Published November 1994.
Alisa and her partner, Ray, thought that they were the last vampires. Suddenly, however, in one area of the United States, there is a series of brutal murders that can only be the work of other vampires. Who created these creatures? How can they be stopped? (book back blurb)
Another fantastic book where Pike doesn’t pull any punches.
Sure, Alisa has Ray, but they aren’t alone in the world anymore and this creep creating vampires at will has world domination on his mind. Trust Alisa to point out to him how a world of vampires would ultimately fail. One of the reasons why I love her: her logic. You can’t beat that.
Pike is absolutely ruthless with his characters and drives it home with Alisa. I don’t want to spoil but I will say that she gets her heart ripped open in a few different ways. It’s sad to read because you want something good for her but it’s constantly down one alley of horrors after another. Still, it makes for an exciting read.
Pike doesn’t spare details when it comes to gore and maiming his characters so when you set out to read BLACK BLOOD, make sure you’re not really squeamish. But again, I think it makes it all the more real and even horrifying. It makes Alisa feel real. All of the loss and gain stands out more on the pages because she truly has to fight for it. Nothing comes easy for her.
The books, though, BLACK BLOOD included, ends with a spattering of hope which I think ropes you in for the next one. I’m anxious to read it. I want to know what sludge Pike is going to drag his characters through next.
While not really YA (Alisa is 5,000 years old and definitely doesn’t have a YA voice, even for the 90s), the appeal is still there. It’s vampires and love ripped through the shredder. I’m not surprised that it was marketed to the YA audience. If you like REAL vampires with horror and blood and loss, you’ll love these books. Just don’t forget the hope. There’s still hope.