Book Review: Triad Blood by ‘Nathan Burgoine

 
 
Luc (a vampire), Anders (an incubus), and Curtis (a wizard), shunned and bullied for being lone creatures and thus easy targets, have defied tradition by creating their own triad rather than joining others of their own kind. But not everyone in the supernatural world is happy about their bond and the strength that comes with it, and they'll have to face-off against the powerful vampire Renard if they're going to keep their triad, and their own selves, intact.
 

 
Book Review: Triad Blood (Triad Blood Book 1) by 'Nathan Burgoine | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy, lgbt, vampires, incubus, witches
Title: Triad Blood
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Book Number: Book 1 of TBA
Pages: 240
My Book Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon
 

Review:

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

Ok so, this book was basically my dream come true. I mean, it was a m/m/m menage-esque relationship that included both a vampire and an incubus—my top two favorite paranormal creatures! Seriously I couldn’t even snatch this book up fast enough when I saw that in the blurb.

But of course a book still has to have good characters and plot and writing and all that in order for me to like it… and thank goodness it did or I would’ve been so disappointed!

The characters were easily my favorite thing about the book. Each one of the three was different and unique, and each one was likeable. Anders (the incubus) was funny just because of who he was, because he was so crude and crass and gruff and said the most ridiculous, inappropriate things. And Curtis (the wizard) was funny because of his actual sense of humor and sarcastic remarks. However, Luc was still my favorite. (I can’t help it. I’m partial to vampires. So sue me.) He wasn’t all that brooding or tortured, but the little references to his past, being bullied by the other vampires, really made me feel for him and also made me so happy for him that he finally found his own unique, little coterie. And he was also funny in his own way because his refinement and general vampire-ness gave him his own brand of snark, though he usually kept it to himself rather than saying things out loud. So altogether this group of characters really had me smiling and just enjoying the time I was spending with them, and I enjoyed getting to see things through each one of their POVs.

The plot was also great—it made sense, it flowed well, and it had a nice medium pace. And there was a fantastic, action-packed climax and a resolution that left me satisfied but still looking forward to more.

I also liked how much thought the author put into the supernatural society and even the way each creature worked regarding their souls and abilities. It was complex, but in a good way, and I was fascinated every time I got to learn more.

I do have to admit that I was actually bummed there weren’t any real sex scenes between the three guys because, come on, vampire and incubus, but maybe in the next book… (A girl can hope!)

Overall, this was a fun, well thought-out, supernatural-filled book with super likeable characters whom I can’t wait to see more of!

 
 
Book Blurb

The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

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  1. sjhigbee

    This is sounds a great, intriguing world. Is it particularly explicit? These days I tend to skip the bedroom stuff in preference to fight scenes and strong dialogue… I notice you’re currently reading ROADSIDE MAGIC. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on this one – another author I know I should have read and haven’t. Have a great reading week and thank you for the review:)

    1. Kristen Burns

      I wouldn’t say it was all that explicit. There were one or two scenes in which the vampire seduced and had sex with someone to feed, but they were short, and there was one scene that involved all the guys, but honestly that could be skipped without missing much. And I think that was it. So there were a few erotic scenes, but it wasn’t the focus.

      I just finished Roadside Magic today, so my review should be up in about two weeks. That series is the only one I’ve read so far by Saintcrow, but I like it. You have a great week too :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Funny, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an incubus in a TV show or movie, but I love them in books lol. I actually don’t care for weres very much, but vampires have always been my favorite!

  2. Lola

    Now I get your comment about this book being your dream come true. I don’t think I have read any menage books so far, although I do have one or two on my kindle app.
    I am glad to hear this one didn’t disappoint you. If you have such high expectations thanks to the blurb it can be hard sometimes for the book to live up to that. Sounds like they are three great characters with all their own personality. I like a good action packed climax, they make for fun endings for a book. And the world building sounds well done, that’s always one of the things that’s important for me in a paranormal/ fantasy book. That’s a shame there was no actual sex scene in the book. It’s a shame when you are hoping for one and there isn’t. I hope the next book is just as good. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Haha yep! That’s what I was talking about, the vampire and incubus :-D I’ve read a few menage books/series, and I like them because it’s a different dynamic than 2 person relationships and provides interesting emotions and whatnot. This wasn’t quite a menage since they weren’t really exclusive or dating, but I feel like it’s probably going to turn into a real menage as the series goes on because there are some sort of feelings there. But hey, good characters can make anything good :-) I’m still crossing my fingers for a sex scene in the next book though lol because vampires and incubi make for the best ones so both in one scene would be perfection, but at least I had the short story if nothing else! Thanks!

  3. Annika @ Hiding Books

    I’m intrigued…. And I’m also partial to vampires so can’t blame you there ;) I think I actually had a weird vampire dream the other night. ANYWAY.
    That menage a trois sounds interesting too though maybe not something I read often :p But… Yeah. I’m intrigued, and kind of interested in this so I might add it on GR for when I have time on my hands (never? waahh)
    Great review, Kristen!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Vampires and those of us who love them have gotten a bad rap, but I’ll never stop loving them!

      As far as menages go, this was only kind of one? They weren’t really dating or in an exclusive type relationship, it was mostly for the protection, but it seems like the series is heading more toward a true menage. I like menages in books though for the different relationship dynamic and emotions and problems and whatnot they bring. Thanks :-)

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m partial to character driven stories (and vampires) and it sounds like this one has that in spades. But I also like the sound of this supernatural society and you have me very curious. I had to laugh over your disappointment over the lack of a sex scene. But then, I think I’ll probably be disappointed too! *ha*

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I too am partial to character driven stories and vampires lol. And I really did enjoy this book. But haha, I normally don’t mind if a book doesn’t have sex, it’s just that vampires and incubi are, like, the two most sexual paranormal creatures, so a sex scene with both of them would just be phenomenal! The short kind of had a sex scene, but it wasn’t enough. There wasn’t even biting! By the way, I love how in the book community we can just discuss sex scenes like any other topic lol.