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Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic enough to break the rules and prey upon humanity without a license. All it costs her is her freedom and a pint or two per week to her new Master. But juggling her job and duties becomes even tougher when she is tasked with keeping a contingency of diplomats from Canada from getting gnawed on. However, negotiations for an International Blood Exchange are interrupted when bodies start showing up. Now Rowan must rely on her talent and wit to defend the society she despises to save the lives she’s sworn to protect. But as she stumbles into the truth, she chances becoming a target of not only these killers, but of her own government. With shifters, ghosts, vampires and psychics all watching her, can she stop the killings before she is silenced?


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Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic enough to break the rules and prey upon humanity without a license. All it costs her is her freedom and a pint or two per week to her new Master. But juggling her job and duties becomes even tougher when she is tasked with keeping a contingency of diplomats from Canada from getting gnawed on. However, negotiations for an International Blood Exchange are interrupted when bodies start showing up. Now Rowan must rely on her talent and wit to defend the society she despises to save the lives she’s sworn to protect. But as she stumbles into the truth, she chances becoming a target of not only these killers, but of her own government. With shifters, ghosts, vampires and psychics all watching her, can she stop the killings before she is silenced?

30 review for Of Scions and Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    DNF I feel terrible for not finishing Of Scions and Men because: 1) It's the author's debut novel and I'm the first person not to give it a positive review (I'm sorry! Please don't play darts with my picture) 2) The people at Curiosity Quills Press are absolute sweethearts It's not a bad book - I actually enjoyed quite a lot of it. I just started to lose interest in the story until I never found myself in the mood to pick it up again. When I started reading, it was a little hard to get into: there we DNF I feel terrible for not finishing Of Scions and Men because: 1) It's the author's debut novel and I'm the first person not to give it a positive review (I'm sorry! Please don't play darts with my picture) 2) The people at Curiosity Quills Press are absolute sweethearts It's not a bad book - I actually enjoyed quite a lot of it. I just started to lose interest in the story until I never found myself in the mood to pick it up again. When I started reading, it was a little hard to get into: there were occasional info dumps and it was dangerously teetering on the edge of becoming my ultimate nemesis, the dreaded vampire romance. "Stay close to me and, for once, try not to be cute" "If you play with your dress anymore, I don't think my staff will be able to keep their minds on their work" "You are a vision, cherie." I blushed. I also didn't really like Rowan that much. The problem was that everything I did like about her was taken too far. I liked her sarcasm, but she was downright mean at times. I liked her independence, but then it turned her into a lone wolf. I liked how much she cared about her little brother, but it started to become annoying as she was borderline obsessed. I liked how headstrong she was, but it often made her careless and stupid. Overall, the writing was good, the characters were engaging and the story was unique, but it just wasn't for me really. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC and congratulation to the author on getting published!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meigan

