Blood Blade, the first installment in the Skinners series by Marcus Pelegrimas, is a solid urban fantasy novel. All of the major elements of this genre — such as vampires, werewolves, humans fighting them, and a little relationship drama — are present. The challenge of late has been finding an author who could still make this combination fun to read. Marcus Pelegrimas did just that; he made it fun to read.
Cole Warnecki, our hero, is a computer programmer by trade who has gotten a little bored with his life. He is not the typical sit-behind-a-keyboard-and-do-nothing sort of guy, so he decides to go on an extreme hunting expedition to add some experience and feeling to a new project. The hunting trip goes awry when his group is attacked by an enormous monster. The monster ravages the group; Cole runs for his life. This event provides his entrance into the supernatural.
Pelegrimas creates a workable urban fantasy world that layers well over the reality we live in. I like the fact that Pelegrimas’ world is more gritty than seductive, and the bad guys are truly bad. It’s a world that passes some of the common-sense tests that make an author’s work compelling and interesting rather than silly.
Blood Blade is a fun novel. I didn’t find it impossible to put down, but it was good enough to keep my attention all the way through and to convince me that reading the next book would be worth the money. Marcus Pelegrimas has a good base on which to build and I am looking forward to seeing what the next book will add.