Title: Blood Lines
Author: Tanya Huff
Publication Year: 1992
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
An evil being has been sealed away for centuries in a sarcophagus never meant to be opened, waiting patiently for his chance to rise again. Now, brought to the Egyptology Department of Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, the seals and spells that imprisoned him chipped away from his discoverers, he has reached forth to claim the minds and souls of Toronto’s unsuspecting citizens. And only three people had any sense that something was wrong…
For Henry Fitzroy, it began with terrifying images of the sun, a marker of death for a vampire. Fearing for his sanity, he turns to his sometimes-lover, private investigator Vicki Taylor, for help. As the two struggle to cope with Henry’s obsession, Vicki’s closest friend and former partner Mike Celluci, is following up on two mysterious deaths at the museum, certain that a force from beyond the grave is responsible for everything.
To be honest, I kind of felt like this book wasn’t of the same caliber as the rest of the series. I enjoyed some of it, particularly the mythology and magic tying the case to ancient Egypt. Otherwise, though, I felt like it was maybe a bit too much of a stretch. Not that any of the series is particularly supposed to be “realistic”, but I just didn’t find the antagonist to be all that interesting, never mind plausible.
It just all seemed a bit overwrought to me. I’d rather read a straight-out vampire novel any day, and that’s pretty much what seemed to be missing in this volume. There didn’t seem to be any real tie to the main characters or reason for this specific bit of mythology to be included in the series with the more mundane supernaturals that are usually included, and it simply ended up feeling out of place for me.
Blood Lines was, in the end, entertaining enough to keep me hooked until the end, but in hindsight, I wish I’d skipped it and moved straight onwards to the next installment.