Never tease anything that wants to eat you.
My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…”
In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her (Goodreads)
4 HUGE stars
For my first venture into Alexia Purdy’s world of writing I am impressed, hooked, and new fan. From the very first line to the last of Reign of Blood, I found myself turning page after page wanting more and more.
Following a viral epidemic the nearly wipes out Earth’s population, April , her mother Helen, and her brother Jeremy seem to be the last humans alive in what use to be Las Vegas. The virus having either killed or turned the populace into feral vampires made surviving difficult for those immune to the virus. Luckily finding a survival bunker within a cabin in the forest of Mt Charleston gave the Tate family a glimmer of hope.
On an outing in the city to stock up on supplies, Helen and Jeremy go missing. Assuming the vampires abducted her mother and brother, April begins searching casinos and blowing up vampire hives. Failing to find them, April reluctantly returns to the shelter hoping her family is there. During the night, restless and scared, April plans her return to the city to look for her family and destroy all the hives she can find. However, that night she comes across a vampire that shatters her image of the creatures. This vampire can speak and has all of her mental faculties; an impossibility since vampires cannot speak nor have rational thoughts. After killing this strange creature, April is more than determined to wipe all vampires out.
The next day, she returns to the city and blows up a few hotels when she finds her family are not in them. Finding herself in a danger from the feral vampires, a hybrid vampire (similar to the one she killed the night before) saves her and takes her to the hybrids safe house. April soon learns that virus had different effects on people and her world has turned upside down.
I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Purdy has created a new and exciting world in the vampire genre. Her strong alpha female in April adds so much dimension to the story that I wish all female protagonist had this much strength. The addition of the hybrid vampires not only creates a fascinating twist but also introduces more depth to the story of survival of the fittest. Ms Purdy’s hybrid characters are multidimensional and just as interesting as the protagonist is. She gave me just enough information about each but not enough that I didn’t question their motives. Yet, when Blaze, Miranda, and Rye offer their help in rescuing April’s family from another hybrid group, my fears about motives are put to rest.
Reign of Blood is a phenomenal beginning to the Reign of Blood saga. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different in the vampire genre. As a new fan of Alexia Purdy’s writing, I am definitely rushing to purchase the next book in the saga as I am sure you will as well.