Bloodheir Mass Market Paperback – Mar 31 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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Continuing the compelling and dramatic saga you are plunged into a changed world, where the land has fallen from its former state and with the Great War between the two mighty clans of the black road & the true bloods has now spread further. Thane Orisian, of Lannis Blood has no time to greave for his great loss as the invading armies who brutally and mercilessly slaughtered his family, have now all but gone. As more blood is shed upon this tainted soil he comes to realize the significance of stopping the Black Road and how imperative his mission is, for it to succeed would not only be in his own interests but those of the free people of this arctic world. Each side of this unending and highly charged conflict is driven to into a dramatic frenzy by deeply ingrained feelings of internal dissent and disunity, as the divide between races expands with every passing year...Meanwhile the long dormant Anain begin to stir, and as the most potent race of this world makes its re-appearance once again and emerges into the forefront, one begins to wonder if the bloodletting and never-ending war will end.
Brian Ruckley gives this epic saga breath and his characters such strong emotions of hatred, revenge and determination as to even challenge the might of the `War of the Roses' or `the Templar Knights'. Bloodheir is the stunning sequel to Winterbirth (which has to be the greatest heroic fantasy novel I have EVER encountered), and similarly it blows you away with such authenticity, dramatic twists & turns as to freeze your inner soul so that you become indifferent to all other works within this genre - for a moment in time that I will re-live time and time again! The intriguing and imaginative story is so distinctive that you cannot compare it to any other work nor the writing style to any other author, for Brian Ruckley is so unique and a true master of his craft. Complete with detailed maps of the lands of Kilkry-Haig blood, the Glas valley and surrounds and the Haig bloods this really is a book that contains such depth and fantastic world-building that is unmatched.
The striking blood red cover complete with a fearsome Thane rider is just so eye-catching, hence this really is a book to treasure and one that stands out on the bookshelf as not only something atypical and different, but which puts the `epic' back into `epic fantasy'.
I give this trilogy a 4 ½ stars for the reason that it is extremely descriptive and so the `wordy-ness' is quite lengthy at times.
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.