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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Elfin Blood, by Gracen Miller

Title: Elfin Blood
Author: Gracen Miller
Sub-Genre(s): Erotic, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publication Date: October 19, 2009
ISBN #: 9781605920597
Format: eBook from Author
Reviewer: Laurielu
Rating: 4 Cups

Scorned by her own kind for her half-breed elf status, Julija lives a lonely existence among her Ivory Elf kin. She is the only one the elves can trust when a magical book in elf lore is stolen. Relegated to steal the Book from the vampire thief, Landau Jamieson, she's surprised to discover he has the ability to walk in daylight. Refusing to be deterred by developing setbacks, she’s committed to executing the heist for an Ivory King who grows more desperate to possess the Book. Nothing about the vampire is as it appears and Julija begins to doubt her mission. Worse, she begins to worry she won't have the strength to guard her heart from her sworn enemy.

Landau is fascinated by the elf stalking him and baffled by the potent hunger she elicits after ten thousand years of celibacy. Soon he discovers the lovely sprite is a pawn in a dangerous game--orchestrated by none other than a reviled enemy from his past. While blind-sided by her beauty and her magical powers, the least of which is the spell she casts on his heart, the sinister plot unfolds. What started out as folly to catch a thief, blossoms into a love that casts aside bloodlines and forges all boundaries.

Julija is hybrid form of Elf comprised of Ivory Elf and Wood Elf. She is very unique to her race in that the different races of elves to not inter-breed with each other. As the story unfolds, Julija finds out there is more to her heritage than the fact that she has mixed blood. In this novel, she grows from a person who is distrustful and unsure of herself in regard to her standing in the elf community to a woman who becomes bold in her heritage and circumstances.

When Julija meets Landau, their world as they know it is upended. Their attraction defies all of the rules and boundaries biology and society have placed on them, as well as their self-inflicted limitations. Their hunger for each other jumps of the pages causing the reader to be completely caught up in their relationship and the repercussions resulting from it.

Adding to the excitement of the book is the conflict. Julija is sent by the Elfin King to retrieve a magical book from Landau. The king’s need to obtain the book is overshadowed by the manipulations he has concocted to achieve his goals that is truly depraved. Figure in Julia’s relationship with the king and its dynamics, the plot molds itself into a fulfilling intrigue because the truth of that relationship and her birthright adds another layer of interest the story.

While the nature of the king’s corrupt need for the magical book drives the conflict in the story with its rough edges, it is the romance in it that smoothes those edges, melding the book into a sensual bouquet of thought and feeling. Add to it the vindication of Julija’s metamorphosis from “just” a hybrid elf into a powerful being, the author gives the reader a very good book to read.

Elfin Blood by Gracen Miller offers redemption, mystery, betrayal, lush sexual tension, and sweltering, soul-bending love to the reader. How could a romance aficionado pass up this read? The originality of the tale inspires me to earnestly recommend this book to readers of the paranormal romance genre.


*Blurb Courtesy of Goodreads

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1 comment:

Gracen Miller said...

Thank you so much for the awesome review!!