Dark Blood is the second book in the Tristopolis series, the sequel to Bone Song. I read the first book recently, and wrote about it here. Almost everything – positive and negative – that I said about Bone Song applies to Dark Blood too. The books have the same setting, and the same strength – the elaborate Gothic setting, the bleak, mysterious tone.
Dark Blood has a new plot, and an updated cast, but the fundamentals are the same – it’s still mostly about a weary detective a city built on the bones of the dead and staffed by zombies and wraiths. Sometimes, a series will jar between books, and you’ll end up with two very different things under the same label. That is not the case here.