The Blood Destiny Series by Helen Harper

Mackenzie Smith has always known that she was different. Growing up as the only human in a pack of rural shapeshifters will do that to you, but then couple it with some mean fighting skills and a fiery temper and you end up with a woman that few will dare to cross. However, when the only father figure in her life is brutally murdered, and the dangerous Brethren with their predatory Lord Alpha come to investigate, Mack has to not only ensure the physical safety of her adopted family by hiding her apparent humanity, she also has to seek the blood-soaked vengeance that she craves.

Mackenzie, or Mack as she likes to be called, is one of my favorite people ever. She’s tough, rebellious, kick A, and not afraid to put anyone in their place-because she knows she’s the best. She’s got a fiery temper and doesn’t bother keeping it in check. You go Mack!

I should probably confess that I’m not a huge fan of that shape-shifting werewolf/vampire paranormal Twilight stuff (sorry guys, you won’t get much of that here), but this is completely different. Here, shape-shifting is just a regular part of life-nothing special or drool worthy about it. I like that it’s not a cliche, and Helen’s approach to this world is quite innovative. In addition, the world in these books is not just focused on one mythology-there are faeries, angels and demons, and shapeshiftersand vampires. So it actually falls under Celtic fantasy, Biblical fantasy, and Paranormal fantasy.

Blook Destiny has the perfect mix of action, suspense, and adventure, with a hint of humor too. Each book has its own set of events that are like steps; each book releases one piece of information that is crucial to the rest.

My one, major problem was that the conclusion was soooo unexpected and disappointing. Not that the quality of writing deteriorated, but it was not what I wanted to happen. SPOILER ALERT. Basically Mack and Corrigan (the leader of the Brethren who you’ll find out about when you read the book) decide that their responsibilities and expectation are too much for them, so they run away and spend the rest of their lives somewhere isolated, leaving all their friends behind. I mean, it is an unconventional ending, and quite beautiful when you read it, but really? I loved Alex and Solus and you guys just ditched them and left your friends at their wedding! Who does that?

Oops, guess I got carried away. But anyhow it is a good read and you should definitely try it.


2 thoughts on “The Blood Destiny Series by Helen Harper

  1. Thank you so much! That’s a lovely review, even if the ending wasn’t quite what you were looking for. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the books, especially considering they’re not your usual genre.

    Cheers, Bookworm Fairy!

    Helen xxx

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