Review: Blood and Thorne by Lorel Clayton

Blood and Thorne (Eva Thorne #3)
by Lorel Clayton

Eva Thorne thought facing a werewolf, betrayal, and the army of Death was bad. She learns there are all new kinds of evil—and more enemies, as well as allies, than she ever imagined. All of them have an agenda, and all of them want the one thing she needs to defeat the Dead God and save her world from annihilation. Can she claim the First Soul before they do?

The bad guys all want her dead. Fortunately, some want the First Soul more, and they need her to get it. They hope it will make them a god. She wants it for her own reasons. It summoned the God of Death, and it can send Him back to the Void before His armies ‘cleanse’ everything she’s ever known from existence. The last strongholds of humanity have fallen. Only the Three Kingdoms of Avian, Dwarf and Elf still stand. Eva is running out of time, because even that alliance is crumbling, and the Elf King, Fharen, is hatching a desperate plan of his own to win the war, one that sacrifices everyone Eva cares about.

Eva doesn’t want to be the femme fatale or Death’s bride, and she may be the worst pet detective ever, but surely, she can find a missing relic? The First Soul is evil, and like attracts like. Gods and monsters have sought it for centuries. She has one advantage – no one does evil quite like a Thorne.

Oh yes, no one really does evil as fierce as Eva Thorne.

Her soul was almost taken by the God of Death after being betrayed by her werewolf best friend. Eva Thorne and her evil twin sister was trapped in a prison with no-handle door and only one window facing the infinite sea. There were two ways to get out of it – climb up the tower castle and swim the treacherous rocky sea, or face the invisible – the Unmentionables.

Who were the Unmentionables? Well, there’s the ghostly woman with three heads, a large white bloody rabbit, with steel claws and ivory fangs. A mummified creature, a giant spider, a fairy, an elf sized dragon shifter, a vampire, an Avian and a demonic woman with blue skin, bony bat wings. And lastly, a normal looking man, , with hollow features and hollow eyes. Ugh, just describing them already gives me creeps!

Now Eva was tasked to find the relic that contained the First Soul, everyone wanted it, but only the blood relations of Eva Thorne would be able to get it. But this didn’t guarantee her freedom nor escape from death. Far from it. Because one way or another, she would end up dead, whether she heeded to the Unmentionable’s rules; worked together with her evil twin, or succumbed to her undead mother’s diabolic plans.

This had been an extremely engaging, high-octane, action-filled high fantasy masterpiece that the tandem of Lorel Clayton had created. The third book in the Eva Thorne series and it was definitely awesome. Loved that it wasn’t some kind of retelling. It was unique and exciting, fresh and really captivating, just like the first two books (Tangle of Thornes and A Thorne For a Crown). I’ve loved the first two stories and it’s not a surprise that I also love this latest adventure by Eva Thorne. A truly satisfying read!



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