Review: Blood Feud By Alyxandra Harvey

Blood Feud
By Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia

‘Conversation halted abruptly. They all turned to stare at us as if we were poisonous mushrooms suddenly growing in a manicured garden. They were pale and perfect, with gleamin...g teeth and hard eyes.’

It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living, and must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who turned her into a vampire and left her buried for two hundred years. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.

My review:
In Blood Feud we are once again drawn into the Drake world. In Blood Feud we explore the life of Isabeau St. Croix and Logan Drake. We learn about Isabeau St. Croix and her life before becoming a vampire and how she became a hound and also about Logan the 6th oldest Drake child who doesn’t quite fit in with everyone as he is quite old fashioned. The two meet when Isabeau and her two companions come to try and smooth over any bad feelings and talk about a new peace treaty with the new vampire queen, Logan’s mother Helena. The main plot in Blood Feud isn’t the evolving relationship between Isabeau and Logan but learning about how Isabeau’s life; from surviving the French Revolution, to being turned into a vampire by an unsuspecting Earl after thinking she was finally safe, to being dug out of her grave by the Shamanka of the Hound’s dogs, becoming a hound and her quest to kill her vampire maker, Grayhaven. The story also involves the impending attack by Montmartre and the Hel-Blar and The Host.
Even though the relationship that develops between Isabeau and Logan isn’t the most important part of the story it is my favourite part. They are both so different, even in their own vampire families, that you wouldn’t think that they would have anything in common but for some odd reason this couple really seems to complement each other and bring an amazing dynamic to the story. Logan and Isabeau might struggle to work together at the start but by the end of the story you can’t imagine them apart.
What I love is that with each book in the Drake Chronicles we are not only learning about another member of the Drake family but we also learn about one of the many different groups that associate with the Drakes. And not only are we engrossed with the new characters we also get updates and regular appearances of characters that we have learned about in previous books like Solange, Kieran, Lucy and Nicholas.
I didn’t like Blood Feud as much as I liked My Love Lies Bleeding but I can’t wait to see where Alyxandra Harvey takes us next.