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by Suzanne McLeod

  • ISBN: 1407226258
  • Category: Paranormal
  • Subcategory: Love Story
  • Author: Suzanne McLeod
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softcover edition (2008)
  • ePub book: 1963 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1575 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Suzanne McLeod - Books - The Sweet Scent of Blood. The Cold Kiss of Death. The Bitter Seed of Magic. Author of the Spellcrackers. com Urban Fantasy Series. The Sweet Scent of Blood.

Suzanne McLeod - Books - The Sweet Scent of Blood. Urban Fantasy author of the Spellcrackers.

The Sweet Scent of Blood. I work for Spellcrackers. The right of Suzanne McLeod to be identified as the author. A pack of them had been attempting to animate the huge bronze lions. The magic was way out of their league of course, but this was their fifth attempt in a month and I had to give them points for persistence if nothing else.

I work for Spellcrackers.

Suzanne McLeod was born in London but spent most of her childhood in the Midlands The characters in the Sweet Scent of Blood are neither purely bad nor purely good, including the main character. They are fascinating, though.

Suzanne McLeod was born in London but spent most of her childhood in the Midlands. She's been a secretary, a cocktail waitress, a dance group roadie and a retail properties manager. Eventually, she decided to try to make a living at her long-time passion-fiction writing. She has since settled on the relatively sunny South Coast of England where she lives with her husband and geriatric rescue dog, both of whom are enthusiastic about her new career. The characters in the Sweet Scent of Blood are neither purely bad nor purely good, including the main character.

Suzanne McLeod (from England) has written a refreshing book about sidhe, vampires and witches .

Suzanne McLeod (from England) has written a refreshing book about sidhe, vampires and witches, along with some wonderful side characters that are trolls, satyrs, brownies and goblins. Pixies and gremlins are also mentioned in this book. That's how I became so interested in this book. com is affiliated to the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. Author: Suzanne McLeod. Publisher: Orion, 2008. Genny also works as a volunteer at a clinic which treats victims of vampire attacks. Then there’s her extra-curricular activity, extracting vulnerable fae lured by the local fang gangs. Genny certainly doesn’t wants any closer involvement with the vampire community.

Suzanne McLeod has been a cocktail waitress, dance group promoter and . After years in retail management, she started writing. THE SWEET SCENT OF BLOOD, the first of the SPELLCRACKERS. COM series, is her first novel.

Suzanne McLeod has been a cocktail waitress, dance group promoter and barmaid at Coventry City Football Club (the last despite having no love for the beautiful game; she had to pay the rent somehow!) After years in retail management, she started writing. She lives with her husband and rescue dogs in Bournemouth.

Suzanne McLeod (from England for those of us in the . has written a refreshing book about sidhe, vampires and witches, along with some wonderful side characters that are trolls, satyrs, brownies and goblins.

BOOK ONE-The Sweet Scent of Blood (2008): When Mr October, a sexy calendar pin-up vamp, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, an old debt is called in and Genny is forced to help prove his innocence, risking her job and the protection it offers – and threatening to expose her ow. .

BOOK ONE-The Sweet Scent of Blood (2008): When Mr October, a sexy calendar pin-up vamp, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, an old debt is called in and Genny is forced to help prove his innocence, risking her job and the protection it offers – and threatening to expose her own dark secrets.

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Just when you think you've uncovered all the good urban fantasy writers out there, another one comes along. Ms. McLeod has indeed come along! She is an English writer with an English publisher who has crafted an unusual offering for the urban fantasy world.

The heroine, Genny, is half fae and half vampire, working for a company known as Spellcrackers owned and operated by witches. Witches don't like vampires and vampires don't like witches. In fact, they hate each other. If Genny's bosses were to discover her half-vampire heritage, they'd have her roasted, toasted, and out on the street in a heartbeat.

