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Earth's Blood
     

Earth's Blood

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by Ann Gimpel, Fiona Jayde (Illustrator), Angela Kelly (Editor)
 

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Clinging to their courage in a crumbling world, Aislinn and Fionn vow to save Earth, no matter what it takes.

In a post-apocalyptic world where most people have been slaughtered, the Celtic gods and a few humans with magic are all that stand between survival and Earth falling into chaos. The combination of dark sorcery leveraged by the enemy is daunting. Destruction

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Clinging to their courage in a crumbling world, Aislinn and Fionn vow to save Earth, no matter what it takes.

In a post-apocalyptic world where most people have been slaughtered, the Celtic gods and a few humans with magic are all that stand between survival and Earth falling into chaos. The combination of dark sorcery leveraged by the enemy is daunting. Destruction is all but certain if the small enclaves of humans who are left can't get past their distrust of the Celts.

Captured by the enemy, Aislinn Lenear wonders if she'll ever see her bond wolf or Fionn, a Celtic god, again. She's had nothing but her wits to rely on for years. They haven't failed her yet, but escape from her current predicament seems remote.

An enticing blend of dystopian urban fantasy and romance, this second volume of the Earth Reclaimed Series provides fertile ground for Aislinn and Fionn's relationship to deepen. Headstrong and independent, the pair run up against each other's demands time and time again. Fireworks spark. In the end, they learn to savor every moment in a bittersweet world where each day may well be the last.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781508635116
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2015
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
985,245
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She's also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent and a vagabond at heart. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She's published over 25 books to date, with several more planned for 2015 and beyond.

