Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan is the second book in the Mina Murray series. If you’re a fan of vampires, you gotta check this out!
A few weeks ago, I read The Beast of London, which was sent to me from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thought it was such a fun and action packed read! Click here to check out my review for The Beast of London.
Immediately after finishing the book, I found myself navigating to Amazon to see what the price of the next book was. $2.99 on Kindle?! Needless to say, I snagged it right away!
Read on to see what I thought about Book Two of the Mina Murray series, Fortress of Blood!
My Thoughts on Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan
Just like the last book, I enjoyed the writing style. L.D. Goffigan’s writing style when she does action scenes is definitely my favorite! I saw a few typos and weird formatting here and there, but nothing too major. However, the repetition was a problem in this book (more on that later).
I enjoyed the storyline overall. The first chapter does a wonderful job summarizing all of the important things from book one in order to catch the reader up. I also enjoyed that things happened very quickly! In many books similar to this, I find myself annoyed by how slow the pacing is, while the characters keep repeating about how quickly they must move.
In my review of book one, I said that I was a bit nervous about the chemistry between Mina and Van Helsing. I am really happy with how they handled that relationship in this book and I look forward to seeing where things go from here.
Beware, the negatives:
The repetition in this book happened so often that it started to drive me a little crazy. That being said, a lot of the repetition did make sense because it was mainly what Mina was thinking. She was so stressed out, and needed to pump herself up, so of course she repeated herself! Per usual, it’s just my personal irk.However, there were also passages like this where the same word is used multiple times: “I felt a cold presence approach, and looked up to see a dark figure approach…”
My Favorite Passages from Fortress of Blood
…that same question had been fluttering about in my mind like a restless bird.“Haven’t either of you learned?” Seward asked, rising to his feet. “It’s best not to argue with Mina when she’s made up her mind.”
My Final Thoughts on Fortress of Blood
Overall, I liked this read, just not nearly as much as the first book. Even so, I cannot wait to jump into the third book!
Heather Cilley says
I'm excited to see what you think about the third book!! Also that's a good point about Mina being able to sense a vampires presence nearby. I wonder if it has anything to do with her ability to release herself from a vampire's trance.
Erica Hatch says
That's what I was thinking…but then other characters sensed them too. But maybe these characters were also part vampire, or full vampire? I'm not totally sure. I thought I read that Abe could feel their cold stare as well.
I've not read anything from L.D. Goffigan, yet. I like the paranormal genre very much though. I'll have to check her out when I'm in the mood for some supernatural action.
Lonna @ FLYLēF
Erica Hatch says
I am glad this one improved from the first book, and the chemisty/relationship aspects of the story were handled so well as well! I haven't read this one or anything like it, but it sounds like it was a good read. A shame about the repetition though…
Erica Hatch says
Unfortunately, the chemistry was really the one thing that improved. I didn't like this one nearly as much as the first because of all the repetition.