He killed her lover, and for that crime and many others, Two Majors cut off the vampire Abraham's head, reduced his remains to ashes, and scattered them to the winds. Now each night she wanders New York, freed from the chains of heroin addiction but longing still for Theroen's kiss, the taste of blood on his lips, the echo of his thoughts in her ears. There are other vampires out there; she knows it, and so she hunts.
Tori Perrault spent a dozen years living in the woods, stalking her prey in the dark and killing without mercy. Now, she too has returned to humanity, and struggles to come to terms with all that has happened. Her parents' love smothers her and life seems empty. She spends her nights in the bottle, and in the company of strange men. She doesn't know that she is watched, until the fragile life she has rebuilt is torn from her and she is dropped suddenly into a world she never knew existed.
Rhes Thompson and Sarah Taylor have never met a vampire, and never want to. All they want is to help their friend Two, who falls further away from them with each passing day. They have all but given up when they are thrust into a world of madness, death, and vampire politics beyond their understanding. They must abandon their concern for Two, and worry instead about saving their own lives.
Blood Hunt is the ambitious sequel to the popular Urban Fantasy novel The Blood That Bonds. Nearly twice as long as the first novel, Blood Hunt weaves together the stories of Two, Tori, Rhes and Sarah, along with a large cast of characters both old and new, as they attempt to navigate their way through the difficulties they face.
Christopher Buecheler’s Blood Hunt (II AM Trilogy—Book #2) was thrilling and captivating…quite hard to put down. I would read late at night until I went cross-eyed, beating back the zzz’s. I was initially interested in seeing what happens to Tori; however, Two, Naomi and Stephen stole my attention (in a good way). With Two being desperate to once again be a vampire, she enlists their help in achieving this goal. With no luck from the American vampire council their mission takes the three of them to the European council, as they are more familiar with their old laws—The Code of Eresh-Kigal—and therefore better equipped to make a decision regarding Two’s future. During this time Two gets to know Naomi A LOT better (wink-wink) and Stephen takes on the role of mentoring Two in the art of training and fighting in preparation of her becoming a vampire once again, council willing.
Meanwhile, so much is happening back here in the States with Rhes, Sarah and Molly, as well as a slew of other characters that become just as loveable. So much happens in this 482 page book that I find it hard to write a review due to not wanting to spoil anything for the reader!
I’m going to be completely honest here—because that’s what authors and readers alike want—I’m an HEA story kind of girl, which book #1—The Blood That Bonds—was not. I was a little miffed and felt somewhat let down about a certain character’s death, and I have to admit that I wasn’t all that motivated to read book #2. I’m a total dope…I COULDN’T PUT THIS DOWN! If I was flexible enough I’d kick my own arse (as Stephen would so blatantly state). I’m happy to say there were no problems with the name “Two” for me this time around; it was much easier for me to grasp as a name.
Blood Hunt can be read on its own, but I strongly suggest you read the first so you can ride the emo-coaster that I did. BEWARE—Blood Hunt’s rails are slicker and faster, so hold on because it definitely evokes stronger emotions. I loved it, definitely recommend it and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Get ready for the final book in this series—The Children of the Sun—releasing in November 2012.
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