Kane de Medici, the first blood son of Brogio, the original vampire, saves Moon, a hybrid wolf pup from certain death. The kindred two are soon immersed in a world of corporate espionage, murder and intrigue and forced to fight for their lives. Escaping capture and torture when human predators discover their vampire nature, they exact deadly revenge.
While Moon Blood Is loyal to Kane, her sire, she is a strong-willed female with a mind of her own. Readers will enjoy the unique perspective of this tale told through her mind’s eye.
This is the first book of The First Blood Son series with another four to come. It follows in the footsteps of Snow Blood, another series of five books in the same vein.
I expect Carol McKibben to write more series through the eyes of a dog (or wolf) with her other vampire characters set in the same world (as this one is).
Since Brogio had such a faithful, magnificent canine companion in Snow Blood, I'm sure his other vampire generals will experiment with varying success on companion animals.
Carol's love of animals, especially dogs and horses, is obvious in everything she writes. When Carol isn’t feeding her horde of canine rescues, she’s out riding her beloved Friesian on the plains of Texas. Her love of animals leads her to write through a dog's eyes. Carol’s message is clear. "If a dog can love us unconditionally, why can't we do the same with each other?" And, her paranormal stories are often filled with characters that might be the most difficult to love.
Carol's writing career began at 14 years of age when she started telling her stories to Labrador Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and any stray that happened by. It wasn't long before people stopped to have a listen as well. Now, Carol writes for people and speaks to large audiences, dogs included.
Contact Carol at http://www.carolmckibben.com or join her at https://www.facebook.com/CarolMckibbenAuthor
I started with the SNOW BLOOD series so MOON BLOOD was self-explanatory for me.
It's a bit of a spoiler actually to read the blurb of MOON BLOOD if you know anything about SNOW BLOOD, but, I'll leave you to notice it...
In the spirit of SNOW BLOOD --- THE FIRST BLOOD SON SERIES is told through the eyes of a hybrid-wolf named Moon. She is feisty, curious, highly intelligent and finds Kane intriguing. But danger follows Kane around like an obsessed ex that won't go away. Of course, Moon is drawn into harm in relation to Kane but he saves her. In doing so, he turns her into a vampire, just like her father --- Snow.
Together, Kane and Moon make a good team. In the hybrid-wolf, Kane finds a mettle-some, curious child and dispenses the discipline his blood father bestowed to him. If Brogio could see him now...
In her vampire master, Moon finds a life meant for her. She was different from her litter mates from the start and being a vampire is more a natural development than it was for Snow.
I know the author wanted to take Moon Blood in a different direction than her past series and I think she's done that. Moon is a totally different voice, and a totally different vampire dog.
Here are some themes you might be interested to know if this story is for you:
Gore and blood will be spilled in this book. There is sex implied but not graphic. No, for the love of Friday's, the dog isn't the one having sex. You're just gross for thinking it. The storytelling is unique. It has a happy ending. It's the first of a new series and a stand-alone however reading the Snow Blood series first will make this story more enjoyable.
I Recommend This Story to Fans of:
Blood, Guts & Glory
This is an excerpt of Moon Blood: The First Blood Son (Book 1)
© 2018 Carol McKibben
Episode One – Birth
Following Kane de Medici demands stealth. I weave among the midsized shrubs, white cedar hemlock, spruce, and maple trees indigenous to Nova Scotia. Sure-footed steps avoid the rustling of leaves and the crunching of sticks. Sniffing the mild July night air, I catch his spicy scent. I am not naïve. I know his vampire skills sense my presence.
I first opened my eyes to his strong face and that scent two years ago. I love my wolf hybrid brothers and sister, my husky sire, Snow Blood, and my wolf mother, Nova, and our pack. We all live with Brogio and Selene and their family, but I imprinted on Kane, my vampire uncle, when I was born. We have a special bond. When he visits every few months, I stop at nothing to be near him.
His nightly hunt for animal prey to quench his bloodlust takes him to the woods surrounding Brogio’s Wolfville wine estate. I track him on these adventures. Maybe I can protect him if he needs me. Brogio warned Kane of a rabid bear on the loose that the locals have tried to kill. “Be cautious of people in the woods this night,” he admonished Kane who laughed it off. “It is the humans who should be careful.”
Kane is arrogant, intelligent, and handsome. His wit and charm fascinate me, but I fear for him and will be on the lookout for this bear.
I chase after him as he takes down a mountain lion with his lightning speed some distance ahead. I pause to test the surrounding air for danger. Sensing no other predators or immediate prey, I step forward. Pain slices through my right front leg and takes me to one knee. It shoots up like fire through every fiber of my leg, spilling over into my shoulder. I cry out, howling and struggling with the steel-jawed trap, only sawing my cut leg further into the bone.
This man-made torture trap is meant for a bear and has bitten into me just above my right knee. Blood gushes and covers the mossy ground. I try to twist and fall over. The agony intensifies. I fight to free myself from this monster, but it only tears into me tighter. The movement spurts more blood, and I feel the bones in my leg and shoulder breaking. Terror runs up my spine and into my brain. My strength wanes, but I cannot stop my howls of agony.
Kane reaches me only seconds after I am caught. Strong hands reach to comfort me. I feel the pressure of the sharp steel teeth in my leg release. He bends to try his healing lick, one of his vampire gifts, on my damaged leg.
“Hold still, Moonlight, I need to stop the bleeding.”
He licks for several moments, and this brings minor relief to my throbbing leg. I moan and whine. I can’t stop shaking. A pool of blood spills around me. I have never been hurt in my whole life, and fear of the unknown consumes me. I want to run.
Kane’s strong hands still me. “You’ve lost too much blood, girl. I’ve got to get you home.” He scoops me into his arms as if I weigh nothing, holds my leg up, and sprints with me in vampire time to the front door of our home. His speed covers his naked body with my blood. As he kicks the door open, my vision blurs, but I can make out Brogio and Selene, holding their small son, Adam, jumping to their feet.
“What happened?” Brogio’s deep voice queries.
Selene sets the small boy in his playpen, rushes to us, leans her beautiful face into mine, and places her hand on my head.
“A bear trap.” Kane sprints into the den and lays me down on my plush bed.
Snow Blood, Nova, and my pack surround me. Selene pushes through with towels to stem the blood flow. My mother tries to lick my face. My sire hovers nearby. My brothers and sisters yap with agitation.
“Can you heal her?” Brogio kneels next to my head.
“Brogio, her leg is almost severed.” Selene points to my mangled leg as she tries to stop the bleeding.
“No, I tried.” Kane shakes his head. “She has lost too much blood. Her struggle to break free made it worse. The leg is irreparable.”
Selene applies pressure to the now-numb wound. “There’s so much blood.” Selene throws one towel aside and applies another.
I feel the world fading away. Only their voices hold me to them.
“It’s my fault. She followed me into the woods. I should have made her stay home,” he choked out his anguish. “I can save her if I turn her as soon as she dies.” Kane’s voice seems far away now.
“Do I have your permission?”
I don’t wait for their agreement. My tongue finds his hand on my head, and I move to lick it. Kane has always linked to me telepathically, as he has all of my pack. I think hard. Yes, make me like you. Let me be with you always.
His hand tightens slightly on my head in response. As my life drains away from me, I hear Brogio and Selene say “yes” in unison.