Bloodlust is the second book in Heckrotte's Illusionist series and picks up the story when Yemaya and Dakota have returned to Yemaya's homeland in eastern Europe. Someone is attacking the local villagers, killing some and leaving others in comas. As they try to discover what is happening to these people, the women cover a lot of geographic territory while meeting new species and continuing to interact with the spirit world. Always there are the wolves who serve their mistress Yemaya with loyalty and ferocity. Ancient secrets are difficult to unravel and often dangerous.
The book weaves together different plot lines and that allows the introduction of a variety of characters, including an ancient species that lives off of human blood (not vampires), gods that have existed since before time began and a voodoo priestess with a decidedly nasty personality. At times the story seems to be wandering off into random areas, but then they come back together to create a more complete picture of what is happening.
Fans of paranormal stories should find this one entertaining. It goes from the heavy, brooding atmosphere of eastern Europe to hot steamy nights full of mystery in New Orleans and there are enough other realm characters to keep the reader happy. Heckrotte's writing has grown stronger as she has progressed. Since there are unanswered questions at the end of this book, there are obviously further volumes. It will be interesting to see where she takes these characters.