Title: Of Flesh and Blood
As the first and only Female Kin to work for the Center of Folk and Kin Relations, Haley Night's job is to keep Humans safe. A difficult job when fear and hate fuel the prejudice so many Humans have for her people.
When long time friend and colleague Orin an eight hundred year old Male working for the Ancient Histories Department at the University of Georgia, finds himself accused of murder, Haley goes to help.
There are a lot of rumors surrounding Orin-how he doesn't like to be touched, how he doesn't feed from his own-but Haley knows for a fact Orin is not the kind of Male who would harm a Human, and she is determined to prove his innocence.
But Orin has a secret. A deep, dark, violent secret that centuries ago lay waste to Africa in the hands of the most powerful and deadly Queen to ever roam the earth-a power that the Queen of Athens will do anything to possess.
And should the Queen of Athens succeed in marking Orin, taking claim to him, Medan the Queen of Atlanta has promised to destroy her, even if it means nothing will be left of Athens but a smoldering hole in the earth.
Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia the city of dragons.
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The First Three Rules, Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, Complementary Colors
Series: City of Dragons #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Blood Bonds, Blood Bonds
Published by Gray Zone Source: Author
Published: February 19, 2012
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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My brain is buzzing with all that has happened in Of Flesh and Blood, the second entry in the City of Dragons by Adrienne Wilder. It’s a busy story, a good busy, and it’s one that once I finished, I had to take a moment before attempting to read any book after it. This isn’t your typical dragon story. There’s no cuteness here. Blood, gore, violence, sex – it all has new meaning in this world. You can’t read this book without having read the first in this series because Of Flesh and Blood picks up not long after Blood Bonds ends. There’s no handy-dandy Glossary of Terms this time around so you really need to know what all the terms mean on top of knowing all the key players. There’s no simply backtracking here. The author has you jump straight in and you either know what’s what, or you try to piece it together.
This time around there feels like there are two stories going on at the same time. You have Haley’s story. A longtime friend of hers is accused of killing human. In this world, dragons are automatically assumed guilty so Haley, along with Deshi, are out to help, protect and save Orin. It’s messy and bloody and many secrets are revealed. We learn more about Deshi and his human wife (Who I think deserves to be eaten…just saying) as well as discovering more about Haley. Orin was a curious character for me. A dragon who obviously doesn’t want to be a dragon, trying to live in the human world. Sometimes you just can’t resist what you are.
The other story was Farley. He is sent on an undercover mission by Garrett to try to get information regarding human trade. Every kin sent in to investigate doesn’t come out. Knowing that this mission is very personal for Garrett, Farley agrees to go in, without letting Haley know what was going on. Once Farley is in, we immediately find out why no Kin returns, which is shocking all the way around. The sex and gore is over the top and yet, I loved every minute of it. There’s a surprising hero (more like selfish bastard) that rescues (if you want to call it that) Farley. End story here is dragons and alchemy should not mix!
I’m not going into details on how each story ends because they truly are something you need to absorb for yourself. I will say this, they did not end how I expected and I will not confirm or deny I got choked up a bit. What I will say is I want to grab every book friend I have and shake them until they start reading this author’s books. I will admit, Wilder’s books are not for the faint of heart. They will shock and blow you away. However, if you can survive all that, you’ll be asking yourself why haven’t I discovered Adrienne Wilder sooner!