Bloodheir Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
This awkward middle volume, the second installment of Ruckley's Godless World trilogy (after 2007's acclaimed Winterbirth), lacks the thematic impact and emotional intensity of its predecessor. As the armies of the Black Road, a fatalistic religious movement revolving around a creed of predestination, descend from their northern exile, the quarrelsome leaders of the True Blood clans must join forces or die, but supernatural forces beyond their understanding are playing with their destiny. Multiple plot threads featuring dozens of integral characters bog down the pacing considerably, creating a narrative that, like the unwieldy and poorly led True Blood army, becomes a lethargic thing emanating resentment and reluctance. New readers will be utterly lost and fans left impatient for book three. (June)
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"Winterbirth is written with great assurance and tells a gripping story that builds to a grim climax. No one who enjoys heroic fantasy should miss this" The Times "An intriguing and imaginative story... particularly evocative" Dreamwatch --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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There is more infighting in this one among the different factions and the boy Thane Orisian is off doing his own thing while the rest of the Godless World gets smashed into oblivion.
Aglyss becomes the main protragonist and uses his powers to further weaken his enemies and allies alike, bending them to his will.
Taim is my favorite characters in the second installment. He is the good guy in this story who you really want to root for and see come out on top more than any of the others. I hope in the end of the series he gets to see his wife and daughter, at least one more time.
In any case, amidst the tonnage of fantasy out there, this series still is worth reading, and I believe, with all the threads coming together, that the third installment will be more satisfying.
All in all, an honnest 3,5 star book. A 6.5 in a scale of 10.
Read it, by all means. There is a lot of stuff out there, considerably worse. And this one still has margin to improove.