PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill Press
DATE PUBLISHED: 18th October 2011
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.
If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
An enjoyable read with many parallels to Vampire Academy. After reading the first quarter of this book I was drawing similarities between the two books. I absolutely loved Vampire Academy and so, getting a book similar to that was a pleasure.
Instead of Vampires, Half-Blood focused on descendants of Greek Gods with politics between pure-bloods and half-bloods and the Damions being comparable to vampires. The Covenant acted as a training facility of the youth of this race to prepare for life in the world and their role in it.
Alexandria is the strong willed female protagonist of this novel. The reader follows Alex through the book as she trains to become a Sentinel and faces challenges along the way.
Aiden is an older pure-blood Sentinel who has been charged with getting Alex up to speed in her training. Originally, he seems cold and aloof. As the novel continues his character develops and I particularly enjoyed scenes between Alex and Aiden.
Seth is a character who is introduced half-way through the novel and introduces the concept of a Apollyon. A half-blood with powers of a pure-blood and the strength of a half-blood. His character was refreshing and snarky and I love what his character brings to the book.
The world-building was well-done. The Greek Mythology based world was stunning. Armentrout created a novel that flowed and hooks in the reader. You cannot help but devour this book.
Overall, even though this book has strong connections to the Vampire Academy novels I did not differences as well. I am intrigued to see how this series will develop and whether the similarities between these series will continue. I have my OTP already and am keen to see how their relationship will develop.
Keep Calm and Read On,