Genny is a spellcracker, a really good one. This means that she can ferret out spells cast by witches. She can also destroy spells. She is so good with this skill that she is hired to solve the murder of a vampire's fiance, against her own wishes. The vampire has been jailed for killing his fiancee. His father, a human who believes in his son's innocence, wants to know if magic (a spell) was used for the killing and he hires a reluctant Genny to find out. Genny's investigation brings her into close contact with the underbelly of the vampire community and this results in the reawakening of suppressed memories from her childhood. The author carefully weaves Genny's history into the unfolding storyline and the characters involved in the vampire world.

There is a lot of violence and sex in the book. Interestingly enough, though, Jenny is celibate in spite of being pursued by a morally ambiguous half-man, half-goat (descendant of Pan) and at least two majorly bad vampires.

The characters in the Sweet Scent of Blood are neither purely bad nor purely good, including the main character. They are fascinating, though. Everyone sells each other out, making it more difficult to follow the threads of the murder and find the murderer. This is a complex story beautifully told and executed. Each character is real and multi-dimensional. The world is imaginative and numerous subplots are built off the main plot. The writing is superb.

Initially, Amazon listed Ms. McLeod's books, but they were available only through Amazon's second tier sellers at astronomical prices. Being published by an English publisher may make it difficult to find Ms. McLeod's books at a reasonable price. If they aren't available directly from Amazon, give Abe Books a try. Her books there are available at far less expense than the array of sellers on the Amazon site.
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I was initially attracted to this story because it has a sidhe protagonist, which is starting to pop up more in urban fantasies but is still pretty uncommon. And, this is an urban fantasy, not a para romance in disguise (I do like para romance, but prefer UF). The book started off well enough. Genny is the only Sidhe Fae living in London, working for an agency that gets rid of troublesome magic for the general public. She's approached to investigate the death of a woman believed to be killed by vampire calendar boy, Mr. October. Only, Genny hates vampire. And her witch superiors have rules against any involvement with said bloodsuckers. From this point the book went, well, not downhill, more like nowhere very slowly.

The rest of the book is a series of confrontations between Genny and big bad vampire #1, or big bad vampire #2, etc. All more powerful than her, and all very, very attractive due to the vampire venom in her blood. She acts almost like a junkie around any powerful vamps. Yet she gets away each time. I think this was supposed to be suspenseful; it was annoying. The author does spend some time world-building. The magic system is interesting, with precious gems playing a pivotal role, and I like the more menacing vampires. Pretty to look at but they really just want to hunt and kill. We also have trolls, goblins and more. It's a good mix, with a lot of potential. I think my main issue here was a lack of urgency. Halfway through I put the book down for several days to do other things because I just didn't care. Genny is the only fully developed character, and we do get hints and some surprises about her throughout, but it didn't make up for a mediocre plot with poor pacing.

Overall, I think this series has potential. I ordered the first three books, so I'll probably at least give "the Cold Kiss of Death" a try at some point. Recommended to urban fantasy fans looking for more witches, but be prepared to have some patience.
Hulis Hulis
Genevieve Taylor is a sidhe with a secret, she's also half vamp. But it's her heritage and her family secret that she's been trying to hide all this time. When the vamps come to Spellcrackers with a special request, Genny is assigned the case. It seems a local celebrity vamp has been accused of killing his girlfriend. That alone is not enough for Spellcrackers to step in, nevermind the fact that the witches and the vamps hate each other! No, the vamps suspect that magic is behind the killing and they want Genny to sniff out the spell, even though the local cops say no evidence of magic can be found. And this is when Genny really gets herself in trouble, aggravating local authorities, vamps, and the other "others" around her and landing her in a heap of trouble.

I have to admit I felt a little lost throughout this book. I kind of felt like I'd jumped into the middle of a series rather than the first installment. There's so much backstory, and so much that is obviously left to be revealed throughout the series, but I felt like I was missing something. On the other hand, I thought McLeod's world-building was original and interesting. The mix of characters is fun and I'd like to see if some of the kinks are ironed out in book two.