    3.5. Review to come.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)

    3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com After tragedy strikes, it is time for the Vampires to reveal their true nature and in fact they end up governing over the humans, who are forced to donate blood for the vampires to drink. In addition, important vampires can get a Scion, which is like a special blood donor who in return can tap from the vampire's power through a psychic link. Main character Rowan, both Scion and on the lookout for rogue vampires, will do what it 3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com After tragedy strikes, it is time for the Vampires to reveal their true nature and in fact they end up governing over the humans, who are forced to donate blood for the vampires to drink. In addition, important vampires can get a Scion, which is like a special blood donor who in return can tap from the vampire's power through a psychic link. Main character Rowan, both Scion and on the lookout for rogue vampires, will do what it takes to protect her little brother from harm. Most of the time I really enjoyed the novel. I quite liked the scion thing, as it was at least trying to keep the vampires slightly more original, which must be a near impossible job with all the vampire novels out there. However, it couldn't always keep my interest and besides the occasional infodump I also thought it was rather slow at times. Although Rowan is a conflicted and mostly interesting character, she sometimes takes her sarcasm and independence to a level where it becomes more or less annoying. I've read this is the first book in a new series, and I hope this is indeed true, as the world was quite interesting and there are certainly some questions left to be answered. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    Clearly opinion is divided over this book, but not being one to follow the mainstream and always on the lookout for something new and fresh, I am sorry to say but I loved the book. If you are looking for a book that does not feature insta love, solves the eternal problem of naked shifters, includes vampire bonds and dismembered bodies, all set in a dystopian world, well here is the book for you. But and here's the but .... "If you like Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain If you're not into yo Clearly opinion is divided over this book, but not being one to follow the mainstream and always on the lookout for something new and fresh, I am sorry to say but I loved the book. If you are looking for a book that does not feature insta love, solves the eternal problem of naked shifters, includes vampire bonds and dismembered bodies, all set in a dystopian world, well here is the book for you. But and here's the but .... "If you like Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape I'm the love that you've looked for write to me and escape'" Jimmy Buffett - If You Like Pina Coladas......... Then this is not the book for you, it's not romantic, at least not yet, but for me....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I love vampire stories, but I've read many and it's hard for me to find a refreshing take on them. Not only did this gem of a story offer me just such a story, but it included a fantastic cast of characters and a gritty post-apocalyptic urban fantasy plot that captivated me from beginning to in. The story opens with vampire scion, Rowan Brady, going about her day job policing the prets (preternaturals) by hauling in a vamp who abused the laws by taking blood from an unlicensed source- namely sma I love vampire stories, but I've read many and it's hard for me to find a refreshing take on them. Not only did this gem of a story offer me just such a story, but it included a fantastic cast of characters and a gritty post-apocalyptic urban fantasy plot that captivated me from beginning to in. The story opens with vampire scion, Rowan Brady, going about her day job policing the prets (preternaturals) by hauling in a vamp who abused the laws by taking blood from an unlicensed source- namely small children- making her feel especially glad to get one more bit of scum off the dangerous streets of post-reclamation Chicago. Rowan is a survivor and has done what she had to do to keep her and her little brother alive. Humans look down on her choice to become the scion of a vampire in exchange for basic needs and a home, but her brother is worth it and it doesn't hurt to finally not be starving and living on the edge all the time. She might get irritated with having Devon constantly in her head and to be at his beck and call for blood and social events, but he's not a bad sort. He allows her more freedoms and puts up with her attitude more than most would. At least her status allows her to do a job that fulfills her unlike some scions who are vampire pets and more. Things start to get interesting when a vampire and her scion from Canada arrive looking to convince America about a radical change in the way the blood laws are writing, gruesome serial killings start happening and Rowan with her partner must investigate, and a person from Rowan's past shows up with a hidden agenda. And if that wasn't exciting enough, Rowan and the others have managed to catch the dangerous eye of the Vampire King. At some point, she might have to squeeze in some time for sleep. Alright, so this was a book that grabbed me from the beginning and kept me right there through the whole thing. The reader is slowly trickled the details of this darker, grittier world where humans discover that the monsters are real and now they're in charge. Blood is the new big commodity and a loaf of bread can cost the price of a car before the Reclamation (when vampires ended the last world war when humans had nearly annihilated their own race). The big wars have decimated the world and returned the outer extremes of the country into the wilds and the only protection and help is in a few heartland cities. Life is hard and daily survival is the goal. The blend of dystopian and urban fantasy with vampires, shifters, mediums, ghosts, and the human hybrid, Scions makes for an action plot that is balanced with the character growth and development of the sole narrator and heroine of the story, Rowan Brady. It paces out with a variety of fast and pulse-pounding scenes and some steady ones. There is a lot going on and at first the reader has little idea who is who, what is what, and what is going on. But this wasn't a bad sort of confusion. I loved slowly having this story unwrap the details and explain itself as it went. Rowan is rough and snarky and hides as much of herself as she can. Even in the end, I had a sense that there is more to come as she is a deep character. Becoming a scion is considered by most humans to be the act of