Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Review - Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Mina Murray #2
Publisher: L.D. Goffigan
Publication Date: September 23, 2019
Date Read: October 28, 2019
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes
Source: Narrator
Mina Murray returns in this suspenseful retelling of a classic tale....

Transylvania, 1890. Mina and her allies have found the Transylvanian countryside dotted with empty villages and whispers of monsters who wear human skin.

As Mina prepares for the final showdown with her fiance's abductors, the last descendants of the supernatural Draculesti family...she discovers her own shocking connection to the hidden world of vampires.

You'll love Fortress of Blood because it's a thrilling historical fantasy with romance, shocking twists, and suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
My Review

I really enjoyed this audiobook!  After enjoying the first book in the series, I was eager to see what would happen next to Mina Murray.  This story picks up right after the events of the first book and I do recommend that you read the series in order.  I thought that this book was at least as good as the prior book and maybe even slightly better.  I am so glad that I happened upon this series.

As I said this book picks up right after the events of the first book so there may be some spoilers for the first book in this review.  Mina, Abe, and the rest of the group are working to get Mina's fiance, Jonathan, back from the vampires.  This is not going to be an easy task and it is going to be very risky. 

I really enjoyed learning more about Mina.  I was rather surprised to learn how she was connected to the vampires and how connected everything really is.  I loved the fact that Mina is fiercely loyal.  She literally is risking everything for the sake of her fiance and does so without any hesitation.  She cares deeply about others and tries to keep everyone as safe as possible.

I thought that this was a very exciting story.  I was never quite sure how things would turn out and there were more than a few surprises during the story.  I liked that the action was balanced with some more thoughtful and emotional scenes that focused more on the characters.  It was a really nicely paced story that I found hard to set aside.

I thought that Danielle Cohen did a fantastic job with the narration of this book.  I loved the quality of her voice and I thought that the voices she used for the various characters were performed very well.  I really liked some of the accents that she used and I thought that her delivery helped to set the scene for the story.  I thought that she added a lot of excitement and emotion to her reading.  I found this book easy to listen to for hours at a time. 

I would recommend this series to others.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this story.  I felt like this book really helped to complete the story that began in the first book and opened up the series to future adventures.  I can't wait to see what Mina does next!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The Series - Mina Murray
Book #1 - The Beast of London - My Review
Book #2 - Fortress of Blood
Book #3 - Realm of Night
About the Author

L.D. Goffigan writes historical fiction and historical fantasy novels. She studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. Though she grew up on the East Coast, she now resides in a large glittering city by the sea on the West Coast.

She enjoys exploring fierce and complex heroes and heroines of the past and bringing them to life in the present. Her interests range from history to adventure, romance to thrillers–all facets you’ll find in her books.

When not writing, you can find her traveling to places she’s never been, reading the latest book which strikes her fancy, or watching an obscure documentary about ancient past times (such documentaries do exist). And, of course, daydreaming about the next tale she’ll tale, fantastical or otherwise . . .

Author Links: Website | Goodreads


  1. The cover looks amazing! Though it feels like she's following footsteps of.. erm.. Audrey Rose Wadsworth?

  2. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
    The cover definitely caught my attention, and I'm loving historical fantasies at the moment, so this is certainly going on my TBR!

  3. I love re-tellings, and this one sounds right up my alley! It also sounds like I need to put my hands on the first instalment, so I'm noting both down <3

  4. I need to look into these. They sound really good!

  5. Oh it looks like a good one. I remember about book 1!

  6. did someone say vampires? i have really become a huge fan of vampire stories. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. Dont go to the creepy castle Mina!

  8. Okay, well. I've been in the mood for vampires though I haven't found a book I want to sink my teeth into. This sounds like a good story to check out.

  9. Oh wow this sounds like a fun vampire series, and a nice reimagining too. Love that atmospheric cover on the first book too.

  10. Fantastic review! You make me want to read every book you do. I'm glad you are enjoying this series.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  11. This series sounds awesome. I think I will check this one out.

  12. I'm starting to get into retellins. This sounds like a good series to try.

  13. I loved the first book of the series and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest!

  14. Awesome review!! I LOVED the first book. I can't wait to see what you think of book three!


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