Flesh And Blood: House of Comarré: Book Two

Flesh and Blood - Kristen Painter Tatina of the house of Tepes, and Chyrsabelle the comarré, still have unfinished business. When we last left the house of comarré series, Tatina had murdered Maris, Chyrsabelle's mother, and in return, Chrysabelle had severed her hand. Back in their own separate spheres, Tatina is even more determined to capture Chrysabelle, and force her to hand over the ring of sorrows. Chyrsabelle of course wants vengeance for the death of her mother, and to keep a promise to Mal about finding away to end the curse that plagues him. Doc, a leopard Varcolai, (shifter) is desperate to find a way to save Fi, the ghost woman he loves, and he is even willing to take on the powerful anathema Dominic to do so. There is also Creek, a member of an secret society named the Kubai Mata, whose purpose is to protect mankind, and his mission is to secure the ring. As you can see, there are several story lines being intertwined in this one book. The one that is the most typical, and quite frankly the most annoying, is the love triangle that develops between Creek, a Native American man and Mal the cursed vampire. Creek was sentenced to seven years in prison after he murdered his father to protect his sister and jumped at the chance to be become a Kubai Mata, to secure his freedom and gain a better life for his family. He makes it clear repeatedly that though he is a member of the group, that they don't trust him enough to give him a lot of information. With everything that he has at stake, he still finds Chrysabelle quite irresistible. At first he cracks it up to not being with a woman for many years, but in the end, he simply decides that there is just something special about her. In part, Mal is heavily attracted to Chrysabelle because she is a member of the comarré and has been bred specifically because of the specialness of her blood. He is impressed by her determination and physical strength. What I don't understand is why Mal continues to love her, after she takes away his only chance to be human in what is clearly a selfish act. Unlike many vampires who are self-loathing in urban fantasy because that just seems to be the in thing, being twice cursed adds validity to Mal's desire to remain human once given the chance.I am particularly upset with Creek's fascination with Chrysabelle, because it seemed in many ways to be based on her Whiteness. There were constant mentions to her skin virtually glowing and her long blonde hair might was well have been a crown. Not for one moment are we allowed to forget that Chrysabelle is White and many ways, this Whiteness is given a moral value of pure goodness. This is especially true when juxtaposed to Tatiana, the Roma antagonist. At times it reads as though getting Chrysabelle to agree to a relationship with Creek, would equal an elevation of his person. Read More