3 stars for Blood of the Land by Adrik Kemp @shadowadrik #MM #Historical #Paranormal


Title: Blood of the Land
Author Name & Publisher: Adrik Kemp (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 2, 2016 — 87 Pages


When an ancient Italian vampire travels to the pioneering Australian outback, what he finds there triggers a decades-long love triangle from which there is no escape.

Mack, a young Australian cattle farmer, makes his living on his father’s cattle station. The work is hard and the days are long but he is content with the life he has been born into. Unfortunately for his family, he is awakened to forbidden desires of the flesh by intriguing visitors from far-off Italy. When these visitors reveal themselves as lustful creatures of the night, Mack bites off more than he can chew and finds himself in a predicament he is ill-equipped to handle. Lost and seemingly alone, he spirals into a deadly path toward a decades-long love triangle between himself, the monster who made him and the love of his undead life.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and death.

Publisher’s Note: This book is the prequel to Blood of the City by Adrik Kemp.

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This story has potential, with some interesting elements, but it’s disappointing in many respects. The vampire mythos is unique and intriguing. The characters have potential and the overall story is interesting but not fleshed out enough.
In general, this is written in a way that is not very engaging. There isn’t a lot of depth to the characters. The writing is stilted at times, and the sex scenes tend to be a bit awkward.
If you’re looking for a story with a different take on vampires, and you’re not overly concerned about character development, then you might enjoy this.


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Adrik specialises in speculative fiction and erotica, but also enjoys writing a mixture of both.
He has short stories out in a number of publications including Coming Together, Pilcrow & Dagger, Torquere Press and CSFG Press. Recently, he was the winner of the 2015 OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition in Sydney, Australia.
He has two upcoming novellas with Totally Bound’s new imprint, Pride Publishing. Look out for them in 2016.
He loves reading and counts among his favourite authors, Frank Herbert, Kim Stanley Robinson,China Mieville, Clive Barker and Octavia Butler.


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