Review - Blood Instinct by Lindsay J. Pryor
Hello and welcome to my first review in my new home! And what a way to begin, with Blood Instinct, book 6 in my favourite paranormal series, Blackthorn. I seriously could not wait to get my hands on the next instalment by British author, Lindsay J. Pryor. Anyone who knows me will know how much I fan-girl over both this series and the author. Both are amazing! And the wait was more than worth it. Here's why...
‘I think what is inside of you triggers the worst of me’ Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most. Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge due to a delay getting the herbs required to stop their morphing. Worse still, the growing strength of Phia’s serryn powers are dangerously provoking the lycan in Jask. At a time when Jask and Phia need each other more than ever, their very passion has become a poison that puts both their lives at risk. With Sirius Throme, leader of the Global Council, on the verge of invading Blackthorn – working together is the only chance of survival. But Jask is holding on to a secret that could just blow everything apart. And so is Phia. Will the truth destroy them all? A thrilling, action-packed and sinfully seductive paranormal read – where passions in Blackthorn ignite.
Blood Instinct is exhilarating beyond words!
I would say 'be still my beating heart' - except my heart seemed to have left my chest several chapters in and hasn't been seen since. I believe Jask may have it.
In Blood Instinct we revisit Jask and Phia. Jask Tao, my favourite lycan leader, has to protect his pack and his serryn mate, Sophia McKay, from those determined to end the prophecy and those as equally determined to bring it to fruition. Except life in Blackthorn is never easy, particularly when on the cusp of a blue moon - a time most difficult for lycans. And more so when their limited meds seem to be ineffective.
Phia seems to be losing hope, but Jask needs her to fight, to stay 'them' despite the odds stacking against them and secrets being spilled that could affect the fragile alliances between the third species. Not to mention Sirius Throme and Feinith, who are lurking in the background, eagerly awaiting the downfalls of the Blackthorn key players. But there is a fight building inside Phia - the serryn in Phia is rising. The blue moon ignites Jask's lycan instincts. With a serryn fighting for control and a lycan clawing for release - will they lose themselves and each other? There's a battle ahead and twists of fate that place Blackthorn and the prophecy on a knife edge of balance.
I have never read a book with such a beautifully crafted plot. It's a thrill a minute with plot twists I never expected. Imagine binge watching every finale of The Walking Dead, multiply the tension by a hundred and you're a bit closer to imagining life during Blood Instinct. And my cry-o-meter was off the charts! My goodness, this book has all the feels and feel I absolutely did. Tremendously!
Blackthorn just got darker and much more compelling. All credit to Lindsay J. Pryor for setting such a remarkable pace with each book. Not once has the plot faltered. I have no idea where the finale will end in this battle of souls and shadows. Who will survive? I really don't know. Will I survive the end? Debatable. But I do know I will be there, hanging on to each magnificent word.
5 Butterfly Rating!
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of Blackthorn, here's a summary of this dark, dystopian world...
The series has an overarching plot which continues throughout each book, so each book is best read in order...
About the author
Lindsay J. Pryor currently writes dark, intense, multi-layered Gothic Paranormal Romance set in the gritty and dystopian urban world of Blackthorn.
Discovered after being a twice-finalist in an international romance writing competition, Lindsay’s Blackthorn series really captured the imagination of her publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in.
With six-figure sales and books sold in several countries, Lindsay is one of the UK’s bestselling PNR authors. Her Blackthorn series regularly tops Amazon’s US and UK Gothic Romance charts where it has reached #1 on numerous occasions. Books from her series have also reached #1 in five sub-genres of Paranormal Romance, including being a #1 Vampire Romance bestseller in both the UK and the US. Her debut was a #1 ‘Most Wished For’ Paranormal Romance on Amazon UK. Blackthorn has achieved success in the main kindle charts too, reaching the Top 50 in the US, the Top 20 in Canada, and has skirted the Top 100 on Amazon UK.
Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she’d grow out of it but, more than thirty years later, writing remains her passion.
Lindsay holds a BSc Honours degree in Psychology and Communication and two post graduate qualifications. She is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. Before becoming a full-time author, Lindsay taught for eighteen years, primarily to improve literacy for children with special needs. She was born and grew up in Wales but now lives in England with her husband, their rescue bunny, and a plethora of wild woodland creatures. She is a keen supporter of animal welfare.
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What Readers are saying about Blackthorn
‘Wow wow wow, she has done it again! …If you haven't already read this series, and are a fan of paranormal books, I have just one question for you. Why haven't you read this series yet??!!… my all time favourite book series ever.’ Fiona’s Book Reviews ‘The highly anticipated sixth book in the Blackthorn series WILL HAVE YOUR MIND RACING AND YOUR HEART IN YOUR THROAT!’ My Bookworm Blogger ‘I'm still kind of reeling from shock … jaw-dropping!’ Just Talking About Books ‘The previous books had readers swimming in Lindsay J. Pryor’s world, this time Blackthorn completely submerges you. Where her last book had my heart pounding and made me all sweaty, Blood Instinct is brain scrambling and gut wrenching. A week later, I’m still looking for the factory reset button. Big Little Sister Blog ‘Quite frankly, open up a Lindsay J Pryor book, and you’re opening up a three-dimensional feast for the senses and if you’re going to step into that world, well, you’d better be prepared to start running because the action in Blackthorn never stops … if you want an intoxicating read that will leave you breathless and reeling for days afterwards, then Blood Instinct is the book for you.’ Lindsey Clarke ‘If you enjoy dark paranormal tales, then the world of Blackthorn is where you’ll want to visit with the latest novel in this series, Blood Instinct. I don’t think I could recommend this story or this series highly enough. Once you’ve stepped into Blackthorn you’re hooked for life.’
What readers are saying about Lindsay J. Pryor
‘I am completely enthralled with this paranormal series. You get so wrapped up in the story and characters that you lose track of time… This is one of my favorite series so far this year!’ Paranormal Book Club ‘I don’t think I have read such a finely executed dark PNR world before … The world-building is spectacular. The characters are enthralling and addicting… Plain fabulousness.’ Gaga Over Books
Good news! If you are new to Blackthorn, book 1 in the series, Blood Shadows, is only 99p!!! (For a limited time only) Quick - go grab Kane. I promise you won't regret it!
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived. For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next. She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for. Or die.