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Blood Spirits
     

Blood Spirits

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by Sherwood Smith
 

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Before last summer, I was just a normal grad student from California, but then I went to Europe to track down my grandmother's family and my life changed forever.

Mistaken for Ruli, a runaway princess who, it turned out, was actually my cousin, I was drugged, abducted, and taken to Dobrenica, a tiny and very unusual little kingdom in Eastern Europe.

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Before last summer, I was just a normal grad student from California, but then I went to Europe to track down my grandmother's family and my life changed forever.

Mistaken for Ruli, a runaway princess who, it turned out, was actually my cousin, I was drugged, abducted, and taken to Dobrenica, a tiny and very unusual little kingdom in Eastern Europe.

The handsome man who kidnapped me was Alec, Ruli's fiance, the man who was slated to rule Dobrenica. Like so many things in this odd little kingdom, their marriage would have a magical component―for when certain members of two royal lines married at a particular point in time, Dobrenica...vanished.

The solution should have been simple, right? Find Ruli and bring her home. Except Ruli didn't want to come home. Alec and Ruli disliked each other, and to complicate matters further, Alec and I...well, I've always been a romantic at heart.

In the end we all did the "right thing." Brokenhearted yet resolute, I returned to America, but I just couldn't seem to forget Alec or Dobrenica.

But then I learned that though Ruli and Alec had married, Dobrenica was still in our world. Still in my world. The magic had failed, and no one knew why.

So back I went, but my trip became even more dangerous than it was the first time. I expected personal conflict and politics, even sword fighting. I was also prepared for Dobrenica's ever-present specters. But I was not prepared for murder, mystery, or the chillingly real presence of the undead.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Dobrenica series:

“It’s a delightful romp, with just enough loose ends to leave some hope that the doomed romance might not be so doomed at all.” ―Locus

"Humor and rapier-sharp wit...a lively heroine, mysterious ghosts, and a complex and intricate plot."  ―Publishers Weekly

Highly recommended for all fantasy and general-fiction collections, as the potential readership is wide, from urban-fantasy readers looking for something lighter but still complex to young women who grew up reading the Princess Diaries series.” ―Booklist

“Sherwood Smith skillfully builds tension almost imperceptibly, and keeps the reader off balance and guessing until the final page.” ―Fresh Fiction

"From the very first page, I was swept into the story." —Night Owl Reviews

"Sherwood Smith is a world-building genius.... The detail didn’t just flesh out the world; it also made the characters and their motivations much more comprehensible." —Fantasy Works

Locus
"This fantastic adventure is quite a delight."
Night Owl Reviews
"From the very first page, I was swept into the story."
Fresh Fiction
"Blood Spirits is a fully satisfying read, a tale to be savored.... The tangled and engrossing plot (involving vampires, ghostly animals and many of the characters readers loved in the first book) leads inexorably to a stunningly delicious conclusion."
Fantasy Works
"Sherwood Smith is a world-building genius.... [The] detail didn’t just flesh out the world; it also made the characters and their motivations much more comprehensible."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407476
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
895,999
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She’s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing books is what she loves best. She’s the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at www.sherwoodsmith.net or on Twitter at twitter.com/sherwood_smith.

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Blood Spirits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A few months ago, Kim Murray left the Eastern European country Dobrenica where she left her broken heart to come home to California in order to begin moving on from her love for the nation's leader Strattwalter Alec. Her beloved politically married her identical looking second cousin Princess Ruli (see Coronets and Steel). Ruli's ghost asks Kim for her help, though confused by her spirit appearing, she returns to Dobrenica though she intends to avoid Alec. With communication to the kingdom hampered by magical elements Kim has to wait until she gets to her second homeland to discover Ruli died in a car accident while Alec walked away with minor bruises. Alec blames himself because he has become an alcoholic since Kim went back to the States. He thinks he was in one of his alky blackouts when the accident occurred though the body of his missing wife has not been found. Ruli's cousin Tony demands an investigation into the accident. Alec supports the inquiry even if it means he will die by a firing squad. Kim believes her beloved is innocent and intends to prove her assertion. She also seeks the portal from which the vampires are entering the kingdom and killing people. The second Dobrenica Eastern Europe fantasy is a great thriller in which readers will believe the magical Brigadoon like country exists even with the reality of the paranormal and the malfunctioning of electronic gizmos. Kim and Alec spend little time together but their love is obvious. Filled with action enhanced by some amateur sleuthing and a bit of romance, sub-genre fans will enjoy swashbuckling Californian's adventures in Dobrenica. Harriet Klausner
Harried More than 1 year ago
Good story with lots of mental as well as physical action. Character development is well done as is the plot. I really enjoyed the series.
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book-mouse More than 1 year ago
What a great sequel. I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that Blood Spirits started off a bit slow/jarring. Kim seemed to be sticking her foot in her mouth an awful lot. That said, once she hooks up with some of the other young nobles in town, foot-in-mouth syndrome disappears and the plot really starts to race forward. In the end it was a fun, fast, read with some seriously unexpected plot twists at the end.