The Blackthorn Series by Lindsay J. Pryor
Blackthorn began as a concept over 16 years ago – of the ‘third species’ (vampires, lycans and so on) outing themselves to the human population and what the effect of this would be. I came from the angle that, as a collective, self-preservation and survival is top of the human agenda. Far from being accepted, the third species had to prove they could be trusted. A whispered prophecy of vampires one day taking control only added to human paranoia.
The third species were therefore treated as a threat. A whole new social, political and geographical system was set up globally. Now the third species are trapped in impoverished and overpopulated district cores, ruled by the iron-fist of human control. The truth or fallacy of the prophecy is yet to be confirmed, only that the uprising of a vampire leader could happen at any time.
The questions I was left with were how, and if, the third species will find the equality and regained-freedom they seek, whether there will be an implosion along the way, and just how catastrophic that could be for the third species and humans alike.
I’m a romance writer at heart, so it became inevitable that love stories were going to become integral to the series. Blackthorn is about four couples whose forbidden romances become the catalyst for change – love stories about dangerously dark heroes and the heroines strong enough to stand eye-to-eye with them. Daring to cross boundaries that are there for a reason, these couples’ relationships breach conventions, break the rules and, for better or for worse, manipulate the fated outcome of the world in which they live.
If a small group of individuals truly can make a difference, these couples are the ones to prove it.
Links for Blood Shadows (book 1 in series)
Praise for the Blackthorn series
“I am officially addicted to this series. Why, you ask? Because Lindsay Pryor is my kind of fearless author. She isn’t afraid to “go there”, to create characters and situations that challenge me as a reader.” Janice, reviewer at The Demon Librarian
“It pulls no punches, its heroes are on the edge, and its sex scenes are off the charts.” The Demon Librarian
“Lindsay J. Pryor…writes paranormal romance mixed with urban fantasy the way I like it – clever world-building, intense characters and no easy options for them to take.” Nocturnal Book Reviews
“Not only are Pryor’s characters and fathomlessly dark love stories fabulous, but her continual world building of Blackthorn blows me away.” GraveTells
“If you’re looking for a new PNR series that has a dark world and complicated characters, then you’ll want to grab a copy of this.” ~ Fiction Vixen
“I cannot say how much I love this author. She is creating a world which sucks you in, which makes you want to know more about Blackthorn and its inhabitants.” ~ I Heart Books
“I absolutely adore the world she’s put into place here. Everything is so well formed with its own history and culture that it really feels like I’m living in Blackthorn whenever I’m reading. I love the story, and I love the characters, and I really love the world they’re living in…five stars aren’t nearly enough to even begin to cover it.” Marked by Books