selling herself. Her fiance' trashed her in her community and then turned his back on her. The human police and others she encounters through her job give her a hard time as well so now she hides the hurt behind a wall. She has a conflicted relationship with the vampire, Devon, she is bonded with. He wants more than she is willing to give, but surprisingly he doesn't force her to cross important lines she has drawn. He irritates her most of the time except that he is also a generous and warm person who protects and makes her and her brother's life easier because he cares. As the reader, I understood more about Devon than Rowan did and he is also another one with more reveals to come, I think. When her ex returns with a tantalizing offer, the confusion and conflict inside grow. He seems to have had a change of heart, but she is not oblivious to the fact that he has also changed a lot. And then there's her investigation which provides a suspense element to the plot. There is a serial killer loose and the investigation is showing that there is a tie-in with the very secret scion-making process that has the vampire hierarchy wanting the case solved and are pressuring Rowan, Devon, and their Canadian counterparts to tidy things up quickly. Rowan's policing partner, Lyle, a bird shifter, is a bright and shining note whenever he's about and they make a good team with their own style of bond like two battle buddies share. The books story arc is tied up with a nail-biting climax scene, but I was excited to see where the series seems to be headed. Some interesting things came out at the end and already there are new tantalizing mysteries to ponder while I wait for the next installment. Urban Fantasy and dystopian lovers who like gritty, absorbing plots and tough yet engaging characters should snag this one for a lot of book loving. My thanks to Curiosity Quills Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] First volume of what seems to be an interesting series. Not the best urban fantasy novel I've ever read, sure, but it has political hooks that could very well lead to a few big bangs in the future. When the world went to the dogs, vampires revealed themselves and stepped in to keep the cattle, sorry, the humans in check—after all, there's no point in letting your bloodbags kill each other with mass-destruction w [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] First volume of what seems to be an interesting series. Not the best urban fantasy novel I've ever read, sure, but it has political hooks that could very well lead to a few big bangs in the future. When the world went to the dogs, vampires revealed themselves and stepped in to keep the cattle, sorry, the humans in check—after all, there's no point in letting your bloodbags kill each other with mass-destruction weapons. Decades later, in the aftermath of that explosive situation, Earth is pretty much governed by said vampires, some of them using more human employees than others, but all determined to keep their own just as much in check. Well, at least in some parts of the world, including the USA, where the DEC (Department of Energy Conservation) sends people patrolling the streets in order to stop rogue vampires from feeding illegally and killing their preys. Rowan Brady is one such agents, partnered with shapeshifter Lyle, and also the scion of vampire Devon: a human bonded to a vampire, able to use part of his powers, but also never, ever truly alone in her mind anymore. A sure recipe for a clusterfuck, especially since a lot of "purely human" people tend to view scions as blood whores, a lot of scions play the part as well, and Rowan does her best not to become a walking cliché. All for the sake of her little brother Will, after their parents' sudden death in an accident left them orphaned, and Rowan unable to take part in the Cup (a competition that, depending on her final rank, would have opened her a lot of doors... and conversely). In general, I quite liked the relationships between Rowan and the male characters. Rowan/Devon bordered more than once on the vampire romance-type relationship, but it never become the infuriating kind of romance that makes me roll my eyes. Devon's a pretty decent guy, all things considered (even though his "cherie" speech mannerism was annoying, I guess the French in me just finds this a bit silly), playing the social and power-related role that a lot of vampires thrive in, however he never veered into the territory of "domineering alpha-male who abuses his partner/servant". And when he tries to play white knight and protect his scion by telling her to "stay at home for your own good"? He ends up needing her anyway, and she ends up kicking ass anyway. Then there's the werewolf pack leader and a fellow DEC agent: a positive alpha male, maintaining his position through benevolence and thought-out decisions, and not strutting around being all "me big strong violent male, me is your boss, female". Yeah, I am rather tired and jaded when it comes to male characters acting all over the place in very macho ways (or the "I'm dark and dangerous and I'm seducing you through coercion and being rough" type). On the downside : some info-dumping, and a tendency on Rowan's part to be slightly exaggerated (too sarcastic and mean at times, too obsessed, too bent on doing things absolutely alone even if it meant running into trouble). Not many other female characters in there either, apart from Nadia who, so there's a risk of having a more typical woman-surrounded-with-male format in later books. I was also less satisfied when it came to Lyle, because I think there's a lot more to him than just "flamboyant gay blue jay shifter"—hopefully there'll be more in the next book ! His relationship with Rowan is sweet, in a "best friend/I have your back" way, and it'd be great to see him more developed: where did he find the strength to make his coming out in a society like his, did anything happen in the past that threatened him or, on the contrary, made him stronger and able to stand up to his peers ? Etc. Finally, I couldn't care less about Curtis. I can only hope he'll remain a secondary character, and that he won't end up being part of some dreaded love polygon. Conclusion : 3 stars. I found myself wanting to keep reading, and interested enough in the world and its characters. There's real potential for intrigue, in more political ways than is usually found in urban fantasy. Some of the foundations behind that world, though, are a bit flimsy (at some point you need to exert suspension of disbelief and focus on the "now" rather than the "then" and "why"... but I've seen worse), and it could all just as well devolve into cookie-cutter UF. I'll keep an eye on this series, even if I won't buy it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Isis

