Prince Jai, a merciless vampire warlord, has taken up a crusade to stop the enslavement of the humans and werewolves by his own kind. He’s heard tales of the time before a comet came and changed the world, and though they may just be stories told by an old human woman, he finds hope in them. After months of killing the other vampires, he’s nearing his goal of taking the kiPrince Jai, a merciless vampire warlord, has taken up a crusade to stop the enslavement of the humans and werewolves by his own kind. He’s heard tales of the time before a comet came and changed the world, and though they may just be stories told by an old human woman, he finds hope in them. After months of killing the other vampires, he’s nearing his goal of taking the king’s throne for himself. It’s the only way to bring peace to everyone, and he won't stop until he sees that happen.However, his men are tired, and when one clan proves to be too much for him, he agrees to a temporary peace treaty. To sweeten the deal, Jai is given the use of a blood slave, Ash. Jai detests the use of blood slaves and wants nothing to do with them. But when he realizes Ash could be another weapon in his arsenal, he spends the months training him to be everything his master has ever feared....
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Blood Slave Reviews
I'm constantly enthralled by world building and Caitlin Ricci has created quite a unique one in 'Blood Slave'. It's been four hundred years since a comet struck the Earth and changed everything in the blink of an eye. Now there are humans, vampires, and werewolves. However, the werewolves aren't shifters, but feral humans who drink the blood of animals to survive, and the vampires drink the blood of others but much of the typical lore does not pertain to them. Apparently chemicals from the comet mixed with ones on Earth to change the physiology of some of the population. Everything about the world is very different in this intense, post-apocalyptic read.Prince Jai has entered into an agreement with a large clan of humans. He is working his way across the country with his men, eliminating all vampire clans they can find and freeing the human slaves. Jai and his men do not feed from humans as he gave his word to Adelaide, a leader of the human clan. He is also unique from other vampire leaders in that his men do not force anyone to share their bed. They take conquered vampires as prisoners and feed from them only. The goal is to eliminate the king of vampires and for Jai to take his place and begin a new way of life between the vampires and humans."....I couldn’t stop staring at the man at the end of the group. The blood slave. I detested the use of blood slaves, hated it more than I could have said. And just looking at him made me seethe."A month passes of the three-month peace treaty Jai brokered with Lord Varias in which he got Ash to use as he wishes. But Jai hates the idea of blood slaves and he slowly begins to realize there's something very different about Ash. His affect is flat, monotone, and dull. He feels no pain and never eats. The one time Jai orders Ash to feed from him something very strange happens. No, I'm not saying what it is, but it inspires Jai to begin training Ash to defend himself and possibly assist Jai when it comes time to attack Varias.Ash has had a very sad life. Half vampire, half werewolf, he was born in the cells at Varias's clan and has been used for blood and his body since he was very young. Watching him come to life, so to speak, was an experience. Jai is what I expected as a feared warlord. He's very practical, ruthless when he needs to be, not particularly emotional, but far more honorable than the majority of his brethren. He leads his men and expects no less of them than of himself.I have to admit that the way the ending turned out came as a bit of a surprise which was very welcome. However, I also have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the lack of actual romance, only a small amount peeking through at the very end. But I very much enjoyed the world building, the war strategy, the fighting, the hunting, and the story as a whole. An unexpected gem to be sure.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
This world this author created in this book was awesome I really loved it! Now I do like slow burns so please don't get me wrong when I say this but sometimes they can really be too slow and I will find myself getting annoyed and really wishing they would just get together already. Well unfortunately I felt like that with this book it just felt like it took forever for them to finally give in to their attraction for each other then the book was over. So honestly I would have liked to have seen more of them together. But other than that I really liked this story and all the action you get in this book and the different take on vampires this author created in this story. There was a few times I wished Jai would have gotten over himself he was a little annoying sometimes. But I really loved the characters this author created even Jai which I grew to love his character by the end of this story . So I will leave this review with I really liked this story! I would recommend this book! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
