Every once in awhile I go looking for a new author. As you know many authors except for Norah Roberts write a book in one to two years. So I like to have a few authors that write in the same genre. So I picked up Blood Blade by Marcus Pelegrimas at Borders. After thumbing through the book, it looked interesting... with a wide variety of supernatural creatures.
After reading the first chapter, I almost didn't finish reading it. I really didn't like Cole Warnecki, the protagonist. He was young and callow. Plus, I was not happy with the way he treated the female characters. I have noticed in some books that men and women writers have a hard time characterizing opposite characters--yea, I saw it as a problem for this book.
Since I spent 7.99 dollars for the book, I decided to finish it. The story began to pick up after the third chapter when Cole meets a supernatural creature, who kills almost everyone at the hunting cabin. As the story continues and finishes, Cole does change into a better person. However, there were many times when I wanted to hit him over the head.
The person who trains him (Paige) is a much better character except there were times that Paige would do things in the story that did not ring true. Anyway, I think I will stay away from this writer. I do think that young adults from the age of 18-24 would really enjoy the book because Cole is a modern character of that age group.
Otherwise, if you are older than the demographic, save your money. There were some good parts to the story. For instance, he is very good at describing and characterizing the opposition. Also, the Prophet, who helps them clean out a nest, is very interesting. So I think that Pelegrimas' writing will get better as he ages and writes more.