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Blood Ties (The Castings Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an insightful fantasy

    Over a millennium ago the Northern invaders displaced the locals throughout the Eleven Domains. The conquerors became brutal warlords and the conquered Travellers nomads with no place to call home or a haven from their abusive rulers. Men watch their women of all ages raped and can do nothing but eat their rage for that is the lot of the Travellers to keep on shuffling from one place to another unwelcome by any warlord.---------------- In this world Travellers flee from one atrocity to another. However several have taken differing approaches. Bramble a young villager has tasted the taking of a life but feels no remorse as she flees from soldiers wanting to rape her. Apprentice Ash has been trained by street wizard Doronit as a safeguarder assassin who has killed, but feels regret with ghosts of his victims visiting him he knows he is no better than the butcher Acton the warlord. However it is Saker the enchanter who considers using black magic to destroy his people¿s enemies and return what he believes is rightfully his. Their actions and that of other Travellers and the warlords impact the ordinary people who just want to survive.----------- The first tale of the Castings trilogy is an insightful fantasy in which an event has repercussions that have further repercussions nothing is isolated. In some ways it will remind readers of Palestine. When the prime Travellers Ash and Bramble act, readers see their actions and the consequences on others, but not just warlords as communities are impacted. This brings a deep sense of reality, but can detract from the prime theme of the warlords vs. the outcasts. Still few fantasy sagas make the villages seems so genuine. BLOOD TIES is a strong opening gamut to the Freeman fantasy realm.---------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!

    The characters grew as you read. Bramble is my favorite, I loved the fact that the characters grew with you. they changed with the events of the stories. the magic that sweeps you off your feet can be found here. the beginning is a little confusing but once you get in, you cant get out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Absolutely great!

    I just loved this book. Freeman delves into character backgrounds where no one person is all good or all bad. The flow of the story takes you to a whole other magical world, and it's fantastic! I can't wait for the next two books!

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