Review: Blood Pact (Vicki Nelson #4) by Tanya Huff

June 27, 2014 Review 0

Review: Blood Pact (Vicki Nelson #4) by Tanya HuffBlood Pact by Tanya Huff
Series: Vicki Nelson #4
Published by DAW on June 3, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

The Blood Books are now available in "Blood Ties" TV tie-in editions. View our TV tie-in feature page here here. Vicki Nelson has received the call that no daughter ever wants to receive—that her mother has died. Marjory Nelson’s coworkers at the Queen’s University Life Science Department told her that she suffered a heart attack, and that they’d be waiting for Vicki to arrive in Kingston to make the funeral arrangements. But what begins as a personal tragedy turns into the most terrifying case of Vicki’s career, when her mother’s body disappears mysteriously from the funeral home. Someone at the University is determined to learn the secret of life after death…and they’ve decided to make Vicki’s mother part of their horrifying experiments.

Of the many, classic Urban Fantasy books of the 90's, the Vicki Nelson series holds extremely well.  This strong source material lends itself well to revival, from the Canadian TV show "Blood Ties" to the recent reissues of the books themselves.  Re-reading Victoria Nelson now, every description of Vicki brings to mind the strong jaw and dry sense of humor of her televised incarnation, adding to the experience of the re-read.

BLOOD PACT is an anomaly in the Vicki Nelson series, as there is very little Vicki to drive the story forward.  Dealing with sudden death of her mother, and then the theft of her mother's body, Vicki is understandably remote.  Celluci and Henry are jarred out of their "time share" arrangement and forced to work together as they try to help Vicki, leading to some new and interesting interactions... and a definite sense that Vicki's love life is about to change.  Between this man show, the eclectic villains, and the often heartbreaking glimpses of the "monsters" point of view, BLOOD PACT manages to compensate for the emotionally absent main character.

The satisfying structure of this story, however, is almost completely overshadowed by the game change at the end.  BLOOD PACT offers significant character growth throughout the book, but nothing can compare to the electric events at this book's ending.   As much as I enjoyed this story over all, I was breathlessly anticipating the end... and I now can't wait to continue on to BLOOD DEBT to see how everything falls out.

Series Titles:
  1. Blood Price
  2. Blood Trail
  3. Blood Lines
  4. Blood Pact
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