    would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. Goodreads Teaser: Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. Goodreads Teaser: Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic enough to break the rules and prey upon humanity without a license. All it costs her is her freedom and a pint or two per week to her new Master. But juggling her job and duties becomes even tougher when she is tasked with keeping a contingency of diplomats from Canada from getting gnawed on. However, negotiations for an International Blood Exchange are interrupted when bodies start showing up. Now Rowan must rely on her talent and wit to defend the society she despises to save the lives she’s sworn to protect. But as she stumbles into the truth, she chances becoming a target of not only these killers, but of her own government. With shifters, ghosts, vampires and psychics all watching her, can she stop the killings before she is silenced? I stumbled a bit at the beginning, as the story launched into full swing with no real explanations. Obviously that eventually smooths out as the details start to click into place with the arc of the story, creating a more or less cohesive tale. And though the start could use some smoothing out, the overall story is well worth the initial confusion. Rowan is an engaging and entertaining main protagonist, with a heart of gold for those that survive the tests to make it into her inner circle. A rather exclusive group, but one which has the potential for growth. Her prickly, sarcastic public persona hides a warm, supremely protective devotion to her much younger brother, Will. That devotion drives every decision she's made since the loss of their parents; a loss that left the two alone and adrift in a hostile world. To that end she took a job she hates, but one that provides the safety she wants for Will; safety she could never have supplied otherwise. Her employer Devon is one of the ruling class, a vampire. Though she is his scion she has very little knowledge about him. He remains a mystery throughout the story, with small tidbits about who he is and how he got to where he is being dropped in every so often. But one thing is crystal clear, his feelings for Rowan. Though he hides them from her those around him are aware of them. In fact Rowan would be if only she took the time to look. But Devon is more of a supporting character for most of this book, rising to the forefront on occasion, then fading into the background again. While this story has several components common to books of this nature, Ms. Sloan has managed to keep this her story. Her voice is distinct and she never seems to fall back into the trap of playing off things that have already been done. At least not without adding her own stamp to those segments. This opening act is easily strong enough to have left me wanting more. I'm curious to see how her writing matures as the story develops further.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Badseedgirl

