MtSnow reviews ‘Triad Blood’ by ‘Nathan Burgoine, published by Bold Stroke Books on May 1st 2016. 240 pgs.
Why MtSnow reviewed this story: It’s Different Publishers week at RGR, and I thought the blurb on this one looked good. The cover was also a refreshing change from the sexy, bare male torso. I did realize after starting it and seeing it looked like an established relationship, that I might benefit from some insight by purchasing the 33 pg short titled ‘Three’ which originally was published in the anthology ‘Blood Sacraments’ where the characters initially meet. It helped. It looks as if there are a few other prequel short stories from each of the main characters’ POV in print as well, if you want to grab the various anthologies that the publisher has released.
This has been a great opportunity for me to branch out and I’m enjoying reading new-to-me authors.
Note: a copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.
But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.
Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.
Wow. This is a very intricate, well-written story with some fantastic world-building. I recall now that I had read one of this author’s short stories in an anthology than Lethe Press released, and I very much enjoyed it as well. The descriptive language is not at all flowery, but well-paced and keeps the reader wanting to just keep reading, even as you finish the previous chapter. I think the different points of view from each character helps with this movement. It flows well, is not boring at all, and kept me wanting more.
I liked each main character’s attributes and appreciated them learning how their skills have sharpened, constantly putting them in a learning state, and realizing their personal strength and power is only strengthened by being in a relationship with the other two MCs. I also like that they aren’t in a ‘normal’ grouping, and it allows them to realize diversity is good, disproving the prejudices of other triads, and the fact that their differences are what make them stronger and more of a surprise to others that cross their paths.
There are some enjoyable supporting characters in this story too. Catherine, the stately vampiress in charge of her own coutiere (vampire triad) but somewhat of a friend to Luc; MacKenzie, the very bookish, but friendly wizard friend to Curtis that helps get him out of a jam or two; and David, the prickly solo incubus that is a police officer. He and Anders seem to have some history that makes them just barely stand to be in each other’s company.
This story has an underlying mystery, and you can kind of guess who the villain is, but more and more is slowly revealed as you journey through the different scenarios each character has to deal with. And in the end, it all just makes them stronger.
Highly recommended read, and I am hoping the author has more stories up his sleeve for this universe! I now am wanting to read all the other prequels of these characters from the previously published anthologies. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to branch out to Bold Strokes Books this week, and look forward to more from ‘Nathan Bourgoine. Nothing light and fluffy about this one, and that is perfect for me.
9.5 of 10 pots of gold – Equivalent to 4.75 of 5 stars or recommended 95% out of 100%
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had over two dozen short stories published, including This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology).
His first novel, Light, is available from Bold Strokes Books and was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, and the BOTYA 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) ForeWord award. His second novel, Triad Blood, is available now from Bold Strokes Books. His first novella-length work, “In Memoriam,” is included in the collection On the Run, by Wilde City Press.
A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the adoption of Coach, a six-year old husky. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.
You can find ‘Nathan on the web at nathanburgoine.com.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. Our fiction includes romance, mystery/intrigue, crime, erotica, speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), general fiction, and young adult. Since its inception in 2004, our mission has remained unchanged: to bring quality queer fiction to readers worldwide and to support committed authors in developing their craft and reaching an ever-growing community of readers via print, digital, and audio formats.