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Bloodheir [Mass Market Paperback]

Brian Ruckley

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April 1 2009 The Godless World (Book 2)
The world has fallen from its former state. The war between the clans of the Black Road and the True Bloods has spread.

For Orisian, thane of the ruined Lannis Blood, there is no time to grieve the loss of his family, brutally slain by the invading armies. The Black Road must be stopped. However, as more blood is spilled on the battlefields, so each side in the conflict becomes more riven by internal dissent and disunity.

Amidst the mounting chaos, Aeglyss the na'kyrim uses his new-found powers to twist everything and everyone around him to serve his own mad desires.

Meanwhile, the long-dormant Anain are stirring - and when the most potent race the world has ever known returns, the bloodletting may never stop.

BLOODHEIR is the stunning sequel to Winterbirth, one of the most acclaimed epic fantasy debuts of recent years.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (April 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068079
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 15.5 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's a good book in here somewhere Jan. 21 2009
By Pharaoh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A Godless World is... problematic, and unfortunately not as good as I expected it to be. I get the sense that Ruckley started out with a good story and is now making it unnecessarily complex. My main sticking point is how superfluous half of this book is. Take the characters, for instance. There's a lot. Too many. Some are supposed to be powerful and influential but do nothing to pull the plot in any particular direction. Others are introduced for no apparent reason and fade out of the story halfway through. Most of these walk-ons are only given the barest of characterization to explain their actions, so you don't care if they succeed or fail or live or die or what. Even among the main characters (the ones introduced in book one) you won't find a lot of personality to hang your hat on. Surprisingly among this original group it's the "bad guys" (Aeglyss, Kanin, etc.) I enjoyed reading about the most. Aeglyss is clearly shaping up to be the End of Level baddie, and I'm interested in finding out how his steady descent into megalomania will end. Kanin, by contrast, is becoming Aeglyss's opposite: someone who started out bad but now finds himself overcome with self-doubt. It's these two who kept me turning the pages, albeit unenthusiastically. I also feel like I need to say something positive about the Kyrinin, especially after incorrectly comparing them to elves in the first book. Now they remind me more of Native Americans. I'm really surprised at how well Ruckley is defining them thus far: we're only given glimpses into their culture, but it's easy to tell they don't think and act like normal humans. Then, dear reader, at the other end of the scale you have the "good guys". It's here where I think the book falls down. The True Bloods are boring. They all come across as competent but overwhelmed losers. Even Orisian, especially Orisian, the would-be savior. I appreciate that Ruckley isn't making him gallop from victory to victory like "other" fantasy writers, but at the same time he does nothing to make you root for him, making him come across as just another ordinary supporting character and not an exiled prince on a mission of vengeance. And did I mention there's no humor whatsoever in this book? I think that's a big mistake; even ASOIAF, the best series I've ever read, would be a slog if we didn't have Martin's wit to liven it up. And that's what Bloodheir is. A slog. The desperate running battle at the end sends the book out on a high (or rather low) note, and the refreshing lack of magicians, goblins and elves will appeal to a lot of jaded fantasy readers, but I dunno, I really don't want to roll around in the muck and grime of Ruckley's world any longer then I have to. I'll still probably read the last book, though, mostly BECAUSE it's the last book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Godless World June 22 2008
By Dale E. Mommer - Published on Amazon.com
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes dark, action intense fantasy. I would say this wasn't as good as the first book and some of the parts seemed to trail on and on, but overall this was a great book that ended well leading up to the third one which I hope comes out soon.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy with depth of character June 24 2008
By Christopher S. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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Brian Ruckley has done an even better job with book two of his Godless World series. The writing is more concise and full of tension and all of his characters have individual depths. Some yet to be explored to the fullest. As someone who reads few fantasy novels, I was very taken with the simplicity of style as it allows the story, and the character's lives, to breath and grow on you. Not too much magic or special powers, just enough to make it feel real and keep my interest. With every page turn, I await the next chapter of each characters story.
Well done!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Excellent series. May 30 2013
By Sean M. Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
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When people speak of the "new wave" of fantasy writers,I never hear Brian Ruckley mentioned. He should be. The first book in the series was quite enjoyable in it's own right but he has really elevated things in this second installment. I would most likely compare this series to Martin's Song of Ice and Fire without the sheer number of characters that Martin employs. Yet Ruckley does quite a bit with a little. The world he has created is very compelling and he reveals more of it here. I would hope he continues to do so in the third book. The pace of the book is very brisk and never become dull, in my opinion. Anyone looking for a new fantasy series to get into could do far worse than this enticing series from one of the new names in fantasy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It gets better, in the overall scope April 7 2012
By Bordeaux Dogue - Published on Amazon.com
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The plot starts to make more sense, but on the other hand, the sense it makes does not bring anything realy new to the genre. Very few of the characters are likeable, Orisian, the supposed hero, the least of them.

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.

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