In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they've ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone on the side of light.
One of them will change sides. One of them will die. No one will survive unscathed. Can Chrysabelle save those she cares about or will that love get her killed? What price is she willing to pay to draw last blood?
Aside from another gorgeous cover in the House of Comarre series, LAST BLOOD is a complex, beautiful, and at times heart wrenching story. LAST BLOOD had me feeling a wide range of emotions from frustration to hopefulness and excited to see every character gain some sort of closure to their storylines.
While I appreciated seeing everyone’s storyline tied up I continued to be frustrated at the constant and almost random shifts in POV which is a continuing (and really only) issue I have with the House of Comarre series. This is especially problematic when I’m already engrossed in a storyline only to have it suddenly disappear for a quick visit to a more minor character’s POV. Some of the POVs felt unnecessary and repetitive taking precious time away from the main storyline involving Chrysabelle and Mal.
In LAST BLOOD Chrysabelle continues to evolve into an even more kickass character as she has gained more confidence in herself as an ex-Comarre. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and figure out who she wants to be and what she want in her new life outside of the Comarre life. It was nice to see this amazing and unique character I’ve grown attached to have her life more or less figured out by the end of LAST BLOOD.
With the massive cliffhanger at the end of the OUT FOR BLOOD that seemed to spell doom for Chrysabelle and Mal I was pretty excited to see what was going to happen with their super rocky relationship. The ‘fix’ for Mal’s love for Chrysabelle being taken away was a little too easy but in the end it was nice to see them finally get some peace. With their relationship fixed there was finally time to see Chrysabelle and Mal’s amazing teamwork as they have their final confrontation with Tatiana in a really interesting setting.
Aside from my small quibbles with certain aspects of LAST BLOOD I really enjoyed the conclusion to this series. Kristen Painter’s House of Comarre series is excellently written with a unique heroine the likes of which I haven’t seen in urban fantasy before.
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