Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryorfive-stars

Blood Shadows Series: Blackthorn #1
on November 20, 2012
Pages: 382

Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 54 minutes

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For vengeance - would you trust a vampire?

For justice - could you betray your family?

For love - are you ready to question everything you believe in?

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.

She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.

Or die.

My Review

I was 26% done with this book and said on Goodreads:

Holy Hell. Kane Malloy is the sexiest vampire I’ve read about since Eric Northman. *fans self* AND HE HASN’T EVEN HAD SEX WITH ANYONE YET. He’s just that freaking hot. How has this author hidden from me? I LOVE vampires. And I LOVE Kane. Yeah, yeah, I know. I say that shit about almost every book hero. Love the one you’re with, I always say. <3

The author set this story in an imaginary place called Blackthorn where vampires, lycans, and humans are all trying to live in harmony, that is if the “sub-species” follow the rules set for them by the human. In this place, you’ll find a couple who have a burning forbidden passion, forbidden because one is a Master Vampire, and the other a shadow-reading human. You could cut the sexual tension with a knife. I was wondering if there would be a HEA for these two right up until the end of the book.

There are currently four books in this series. I’m aching to read them now, because a fifth book is coming out soon, but I’ve got other book-reading commitments that have to come first, darn it. This vampire/human couple will appear in future books, I’m told, so I’m glad to have that thread of familiarity to jar my memory when I revisit this series. I don’t often re-read books, but this is definitely one I would read again.

Lastly, this is a DEBUT novel, which I did not realize until after I finished it. Bravo, Lindsay J. Pryor! I look forward to more of the goodness that is Blackthorn!


About Lindsay J. Pryor

Lindsay J. Pryor writes dark, intense, multi-layered Gothic paranormal romance set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn.

Blackthorn really captured the imagination of Lindsay’s publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in. She paints this multi-layered world effortlessly, and uses it as the setting for intense forbidden romances.

Discovered after being a twice-finalist in an international writing competiton, Lindsay was handpicked as the launch author for fast-growing publisher, Bookouture.

Lindsay’s Blackthorn series regularly tops Amazon’s U.S. and U.K Gothic romance charts. Books from her series have also reached number 1 in four sub-genres of paranormal romance, as well as being a number 1 ‘Most Wished For’ paranormal romance on Amazon UK. She has been a Top 50 bestseller (#47) in’s main kindle charts and has skirted the Top 100 on Amazon UK. The first three Blackthorn books are also now available on audio via Tantor Media.

Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she’d grow out of it but hasn’t yet.

Lindsay holds an honours science degree in Psychology and Communication, is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. She taught for eighteen years before becoming a full-time author. She’s intrigued by mythology, likes to relax watching films, and is a keen supporter of animal welfare. Lindsay was born and grew up in Wales but now lives in the South West of England with her husband, their rescue bunny and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.

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