Scions: Insurrection, by Patrice Michelle

4 May

Scions: Insurrection, by Patrice Michelle

This is the second novel in the paranormal romance “Scions” trilogy put out by Silhouette Nocturne. You can read my review of the first, Scions: Resurrection, here. The third and last, Scions: Revelation, comes out in the Fall.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Humanity had reason to fear vampires. But they didn’t know about werewolves. Yet.
When Detective Kaitlyn McKinney responds to a call about a strange, burned body, she discovers something far more complicated—and dangerous.
Landon Rourke is a werewolf, exiled from his pack and dedicated to keeping a protective watch over Kaitlyn. A prophecy has said that his kind and vampires would one day come to a truce. But that day has yet to come.
Landon has his own past to deal with, too, involving Kaitie herself. A dark truth that has kept them apart for years. When Kaitlyn gets caught up in the battle between vampires and werewolves, the long-simmering attraction that she shares with Landon ignites. And in that attraction they find the secret that will bring them together…
Scions: A prophecy reveals hidden secrets and holds the key to fulfilling their ultimate desires.

In Scions: Resurrection, we learn that, unbeknownst to their human creators, the vampires in turn created the werewolves to satisfy their need to hunt. Obviously, werewolves resented the vampires control over their very existence, and took advantage to break free and hide when, at some point after the vampires rebelled, the latter started dying from consuming poisonous human blood. (The timeline is still fuzzy for me, by the way.)

During this period, Landon accidentally kills a human who was trying to kill one of his packmates, and has since felt deep guilt over the incident. Kaitlyn for her part has always felt a compulsion to follow in her father’s footsteps and so becomes a detective. What no one knows is that she has always had the ability to see dead people’s auras—or energy imprints—which has helped her in her career.

Inevitably, Landon and Kaitlyn eventually find themselves crouching together over the remains of a body, fighting a strong physical attraction, while stopping whoever has started targeting some very special members of the werewolf’s pack.

Also, Landon’s guilt thoroughly confused me. The man had just shot three bullets into one of Landon’s friends, and another into Landon’s shoulder—but he felt guilty about hurting the man even before he realized the man had died. And not just guilty in a ‘oh man, that’s bad’ kind of way, but guilty enough to devote the next 15, 18 years to protecting the man’s daughter. Picture me scratching my head over here.

When dealing with a series (or trilogy, as is the case here), the author has to compromise between making sure each installment stands alone, by providing enough background information to new readers so they understand where in the overall story arc that book is; and making sure readers of the previous book(s) aren’t bored senseless by the repetition of known facts. It is a tricky thing, and I always applaud writers who manage it—particularly during long running series (J.D.Robb anyone?)

In this case, there’s a bit more info dumping right at the beginning of this book than in the first one. To be expected, to a point, but what bothered me was that I got the same information (almost with the same phrasing) from both main characters in successive chapters. It made me wince a bit, let me tell you, particularly because it happened several times through the book.

I mentioned earlier that the timeline of events is fuzzy—or at least, I don’t quite get it. For many readers this is probably a non-issue. Sadly, for me it is a big issue—which has interfered greatly with my enjoyment of the story on its own merits. My mind just kept going back to “25 years? 18 years? But that’s not long enough for this and this and that other thing to happen… Don’t these creatures have much longer lifespans than we puny humans? Why does…?” and so on, and so forth. Drove me batty, seriously.

I’m still intrigued by this universe, and curious to know how some of the hanging threads are finally tied off, and questions surrounding the prophecy answered—however, I didn’t find this book to be entirely satisfying. There was an awkwardness in the pacing that kept yanking me out of the story, such as the needless repetition of information, and that we are told, rather than shown, too many things and events.

6.5 out of 10

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  1. Scions: Revelation, by Patrice Michelle | Her Hands, My Hands - 04/01/2012

    […] Resurrection, introduced the reader to a world where man-made vampires called Sanguinas exist. Scions: Insurrection, the second novel, revealed the existence of lab-made werewolves, self-identified as Lupreda. In […]

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