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Review: Bloodline of the Ancients – Roan Rosser

Bloodline of the Ancients - Roan Rosser - Changing Bodies

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Vampires

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Sleepwalking may be the death of me… again.

I thought things would get better now that I no longer had assassins after my head. Although it’s fun eating people who misgender me, I’m just so thirsty all the time. And until I improve, I’m barred from seeing Jack, my were-jackal boyfriend.

My babysitter, I mean ‘vampire mentor,’ isn’t much help either.

As if things weren’t bad enough, the amulet that started this mess is whispering to me. Calling me somewhere. I think it might be my mysterious maker. Judging by the trail of bodies they’re leaving across the globe, I don’t want to know what will happen if I can’t keep resisting.

The Review

Bloodline of the Ancients is the second installment in the “Changing Bodies” series from Roan Rosser. The story picks up with Jack investigating draining of vampires, and Everett now in a new place.

Everett’s not very happy about living at the house, but he tries to adjust. The thing that makes him happy is when Jack shows up at his door. He’s making a delivery, and bringing Everett his new identity. Everett is not exactly thrilled with the new name, Evan Truman, but it’s best for his unique situation.

Everett’s is supposed to be under the guidance of Lin, the house elder. He’s also supposed to be instructed on how to deal with hunting, and all things that go along with his vampire status.

Lin is rude to both men, and she’s very unsympathetic to Everett in particular. It’s obvious she’s holding a grudge, because she didn’t get her way when it came to her boyfriend.

There’s also another “roommate” Trevor, who doesn’t seem very smart. But it’s apparent that Lin favors him more. Lin and Trevor both hate that Everett wears the amulet. It seems that no matter how much Everett tries, it just get’s him into more trouble, and the amulet isn’t helping.

The one good thing is that Jack is allowed to make deliveries to the house, and that he and Everett get to spend time together. But it only takes one time, with Jack’s help, for Everett to feed at a party,and then trouble follows. Eric, a jealous shifter, will bring danger to Everett and the house where he lives.

Everett’s troubles keep adding up. He gets chained in the basement. Stacy of the Paranormal Creature Alliance (PCA) has to step in. Lord Pembroke and Isabella come to examine Everett. And the amulet causes trouble too.

Plus, he seriously misses Jack, who’s off on investigations for the PCA. He’s tracking the deaths of drained vampires and suspects: Dolf, Kurt and an old woman. The trail leads him back to Portland, and what Everett and Jack find will place them in the middle of carnage and an unescapable evil.

Bloodline of the Ancients just keeps getting better. Rosser takes a story of vampires, shifters, mages and the supernatural and blends it with a puzzling murder mystery. The novel is well written, fast-paced, suspenseful, gory, and action packed and full of danger at every turn.

Being a former cop, Jack gets to show his investigative skills, and how his expertise in being a jackal relate. The relationship between Everett and Jack is still growing, and there are romantic moments here too. Ans there are misunderstandings too – Everett doesn’t always share his issues with Jack, like being mistreated by Lin.

Bloodline of the Ancients is great supernatural entertainment. I’m looking forward to book three in the “Changing Bodies” series from Roan Rosser, Goddess of the Ancients.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams. 

 

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