Blood Blade (Skinners, Book 1)
by Marcus Pelegrimas
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
Review by Harriet Klausner
Eos Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061463051
Date: 01 February 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Fantasy game designer Cole Warnecki requests vacation time from his boss Jason Sorenson of Digital Dreamers in order to recharge his batteries on a hunting trip in British Columbia. He just starts to relax when a monster crashes through the abode knocking him unconscious. When he awakens, he is the only survivor except for Gerald who is dying. Before he does, he asks Cole to call a number; whoever answers will connect him to Paige. Gerald wants him to tell her that a Full Blood attacked him. Cole is also to deliver a magical blade to Paige. From official release/information:
Product Description: After narrowly surviving a bizarre animal attack while on vacation in the wilds of British Columbia, urbanite Cole Wickstrom is introduced to the mysterious world of werewolves, vampires, and other creatures, who are hunted by a loose-knit band of humans called Skinners. Lost and pursued by werewolves in the woods, Cole is saved by a skinner named Paige, who teaches him the ways of the supernatural. Cole realizes that the Skinners are dwindling in numbers and losing a fight against the supernatural creatures that could leak over into the regular human world at any time. Meanwhile the vampire Misonyk, who has an old grudge against the Skinners, has convinced another very powerful creature to fight for him.The creature is very strong, very dangerous and insane. Events set into motion by Misonyk and his creature could very well pave the way for the most powerful breed of werewolves to come forward and reclaim their territory. Cole takes a liking to Paige and cannot just leave her when this vampire and his companion begin their own killing spree. Eventually, Paige convinces Cole to join up with the Skinners and train to become one of them. Cole (and the reader) are shown that the Skinners are more than just hunters, but have their own history as well as a special connection to the supernatural.