    I, as a reader, often wonder if it is harder to create an entirely new world like in a fantasy novel or a world just like today’s but with a few crucial changes as Courtney Sloan does in Of Scions and Men? Whichever is harder, establishing a world in the first novel in a series is always a challenge. Mrs. Sloan does an admirable job of creating a “realistic” world in this novel. You know, as realistic as a world where vampires are the ruling faction in North American and Europe at least. There w I, as a reader, often wonder if it is harder to create an entirely new world like in a fantasy novel or a world just like today’s but with a few crucial changes as Courtney Sloan does in Of Scions and Men? Whichever is harder, establishing a world in the first novel in a series is always a challenge. Mrs. Sloan does an admirable job of creating a “realistic” world in this novel. You know, as realistic as a world where vampires are the ruling faction in North American and Europe at least. There was a lot to admire about this novel. As I said the world building is quite good, and the characters in general react in ways one would expect in the environment they were placed in by the author. In a place where blood is the coin of the realm, it is entirely conceivable that humans would enter into an agreement with the vampires, but still feel the bitterness, the main character Rowan Brady, feels in committing herself because she had no other choice. The story is engaging, and the characters are realistic. At first, I was a tad annoyed by the main character’s attitude towards the vampire she is scion to, but the more of her story I read the more I realized, that although she made a choice to become a scion, it was not because she truly felt it was her place. I mean how many of us have taken a job we did not want, just because we had to have income. Ok so her decision was pretty permanent as far as jobs go, I mean once you have bonded with a vampire, it’s not as if you could just go on Jobfinder and look for something different. But to me that makes her frustration all the more realistic, she took a job that is “for life” because she felt she had no other choice. Who wouldn’t be bitter by those circumstances? Although there is no sex in this first book, there is a strong undercurrent of sexual tension running throughout the story. But if a brilliant twist, the tension is between Rowan and several characters. Because there is no resolution between any of the characters, sexual speaking, the author has left herself wide open on where she wants to go with this character. This openness is really my one complaint about this novel. By the end of this first novel, there are so many paths Courtney Sloan could take for her next book it is most frustrating as a reader. Will the author pursue the romance angle, the human uprising, the supernatural LGBT community, the geopolitical vampire agenda? All these choices lead to a double edge sword. In a first novel, it is ok to throw so much at the reader, this is a way to show all the turmoil in this society. But if it continues in future books, the author runs the risk of becoming to “sloppy” with the storyline. I look forward to seeing how Ms. Sloan works through this in future novels. I would like to thank NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press for the ARC copy of this novel, given for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeanny

    Author: Courtney Sloan is a new to me author, making Of Scions & Men my first experience with her writing. Genre: UF/Distopian Editing: Flawless. Cover Art: Not only is the cover art gorgeous it's also accurate. 1st POV - Rowan Romance: None, although the potential for future romance does exist. World: Distopian, USA After a massive human war the paranormal population is "out of the closet". Every war has it's casualties & in this case humanity paid the price. North America is segregated from the rest Author: Courtney Sloan is a new to me author, making Of Scions & Men my first experience with her writing. Genre: UF/Distopian Editing: Flawless. Cover Art: Not only is the cover art gorgeous it's also accurate. 1st POV - Rowan Romance: None, although the potential for future romance does exist. World: Distopian, USA After a massive human war the paranormal population is "out of the closet". Every war has it's casualties & in this case humanity paid the price. North America is segregated from the rest of the world, travel is strictly monitored, currency has changed, healthcare, living conditions, employment opportunities, & most important the political arena was altered. This book is set in a world Vampires are the governing body. My thoughts: Tight plot, excellent character development, the author did a fantastic job. The story was action packed, the world easily imagined, the political aspects intriguing. Rowan's priorities, hardships, thoughts, morals, & reality were easily relatable. Rowen has depth & so does the supporting cast. This cast & world has a massive amount of potential. I'm hopeful Of Scions & Men is the start of a series bc I want to continue to play in Cortney Sloan's world. Update: It is a series: The Scions Of Wrath #2. Will I continue the series? Yes, Rowen has room for growth & I want to read all about her character development, how she changes, how it impacts who she is, her actions & her world. I'm also interested in the scion bond & Devon. Recommendation: I'd recommend this book to fans of UF, vampires, shifters, & dystopian worlds. If you're tired of one woman armies who never fail, are overly bitchy, or TSTL pick this book up. It's a welcomed change. Rating: ***** 5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 3.0 *My Thoughts* Key Characters: Rowan Brady, Devon Shuvalov, Nadia Gavrilova, and Carson Holt Setting: Chicago post Reclamation America Of Scions and Men is the first installment in author Courtney Sloan's American Scion series. Protagonist Rowan Brady works for an organization called DEC (Department of Energy Conservation). The DEC ensures compliance by vampires and humans. Rowan is what is called a Blood Theft specialist. She is the person who gets *Source* Publisher *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 3.0 *My Thoughts* Key Characters: Rowan Brady, Devon Shuvalov, Nadia Gavrilova, and Carson Holt Setting: Chicago post Reclamation America Of Scions and Men is the first installment in author Courtney Sloan's American Scion series. Protagonist Rowan Brady works for an organization called DEC (Department of Energy Conservation). The DEC ensures compliance by vampires and humans. Rowan is what is called a Blood Theft specialist. She is the person who gets to run down vampires who abuse their power and take blood from unsuspecting humans. In this world, the vampires are the saviors of most of the known world, therefore, they get to be leaders without worrying about silly things like voting primaries. *Full Review Posting @ Gizmos Reviews 03/19/2016 - Link to Follow Published February 22nd 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press

