Monday, 11 February 2013

Review: Blood Prophecy - Alyxandra Harvey

Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey, published by Bloomsbury on 14th February 2013

Goodreads synopsis:
Solange Drake will not claim her birthright; she will not be queen as vampire tradition dictates. But change always comes at a cost . . .

Possessed by a vengeful twelfth-century witch, Solange commits heinous crimes against the vampire tribes that she pledged to empower. Motives are questioned. Trust is broken. The treaty between the Drakes and the Helios-Ra is under threat. Solange must escape the folds of memory and time and fight for the fate of the royal crown - and win. Her destiny, and her heart, depends on it.

'Blood Prophecy' is the final thrilling instalment of one of my favourite vampire series by one of my favourite young-adult authors.  This is one of the first series that I started reviewing on my blog so it is sad to say goodbye to so many well-loved characters.

The story centres mainly around Solange and finally begins to explain the reasons for her strange behaviour in the previous book.  Everything gradually slotted into place but there were still plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the very end.  I like the way that Harvey always has something extra up her sleeve and continually leaves the reader wanting more.

Solange shared the bulk of the narration with Lucy, although Christabel and Hunter chipped in too along the way.  In my eyes, Lucy has been one of the best characters in the series.  She is funny and witty, incredibly brave and feisty and always looks out for her friends.  She is also loyal and stubbornly determined but the latter in a good way.  Her scenes with Nicholas were awesome and made my toes tingle.  I would love to see a spin-off just about them and what happens to their relationship in the future!

The story culminates in a tremendous battle involving vampires and humans and I enjoyed seeing everyone coming together to fight for what they believe in.  Each character has to step up to the mark when it really counts but they know they can always rely on each other.  There is lots of action and excitement throughout, especially in the second half of the book but there are also some lovely scenes between some of the couples in the series and some touching family moments.

Fans of the series will not be disappointed in the send-off given to the Drakes.  There is something to please everyone and glimpses of all the characters who have been in it along the way.       

UK readers are in for an extra treat too in this book, as there is an exclusive bonus story included about Sky and Duncan Drake which I enjoyed.  

Alyxandra Harvey may have bid farewell to the Drake family but I'm excited to read more by her in the future and I have no doubt that she will continue to entertain and amaze readers with her terrific writing.    

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