Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Alterant

Reviewed by Jen
Poor Evalle can't catch a break.  She was able to thwart the plans of the Kujoo and recover the powerful stone she was sent to find in Blood Trinity, but her troubles are only starting.  As this book begins, only hours have passed since the last story ended and now Evalle must face a powerful Tribunal of deities to account for her actions.

Her race, the Alterants, were already feared and reviled. But now several have shown themselves in beast form and killed. So when Evalle stands before the Tribunal to answer for herself, she finds herself judged for their misdeeds. Brina, the leader of the Beladors, stands up for her, but that can only take Evalle so far. In the end, she is charged with bringing in three Alterants known to be on the loose. If she can't do it, not only will they be sentenced to die, so will she.

On her mission, Evalle finds herself thrown back with Tristan, the Alterant she met in the last book. He doesn't trust her since she sent him back to his prison; And she doesn't trust him either. But he's the only one with any idea where the other Alterants are. Storm, the jaguar-shifter is back too. His role as a protector and love interest is jacked up a notch. It's obvious he's falling hard for Evalle, but he has secrets he hasn't shared with her yet. And though Evalle is developing feelings for him, she has a lot to overcome, especially with her history of sexual assault.

While all this is going on, the Medb are plotting to overthrow the Beladors and are planning to use the Alterants to do it. This brings back the priestess Kizira... and her relationship with Evalle's friend Quinn.  Plus, we delve into what's happening with Brina and Tzader. If all this sounds like a lot going on... that's because it is. And I still feel like I've barely scratched the surface. The books in the Belador series are complicated. There are legions of characters, each with their own histories and agendas. This is not light reading... you have to pay attention. And even then, you may have work to keep up. 

But if you can stay on top of it all, it's really good stuff. Evalle is a great character: fragile yet strong; both naive and jaded; afraid of love and still desperate for it. Storm is mysterious, sexy, powerful and loyal. The romance is gentle, but exciting. The action is non-stop... filled with strategies, machinations and violence. And when the book is done, you know the story is far from over.  It's not really a cliff-hanger, but the stage is set for the next installment and I can't wait for it to get here.  I really enjoyed it... but I would suggest reading Blood Trinity first, if you haven't already, or you may end up feeling lost.  Almost 5 stars.

*ARC Provided by Pocket Books

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by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Pocket Books

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At Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:03:00 AM CDT , Blogger PoisonRose79 said...

Thanks for sharing your review. It does sound like a complicated series. As a new fan of Sherrilyn should I start this series from the beginning before even trying to read Blood Trinity? I would really like to get into all of them, but if some can be read as stand-alones that helps narrow my reading down quite a ways!

Keep up the great work and reviews!

At Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:05:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Sara, this is only book two in the Belador series. So if you read Blood Trinity you WILL be starting from the beginning.

But yes, I would definitely urge you to read that one first.

At Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:25:00 AM CDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, you definitely have to pay attention when reading this series. I've only read the first book so far but I'm liking the series so far. I'm glad we get to know more about Brina and Tzader because you just know something big is going on between them.

Really nice review Jen!

At Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:36:00 AM CDT , Blogger Mandi said...

I may have read one of these books..I can't remember..but they just don't appeal to me.

Maybe it's all this hard work you have mentioned. ;p

At Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:55:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

This series is definitely different from SK's other stuff. One of the things I loved most about her early Dark Hunter books was how easy they were to read...

At Friday, February 10, 2012 at 5:43:00 PM CST , Blogger S. Evelyn Jackson said...

It took me a minute to get into Blood Trinity. I think its because it isn't all Sherrilyn's writing. I had to adjust to the other author. When I did, I really got into the book. I inhaled Alterant rather quickly, and can't wait for Cathbad's Curse.

At Friday, February 10, 2012 at 8:47:00 PM CST , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I really enjoy this series. I'm excited for the next one too!


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