Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
Bloodlines, Chapter 11
I pride myself on highbrow subtle humor, as well as the completely random, nonsensical humor that follows Malachi Wolfe’s anecdotes and Rose’s use of ketchup on tacos. Sometimes, however, an in-your-face, old-fashioned vampire joke is in order, like when Adrian tells Keith, “Mmm. O positive, my favorite.” It even gets a spit take. Maybe it’s not as classy as Sydney’s intellectual jokes, but I think it’s pretty perfect here. Keith operates on vampire stereotypes, so it’s fitting he gets played by one.
Meanwhile, we get introduced to the concept of vampire hunters. I think this is an idea that was long overdue in the Moroi/Strigoi world. We already know there are trigger-happy dhampirs in Russia who go after Strigoi. It seems logical that there are going to be humans who know about vampires, like the Alchemists, but who aren’t going to adopt the “let’s just cover them up” attitude. Not much is done with this concept here in the first Bloodlines book, but it’s seeded since it’s going to become one of the main subplots running through the rest of the series. I’ll talk more about those guys when we get to The Golden Lily, but suffice to say, I was already making plans to create a more renegade, haphazard style of hunters than the sleek and righteous ones of the Buffyverse. Can’t recall the page, but it’s very, very briefly touched upon that Trey has a sun tattoo in this book.
One more fun fact on vampire hunters. In Eastern Europe myth, where a lot of the concepts in the two series come from, dhampirs were reputed to be excellent vampire hunters. In fact, there was this idea that if you had a vampire problem, you could just get a dhampir to come to your village and deal with it. I didn’t know that story when I began the series, so it works out well that dhampirs ended up being my warriors in the fight against evil.