault line that brock open and demolished the city, the people looked for someone to blame and they found it in witches. It's been decreed since that day that all witches are to be hunted and burned. The heroine is such a witch but she's good at keeping quiet and keeping on the move so no one can discover the truth. Now, she's in big trouble. A Witch hunter has found her and she thinks her life will be over but she's even more disturbed by his true motivations. Left badly scared with a bad leg and a mountain of grief after a mission went badly resulting in the murder of a young girl and the crippling of a fellow missionary, the hero is back for his last mission. His hatred for witches is well founded and he's willing to use the beautiful heroine to sniff out her brother and the coven he runs with. From the instant they meet they are bombarded with unwelcome sexual attractions to each other and though the heroine knows he's her enemy, he's also kind of nice under it all and kind and she can see inside of his pain and a tormented soul that matches her own. But she also knows that if he even gets an inkling that she's a witch as well, he would turn her in. His job is his life and even though he can no longer do it to the high level he once could, his pride won't allow him to quit. He's also using her to track down her brother to kill him because he thinks Caleb is part of a terrorist group. She refuses to believe that her brother could do something like this and when it becomes apparently she can't escape the hunter, she in turn uses him to find her brother to save him. Each using the other, the hero and heroine are unaware of just how close they're becoming. The hero sees the woman as something to protect at all cost and when she's in danger, he uses to rage to fuel his broken body. When he discovers the truth, that the woman he loves is a witch, his knee jerk reaction is to take her into custody but when the coven kidnaps her, intent on using her blood in a ritual sacrifice, he comes to terms that he's not hunting them, he's hunting the woman he loves, to bring her home safe. I adored this book from start to finish and was completely engaged in every aspect of the story.. It had awesome chemistry between the main characters, an awesome hero who was at first bad ass and ruthless but soon showed a vulnerable side to him as well as showing us he was a good guy despite his profession. It had fantastic fight scenes that really got your heart racing and it had a great plot line with good witches and bad witches and good witch hunters and bad witch hunters. Everything had a balance to it and showed that every side had good and bad. Fantastic start to a stellar series that I can't wait to read again. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
DNF, unfortunately. Lots of PNR cliches and I just didn't have heart to continue reading. I'll stick to Karina's steampunk series which is excellent!
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
I'm not sure how to go about rating this one.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, but the story itself had some problems that required a lot of complicity from me as a reader to be so ready to suspend my disbelief. I loved her prequel novella hoping that the small problems in there would be addressed in the novel. Unfortunately this is not the case. Same problems, just on a bigger scale.

The world building is fractured at best and there's only a very nebulous connection between witches and the post-apocalyptic world. There's no explanation about why Witches were singled out to shoulder the blame for the Cataclysm. Yes, PR and UF often just drop magical folk on you, but the good ones tell you how they came to be and how they interact with the world and how the world interacts with them. Cooper sets up this post-apocalyptia and we must take it in faith that it all works. And it does, if you accept the premise wholeheartedly. So for the sake of enjoying the story, I did.

What I loved about the novella I love in this book too. Cooper has very immersive writing, which helped me forget some greater plot holes, because she is amazing at setting up the bleak tone and mood of the distopic world and managed her characters so well. We spend allot of time in Jessie and Silas's heads, we get to know them inside and out. Her writing is also very intense, lots of anger, lots of grief, lots of tension filled sex. Though, I will say that I was weirded out by the quick pacing and backwardness of the romance. Couples can get together faster under unique/stressful circumstances in a short story. Not so a novel. They timidly get to know each other later in the novel, after they spend the first six or so chapters lusting after each other. I had noticed this about her novella as well. Cooper doesn't make you wait 3/4 of the way to give you the sex. She gratifies you first THEN gives you the slow building love after. I'm generally used to this being the other way around. The sex scenes themselves are eloquently graphic, intense and brief. I have to admit, however that I'm not an expert on PNR and tend to read more on the UF side of the spectrum, so maybe this backwardness is typical?

