Monday, August 22, 2011
We all know that I am constantly saying I am not a huge fan of fantasy but it turns out I am. But only really good fantasy and that is definitely what Blood Song is. I absolutely loved it. For me it was the perfect reading escape.
Zeraphina has always known she is different with her unusual striking looks and her craving for blood which is getting strong each day and calling her to the north. When her older sister Lilith becomes engaged to Prince Amis in the northern land Zeraphina jumps at the chance to visit a place that will bring her closer to the answer she is seeking about her strange condition. There she meets Rodden, the King's advisor who seems to know the answers but isn't willing to tell Zeraphina the truth.
Blood Song has that easy style of writing that is just addicting. You can picture the world, the atmosphere so beautifully without being weighed down by heavy and boring world building unlike some other fantasy books. And then on top of that you have a suspenseful and intriguing plot that keeps you turning the pages.
I adore the main characters. There is something special about them. Zeraphina, is strong, independent and just an enjoyable protagonist. She seeks out the answers she needs even if it gets her into trouble. Also she is never without her cat called Leap and an Eagle named Griffin and they make awesome sidekicks.
Rodden, is one of those dark, sexy and mysterious types. He comes off tough and a little bit arrogant but you know he is a good guy underneath. The relationship between Zeraphina and Rodden, is amusing. They didn't fall over each other. They had plenty of witty banter and you can just see the sparks flying between them. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next with these two.
Overall, Blood Song is a magical read that left me craving more. I definitely recommend this outstanding debut to fantasy and paranormal fans.
Overall rating: 5/5
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