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Earth's Blood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mischief making dragon younglings and Aislinn's growing bond with Fionn and Rune warmed my heart. Adventure, magic and steamy romance come together perfectly in this tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. BLOWN AWAY! That pretty much says it right there. This book grabbed me at the first chapter (when I read it at the end of book 1) and still hasn't let go! I finished it early Wednesday morning around 2 am and now, late Thursday night as I write my review, I realize I have been thinking about and talking about this book pretty much to anyone who will listen. I liked the first book and was hooked on it by the time it ended. Anyone who read my review for Earth's Requiem - book #1 in this series by Dr. Gimpel - knows how hard it was for me to get through the first half or so. There was so much amazing detail in the world building and the characters and the ideas and that all the different mythological gods and goddesses we learned about in school or reading on our own were real in some way. And that there were more - many, many more - that existed in parallel planes to our world. And not all of them were friendly. For me, the first book was all about Earth and the devastation that happened when the dark gods came and took over and then the Lemurians came to "save" what was left. It set up the torment and absolute desolation that we see in Aislinn when we meet and start to get to know her. It was about how much had changed and that there truly was NOTHING on the old left so you had to start over somewhere, somehow, or you could just lie down and die. There was no one coming along to give you a sandwich and a hot drink or a warm blanket or make sure that you weren't hassled - those people were dead. Physically, spiritually or emotionally - they were gone.  In Earth's Blood we try to start over together. We saw how the humans, once they banded together and fought as a whole, were able to defeat a lot of the "weaker" bad guys and gravely injure the really scary ones. When they trusted someone to have their back in a fight, be it human or a Celtic god, they survived and were able to deal a blow to an enemy. Now they need to learn to trust each other during the rest of the day and through the night and on the nights when there are no battles except the one to survive. They have to learn how to depend on someone else again and how to open yourself up to another person and let them in, let them become important and a part of you.  All the lessons learned over the last years of desolation and isolation need to be unlearned. All the characters must learn trust and empathy and once again have the belief that you CAN depend on someone else and it won't get you killed; you CAN ask for help and it won't get you attacked or worse. The absolute conviction that together you CAN continue to harm the enemy; that you CAN attack them and survive if you have a plan, you stick to it and you work together. That loving someone or something will not hurt it but instead, it will make you stronger and help you to keep fighting, to get back up and fight with all you have for all you have.  They say "blood is life" and they are right. When we are alive, we bleed. If we bleed too much we can become ill, dependent on another person and even possibly die. Blood is a sign of injury - to yourself or your enemy but if there is blood then someone, somewhere is hurt or dead. Blood is also a bond - either biologically or to those we have chosen - those special ones we willingly shed blood for. In this book the characters need to learn the importance of blood or they will not survive. They have to focus on healing all the wounds - even the ones they can't see. They need to learn to focus on each others injuries and that just because you can't see the blood, it doesn't mean someone isn't injured. Not all wounds bleed visually. They have to truly let go of the past and learn to cherish the now that they have and plan for a future that is attainable.  The blurb says "Fireworks spark. In the end, they learn to savor every moment in a bittersweet world where each day may well be their last." Aislinn and Fionn and Rune and Gwydion and Bella and even Dewi and the others - human or supernatural, mortal or immortal, alive or dead, they all must learn to help and to trust. If they don't there won't be any Hope for a future or for book three. This is a must-read book. Actually this is a must read series. A good writer will transport you from where you are to where they want you to be with their words. These books do that and more as they open your eyes to a world never considered, a predicament unthinkable in our reality and a life so real, so vital that there must be some HOPE. (NEXT BOOK PLEASE).
Trinyti More than 1 year ago
Received this free book for an honest review. Told you that you'd like this series. And the saga continues! My comments on the first book, Earth's Requieum, was spot on. It takes time to set up background but if you stick with it, it's worth it's weight in gold. I absolutely love this series and can't wait to see how it ends. I cried, laughed, got hella pissed and laughed some more. This series plays fantasy and paranormal like no other. I'm ready for the final battle. See you there!
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Earth Reclaimed series. All three series books have been released so you don't have to wait for the next book to keep reading. Which is really good for me as I am hooked on this series after reading books one and two and am glad I don't have to wait to keep reading. This book picks up right where Earth's Requiem left off. You can read this book as a standalone, but I highly encourage you to read Earth's Requiem prior to reading this one. Please note that while Earth's Blood does not end in a cliffhanger, it is open ended to finish the story with book #3. There is a LOT of sex in this book and may not be suitable for some readers. Aislinn, Fionn, their bond animals Rune and Bella, a few Celtic gods and the Dragon Dewi continue the fight against the Lemurians and the Dark Ones. After they are betrayed by Travis, they must journey to free Aislinn. They then must venture into one of the Border Worlds to find and free two of the Celtic gods. Then there are dragons!!  Can they save the dragons and free the earth from the Lemurians and Dark Ones?
Gardenia72 More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of Earth's Blood by Ann Gimpel for an honest review. Ann is one of my favorite authors. This is book two in the three book series. Earth's Blood begins where Earth's Requiem ended when Aislinn was tricked into going with Travis only to be turned over to Lemurian's. Once the Celt's rescue her and deal with the hybrid's from the attic that escaped taking their celtic guards, they take off for Ireland They hope to have some time before the Lemurian's and the Dark gods find them. Of course that did not happen. Again we see Ann's ability to weaves a tale that draws the reader into the story. Ann is able to describe the scenes in her story as well as the characters, whether human or not, to make the story seem more alive and vibrant whether it is a battle, rescuing a loved one, sharing love with a mate and feeling what it means to share a bond with another being. Again another great read by Ann Gimpel. I can't wait to read the last book to see how the story ends. This series is a must read.
