Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod

Goodreads Blurb
Genevieve Taylor is a sidhe - one of the noble fae - and she's unusual even in a London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with humanity...

Genny is a rising star at, where she finds the "M" in magic - which can mean anything from mischief to malice to murder. The spellcrackers are run by the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. And that's just fine with Genny, who wants as little to do with the bloodsuckers as possible.

But when a sinfully sexy vamp is accused of killing his lover, an old debt forces Genny to help prove his innocence, risking her job, her safety - and the exposure of her own dark secrets. Genny soon realizes that she and her client are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle. And it's not just her own neck at stake but the lives of all of London's supernatural beings.

My Review

The Sweet Scent Of Blood is the first in the series and British author, Suzanne McLeod's debut book.  The story is jam packed with action, the plot is intricate and the world building complex; which keeps you guessing to the end.

You know how sometimes there are movies you just have to give your undivided attention to.  This is the book counterpoint to that kind of story-telling; Suzanne McLeod gives new meaning to the urban fantasy genre and has quickly become one of my top favourite authors.

The Sweet Scent Of Blood hooks you from the beginning and takes you on a wild ride through a modern day London, where supernaturals exist side by side with the mundane world. Suzanne McLeod has written vampires the way they should be written,  sexy but very very scary - as well as an array of witches, trolls and other supernaturals.

As a long time book addict, it's not often I come across a book that that I absolutely adore; that leaves me excited for the next instalment without having a giant cliffhanger at the end, killing me with frustration.  But what I loved the most was reading an urban fantasy that takes place in familiar settings. To see these places the author describes, in a new light.

If you like Dark Urban Fantasy which doesn't need explicit scenes or cliffhangers to keep you wanting more, you'll love this book.


  1. I love this series and its great it is set in London. I'm very excited for the fourth book when it comes out.

    Great post and great blog.

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words, Claire and for being so supportive.
    I can't wait for the Shifting Price of Prey either, only a few more months to go. Have you tried the Dark Hunter series yet?