Dissension (The Blood Inheritence Trilogy #1). An adult paranormal/urban fantasy by Adrienne Monson.
This author requested an honest review from me, so this one comes with a little bit of a critique. I’ll preface this review by saying I’m not a major consumer of romance or vampire romance. Dissension definitely has a lot of action and intrigue, a lot going on besides the romance, but the romance elements were central and didn’t quite hit the spot for me. (Now just you watch, I’ll start writing romancy-stories at some point in my career and totally regret this, haha). Even so, this isn’t a typical vampire romance. (Okay, I haven’t really read typical vampire romance either other than a few snippets of Twilight…). But Monson has really gone out of her way, I think, to produce a unique storyline that other consumers of the genre should genuinely enjoy.
Vampires and Immortals: a millennia-old battle between two powerful entities, one woman’s tragic fate, and the teenage girl who gets thrust into the middle of this dark, brooding, and complicated world.
I liked Leisha. She had an interesting history, a complicated past, and most of the conflicts in the story rose and fell around her decisions and her weaknesses. I felt for her when things got hairy. She was the character driving the plot and making most of the decisions, and the one with the most to lose.
Samantha, on the other hand, was more of a tag-along, and her actions and reactions felt a bit predictable to me. I think the other characters, aside from Leisha, took to liking her a little too easily. It felt a little weird to me that Samantha eventually endeared herself to everyone she met considering the company she was keeping (Leisha the vampire), even if it wasn’t right at first.
I also felt like Leisha and Samantha’s POVs were very similar. They spoke with similar language and their internalization was so similar that I wasn’t quite sure who’s perspective we were looking from at times and I hunted for a few lines at times to figure out who’s head we were in now. If Leisha and Samantha’s thoughts and language/attitudes had been differentiated a little more I think it would’ve been a smoother transition between the two for me.
I liked Tafari. I liked that the “immortals” weren’t just the epitome of “good” against the “evil” vampires. They had weaknesses too: cruelty, pride, blood thirst (in a way), but they weren’t as corrupt. They felt believable to me. I also thought the author did a good job of communicating Samantha’s position in the way of making me not really want to trust the immortals completely more than the vampires because they both have their ulterior motives. That was great.
The further I got into this story the more I was intrigued. I really liked learning about the powers the immortals and the vampires had, and discovering things along with the characters like what happens when a vampire drinks an immortal’s blood. I also liked learning about Leisha’s history and how she came to be a vampire opposite her husband Tafari who became an immortal sworn to kill vampires. Those were the most intriguing parts for me. And Samantha’s unusual ability was cool, too. There were also some really good plot twists in the middle, and toward the end especially, that I found pleasantly surprising and satisfying.
I liked this story, and I genuinely look forward to seeing the rest of the trilogy come out. I’m intrigued to find out what will happen now that a new order of vampires is rising in the wake of the turnover.
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