Blood Rights: House of Comarré: Book One

Blood Rights - Kristen Painter I have to say that I was quite impressed by this book despite the absolute absence of GLBT people and problematic references to people of colour. Blood rights is essentially the story of what are commonly called dhamphirs. In this series they are known as comarré. They have been breed for the potency of their blood and have developed their own form society alongside that of the various forms of vampires. All vampires must drink human blood to survive, but only the noble vampires who are descended from fallen angels are able to afford to purchase the blood rights to a comarré.Painter's world was vast and the following list includes the list of supernatural bodied mentioned in the series: Nothos, which are hellhouds, Varcolai, a race of shifters descended from fallen angels and animals, Fae, who are actually another race descended from the fallen angels, fringe vampires, who are descended from Judas Iscariot, Anthema who are vampires who have been cast out of noble society and finally, Castus Sanguis are the fallen angles themselves.Chyrsabelle is a very special comarré and no other has had a price in the millions paid for the rights to their blood. On the night of the ceremony which would grant her, her freedom after a hundred years of servitude, her patron is killed. Chrysabelle must flee into the kine (read: human world) world in the hope of disappearing and finding safety. Unfortunately for her, Tatiana is fast on her heels, because she wants the ring of Chrysabelle's former patron in the belief that this will make her ruler of the vampires.Chrysabelle meets up with Mal in a human vampire bar where he tries to help her escape because immediately recognizes her for what she is - a comarré. Chrysabelle, quickly stabs him just inches below his heart and makes her escape. When next they meet, Mal is less trusting but in the end, determines to help her free her aunt, who has been kidnapped by Tatiana and clear her name. What is interesting about the relationship between Mal and Chrysabelle, is that he continually attempts to act as her hero and she consistently reminds him that she is capable of taking care of herself. He has a habit of reminding Chrysabelle that she is a comarré, and therefore no match for a vampire, let alone a vampire of royal blood. This is of course is a sexist patriarchal streak, but Chrysabelle has little patience for this. She spends much of the book proving to him that she is more than capable of defending her self. The comarré are not the helpless supplicants that the vampires have come to believe that they have a right to, instead they are a fierce group of warrior humans awaiting the day when it may become necessary for them to stand against the very monsters they now call master. As a protagonist, Chrysabelle is tough and not afraid to violently to protect herself if need be. She is not prone to spunky agency, but when she makes a decision to sticks to it. What I like the most about her, is that she knows exactly who she is and where her values lie. As irritating as I found Mal's constant denial of Chrysabelle's strengths, Isms should never be erased because it denies the harm that they case. It is far better for the ism to appear and to have another character fight against it as Chrysabelle does continually in the face of Mal's obvious sexism. Read More