by Cat Adams
Cover Artist: Zeibyasis, Rachel E. Davis
Review by Gayle Surrette
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765324955
Date: 28 September 2010 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In Blood Song, Celia Graves was bitten by a vampire, but help came before she could be turned. She now resides between her vampire urges and her humanity. Many want her locked away before she can do any harm and they're willing to force the issue. Celia is doing everything she can to prove that she’s in control of her new vampire urges and should be allowed the freedom to live and continue her business. But, and isn’t there always a but, some are willing to give their lives to have her killed or imprisoned.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the vampires bite awoke a long dormant part of her heritage – it seems Celia is part siren and the queen is furious she hasn’t made her visit to the court. It seems the sirens have a very severe set of etiquette and Celia is considered to have violated several of those rules. How anyone could expect her to know about the etiquette of siren society when she thought they were myth is anybody’s guess but Celia needs to figure out the rules, and to show up and acquit herself of being rude before she’s killed by a whole new set of enemies.
Building on the foundation built in Blood Song, Adams manages to add a couple of more new threads while carrying some of the left-overs from the last book forward to blend into this new story. Celia is still learning to control her emotions and powers and also learning to ask for help. However, help often comes with a price. That price may be monetary or a piece of your soul as you must take responsibility for the actions that you ask of others.
Not only is Celia changing physically but she's also growing intellectually. Being a body guard you see and hear things, but now she’s learning that you also have to pay attention to the political climate and maneuverings of governments. Because she now stands between sirens, humans, vampires and other groups she’s now learning about.
The writing is strong, the characters well-defined, and the action is enough to keep the pages turning. While much of the story lines were wrapped up nicely in Siren Song, I wouldn’t mind finding out what Celia Graves does next.
There’s enough back story so that a reader could enjoy Siren Song without reading Blood Song, but I’d recommend reading Blood Song first as the two books are very much like two halves of a whole. Each book wraps up nicely but there are a lot of threads that carry over from the first to the second.