Blood Price (Blood Series)
by Tanya Huff
Cover Artist: Figure photo by Claudio Marinesco
Review by Gayle Surrette
DAW Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756408404
Date: 04 June 2013 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I'd first read the Blood books when they came out in 1991, and read through the series as they were published. The characters of Vicki Nelson, Henry Fitroy, and Tony stayed with me. I even managed to find the DVDs of the television show (Blood Ties) last year.
Sometimes going back to read a book you enjoyed years ago is a disappointment, usually because it isn't as good as you thought it would be, or the world has changed so much that you continually get pulled out of the story by background material. I'm happy to say that the story in Blood Price still holds together in 2013. The only problem is there are no cell phones in use in the story although even if there were it wouldn't change the plot that much since there were phone booths and calls could still be made -- after all it takes place in Toronto.
Vicki Nelson is an ex-police detective who is now working as a private investigator. When her vision began to fail she felt she was a danger to others and left the force. She gets involved in a case because she shows up late at night just as a murder is being committed on a subway platform. She stays to give a statement and somehow from there she just can't let it go.
She's later hired by the girlfriend of one of the victims to look into it and find the killer. Vicki isn't sure since the girlfriend is convinced, along with many newspaper readers, that the killer is a vampire.
Henry Fitroy is a vampire. Once the newspapers label the killer a vampire, he begins to look for the killer, believing it might be an untrained and newly turned child who was left on his/her own. Since this jeopardizes his existence, and all vampires, the killer must be stopped.
Eventually, the two come together and must learn to trust each other to find out what is really happening. The narrative is broken up by flashbacks to Henry's life before and after he was turned as well, as well as some quick peeks at what Vicki was like as a police officer. These flashbacks are usually related to what's going on in their search and, while giving the reader insight into the characters, it also offers some background for their actions.
Blood Price still stands up as an urban fantasy, and a darn good one too. So, if you enjoy mysteries and fantasy with a bite, check it out.