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Blade on the Hunt by Lauren Dane
Series: Goddess with a Blade #3
Published by Carina Press Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Jo
"When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you."
These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken—but not defeated—by the ancient Vampire Enyo.
After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father's Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind—track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.
But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart—the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery—and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan's the woman in the middle. She's not used to being claimed in a way that's not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn't want in a man—he's bossy, he's a Vampire, and he considers her his—but she's past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She's past denying she's in love.
In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She's stronger and more powerful than she's ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she'll need all the help she can get because it's not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There's a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It's what she was born to do.
Rowan Summerwaite has finally healed and is ready to begin her hunt for the ancient vampire witch, Enyo, who attacked her when she was unarmed in her childhood home. It has been weeks of hurry up and wait, and Rowan is beyond ready to get this hunt on. But before she can gather up the hand-selected people who will be accompanying her on this hunt, Rowan must deal with more bull from Hunter Corp, the company she hunts for. Rowan is also confronted with a temporary madness from Theo, The First—the vampire who has stood as Rowan’s father for so many years.
Finally Rowan is on the hunt with her boyfriend, Clive Stewart, the North American Scion; her steward, David, the European Scion; Warren; and Recht, one of the Frist’s guards. Talk about a powerful and deadly group, that Rowan knows will be needed to take down Enyo and those who have protected her up to now. Things get off to a rocky start and from places that Rowan never expected trouble, but now they are headed to the last place Enyo was seen. The hunt gets even more complicated as Rowan and the Nation’s vampires with her discover that there are highly placed leaks in the Nation’s set up somewhere, which are putting them in even more danger. The closer Rowan gets to Enyo, the more complex the hunt gets as another spike of danger comes from a place which should be a place of safety for Rowan. All of the leads and leaks lead to the final showdown between Rowan and Enyo and even Bridget, Rowan’s goddess, gets something from this battle.
The hunt is finally on, and Rowan and her hand-picked group start their bloody European tour to bring down the ancient Enyo in Blade on the Hunt. I have to say, first off, this story was a big WOW with all the complexity and angles that kept me on the edge from beginning until the end. I knew that Rowan had a huge reason to want Enyo dead, but I then learned that Bridget also had one and what it was. Watching Clive and Warren butt heads had me chuckling once Rowan stepped in and called BS. Most of all, I loved all the twists and turns that came out as this hunt went on. I also loved watching as Rowan and Clive’s romance deepened and more of Rowan’s life was revealed to Clive and us. While a lot of things were solved at the end of this book, there are so many more issues that are now up front and forward. I really can’t wait for the next book from this series, and I will have to for at least a year. What agony! Blade on the Hunt is a must-read and a true keeper in every sense of the words. It is also a Joyfully Recommended read that I know you will love as much as I did, because there was a whole lot that I didn’t tell you about here.