A vampire prince is on a mission to destroy other vamp clans to stop them from feeding off humans. Using his enemies to feed from, Prince Jai is determined to bring the King of vamps to his knees and force all of his kind to feed only from the willing, thus banishing the use of human blood slaves for good. Inspired by stories of an ancient human woman known as Adelaide about a time when different species from werewolves to human to vampires lived in respectful harmony, Jai and his small army press on. They successfully take down clan after clan until he is confronted by one in the south who wants to strike a temporary truce before engaging in battle.In exchange for a three month truce, the clan lord gives Jai his favored blood slave, Ash, and his own son, Ryu along with a few of his soldiers for Jai and his met to feed from during the wait. However, Jai refuses to use Ash as either a blood slave or as a sexual partner and slowly realizes that Ash has been denied blood all his life. When he feeds Ash, the icy reserve that the slave has always had, slips away and real emotions come to the fore. Now Ash will be trained to fight for himself and take down the very clan lord who has used him so horribly for so many years.Caitlin Ricci offers up an interesting twist to the m/m paranormal genre with her latest novel, Blood Slave. Jai likes to be called Prince Jai the Merciless when in reality he is both gentle and altruistic. The idea that he and his small clan could rid the world of all those who seek to harm humans against their will seems like a staggering task and yet, he moves on relentlessly seeking the crown for himself only so he can enact the law that will halt the use of human blood slaves. What he didn’t bargain for is falling in love—even while fighting against it tooth and nail. Ash is initially a bit of a conundrum. Unsure exactly what he is--vampire, werewolf, human or some mix, Jai treats him as though he doesn’t exist until he feeds him for the first time. The blood Ash ingests makes him experience the full spectrum of human emotions and feelings—including pain. Watching Ash writhe and scream as the pain hits him solidifies the idea for Jai that he cannot ever return Ash to the former clan lord who abused him so harshly. But Jai is a vampire of his word and Ash was not given to him—only lended to be used. Instead Jai channels the feelings he harbors for his captive into nightly training sessions and feedings which strengthen Ash and make him a fighter to be reckoned with in the end.If you are looking for some huge emotional declarations of love from this story, you are looking in vain. Neither Jai or Ash are given to big demonstrative moments, in fact, there is no actual full on sex scenes or descriptions in the entirety of the novel. Instead there was a partially thought out character driven story that keeps the reader in the moment. We never really understand where Ash came from or hear the full history of Jai either. Instead we are deposited into the middle of Jai’s fight and carried along to its conclusion. Unfortunately even those fight scenes and raids were glossed over and therefore the novel had almost a sterile feel to it—as if it was being recounted from a distance—told as an afterthought. Given that we were reading about vampires, I thought that the disaffected air about Jai and Ash were just part of the story, but I was disappointed when I read further and found that neither character actually grew or morphed into something more. I grant that Ash became more open about his feelings but with a word of dismissal from Jai even those moments were short lived. I was also unsure as to what Adelaide held over Jai to make him report back to her on his progress. After reading that she and her human guards initially captured him, I thought we would get a bit of back-story on what made Jai so adamant about the freeing of human blood slaves but instead this plot point was left undeveloped as well.
Review can be read at It's About The BookI’m a sucker for a vampire story. While I liked this book I can’t say it was great. This book is definitely not your sparkly kind of vampire. Which was one of the reasons I picked up this book. They’re the horrible evil creatures of nightmares. And that’s what starts the revolution of sorts against the vampires. The difference here is the humans make a deal with a ruthless Prince of one of the vampire clans to take out all the other clans that still force humans to feed them. This is a dark story full of violence and gore. The vampire’s also use humans at will for their sexual pleasures. So they eat them and rape them. Humans are tortured endlessly. It’s not all on page but it didn’t need to be to have an impact. I have to give the author credit for alluding to the atrocities these vampires commit on humans without making me suffer through the actual acts. Trust me when I say she paints a very vivid picture.There were parts of this book I liked more than others. Ash’s character was pretty intriguing. I don’t want to think about all the horrific things he went through. He basically can’t feel pain so you can imagine how awfully he was treated. Ash finds kindness in his Jai when his master hands him over as a peace offering. He’s transformed from a thing to a soldier under Jai’s guidance. Given choices for the first time in his entire life. Jai has made a vow to not consume human blood and he sticks to it. Jai’s character was the one I had the hardest time with. He was supposedly cold and uncaring. Ruthless and viscous. But then he’d be kind and borderline sappy to about his friends and Ash. Then towards the end his was almost sickeningly sweet when it comes to Ash. There were moments when I thought he was saving humans from other vampires because it was the right thing to do. Other times by the author’s encouragement he just wanted to slaughter them all and take the thrown. So I never really got a grasp on his character.If you’re in the mood for battles and violence you might like this one. There’s plenty of gore. The bad guys are evil and you’re happy when they die. I just didn’t think there was much to like beyond the transformation of Ash’s character. I also wasn’t a fan of the sweet turn the ending took. It goes from interesting to violent to sappy. Just wasn’t for me.
