Book Review: Balance of Forces: Toujours Ici by: Ali Vali

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Publish Date: October 18, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Kendal Richoux’s life began during the reign of Egypt’s only female pharaoh. After accepting the opportunity to drink the elixir of the sun, Kendal becomes immortal and the Genesis Clan’s slayer. History has taught her the dangers of getting too close to anyone who hasn’t harnessed the power of time.

After many years, she returns to New Orleans to finish a job she’s trained for all her life. It’s time for her to face her brother Henri, and it will have dire consequences to mankind if she fails.

Piper Marmande believes Kendal has come to take over the company her family has built over generations. As Kendal prepares for the most important battle of her long life, Piper does her best to uncover every one of Kendal’s secrets, making herself a distraction Kendal can’t afford as she hunts Henri and Ora, the vampire who seduced him to a life of darkness.

Review: A stunning addition to the vampire legend, Balance of Forces: Toujour Ici, is one that stands apart from the rest. Kendal Richoux was born over three thousand years prior to present day. When her brother was seduced to darkness, she instead chose the light and became a warrior for the Genesis Clan, who receives their power from the sun. She has hunted her brother across the centuries and across the globe, but her impeccable sense of honor has saved him in previous encounters. Now back in New Orleans, she must finish what started in the blazing heat and frigid nights of ancient Egypt. Or will she lose everything again?

I found the idea of the two 'clans' very intriguing - one who lives only in darkness and the other who lives in daylight, but has no problem/weakness during the night. I loved the story of Kendal throughout her many guises during the years and it gave great insight to who she started out as and who she has become. I thought the exchanges between Piper and Kendal were great - a verbal game of cat and mouse. The ending leaves room for a sequel or the next book in a series and I am looking forward to either of those possibilities. 


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