  11. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    Rowan did something she felt she had to do a few years ago, and now she is scion to a very powerful vampire. But when the head vampire targets her to find a serial killer among them, she must do what she can to find out who it is before it is her head on the chopping block. She will meet new people, and learn new things about herself along the way. This was a totally new type of vampire novel. I adored it! I loved the heroine and how she acted, and I really enjoyed the hero as well. The only thi Rowan did something she felt she had to do a few years ago, and now she is scion to a very powerful vampire. But when the head vampire targets her to find a serial killer among them, she must do what she can to find out who it is before it is her head on the chopping block. She will meet new people, and learn new things about herself along the way. This was a totally new type of vampire novel. I adored it! I loved the heroine and how she acted, and I really enjoyed the hero as well. The only things that bothered me were a few things that seemed to be glossed over, and the fact that sometimes it felt like Rowan still wanted something to do with her ex even though she kind of knew something wasn't right with him. That bothered me, but that was about it. I'm looking forward to the next book and finding out what happens.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I just finished the book and wish there was a sequel to read! Devon and Rowan were such likable people. There were no parts of the book where I was bored or ready to read something instead of finishing it. This is a great start to a series I hope continues to be as good or better than this first book. Courtney Sloan will be an author I read in the future. Vampires, scions & shifte I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I just finished the book and wish there was a sequel to read! Devon and Rowan were such likable people. There were no parts of the book where I was bored or ready to read something instead of finishing it. This is a great start to a series I hope continues to be as good or better than this first book. Courtney Sloan will be an author I read in the future. Vampires, scions & shifters are in the book. There's mystery, humor & love. It has it all. I'll be telling friends and family to read this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Received a complimentary copy to read and review. It was a good read. I couldn't put it down. I like the characters and world that Courtney has created. It has some great twists and turns. Readers will be drawn into the story from the first page. I look forward to reading more of Courtney's books. Received a complimentary copy to read and review. It was a good read. I couldn't put it down. I like the characters and world that Courtney has created. It has some great twists and turns. Readers will be drawn into the story from the first page. I look forward to reading more of Courtney's books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    4.75 stars. With the potential to become a favorite series. ~A-Z reading challenge; letter O~

