Blood and Fire
Carrie Clevenger&Nerine Dorman
Dark Continents Publishing 2012
This short story takes us on an adventure with the awesome Xan Marcelles, bassist for the cover band, Crooked Fang. For those of you who don't know, Xan is a vampire, and a fine vampire he is. He is escorted out of the remote tavern in Pinecliffe, Colorado by some men who identify themselves as FBI. Are they really FBI? Would the FBI inject a man with a needle and truss him up like a Thanksgiving turkey?
Along comes another not completely human, Ash, who is Xans only hope of escape. Ash is in the same location to try and retrieve the cartouche of Amunet the First. At first, he sticks his nose up at Xan because he considers him an animal who sucks blood from humans. After considerable thought, Ash realizes he is not much different. He is an Inkarna who exists by stealing bodies. They band together in an effort to collect the artifact and break Xan out of his prison. An unlikely pair who are more alike then they think.
This is a wonderful story that had me hooked from the start. I am not usually into short stories because they usually leave you wanting for more. This one is no exception. Fortunately, there will be more when Xan stars in his own novel when it is released in August. I did notice one major difference with this short, it gave me the feeling of a complete story. I find many shorts to be lacking something that makes them seem incomplete. This story is full of action, murder, suspense, magic, and mixed in it all, I get the vibes of a conscience from our two main characters. The story is told in the first person alternating chapters between Xan and Ash. This was also well done and made the story flow smoothly. It is a quick read and can be easily read in one sitting. If you love vampires and magic, I am sure you will love this story. And ladies, let's not forget the two sexy guys.
I wish to thank the author, Carrie Clevenger, for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving a copy to review.
I give Blood and Fire 5 out of 5 stars