The distopian world is interesting, but we're not told enough about it, and even while Silas and Jessie's intense romance is the Main Point, I was often distracted by the fractured world/setting they were in. After a good romance I like to linger on the finer moments of the lovers tale, but at the end of Blood of the Wicked I found myself pondering all these questions I had set aside to enjoy the love story.

Some of these questions are spoilers, so if you're very curious : ((SPOILERS AHEAD!!!)
Other problems are, again, about the plot, and some of the lack of world building; what is Silas's history? How is the Mission organized? Just what is the extent of a witch's power? How come Silas doesn't automatically assume Jessie's a witch? ('cause I did) If its genetic, wouldn't they automatically assume she was a witch too? Later she calls Curio a con man, using parlor tricks that "any" witch could do, then how come his coven can't/doesn't? Heck, why doesn't Jessie? And nevermind that it's weird how the major conflict seems overly convoluted when (in my humble opinion) that the whole thing could have been solved with a single gunshot. / Spoilers

So, I really enjoyed it, I'd have given it a 4.5 easily, but these niggling problems force me to drop it to at least 3. I will keep reading the series and hopefully these world building problems will improve. ( )
  SophieCale | Apr 22, 2012 |
Jessie Leigh has been hiding all her life. Hiding her witch powers that could lead to her death. Since the devastation that hit the world 50 years ago, witches are killed on site, blamed for the earth quakes and other natural disasters. Silas Smith is hunting for Jessie. He needs Jessie to find her brother (Caleb), the witch who is suspected of leading an evil coven of witches. Forced together, they both hunt for Caleb. One to destroy him, one to save him.

This book was much better than I expected. The action was exciting. The world was creepy and full of despair. Sometimes I could almost feet the grime under my fingernails. Leigh and Silas were very good characters. I particularly liked Silas even with all his damage. The sex was smoking but there was not too much. I am looking forward to the next in the series. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Jul 11, 2011 |
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/06/review-blood-of-wicked-dark-mission.html

Silas Smith, and agent of the Holy Order, is looking for Jessie Leigh’s brother Caleb, who is at the top of the Witches to Be Executed for Crimes Against Humanity list. Not a list I’d want to be on. I’m just sayin’. Jessie’s on the run and has no intentions of being captured by the Order. Caleb vanished a year before, leaving everything and everyone behind, and Jessie hasn’t seen him since. When Agent Smith eventually tracks Jessie down, he can’t deny his attraction to her. Agent Smith is a witch hunter, and Jessie is a witch, so why in the heck is she so attracted to him too? It’s definitely not a match made in heaven, especially since if Silas knew Jessie was a witch, there would be hell to pay. Jessie can’t believe Caleb could be involved in the brutal murders that the Order has been tracking, and will do anything to protect her brother. It’s a race against time for Jessie and Silas to find the truth, because a prophecy has foreseen Jessie’s death, and her secret may get her killed.
I loved Blood of the Wicked. It’s categorized as Paranormal Romance, and there are certainly some steamy scenes (very steamy), but the action takes front and center, and I really enjoyed the author’s rendering of a post apocalyptic Seattle. Seattle has been built up in layers since earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, and all manner of “natural” disaster, supposedly caused by witches, nearly destroyed the earth. Humans have rebuilt, but vast wastelands still remain, and the lower levels of Seattle remain full of danger. Ms. Cooper provided just enough world building to whet the appetite, but she has plenty of material to mine in future novels. Jessie is smart and tough, but is still very vulnerable from years of living off the grid to avoid persecution. Silas is a perfect foil, an agent passed his prime, certain this will be his last mission, and doing his best to avoid the undeniable feelings that he has for Jessie. I loved his single minded dedication to the mission, and also to protecting Jessie. Fans of urban fantasy as well as paranormal romance will love this exciting new series, and Ms. Cooper’s writing is not for the faint of heart. There was a lot to love for this reluctant paranormal romance reader, and Karina Cooper paints a gritty, violent picture of the future, which I'll look forward to returning to again and again! ( )
  MyBookishWays | Jun 27, 2011 |
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"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."--P. [4] of cover.

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