Bloodshot by Cherie Priest — book review

Bloodshot: Cheshire Red Reports Book1 by Cherie Priest. Titan Books ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

First in a new series in which the Queen of Steampunk moves into vampire territory. And Priest’s vampire, Raylene Pendle, is neither weary soul searcher or rapid animal. Her vampire is very, very cool, a professional ‘finder’ who acquires (steals) works of art, jewels etc, and occasionally papers and documents, to order. And it is secret papers logging experiments carried on vampires that she is looking for this time around, and it isn’t long before the men in black are hunting her down. Raylene is a kickass vampire with a refreshingly cool persona. No angst, no hang-ups, she just wants to go quietly about her business with as little fuss as possible, the way she has been doing for almost 100 years. This kind of trouble she does not need. Fast and furious with enormous quantities of wit and style, I can quite see Raylene as the next big TV vampire. Bloodshot is great fun; I’m looking forward to the next volume, Hellbent, which is due out very soon.

Bloodshot: Cheshire Red Reports Book1 by Cherie Priest. Titan Books ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

First in a new series in which the Queen of Steampunk moves into vampire territory. And Priest’s vampire, Raylene Pendle, is neither weary soul searcher or rapid animal. Her vampire is very, very cool, a professional ‘finder’ who acquires (steals) works of art, jewels etc, and occasionally papers and documents, to order. And it is secret papers logging experiments carried on vampires that she is looking for this time around, and it isn’t long before the men in black are hunting her down. Raylene is a kickass vampire with a refreshingly cool persona. No angst, no hang-ups, she just wants to go quietly about her business with as little fuss as possible, the way she has been doing for almost 100 years. This kind of trouble she does not need. Fast and furious with enormous quantities of wit and style, I can quite see Raylene as the next big TV vampire. Bloodshot is great fun; I’m looking forward to the next volume, Hellbent, which is due out very soon.