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janis Hill

    I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. This book was great! Though I will freely admit at first I groaned and thought I was reading a ‘Hollows wannabe’. I soon shut myself up, apologised profusely for being such an idiot for assuming such a thing and got on with enjoying the story. It is NOT a ‘Hollows wannabe’ AT ALL! Yes there are some minor similarities… but you could say that about any supernatural urban fantasy that I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. This book was great! Though I will freely admit at first I groaned and thought I was reading a ‘Hollows wannabe’. I soon shut myself up, apologised profusely for being such an idiot for assuming such a thing and got on with enjoying the story. It is NOT a ‘Hollows wannabe’ AT ALL! Yes there are some minor similarities… but you could say that about any supernatural urban fantasy that has vampires, shifters (were people) and the like in them. In some ways, it was better than the Hollows as it’s a new series, first off and… time for me and I do apologise to Ms Harrison and her Hollows for saying this… BETTER! More believable and easier to get into, to run with. Okay, so now I have possibly insulted two excellent authors, let’s try and skip past that and get on with how great this book is. ‘Of Scions and Men’ is a really good spin on the whole vamp/ scion roles often shown in books these days. That in itself was unique. And – yay!!! – the vampires didn’t sparkle! They were seen as what they were by those who looked at them in different lights. Yeah, that was easy to follow, right? Basically the whole idea of the lesser of two evils… with a supernatural twist really came into play with this book. The main character was likable, you got to know her and her background well as the book progressed – rather than having all dumped on you to start with, or suddenly thrown at you as to why she is the way she is as a poorly planned plot twist near the end. No, Ms Sloan handled the whole character development very well and kept me interested into the wee hours with my ‘One more chapter’ mantra. There were the odd typo and grammatical glitches, but this was an ARC and so they are easily excused. My work (and reviews) are full of them so cannot judge! I will admit to sometimes getting a little lost in the fight scenes as the terminology used confused me. It was probably the correct and proper phrases used… but not being a fight guru I almost skimmed those sections as they got a little too technical for me. Not a big thing, just a reader thing. As in, the fault lay with the reader, not the book. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. In fact, I already have been. Anyone I know who has read ‘The Hollows’ series by Kim Harrison has had me tell them to grab this book and have a read as it’s great. Would I buy this book for myself? Yes I would. In fact, I have a MAJOR book hangover from it and really, REALLY want to see how this series is going to progress and I can’t wait to read the next book. Yes, I will be making big moony eyes at Ms Sloan and Curiosity Quills Press in the hopes I can be a reviewer for the next book too. In summary: Loved it, read it in like 3 days and want more NOW! A brilliant, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable new supernatural urban fantasy series and something lovers of this genre should go and buy TODAY! Buy it now, thank me later. ;-)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    In the past, I have enjoyed Ms. Sloan's husband's books, so I was intrigued when I saw that she had a book coming out and that is was in a genre I liked. I was expecting that I would like her book at least half as much as I did her husband's. What I wasn't expecting was to like it as much as I did! After a little bit of a rocky start, the book went full steam ahead with action, drama, interesting characters, while leaving me with a yearning to read more. Ro is a very spunky and fearless heroine In the past, I have enjoyed Ms. Sloan's husband's books, so I was intrigued when I saw that she had a book coming out and that is was in a genre I liked. I was expecting that I would like her book at least half as much as I did her husband's. What I wasn't expecting was to like it as much as I did! After a little bit of a rocky start, the book went full steam ahead with action, drama, interesting characters, while leaving me with a yearning to read more. Ro is a very spunky and fearless heroine who has a very soft spot for her little brother, which is why she's a scion in the first place. Her vampire Devon is a devoted leader who wishes nothing but the best for the both of them, which Ro is blind to, one of the few things that bothered me about this novel. Add in intrigue, a bird shifter, and a terrific plot and you have a terrific, all-around great book. I am so looking forward to the next one! Thanks to NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press for the free ebook in exchange for an honest review. This exact review will also be posted on Amazon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Holy-OMG-WOW. No, seriously. Never in a million years did I think I'd ever enjoy another vampire book. I've tried and tried and tried and just... nope. But OF SCIONS AND MEN gripped me from the very first page with an amazingly unique world full of vampires, scions, shifters, and mediums;a kick-ass heroine and an amazing best friend; stakes so high I could barely keep my eyes open while reading for fear of the characters; and a world system that's so unique I wish I could dive into the mythology Holy-OMG-WOW. No, seriously. Never in a million years did I think I'd ever enjoy another vampire book. I've tried and tried and tried and just... nope. But OF SCIONS AND MEN gripped me from the very first page with an amazingly unique world full of vampires, scions, shifters, and mediums;a kick-ass heroine and an amazing best friend; stakes so high I could barely keep my eyes open while reading for fear of the characters; and a world system that's so unique I wish I could dive into the mythology and history forever. Sloan has created an intense, multi-layered world filled with all shades of good and bad, where it feels like no one can be trusted. The love Rowan has for her brother Will is staggering, and her relationship with Devon kept me on my toes. OF SCIONS AND MEN was a fantastic, fast-paced read and I will absolutely be eagerly awaiting the second book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Except for a few grammatical errors, there was nothing wrong. I really liked this take on a Vampire/Dystopian society, where vampires ruled and humans learned to live with, more or less. Some vampires had scions and those scions usually worked in some way for them in different capacities. I also liked the relationship between Rowan and Devon and how each of them interacted, not just with each other, but other people as well. No spoiler I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Except for a few grammatical errors, there was nothing wrong. I really liked this take on a Vampire/Dystopian society, where vampires ruled and humans learned to live with, more or less. Some vampires had scions and those scions usually worked in some way for them in different capacities. I also liked the relationship between Rowan and Devon and how each of them interacted, not just with each other, but other people as well. No spoilers from me; just a really good book and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann M. Noser

    Fast paced, kick-butt action with a wise-cracking heroine. Mystery, murder, chaos. The oddest almost love triangle you've ever seen--without much actual romance (kind of liked it that way, TBH). A strong cast of characters, a horrid/disgusting villain, and writing that ties you to the page. I understand (happily) that this is just the start of a series... Fast paced, kick-butt action with a wise-cracking heroine. Mystery, murder, chaos. The oddest almost love triangle you've ever seen--without much actual romance (kind of liked it that way, TBH). A strong cast of characters, a horrid/disgusting villain, and writing that ties you to the page. I understand (happily) that this is just the start of a series...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gunning

    I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received a paperback copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stine

    I really enjoyed this book. It had some fantasy here, humour there and some action in the middle. Its an easy and refreshing book. The only Sad part is that it ended and i dont know If there will be a second book or not

