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Bloodmaiden (Second Edition)

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    I am honestly unsure what to say about this book. An ebook versi

    I am honestly unsure what to say about this book. An ebook version was sent to me by the author for review and it has taken me far too long to get around to reading it, but I really wanted to love it. In fact, anytime I win or am given a book (either ebook or physical book), I desperately want to adore it. But I didn't. It came off as rather mediocre to me.

    I did enjoy main story. I loved the selfish dragons who were sacrificing one girl every year, selecting a new girl for the sacrifice and forcing her to marry. Allowing the couple a year to produce a child and then slaughtering the entire family for nothing more than their own amusement was an interesting idea. Yay for sadistic dragons. The characters fell a little flat to me. The only ones I truly liked were Pan and Brydon. Crisilin and Chalom were too religious for my tastes. In fact, the whole novel came off a little to religious for my liking. I realize that the author has done a lot of Christian novels, but I was under the impression that this wasn't one of them. Either way, I cringed every time they praised/thanked/prayed to Usamah. Leaving my own personal Atheist views out of the picture, it still came off as rather fake to me. I also really dislike Mokuolu. I hate when someone calls everyone "brother" or "sister" and even more so when they pronounce it "brotha" or "sista". ::shudders:: My only other issue was the fact that you are never told Crisilin's age. In the beginning I thought she was 16 or so, but throughout the novel, she is always referred to as a child which implies younger to me. Since she is forced into marriage and expected to produce a child immediately, she can't be younger than 13 or 14. It wasn't a huge deal, it was just something that could have helped me in getting a better feel for the character.

    Despite my complaints, I think that anyone who likes fantasy and doesn't have a problem with some religious overtones, will definitely enjoy this novel.

    ****Thank you to Christine E Schulze for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review****

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  • Posted September 18, 2011


    I received this book for free for review.
    The genre of Christian Fantasy is an interesting one. I haven't read that many examples of it, but what I have read are pretty well done. I enjoyed this one, although I preferred the previous book I reviewed by this same author more.
    The story is pretty unique, with lots of description, sometimes to a fault since they do seem to get in the middle of the action, therefore slowing the pace down. The plot is fun, with some moments of well-crafted tension that make the reader turn the pages all the quicker. I loved the riddles in the story. It's always a great detail to add to any book, riddles that make the reader use his or her brain to figure them out.
    The writing is a bit uneven. Some parts are very well done, while others suffer from lack of editing, which is a shame since the story has real potential. It's not so much spelling or grammatical errors, but just plot planning that should have been a bit tighter.
    I do still recommend it for readers of fantasy, especially those of you out there that enjoy stories that are just a bit different.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Beautifully written fantasy story

    Bloodmaiden is a good, quick read - only 200 pages. Chrisilin and her husband have been chosen to be the sacrifices for the dragon rulers of their dynasty. The book starts out with Chrisilin not knowing who her husband is going to be, but knowing that they will be killed within the next year. It's a sad, yearly tradition that the people of this dynasty have to endure. The author did a really good job at making you feel the terror and sorrow that Chrisilin feels, being that it is written in 1st person.

    I personally thought that the book was a mix of beautiful descriptions and being overly descriptive. I understand the extent of the descriptions though, as this is based in a fantasy land that people have never seen before so the need for being descriptive is important. It's a beautifully written book, and the storyline was strong. I didn't feel like the characters were as strong. I think I connected more to the secondary characters, and knew more about them which is really odd considering the fact that it's written in 1st person. I don't know - maybe it is just me. I also would have liked to see more romance between Chrisilin and her new husband. Of course, instead of having a honeymoon - they are risking their lives to flee their homeland so the opportunity for romance isn't great. Being the romance lover that I am though, I still would have liked to see more in that department.

    Fantasy lovers will really like this book. It also has a lot of suspense and adventure incorporated with their journey throughout the different dynasties. Also, this book is Young Adult friendly.

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