Blood Renegades

Blood Renegades

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
344 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2017
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Blood Renegades by Rosemary A Johns is a classy urban fantasy with stunning and memorable characters, a story that features vampires poised against each other in a deadly conflict. Meet Light, an eccentric character, rebellious and passionate. He is considered a traitor and about to be burned at the stake in fourteen days. Liberty is not the kind of interrogator anyone would love to have, because she shows no mercy, and she will be facing someone who has just the very thing she’s been brought up and trained to hate — treachery. But there is a problem: Liberty can’t help feeling an attraction for Light.

The dynamic force behind Rosemary A Johns’ novel is her ability to create characters that readers can connect with. I am not a fan of novels with werewolves and vampires, after the Twilight Saga, but I care about the characters in this novel because of the greatness of the conflict into which they are pulled. Characterization is just perfect and it shines through in the way Light’s values contradict those of Liberty. The story itself is sweet and dark and the author writes with confidence, provoking sensations in readers that will make their hearts beat even faster. The plot moves at a steady clip, with surprises buried at many turns. I enjoyed the confident writing with descriptions that feature rich content and arresting images. Blood Renegades stands out on many levels, especially the author’s masterful use of contrast and humor. This is a story that will stay with readers long after they are done reading.

Christian Sia

Blood Renegades by Rosemary A Johns is a third installment in the Rebel Vampires series. This is an exciting series that will undoubtedly arrest the interest of young adult readers, a thrilling fantasy with a complex plot animated by a huge conflict. Readers will encounter two powerful characters in this story, Light and Liberty. Light is condemned to death at the stake in the next fourteen days by his own kind, who consider him an outcast and renegade. Trained to hate traitors, Liberty is a ruthless interrogator, but her world will also be shaken when she confronts Light. As days quickly pass by, Light must make the decision to fight for what he believes in and his family, or to run into the shadows.

Rosemary A Johns has created a compelling novel that focuses greatly on character, with a huge conflict. The conflict exists on multiple levels, and the internal conflict is one that creates a lot of dynamism in the book. The idea of time, for instance, and the execution of Light within the next few days already create a powerful tension within the protagonist and this means that his actions are determined by what awaits him. The reader is keen to see how he will steer himself out of the problems facing him. Light is a character who caught my attention immediately; he is courageous, free, and a great lover. The writing is wonderful, featuring enticing descriptions and insightful passages that allow the reader to understand the world of the characters better. Blood Renegades is a great read — gripping and entertaining.

Sefina Hawke

Blood Renegades by Rosemary A Johns is the third book in the Rebel Vampires series. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and young adults who enjoy vampire fiction with a twist. The rebel vampires series is a total role reversal of normal vampire fiction; vampires are the slaves and the humans are the masters. In this world, Light is destined to be burnt at the stake in just fourteen days for the crime of being a traitor and terrorist Renegade (a vampire that hunts the human slavers). Liberty is an interrogator who has spent her whole life learning to despise Renegades, yet something about Light is different. Will Light survive to become the leader his people need him to become to save them, or will he perish by fire.

I read Blood Renegades by Rosemary A Johns without reading the previous books in the series and while that did not detract from my enjoyment of this unique world, I would recommend that all readers read books one and two first. I loved how Rosemary A Johns created such a unique world, this was the first time I have ever read a book where the vampires were the slaves instead of the masters. I loved the role reversal element of the book as it kept me intrigued for the entire read. I have to say that while I really liked Light as a character, Liberty was my favorite. I adored the internal conflict she went through, as she had to balance her hatred of Renegades with what she came to learn about Light. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the book and I plan to check out the previous books in the series.