There are several reasons I really enjoyed this book; which is surprising, as I normally prefer a really well written story plus a couple of scorching scenes to sooth the voyeur in me. Sad, I know, but hey, gratuitous hawt happy endings make me happy.I reached the end of this book, feeling very well satisfied with some of the brilliant and effective world building. The character development of Prince Jai and Ash was deftly done as you don't realise the deep well of (view spoiler)[ ethical integrity and personal insight (hide spoiler)] that Jai holds tightly within him where no-one can see. I made this a spoiler alert as the author doesn't expose this until the final pages of the book. So much understanding falls into place regarding the relationship between both Jai and Ash plus one of Jai's deep secrets reveals much about the man.The only reason I didn't give this a 5 star is It's a four and a half star rounded up because I found some areas a little slow in the final third of the book. This could have been my inner voyeur sub-consciously yammering for attention though. The other thing I must mention is the brilliant cover. Truly, judge this book by the cover, as it reveals so much about Ash and the terrible world he barely survives in. But, again, you will only see the truth behind this image through the word-smithing skills of Caitlin Ricci. ...so, I'm now off to buy more of this author's books .......and I hope the covers for those were also created by Caitlin Ricci, who is, one very talented individual.
A Joyfully Jay review. 3 starsCaitlin Ricci offers up an interesting twist to the m/m paranormal genre with her latest novel, Blood Slave. Jai likes to be called Prince Jai the Merciless, when in reality he is both gentle and altruistic. The idea that he and his small clan could rid the world of all those who seek to harm humans against their will seems like a staggering task and yet, he moves on relentlessly seeking the crown for himself only so he can enact the law that will halt the use of human blood slaves. What he didn’t bargain for is falling in love—even while fighting against it tooth and nail.Ash is initially a bit of a conundrum. Unsure exactly what he is–vampire, werewolf, human, or some mix, Jai treats him as though he doesn’t exist until he feeds him for the first time. The blood Ash ingests makes him experience the full spectrum of human emotions and feelings—including pain. Watching Ash writhe and scream as the pain hits him solidifies the idea for Jai that he cannot ever return Ash to the former clan lord who abused him so harshly. But Jai is a vampire of his word and Ash was not given to him—only lended to be used. Instead Jai channels the feelings he harbors for his captive into nightly training sessions and feedings that strengthen Ash and make him a fighter to be reckoned with in the end.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.
Blood Slave by Caitlin Ricci3.5 starsM/M PNRI was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.Prince Jai was a very noble vampire. He was trying to bring together all of the beings of the world - not have the vampires take blood slaves and have a leader that can leave everyone and not just their own groups' interest.This book was a world of vampires, humans and werewolves. It was a world of somewhat ordered chaos at times, but it was a very interesting place we are in - Ricci did a great job at allowing the reader to feel in the setting. I could understand the chill in the water, the feel of rain on bare skin, the boredom and the adrenaline of fighting.Ash is a blood slave, but not a human one. He is a slave that is shy, kind, sympathetic towards others and one who wants to learn, grown and become more than a blood slave.While I enjoyed this story immensely, I did feel it was a bit slow at times. It might have been Ricci's intent for the reader to feel the boredom of the characters by allowing the reader to read about their boredom for quite a few scenes. I would have liked to know more about the M/M/M group of the second in command and their charge too. I think that would have helped me to enjoy the story more since she hinted at their relationship, but we never really got a glimpse head on at it.Overall, this was an entertaining story, but kind of slow.
Weird but good. The world setting is interesting in that vampires and werewolves are not typical.
Not impressed with the writing quality and the story wasn't believable at all. None of the characters appealed to me. Very disappointed with this book.