Blood Magic: Book One of the Ballad of Kirin Widowmaker

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Her sister was murdered, and Kirin hungers for revenge. Using the power of her "blood magic," the young necromancer creates grotesque and inhumanly strong creatures by calling men's souls back into their dead bodies. These "sweetlings," as she calls them, are utterly devoted to her, and Kirin cherishes them as if they were her own children. But while fighting a bloody war against a relentless enemy, she meets Lia Cho, a beautiful and gentle woman who can call the power of storms... and soon, Kirin learns that ...

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Overview

Her sister was murdered, and Kirin hungers for revenge. Using the power of her "blood magic," the young necromancer creates grotesque and inhumanly strong creatures by calling men's souls back into their dead bodies. These "sweetlings," as she calls them, are utterly devoted to her, and Kirin cherishes them as if they were her own children. But while fighting a bloody war against a relentless enemy, she meets Lia Cho, a beautiful and gentle woman who can call the power of storms... and soon, Kirin learns that there is more to life than pain and vengeance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809572007
  • Publisher: Juno Books
  • Publication date: 9/19/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 25, 2009

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    Impressively Original

    If Blood Magic were a typical High Fantasy book, our main character would probably be the villian, and this is fantastic. A first person narritive, Blood Magic tells the story of a young female necromancer and her struggles. Kirin tells the tale of her back story and what is happening now in alternating chapters. The moral ambiguity of Kirin's abilities - primarily how she views them vs how the majority of society does - is facinating, as is her relationship with her companion a young wizard(ess) called Lia. The world that Cook has made for us is also very interesting. One gets the impression from this first novel that we've barely scratched the surface of a rich world. I am very much looking forward to reading the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    An enfuriatingly good book

    When I first started reading this book, the characters all seemed interesting enough, but anyone who reads often can testify that characters don't make the book so much as what they do. I enjoyed the way the book bounced back and forth between two time periods in Kirrin's life, and the further you delve into the book, the more addicting it becomes. You find yourself constantly making it through the next chapter, just so you can go back and find out what happened with the other time line, which naturally, makes for a very fast read. This is a book that I would probably save and re-read over and over again, because it feels like the kind of book that you can read over and over again, and notice something new each time you read it. Altogether, an awesome book and I can't wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    Terrifyingly Twisted

    This is without a doubt one of the darkest books I have ever read. Kirin is such a fuzzy character, trying to do good but employing evil to accomplish her goals. What more can be said? If you want to read something truly horrific and twisted, this is definitely the book for you.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fantastic fantasy series

    She was brought up to be a lady and to make a good match but when her twin falls in love and marries the drunken womanizing Marcus she insists her twin marry his best friend. Both women are brutalized by their spouses but where Kirin accepts it her sister learns blood magic from the local herbwoman. When Marcus kills her Kirin while in a drunken stupor assumes her identity and using her blood magic to suck the life out of him and brings it into her.--------------- She runs away from her village using the dead who obey her command until they crumble into dust. Her magic is taboo by the other religions but Kirin ignores their pious mouthing and does what she needs to do in order to survive. The Mor, monstrous creatures, emerge from their caves and underground tunnels to make war on humanity as they do every few decades. Kirin becomes a scout in the Imperial Army and she watches five thousand soldiers killed by five hundred Mor. She aids the refuges healing with blood magic even though Brother Ato condemns her and Element Master of Air Lia Cho tries to support her even if she doesn¿t approve of the use of blood magic. However, that might be the only way humanity can defeat the Mor although the people she is trying to save won¿t accept her methods.---------------- BLOOD MAGIC is a spellbinding sword and sorcery tale about a young woman who goes from an innocent girl to a person who kills when she needs to survive or when helping people who scorn and fear her when she helps them against a common enemy. It hurts her not to be accepted for what she is but she knows she is not evil and does what she thinks is right although many question whether the means is acceptable even if the end is saving humanity. The Mor remains an unknown quantity as people (and readers) don¿t what motivates them. This is the first book in what looks to be a fantastic fantasy series.------------- Harriet Klausner

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