Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All in all this was a great read. Congrats to Ms. Mahurin for pinning an even better tale than the first in the series. As a writer I know how agonizing it is to write a series especially one that holds pain and darkness for the characters. I loved the addition of Claud and his troupe. The world building continues to be fantastic, familiar enough to anyone interested in history, but different enough to raise many questions.
The underlying social and moral issues are well-developed and well woven together: the dangers of prejudice in all its forms, the thin line between good and evil, love and hate, loyalties and betrayals.
There were a couple things that didn’t sit well with me though, one of which was right at the end. **possible spoiler**
It seemed as totally out of character for Lou to be alone in the room with la Dame Blanche and Nicholina. Even Claud mentions that and he’s a wise creature. I also didn’t buy that Lou, being a powerful as she was would so easily fall in their trap.
Be prepared to get your heart wrenched out of your chest and stumped on. Wonderful story.