Rituals: Rhapsody of Blood

Rituals: Rhapsody of Blood

by Roz Kaveney
     
 

Two women - and the workings of Time and Fate.

In a time too long ago for most human memory, a god asked Mara what she most wanted. She got her wish: to protect the weak against the strong. For millennia, she has avenged that god, and her dead sisters, against anyone who uses the Rituals of Blood to become a god through mass murder. And there are few who can

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Two women - and the workings of Time and Fate.

In a time too long ago for most human memory, a god asked Mara what she most wanted. She got her wish: to protect the weak against the strong. For millennia, she has avenged that god, and her dead sisters, against anyone who uses the Rituals of Blood to become a god through mass murder. And there are few who can stand against her.

A sudden shocking incident proves to Emma that the modern world is not what she thought it was, that there are demons and gods and elves and vampires. Her weapon is knowledge, and she pursues it wherever it leads her. The one thing she does not know is who she - and her ghostly lover, Caroline - are working for.

RHAPSODY OF BLOOD is a four-part epic fantasy not quite like anything you've read before: a helter-skelter ride through history and legend, from Tenochitlan to Los Angeles, from Atlantis to London. It is a story of death, love and the end of worlds - and of dangerous, witty women.

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Publishers Weekly
Noted critic and poet Kaveney builds her debut novel on an intriguing foundation of feminist myth. In the dawn of history, a woman named Mara becomes the Huntress, an iconic protector of humanity against those who use mass murder to gain power. In the present day, a brush with an eldritch horror drafts British student Emma Jones into a very similar role. Accompanied by the shade of Caroline, her dead roommate and would-be lover, Emma protects an oblivious populace against the monsters living alongside us, including an antihuman alliance between elves and vampires and a musical performance that may threaten reality itself. Kaveney’s novel is a competent, if very self-aware, effort. Kaveney’s thoughts on how gods become gods provide interesting variations on established ideas. Despite clearly being but the first of a series, Emma’s sequence does have something resembling a plot, and if her interactions with Caroline and her lust-smitten friend Elodie are a bit twee, it is a forgivable flaw. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984436279
Publisher:
Plus One Press
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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