Blood and Fire is the new Xan Marcelles short story and the second collaboration between authors Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman. Xan is a self-proclaimed dude who happens to be a member of Crooked Fang, a rock band who play out of the Pale Rider, a back country tavern in Colarado. He also is a vampire; a fact that has caught the attention of an Egyptian cult of sorcerors leading to his present adventure.
This story allows us to get past the cool, leather-wearing, whiskey drinking womanizer to learn more about who Xan is. We are also introduced to Ash, an Inkarna, basically a body-thief who has magical powers and was a woman in his first life. Incidentally, both characters are going to recieve the novel treatment later this year respectively, Crooked Fang by Carrie Clevenger and Inkarna by Nerine Dorman.
One of the things I liked about the original story, Just My Blood Type, was the fact that it was near impossible to tell where one author’s work began and the other’s ended. That is not the case in this story as there is definately a sense of a different flavor for each of the perspectives provided. The story is written in first-person and chapters alternate between the two characters. Also missing is the sexiness that simmered just beneath the surface of the first story, but this is made up for with plenty of action. But that in itself is a good thing as the authors dish out a fresh experience and refuse to tread old ground. What this story does have in common with the first is the exciting prose that pops write off the page and reanimate in your imagination. This is a must for vampire-rocker groupies.