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9780061991066_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

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In Innocent Blood, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, not everything is as it seems. Erin is a curious and brilliant archaeologist determined to delve into the words of the Blood Gospel, thought to have been written by Christ himself. After a horrible attack in California, Erin is driven back to the order of the Sanguines – an order founded on Christ’s blood – where she must find the missing link that holds the key to this darkness. The only problem is that she is not alone in this pursuit. Another, more sinister man is also in pursuit of this object for his own dark purposes. He wishes to bring about the end of the world: the end all, be all Apocalypse.

Along with Jourdan, an army sergeant, and Father Rhun, a member of the order of Sanguines, Erin must fight to save the world and the boy believed to be the gospel made flesh: an angel in human form. But can this priest be trusted? He is a member of the Order of Sanguines, an order of what some may call vampires. These three must fight their way through trials and tribulations and delve deep into the life of Christ in order to find and extinguish this perilous threat.

Innocent Blood gives the reader intrigue, bringing Catholicism, Vampiric literature and mystery all together and then wrapping it all up in a beautiful bow. It gives a deeper, darker view of the world and the mysteries that are unknown to most. Mystery readers, fantasy, and even crime literature lovers will all dig their heels into this book and find that it satisfies their need for amusement. Though a bit slow at times, Innocent Blood is still a great book to pick up when you are looking for something less deep and more indulgent, like a decadent cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her wife, her chihuahua Penny, her retriever Ella and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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