Bloodheir (Godless World Series #2)

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The world has fallen from its former state. The war between the clans of the Black Road and the True Bloods has spread.

For Orisian, thane of the ruined Lannis Blood, there is no time to grieve the loss of his family, brutally slain by the invading armies. The Black Road must be stopped. However, as more blood is spilled on the battlefields, so each side in the conflict becomes more riven by internal dissent and disunity.

Amidst the mounting ...

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Overview

The world has fallen from its former state. The war between the clans of the Black Road and the True Bloods has spread.

For Orisian, thane of the ruined Lannis Blood, there is no time to grieve the loss of his family, brutally slain by the invading armies. The Black Road must be stopped. However, as more blood is spilled on the battlefields, so each side in the conflict becomes more riven by internal dissent and disunity.

Amidst the mounting chaos, Aeglyss the na'kyrim uses his new-found powers to twist everything and everyone around him to serve his own mad desires.

Meanwhile, the long-dormant Anain are stirring - and when the most potent race the world has ever known returns, the bloodletting may never stop.

BLOODHEIR is the stunning sequel to Winterbirth, one of the most acclaimed epic fantasy debuts of recent years.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This awkward middle volume, the second installment of Ruckley's Godless World trilogy (after 2007's acclaimed Winterbirth), lacks the thematic impact and emotional intensity of its predecessor. As the armies of the Black Road, a fatalistic religious movement revolving around a creed of predestination, descend from their northern exile, the quarrelsome leaders of the True Blood clans must join forces or die, but supernatural forces beyond their understanding are playing with their destiny. Multiple plot threads featuring dozens of integral characters bog down the pacing considerably, creating a narrative that, like the unwieldy and poorly led True Blood army, becomes a "lethargic thing" emanating "resentment and reluctance." New readers will be utterly lost and fans left impatient for book three. (June)

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Library Journal

Following his fantasy debut, Winterbirth, this middle book of the "Godless World" trilogy reimmerses readers in the Clans-and-Indians atmosphere of Ruckley's heroic fantasy world. The titular "bloodheir" could refer to any of three candidates. Orisian, newly minted as thane of the Lannis Blood, searches for a positive direction in which to lead his staggered people. Aewult, the Haig prince and Orisian's ally, commands a huge army, but his arrogance and greed for glory may doom them all. And Orisian and Aewult's mutual foe, Aeglyss, channels the rejections of his youth into a horrible magical vengeance as his strange powers mutate, raising him ever higher in the fatalistic ranks of the Black Road as they bring war deep into Haig lands. Or it could be that the bloodheir is actually the reader, who will learn that no secondary character is safe in Ruckley's cruel, icy world. This grim, sometimes gripping martial epic will leave those who have come this far anxious for the final chapter. A solid fantasy choice, especially for libraries where Winterbirth found an audience.
—Neil Hollands

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316068079
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Godless World Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 302,617
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Ruckley was born and brought up in Scotland. After studying at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, he worked for a series of organizations dealing with environmental, nature conservation and youth development issues. He lives in Edinburgh. Find out more about Brian Ruckley at www.brianruckley.com.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    Not the Normal Fantasy Book

    Even though this book has different races each with their own characteristics, it does not delve into a world filled with magic. For the most part it keeps things very human and realistic.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Bloodheir by Brian Ruckley

    Long and drawn out... but not boring! Lots of death, destruction, misfortune, deception, betrayal, fighting, manhunting, and war. You'll come to respect certain characters and love others. I can't even (honestly) disrespect the bad guys in this book, because their cause seems so righteous! I'm glad I stumbled into this series, can't wait to read "Fall of Thanes" which is book number three.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    A good sequel

    This was a good second addition to the Godless World Trilogy. Brian Ruckley kept the story strong and the characters true to themselves throughout the adventure. However, there were a few (and only a few) times I felt some frustration, or maybe in was my own impatience, and wanted the story to hurry along. BUT.I wanted more and needed more. I couldn't put it down and in the end, the third book Fall of Thanes made it all worth it. There's no doubt that I'm keeping this one in my library.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    Good solid heroic fantacy.

    Good 3D characters. Complex plot. A good solic read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a powerful enthralling fantasy thriller

    Orisian has become the Thane of the Lannis Blood at a critical time with his people reeling from recent events (WINTERBIRTH) he is unsure of what to do to turn things around on their frozen land, but thirsts to save his people.---------------- At the same time his friend Haig Prince Aewul leads a tremendous military force, but avarice and the thirst for glory could prove their undoing if not checked by rational thinking.------------------ Their adversary Aeglyss seeks magical revenge on his enemies even as his thirst enables him to rise towards the top of the dangerous Black Road he plans to bring the fight to Haig and Aewul before dispatching Orison.------------------------ The second Godless World epic fantasy is bloody grim as Brian Ruckley continues to vividly paint an extremely dark realm. The story line is fast-paced and filled with non- stop action that traverses much of the Godless World. Yet the key to this excellent fantasy is the cast as the three leaders play a deadly game of chess in which checkmate does not necessarily mean victory or defeat because cunning can change the rules of engagement. Orisian is especially fascinating as he understands war means death, destruction, and chaos with no true victors yet cannot prevent it from coming. Readers who enjoy a powerful enthralling fantasy thriller will appreciate Brian Ruckley's aptly named BLOODHEIR.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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