Review: Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

Posted March 7, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Review: Blood Rights by Kristen PainterBlood Rights by Kristen Painter
Series: House of Comarré #1
Published by Orbit on September 1st 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 381 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

I’ve had Blood Rights on my TBR list since its release day. I figured I would get around to reading it in the near future but then I signed up to attend AADNOLA and saw that Painter is one of the authors attending so I figure no time like the present to start this series.

Blood Rights is an Urban Fantasy book with a mix-mash of supernatural creatures; Fae, Fallen Angels, Varcolai (shifters), ghosts, Comarré and vampires. All these creatures live in secret from the humans.

The Comarré is a human hybrid species that is bred to serve the blood needs of the noble vampires. The noble vampires are the upper crust the vampire food chain. Nobles are the only ones that can afford the blood rights of the Comarré and keep one on staff to fill their blood requirements. After the Comarré has stayed with their patron (vampire master) for 100 years they can earn their freed to leave that vampire if they wish.

That’s where we meet Chrysabelle; she is on the run after finding her patron, Algernon’s body in his study after a ball where he refused her, her freedom. Chrysabelle has lived the sheltered life of the Comarré and finds herself in a new world when she leaves Europe to go to the Americas to find help from her aunt in clearing her name in the murder of her patron.

Chrysabelle meets Malkolm, an anathema vampire (a noble vamp that has been shunned) while looking for a contact her aunt has told her that might be able to help her. One thing leads to another and Chrysabelle and Malkolm find themselves in a sexual tension infused partnership to fight the evil doers in the book.

I recommend Blood Rights to Urban Fantasy fans that like plot twists and sexual tension that keeps you hanging on for the next installment in the series.


About Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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3 responses to “Review: Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

  1. It’s bad to admit this, since it’s my book club, but I haven’t gotten to read this yet. I was looking forward to it but I don’t know if I can deal with a ton of plot twists. Were the characters intriguing enough where I’d want to jump into it even with the plot twists?

  2. Right?! I’ve had this one FOREVER!!!! I’m a bit intimidated actually- I’ve heard it gets intricate and confusing!! So NOW I’m putting it off! Lol