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Deaana Reviews It: the Blood Series by Tanya Huff
by Deaana (deaana)
at May 7th, 2009 (09:04 pm)

Description: The Blood Series by Tanya Huff, is 5 sequential books and a 6th book which includes all of the short stories written for various anthologies. The series inspired the 2006/2007 series, Blood Ties.

Plot synopsis: If you've seen the series, Blood Ties, then you're familiar with the characters that populate this series, Vicky, Henry and Mike.


Left to Right: Kyle Schmid as Henry Fitzroy, Christina Cox as Vicky Nelson and Dylan Neal as Mike Celluci


The series revolves around Victoria Nelson, former cop who left the force after diagnosis of a progressive eye disease and became a private investigator.

Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and vampire, is Vicky's friend and her go to guy for everything supernatural.

Mike Celluci is Vicky's former partner on the force, he's still a member of Toronto's finest and helps Vicky out when he can.

The three of them make up a romantic triangle with bite.

Now, if you've seen the series and you're saying to yourself, I don't need to read the books because it's going to be the same, like I did at first, you'd be dead wrong.

The first book, Blood Price, is the same as the first two episodes of Blood Ties by the same name. The plot is the same and the character names are the same but the major thing I noticed was definitely not the same was the marks left behind when the demon vacated the premises (pictured). In the books, the only thing left behind by the demon was a scar where the knife cut Vicky's wrist for the ritual, but the symbols were necessary to wrap up the series nicely.

Henry's friends, who happen to be werewolves, are being shot at in the second book Blood Trail. A mummy wakes in the third book, Blood Lines, with a need to feed his own life force with the lives of others. In the Forth book, Blood Pact, zombies roam, and in the Fifth book, Blood Debt, ghosts of murdered victims come back for revenge. The sixth book, Blood Bank involves various stories that occur throughout different times in the series.

In comparison to the tv series, the episode 2.02 involves lycanthropes, but not werewolves as in the books and the storyline is completely different. The episode 2.07, Wrapped is similar to Blood Lines with an Incan mummy vs Egyptian mummy in book.

The relationship between Vicky and Henry, and Vicky and Mike, also progresses through the series. Much less frigid than the tv series Vicky, book!Vicky is not afraid to get physical when the situation suggests it. When it comes to commitments, however, she still shys away.

Where the tv series ends at the end of season 2, with Henry leaving Toronto and Vicky being dumped by Mike, the book series has a definite better ending, Henry leaves Toronto for Vancouver, all right, but with Vamp!Vicky in tow.

Good Points: My favorite ending for a vampire/mortal relationship, intriguing if slightly predictable story lines and Henry.
Bad Points: I'm disappointed the TV series did not follow these storylines, at least the ending.
Conclusion The Blood Series of books were a highly interesting way to spend my reading time. The series was neither too short, nor too long, and stopped short of beating a dead horse. Some other series could take a page from this book and find an ending point.
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
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Posted by: Tara (craving_vintage)
Posted at: May 8th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Drew B backless

I love the book series. It's my favorite urban fantasy series. I've only seen a little of the tv series but I am buying the first season on dvd. It's only $17.99. Not bad at all.

A gripe with the series is that the guys don't look like they are described in the book. I mean I know it's not going to be exact and they want talent more than if they look like the characters.

But according to some of the descriptions, I always pictured Henry as having shorter/lighter hair and Mike C. more darker looking (black hair/olive skin tone).

The guy who plays Henry now in looks he's fine (he looks young enough because he was turned at 18) but the coloring is off and I'd change the guy who plays Mike. Sorry!

Vicki is fine although I pictured her more of a hard pretty though. Someone who's pretty has been through a lot and it shows.

Is there a tv!Tony?

Posted by: Deaana (deaana)
Posted at: May 8th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)

Nope, no tv!Tony. I guess the whole 2 guys together thing is too much for TV and they didn't want to give Henry that kind of ...reputation? *giggles*

Posted by: Tara (craving_vintage)
Posted at: May 8th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Drew B backless

You're right. LMAO I guess if it was on HBO or Showtime that would be a whole different story.

Oh, and my fave book from the series is Blood Trail. My old copy was highlighted and posted note to death. :)I need to buy all new copies but still with the old covers not the tv show covers.

Posted by: Deaana (deaana)
Posted at: May 8th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Blood Ties

One thing I guess I missed, what happened to Coreen? or is that in one of the short stories I have yet to finish?

There is a tv!Coreen, too. =)

Posted by: Tara (craving_vintage)
Posted at: May 8th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Drew B backless

You know, I don't remember. lol I forgot that there is a book!Coreen. Plus, I do need to buy that book of short stories. I've only read one short story.

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