Blood Spirits

Blood Spirits

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by Sherwood Smith
     
 

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Everyone's favorite sword-wielding California girl returns-from the author of Coronets and Steel.

With the man she loves set to marry a look-alike princess, Kim Murray returns to California from the magical country of Dobrenica to heal her broken heart. But family politics soon have her leaving for London, where she is forced into a duel with a

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Everyone's favorite sword-wielding California girl returns-from the author of Coronets and Steel.

With the man she loves set to marry a look-alike princess, Kim Murray returns to California from the magical country of Dobrenica to heal her broken heart. But family politics soon have her leaving for London, where she is forced into a duel with a Dobrenican nobleman. He reveals that her great sacrifice, leaving Alec, was a disaster. To fix her mistake, Kim returns to Dobrenica, but what she finds there is far more shocking and dangerous than she ever imagined. Not just politics and personalities but ghosts and magic, murder and mystery, await her as she struggles to understand the many faces of love. Once again Kim has to take sword in hand as she tries to make peace and learn the truth. Only, whose truth?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This fantastic adventure is quite a delight." — Locus

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

"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." — Fresh Fiction

"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:
353,989
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.

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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.