The Children and the Blood

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Overview

A forgotten life.

A secret war.

Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley's family and left her with a childhood she can't remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.

Until that past comes looking for her.

Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night,...

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Overview

A forgotten life.

A secret war.

Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley's family and left her with a childhood she can't remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.

Until that past comes looking for her.

Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482386769
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Joel Peterson is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy, a fast-paced young adult urban fantasy noted for its action, excitement, and intrigue.

She also writes paranormal romance (still filled with action and adventure, because she loves that sort of thing) under the name Skye Malone.

Follow Megan at her websites: meganjoelpeterson.com.
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  • Posted August 1, 2013

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    When it comes to speculative fiction, such as dark fantasy, sci


    When it comes to speculative fiction, such as dark fantasy, science fiction and the like, worldbuilding is pretty crucial and the lack of it can turn me off of a book very quickly. Imagine my surprise when I found myself really engaged with this story even though I don’t truly understand a good deal of it. My issue revolves entirely around the various factions, i.e., the Wizards, Bloods, Hunters, cripples, ferals, humans (can’t see wizards) and lord knows what else. Quite honestly, I need a playbook or at least a well-defined cast of characters to figure out who’s doing what to whom and why and who else is on the good side and, by the way, what IS the good side?

    Putting that aside, though, I did indeed enjoy The Children and the Blood and that’s largely because Ms. Peterson has created a good tale with a lot of suspense and I really like the main players—17-year-old Ashley, 8-year-old Lily and 18-year-old Cole. Secondary characters like Carter, Spider and even the scary Mason Brogan and Harris, the very confused but driven cop, add a great deal to the mix. While there are a lot of characters, the author has done a nice job of making them come alive in spite of my inability to keep it all straight. As an example, I understand who a fellow named Cornelius is but I’m not at all sure where he fits in to the different camps and why they all seem to hate each other but that didn’t keep me from wanting to read on.

    Never mind all my headscratching; it just doesn’t matter all that much and I’m sure I’ll understand more as future books in the saga come out. In the meantime, I was completely entranced by this story and the tension runs so high at times that I quite simply HAD to keep reading. Why these three kids are targets and what they go through to survive long enough to find at least a few answers was more than enough to keep me going. Fair warning, though, to those who are not crazy about cliffhangers: the cliffhanger here is a humdinger, especially the sudden appearance of a particular person. Fortunately, even if this kind of ending plucks your last nerve, it’s worth it and you don’t have to wait forever to find out what happens next. Book Two, Taliesin Ascendant, will be out later this summer and it’s on my absolutely-must-read list.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    Chilling and Tightly Woven The Children and the Blood is an int

    Chilling and Tightly Woven

    The Children and the Blood is an intricate story. It has many characters and switches POVs between two main characters. However, part of the story is from the POV of a third character. Honestly, all the characters are integral parts of the story and are all finely crafted. But the two main POVs are that of Ashley and Cole.




    Ashley has endured quite a lot of tragedy in her young life. After losing her mother and grandparents (and possibly other members of her family) in a fire, she and her younger sister, Lily, go to live with friends of their father's. And the girls spend the next 8 years growing up with a mostly absent father. Ashley is such a courageous girl. She literally squelches any negative emotion she feels in order to provide strength and stability for Lily. Then, one night, everything changes. Ashley soon learns that her whole life is not what she's always believed.




    Cole has also endured his share of tragedy. After losing both his parents, he was placed in the foster system. He is quickly adopted by a less than pleasant couple. And he's spent that last 8 years biding his time until he graduates and can be rid of his adoptive parents and their intrusiveness. Then, one night, everything changes.




    During this night, Ashley and Cole's lives momentarily intersect. But they are now irrevocably intertwined.




    The Children and the Blood is a chilling and tightly woven story. It is full of twists and turns and it kept me guessing throughout. It's full of magic, violence and suspense. The story is pulse-pounding and kept me turning the pages. 




    Gah! I am very impressed with this book. The folklore woven into the story makes it fresh. The slow reveal of information is done well. I mean, I thought I understood what was going on and then, BAM! Another layer was peeled back to reveal something new. I can't wait to see what will come of the last few reveals in the next installment!

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Riveting, suspenseful and action-packed! The first thing I noti

    Riveting, suspenseful and action-packed!

    The first thing I noticed about this book is its title. It has a sort of grim feeling to it. I mean, children generally depict innocence and when you combine that innocence with the connotation of the word ‘blood’, it doesn’t really paint a pretty picture. To be honest, I expected a horror story but was pleasantly surprised when the story told something different.

    Upon reading the first few chapters of the book, I was confused because I didn’t really know what to expect. The apt description of what I felt during the initial stages of reading the book would ‘lost’.

    I was confused just as much as Ashley, Lily and Cole when tragic events started happening, but I gave it a chance because mysterious circumstances at the beginning of the book always lead up to an ‘Aha! Moment’ at the latter part. I’m glad I stuck to the story and gave it a chance.

    At first, I thought maybe the children in this book were like those genetically modified people whose parents were the test subjects of experiments by mad scientists. As I went on though, I finally got to the meaty part of the story and learned about wizards, cripples and bloods. The background story is just as fascinating as the one being told about the three children involved!

    What I really liked about this book was that it had no dull moments. Sure, there were pauses for breathing, but I consider them as those calm moments before a storm. The storytelling combines just enough pauses and tension to sustain a very engrossing read.

    The characters are also multi-faceted and interesting. There’s Cole who tried to figure out things on his own and saved two lives in the process. There’s Ashley, who was forced out of her sheltered life to become a much tougher person, learning about her powers in the process. And finally, there’s Lily, a ray of sunshine and maturity at such a young age.

    The only thing I really didn’t like about this book is its ending. It ended with a massive cliffhanger and now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. As a reader, I’d say the cliffhanger was such a huge bummer, but then again, given that the author was able to elicit such a reaction from me only means that she was successful in luring me into a very engrossing story, her story.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book to readers who would like to enter a world of wizards so different from those in Harry Potter! 

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    Ashley┬┐s family was killed by an explosion. All she knew was lif

    Ashley’s family was killed by an explosion. All she knew was life on her family farm. Memories of her younger sister and parents are starting to return. It has been 8 years since the traumatic experience and she does not remember much.




    Soon she is being hunted by men with superhuman powers. She meets up with some kind people who help her piece together the secrets of her past. They want to help her. The more she begins to learn about herself, and these viscous men she knows it is up to her to try and put a stop to the path of destruction they are leaving behind.




    Fast paced fantasy thriller. I really enjoyed this read and feel that young adults as well as adults will like this book as much as I did. I look forward to book two in the series.

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