Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Enjoyed this thoroughly, even when I was tortured by the angsty uncertainty over Alec and Kim's romance.
The mystery of what happened to Ruli kept me guessing, and the intrigue was made of pure awesome, which I have come to believe is Sherwood Smith's trademark, as is her superb world building.
Something that really leaped out at me was how she uses detailed descriptions to create a tension that underscores the emotional conflict in moments of crisis. At times this narrowing of the reader's focus to detail gave the moment a surrealistic feeling.
Definitely a keeper!