Wendy reviews ‘The Blood Boss’ (Black Veil Series Book 1) by Davidson King. Published August 19, 2021,117 pages.
Vampires, mermaids, and witches…oh, my! Black Veil is full of them all, but at the end of the day, it’s The Blood Boss who has the last word. Ever since The Final War, Vampires rule Black Veil, and with The Blood Boss in charge, peace reigns.
Keeping the vampires under control is a task Cain takes seriously. Humans have accepted his rule, and anyone who seeks to destroy his territory is given swift punishment. His promise to keep Black Veil safe comes with great sacrifice and selflessness; never does he dare hope for more in life. Until one day, a man walks through his front door and changes everything.
Jayce has a happy life. His adopted parents love him, he wants for very little, and he lives every day to the fullest. But when a normal evening turns into a nightmare, and Jayce is forced to come face-to-face with The Blood Boss, the world as he knows it feels like a lie.
Then a great secret is revealed, and nothing is what it seems. Cain and Jayce must work together to stop the forces uniting against the vampires. Life and love are in jeopardy as they fight those who seek to destroy them. Can Cain and Jayce keep Black Veil from crumbling into the sea when every attempt to do so seems impossible?
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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I honestly can’t tell you how happy this series makes me. I’m in love with the newest universe in the Davidson King repertoire. They’ve done a great job building this new world without making it feel like that’s what they were doing. I’ve been able to follow the order of things easily and if anyone knows me, that’s a check in the plus column for sure.
So many great characters and beings to get to know. I was feeling a bit lonely since the end of their last series and I hope this one has a super long run because it’s that good. There’s tons of intrigue and mystery and danger and adventure and suspense.
And of course, there’s a super sweet love story.
This first story in the series features Cain, the big cheese of all the beings on earth. He’s the Blood Boss and can strike fear into the most dangerous of beings with just a look. I found him to be totally in control and wielding his power with a mighty hand. But also so much more and maybe a tiny bit misunderstood. Definitely misunderstood as far as the witches are concerned, or at least one in particular who happens to become a big part of his world whether they like it or not.
Cain’s relationship with Jayce might start out slow and they might get on each other’s nerves at first but they soon warm up and before long they’re each other’s everything.
Jayce was just the sweetest of characters. Helpful and kind and humble. He has to learn to come into his own and work not only for, but with the Blood Boss to save, well, everyone. He learns some things. Sad, dark things and I admit to a sniffle or two along the way.
As always, Davidson King proves they can weave a tale that will keep you spellbound. Such a great start to a new universe, world, series. Seriously, go grab this now!
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.