Cherie Priest is the author of nine novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. She presently lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a fat black cat.
When an urban fantasy features a "vampire superthief" and an "ex-navy SEAL and fabulous drag queen" among its lead characters, it can either be a delightful guilty pleasure or a disaster. In Priest's second Raylene Pendle book (after Bloodshot), the author brings an enjoyable noirish humor to this booming genre. Our undead protagonist boldly breaks down the fourth wall to bring new readers up-to-date (although being reminded that she's just a character in a book may take some readers out of the narrative). In her new outing, Raylene has been hired to retrieve a magical artificat also desired by a powerful witch who will stop at nothing to get it. At the same time, someone is trying to kill Ian, Raylene's blind vampire friend. VERDICT Raylene and her gang of misfits will draw in urban fantasy fans of all stripes as well as fans of Priest's other fantasies. Some language, used to show character traits, is a bit strong and might turn off gentler readers. However, the humor and adventure more than compensate for this minor negative.-Stacey Rottiers Comfort, Dexter Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Vampire thief Raylene Pendle is back for more mysteries and mayhem in the entertaining sequel to February's Bloodshot. When Raylene's agent hires her to steal some magical bones, the vampire has no idea how much trouble she's in for. After dodging sorcerous lightning sent by a powerful witch who also wants the bones and has no qualms about unleashing the forces of nature against her enemies, Raylene and Adrian, a Navy SEAL turned drag queen, get involved in trying to solve a suspicious death and must navigate some tricky political situations involving vampire Houses. Raylene's sharp humor and sly observations about life as a thief and a vampire are the highlight of this engaging book. However, readers expecting answers to the conspiracy story arc raised in Bloodshot will be disappointed by the lack of focus. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Cherie Priest's "Bloodshot" "Witty, fast-paced, and fabulous . . . a vastly entertaining read!"--Jeaniene Frost, "New York Times" bestselling author "Catapults the kick-ass urban fantasy heroine into the realm of the truly bad-ass."--Nicole Peeler, author of "Tempest's Legacy" "Refreshing and addictive."--"Kirkus Reviews"