tamsue70 More than 1 year ago
I'm just going to say WOW!!!! We've saved Dewi's mate, hatched dragon younglings thought dead for centuries, went up against more Lemurians & dark gods. Can this series get any better? Absolutely!!!!!!!! Aislinn & Fionn escape the dark gods, Perrikus & D'Chel while Dewi rescues her mate. Back at their base of operations, they all decide it's time to head to Ireland where they think they will have a short reprieve. As they are preparing to leave, a feeling of dread overcomes several of our characters & just as they start their jump the house they've been staying in explodes. Our heroes & heroine all make it to Ireland safely where they discover that Nidhogg, Dewi's mate, has brought back 8 of their 15 hatchlings thought long dead. They are mischief makers & 2 of them end up kidnapped by the dark gods. I refuse to give away any more of the story, but let's just say that I can't wait to read the final installment in this trilogy. Aislinn & Fionn have a wonderful relationship that tends to grow as the story progresses. Rune is a wolf that makes you wish you had one just like him for yourself. This story is sex, romance, and adventure all rolled in to one. If you haven't read this author yet, make sure you add her to your list. This is my third book of her's that I have read & I haven't read another author since I started reading her books. She's awesome that she gives away free copies in exchange for a review. Ann Gimpel is a can't miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is cool. I can only find this one part though :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, this did happen to me! Thatnks for the good reviews, everyone! This may change into a fantasy later on, but not right now. I'lk tell you when.<p>I hold the hood of my shirt to my jaw to keep it from bleeding and winch as we hit a bump on the road.<p>"l'm sorry! I'm going as fast as l can!" my dad yells.<p>TWENTY MINUTES LATER<p>l consider punching the nurse as she pushes down on my jaw.<p>"It feels fairly solid, but we need to transport you to Kearney to get x-rays," the nurse says in an annoying nasal voice.<p>3 HOURS LATER<p>I try not to think about the surgery i'll have tomorrow morning and get some sleep. Stupid horse.<p>AUTHORS NOTE:<br>This did happen in real life. Any references to people, places, and/or things are totally random and cannot be held to the authors fault.<p>More at the next res!<><><><><><><><><>
Cherri-Anne More than 1 year ago
Blood, Sweat &amp; Tears = FANTASTIC Read I read this book actually quite quickly, even tried to stay up most of the night reading it, but I just couldn&rsquo;t keep my eyes open!  I was so hooked on the story, even more than Earth&rsquo;s Requiem which is the first book in the series!  That was a bit surprising to me since it is usually the first book I devour and then slow down &amp; enjoy the rest of the series.  That just proves how great this book &amp; the series truly are!  Earth&rsquo;s Blood continues the story of Aislinn &amp; Fionn and the rest of the group as they try to save Earth from the Aliens that have taken control of it.  While it does take place on Earth, it&rsquo;s not Earth as we really know it, but Earth all the same.  This book is set a few years into a time where 2 different Alien races have come to Earth and caused a lot of horror in their wake.  Of course, there is also some good that has come from it, but you do have to look harder to find it.  It is more about &ldquo;making the best of your situation, accepting it and moving forward with it to make it even better&rdquo;.   I actually think that Aislinn is put through more heart-wrenching &ldquo;adventures&rdquo; (for lack of a better word) that she has no control over and then has to make even more difficult decisions as well as really learning to trust in the people around her starting with Fionn, Rune, Dewi and even Bella.  It is hard for her to trust in the decisions &amp; orders that other people make for the good of the group, especially when it means that Aislinn has to take a different role then what she wants or is used to.  She is so used to relying on herself &amp; her magic only.  In fact the one time that she did trust in someone she thought was a friend, she was betrayed quite severely (although what other ways are there to be &ldquo;betrayed&rdquo;?) and is still having a hard time moving past that.  I love how Ann gives you detail, but not overly so.  It always seems to be just the perfect blend of explaining the back story, and/or the situation or in describing the &ldquo;scenery&rdquo; enough to understand what is going on or even to just set the &ldquo;stage&rdquo; so to speak.  This is a special &amp; charming talent that Ann displays in her writing and in my opinion, what gives her books that extra special something, dash of love even.  When you read any of Ann&rsquo;s books you can just see how much she loves the characters as if they are real people (who says they aren&rsquo;t?) so she takes the time &amp; effort to really create them, their world(s), history and future.  Ann gives you just the right amount of information that you need at that time to show you what is going on so that you can understand everything, but not too much that ends up either confusing you to the point that you don&rsquo;t know what is important or boring you to the point you don&rsquo;t want to read the book!  As this is book 2 in the Earth Reclaimed series and I fell in love with it even more than the first, I CANNOT wait to see what else is going to happen in future books!  I forgot to mention this in the review for Earth&rsquo;s Requiem but I love the little Rune that appears to mark the time between one paragraph to the next, or the change in characters POV.  As with the first book in this series, this is definitely a book worth reading, so much so in fact, that it is on my permanent reading shelf so I can re-read it every time a new book in this series comes out!  Let&rsquo;s hope there are at least a few more stories to come.
CupcakesBooks More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with these characters and their world in the first book Earth's Requiem and more so in Earth's Blood!!! The characters and world is so detailed that you feel as though you are there and for me that means it is a amazing book! Aislinn is our lead in this world and she is strong beyond belief! This girl has been through everything a post apocalyptic world can throw at you and still have strength and hope to continue on. With her constant companions Rune her bond wolf, Fionn a Celtic god and Bella his bond animal and a cast of friends they work on getting Earth back from the dark gods that would have it for their own. Aislinn and Fionn are bonded to each other and their relationship has many ups and downs due to her being headstrong and independent and him being overprotective. The pair has fireworks over this quite a bit and it provides the right amount of humor for the cast and reader :) by the end they learn that every moment should be held onto, each day may the last. It is so hard to not tell all! This has been the best series I've read this year, I would love for everyone to read it!!! I cannot wait for the next book. I have been hooked into this series!!!! I recommend this series to anyone it has everything!