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    I loved this book, from start to finish. I am really disappointed there has been no book 2 as I completely devoured book 1 and was not ready for this sorry to end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elena Linville

    You can find this review and more on my blog. Of Scions and Men is the first book in a new urban fantasy series and as such, it does a good job in introducing the readers to the world and the characters who inhabit it. And that's no small feat, I can tell you. First books in a series have the thankless job of showing the reader a brand new world and making sure that they love the protagonist enough to stick not only until the end of one book, but to keep reading the series, AND they need to do th You can find this review and more on my blog. Of Scions and Men is the first book in a new urban fantasy series and as such, it does a good job in introducing the readers to the world and the characters who inhabit it. And that's no small feat, I can tell you. First books in a series have the thankless job of showing the reader a brand new world and making sure that they love the protagonist enough to stick not only until the end of one book, but to keep reading the series, AND they need to do that while avoiding info dumps and expositions and still telling an interesting story. So I’m always happy when a start a new series and am hooked from the get go. So what is this world that Rowan inhabits? This is a world where the war against terror escalated into a full blown all out Third World War and threatened to wipe the human race off the face of the Earth. Supernatural beings like vampires and shifters, who had until then been content to stay in the shadows and make normal people believe they didn’t exist, decided to intervene and put a stop to the massacre, because, in the case of vampires, they were reluctant to lose their food source. By the time vampires took control of the world and bought order and peace again (in a rather ruthless and bloody fashion, I must admit), most of the planet was a smoldering radioactive mess. And humans aren't in charge of anything, not even their own lives anymore. Rowan Brady sold her life, her career and her blood when she chose to become a vampire's Scion, but it was the only way she could ensure that her brother would have a roof over his head and enough food to eat every day. And even though the loss of freedom and the obligation to give a pint of blood a week to her master is a bitter pill to swallow, in exchange Rowan got a job she loves with the police, making sure that supernaturals don't engage in illegal blood trade. I like Rowan and her relationship with Devon. I like how she tries to make the best out of a bad situation and preserve every sliver of independence she can while basically having Devon in her head and thoughts 24 / 7. I like that she always relies on herself and doesn't flash her scion get out of jail card left and right. I like that she is a truly though and capable protagonist. I like the fact that Devon isn't your typical domineering selfish and rather violent male lead we usually get in those kind of books. If fact, as vampire masters go, he is a good one to be scioned to. I do have a few gripes with this book though, hence the 4 out of 5 stars. The first one is with Lyle. Lyle is gay and flamboyantly so, since even his true form is a blue jay. He could have been such an interesting character if he'd been fleshed out instead of being a walking assembly of clichés. As he stands now, he is more of a plot point and trusty sidekick to Rowan, always there to help her out and listen to her problems. That's annoying. I want to know what makes him tick. I want to know his backstory. I want to know what pushed him to display his orientation so blatantly in a world where being gay is greatly frowned upon. Why did he chose to come out of the closet and become an outcast? Hopefully, we will discover more about Lyle in the next books because that's one character I could really fall in love with. My second gripe is with Rowan's constant resentment towards Devon and the fact that she became a scion. I would understand that if she'd been forced to do that against her will, but she CHOSE to become a scion. Yes, it was for her brother's sake, but still, nobody bent her arm or held her at gunpoint when she agreed to this. And it makes even less sense that she would rail against Devon instead of her little brother whom she is making all those sacrifices for. Also, this reaction is rather out of character for her, at least in my opinion. Rowan is a person used to making tough decisions and owning to the consequences, so rehashing this resentment over and over again gets old really fast. But all in all, this is a solid first instalment of a new series and I will certainly look forward to the next book. And I would recommend it to lovers of urban fantasy. PS. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    On the surface, Of Scions and Men looks like it could be really cool – a dystopian urban fantasy world ruled by vampires. However, it’s poorly executed and often feels like a collection of little thought out tropes. If I weren’t reading this with the intention to review, I would have quit part way through. Rowan Brandy is a vampire’s scion – someone who becomes a vampire’s servant in blood bag and gains a psychic link that allows them to use the vampire’s powers. She normally works tracking down On the surface, Of Scions and Men looks like it could be really cool – a dystopian urban fantasy world ruled by vampires. However, it’s poorly executed and often feels like a collection of little thought out tropes. If I weren’t reading this with the intention to review, I would have quit part way through. Rowan Brandy is a vampire’s scion – someone who becomes a vampire’s servant in blood bag and gains a psychic link that allows them to use the vampire’s powers. She normally works tracking down vampires who take blood illegally, but then bodies start turning up suggesting that a vampire is trying to make an off the books scion. The synopsis given makes it look like the plot will revolve around some diplomats from Canada visiting the US. It’s true that these diplomats have a large role in the book, only… I’m not sure why. If they had anything at all to do with the plot or something particularly significant to contribute, I’ve forgotten it in the week since I’ve read the book. In general, the plot felt very weak. The pacing seemed off and it took a while for anything meaningful to happen. The ho hum plot could have been all right if the book made up for it with good characterization. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. I really disliked Rowan. She started off not so bad but it didn’t take long for her to actively annoy me. She feels like the run of the mill “Strong Female Protagonist” you encounter in urban fantasy, complete with the tight fitting leather pants and a dependency on her vampire love interest. I think we’re supposed to admire her independence for mouthing off to authority, but it just makes her look stupid.And she’s constantly smirking! All attempts to give her sarcasm and humor (and I get the feeling she’s supposed to be funny) fall has flat as her overall characterization. There weren’t even any secondary characters I liked. I either disliked or was indifferent too all the rest. Her vampire master/love interest annoyed me, especially his repeated use of the word “cherie.” There was only one other reoccurring female character besides Rowan, and they never had much of a conversation or relationship. It felt at times that almost everyone surrounding her was a hot dude there to highlight how sexually desirable Rowan was. Except for Lyle, her best friend, who was a walking stereotype and had no characterization or plot line outside of him being gay. The “vampire dystopian” set up should be interesting, but the explanation for it was incredibly flimsy. Something about Middle Eastern terrorism and some really dodgy economics? The way the world worked now felt either ill thought out or infodumped. A lot of the common paranormal creatures (vampires, werewolves/shifters, and ghosts) are included, but they feel thrown in and not like they are a cohesive part of the same book. I can’t recommend Of Scions and Men. There was too much that I disliked about it, and almost nothing at all that I did like. If you’re a big fan of the “sexy UF heroine dallying with vampires” you might get something out of it. But if you’re looking for something that rises above the usual, Of Scions and Men isn’t for you. Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. I received a free ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I actually really liked this book partially because I’m a sucker for these vampire romance novels, partially because I found Devon to be attractive and partially because I found the whole scion thing to be an interesting take on an otherwise overdone genre. Plus, the fact that this is a dystopian novel with the vampires as a ruling government is also very unique and I thought that the author did a good job in world building and character growing. While I found Rowan to be a tad rude and somewhat I actually really liked this book partially because I’m a sucker for these vampire romance novels, partially because I found Devon to be attractive and partially because I found the whole scion thing to be an interesting take on an otherwise overdone genre. Plus, the fact that this is a dystopian novel with the vampires as a ruling government is also very unique and I thought that the author did a good job in world building and character growing. While I found Rowan to be a tad rude and somewhat intense, I did like her as an overall character. I respected her decision to be a scion for her brother but there were times when I found her to be incredibly overprotective that almost border-lined to obsession. I also respected her reasoning as to why she would not move in with Devon to be like what others typically think about scions – she had her pride and she held on to that with a firm hand. Despite the fact that she’s so independent and confident about herself, I did find her at times to be vulnerable which made her more relatable. This was especially true with her relationship with Devon – because they had that scion bond, they were able to understand each other on a deeper level (i.e. mind-reading and telepathy) so when she overhears Devon talking about her, she would become so insecure and vulnerable. I actually found her insecurity with Devon to be unreasonable and illogical – if Devon truly thought of her a certain way and since he obviously knew she can overhear him at times, wouldn’t he do a better job at hiding it? Anyways, moving on to Devon – I really liked him. He was clearly protective of Rowan and also clearly cared for her brother even though, as a vampire in that vampire-dominated dystopian world, he didn’t need to. He also never forced Rowan to do anything she didn’t want to do specifically moving in with him because he didn’t want to pressure her. I thought Rowan was super lucky to be paired with him because he seemed like a decent vampire compared to some of the other vampires in the book. I also found the plot to be suspenseful and action-packed which is exactly how I like it. There was never really a dull moment since there were a ton of things going on. I was a little surprised towards the end about who the villain really was since he/she was just so unsuspecting in the beginning. It’s always good to be surprised in a book – if it’s too ordinary and too straightforward, it’ll be too boring otherwise. Overall, great first book in a series. I’m looking forward to the second book. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long… To read more: http://holedupinabook.blogspot.com/20...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mariachiara

    Il libro è scritto bene, la storia non è male, anche se non nuovissima, l'unico problema è la protagonista che è troppo anti-vampiro per essere credibile nel suo ruolo. Ed è pure antipatica, mi ricorda Anita Blake dei primi tempi...un po' in peggio...Anita odiava anche se stessa oltre ai mostri, perciò questo la rendeva più umana e piacevole, tutto considerato. Il libro è scritto bene, la storia non è male, anche se non nuovissima, l'unico problema è la protagonista che è troppo anti-vampiro per essere credibile nel suo ruolo. Ed è pure antipatica, mi ricorda Anita Blake dei primi tempi...un po' in peggio...Anita odiava anche se stessa oltre ai mostri, perciò questo la rendeva più umana e piacevole, tutto considerato.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christen

    I received this ebook as an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. More to come...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

  29. 4 out of 5

    Coriander

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

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