Tanya Huff’s “Blood Books” Is a Vampire Series with Brains and Kickass Heroines
If you’re tired of the sparkling Twilight vampires or the doomed love triangle between Damon, Elena, and Stefan on the CW’s hit television show The Vampires Diaries but still long to read about a strong, brooding male vampire, then we have the series for you!
The Blood Books revolve around the illegitimate son of Henry VIII named Henry Fitzroy who fell in love with a mysterious beauty back in ye olde medieval times and was turned into a vampire. Now, Henry Fitzroy lives in Canada and works as a romance novelist. When a suspected vampire is on the loose and murdering citizens, Fitzroy decides to take care of the other fanged creature who has so rudely encroached on his territory.
During his search, he encounters ex-cop turned private eye Victoria “Vicki” Nelson. Throughout the series, there’s a sense of “will they or won’t they” in terms of the romance department, but make no mistake: despite her degenerative eye disease Vicki is no damsel in distress. The tough as nails heroine kicks butt, defeats demons, and defends werewolves with nary a whimper in sight.
While there is a bit of a love triangle between Vicki, Henry, and Vicki’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Mike Celluci, it’s obvious that while the vampire and the private investigator do have a romantic connection, it’s Mike that is her soulmate. Their sarcastic dialogue makes for an entertaining read, and while he’s suspicious of Henry in the beginning of the series, at the conclusion both men come to have a high respect for each other.
Although Huff’s series is quite dated, it’s still enjoyable, especially given the fact that she’s written a strong female heroine who isn’t reliant on the two male love interests. While it would have been nice if the television adaption had taken off, the Blood Books still live on in print, just waiting for readers who are tired of schmoopy sparklepires and long for a series that does the original vampire legends justice.