The Duality Paradigm (Blood & Bone Book One)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Everyone knows magic users and werewolves are intrinsically diametrically opposed...

Seattle Police Detectives Ethan Ellison and Patrick Clanahan, a mage and werewolf respectively, must overcome their personal dislike of one another and catch a murderer. The only question is whether they can get the job done without killing each other. More
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About Lia Cooper

Lia Cooper is a twentysomething native of the Pacific Northwest, a voracious reader and an enthusiastic writer. She wrote her first short story when she was seven. THE DUALITY PARADIGM is her first published full length novel.

She enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix, all-but-living in her local coffee shop, and drinking americanos. Lia cheers for the Chicago Blackhawks, rereads Pride & Prejudice every year, and is still bitterly disappointed over the cancellation of Stargate Atlantis (shhh).

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Reviews of The Duality Paradigm (Blood & Bone Book One) by Lia Cooper

Sadie S. Forsythe reviewed on March 3, 2015

This is a pretty middle of the road read, not bad but not all that great either. It's a shame too, because I think the idea could really have been something special. Unfortunately, it tended to flounder, with whole subplots that never coalesced into anything meaningful (I suspect it was a set up for a future book.), annoying characters and truly lacking editing.

Let's talk about the characters. Both were meant to be in their late twenties (26 & 29, if I remember correctly) but both came across as extremely juvenile. Patrick was at least adorable in his boyishness, but he was still childlike. This was an interesting turn for the otherwise big alpha character to take. Ethan, however, was just plain irritating in his bratty, self-centered aggression and over-reactions.

Both also had a history that was important and referenced, but never explored enough to feel substantial. I could have done with a little more world-building too. The plot worked, but it felt like mythical creatures kept being referenced without the reader knowing they existed prior to that point. On a similar side note, I never did figure out what the title meant. Maybe that comes up later in the series too.

I did, however, appreciate that this wasn't an insta-love (even if the actual leap to sex was a 0-60 scenario). I liked that as annoying as Ethan was, he was smart and willing to stand up for himself. I really liked Cooper's tendency to play with gender norms, mothers as pack alphas and fathers who cook dinner, for example.

All in all, I liked it enough to be interested in reading the next book, but not enough to be racing out and buying it.
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Helena reviewed on Nov. 20, 2014

This was a fantastic book with a well developed plot and amazing characters. I can't wait to read more on Pat and Ethan.
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