Bloodmaiden

Bloodmaiden

by Christine E. Schulze

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Overview

"Zale. Gauthier. Varden. For me, these three dynasties have always sounded like something out of an ancient myth or fairy tale from another world. The concept of humans and dragons helping and living in harmony with one another, without fear, is a distant dream only read of, told of secretly, and quietly yearned for.

For, you see, I am the new Quelda of the Tynan Dynasty."

These words echo the mystery, horror, and romance found within Schulze's young adult fantasy adventure novel.

Along with her new husband, Chalom, Crislin must choose to embrace cruel tradition, run from it, or stand against it. The young couple's only hope is to rally the help of the three peaceful dragon dynasties of Sulaimon-but tradition is not on their side, even outside Tynan. Gaining the dragon emperors' aid is not a likely hope. Then again, any hope at all is valued in Tynan.

If they are to bring Tynan's tradition to a permanent end, Crisilin and Chalom must brave the three dynasties and the challenges awaiting there. They must convince the dragon emperors to allow them access to the shrines that house the sacred Aria-protective strands of music that can disperse the evil from Tynan and unite the four dynasties of Sulaimon as a whole once again. Their only aid stems from a sprite whose moods are as changeable as her magic, a young minstrel, and a mysterious fox. Despite the odds, defeating the evil of Tynan is possible-but only if they can escape the Wall first.

*Note to readers: 25% of all profits goes to ALFA, a charity helping adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in Southern Illinois live more full and abundant lives!*

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542550123
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/22/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Christine E. Schulze has been living in castles, exploring magical worlds, and creating fantastical romances and adventures since she was too young to even write of such stories. Her collection of YA, MG, and children's fantasy adventure books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books that can all be read separately but also weave together to create a single, amazing fantasy.

One of her main aspirations for The Amielian Legacy is to create grand fantasy adventures with characters that connect with readers from many different backgrounds. She has always believed strongly in including diversity in her books; right now her focus is on including racial diversity and characters with developmental disabilities. The latter is inspired by Schulze working with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Trinity Services in Southern Illinois. She also donates 25% of all royalties to ALFA, a local charity that supports many of Trinity's programs.

Some of her exciting ventures include the publication of her award-winning Bloodmaiden, as well as The Stregoni Sequence and The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms. Her published books for younger readers include In the Land of Giants, The Amazing K, and The Adventures of William the Brownie.

Her most recent project includes the professional re-editing and remastering of two YA fantasy series, The Gailean Quartet and The Hero Chronicles, the latter of which will be released under the new name A Shadow Beyond Time. For this series, she has also brought an amazing new co-author onto her team, Kira Lerner, whom she has used many a time as her editor for other works.

Christine currently lives in Belleville, IL, but you can visit her on her website:
http://authorchristineschulze.com/

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Bloodmaiden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SusanWickell More than 1 year ago
Fascinating! I found this book absolutely fascinating!! It has phenomenal character development, elegant and flavorful language, and sincerity for the triumph of good over evil. Magical for readers of all ages!!
Clx.Bkwrm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whatever assumptions and predictions I have made about this story was destroyed as I read this book page by page. This book is so powerful, vicious and poetic, describing how a couple seeks freedom from tyranny in thier homeland. I loved everything about this story, from the characters to the different worlds to the riddles all the way to its final epic moment. Just like I have recommended this book to my friends, I highly recommend this book to all readers.
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think I can remember when was the last time that I read a book where Dragons played a key role in the story. Bloodmaiden was certainly an interesting fantasy novel that included all the elements that you would find in any fantasy story: eccentric characters, magical lands, myths, and a quest. When I started to read, the story automatically pulled me in. The first person narration told by Crisilin was very interesting. The story opens up with her dreading what is coming next. She is to become the next Quelda of Tynan- in other words a sacrificial queen.She is then getting prepared to become married to her chosen husband, who turns out to be none other then her childhood best friend, Chalom. They both come to the conclusion that they can't stay in Tynan any longer, despite the fact that Chrisilin was just made into the new Quelda. With the help of her aunt, they both escape into the night away from Tynan, in hopes of seeking the help they desperately need in order to restore peace for the people of Tynan.Christine Schulze's writing is very descriptive and full of wonderful imagery which really made the story come to life. The magical dynasties and their unique Aria was a very cool concept for this book. Magical music as a source of protection and power is rather original and an interesting idea to incorporate into a fantasy novel. As I read about the Aria's, a part of me was trying to imagine how each Aria from the dynasties would sound like in real life. The pacing in this novel was also great. Fast paced and it never dragged at all! You'll be surprised by how fast you'll get through the book without even trying!Characters- There were plenty of interesting characters in this story and they each played an important role in the quest of obtaining the Arias. Surprisingly though, my favorite characters weren't Chrisilin or Chalom. They were Pan,Brydon, and Mokoulu. These three characters were great! Each had their unique personality! Pan was the feisty pixie, Brydon the shy one, and Mokoulu the comical and gentle one! If Chrisilin and Chalom were written as different characters then maybe I would have enjoyed this story a bit more. For the most part they were alright but at times I simply felt annoyed by their relationship. I just couldn't believe that they cared about each other. Not to mention that Chalom calling Chrisilin "Sweetheart" was just... weird. In short I think Fantasy fans might enjoy this book. So if you're a fan, give this book a try!
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book quite a bit, but seeing as I am not a hardcore fan of fantasy/sci-fi as many people out there, all of the odd names threw me off and made it hard to concentrate on the story itself. However, the story itself was extremely beautiful and very wonderful descriptive language was used. You definitely are rooting for Crislin, Chalom, Pan and Brydon throughout the whole book. Christine definitely has a talent for writing.
Alysmith17 More than 1 year ago
From the very first sentence, I was drawn in like a moth to the flame, the way the suspense was built up and made questions form in my mind captured my imagination until the very end, the emotion behind every word and every encounter drew different responses from me. When Pan finally found her daughter I nearly wept with joy for her and her family now reunited, when the truth of Aunt Simone being alive is revealed I almost screamed with relief. It is interesting seeing the different emotions of the dragons as well, how some disagreed with the old laws but were still bound to them whether they liked it or not, how they hoped for change despite opposition. The book was a delight to read throughout and is one I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a new twist on a fantasy novel, the only thing I personally struggled with was when the dragons of Tynian were taken, I say this is a personal struggle because like Crisilin I wanted to see the dragons suffer for everything they had done to its people, unlike Crislin I am of a more bloodthirsty sort. That is the beauty of this novel, however, is the lesson about forgiveness that is its very core, the foundation of this is not the physical journey our heroes take on but the emotional and mental growth which they gain at the end, the ability to forgive the unforgivable and become a better person because of it.
Bookworm1310 More than 1 year ago
I received a free digital copy in return for an honest review. What a wonderful tale! I can’t believe that I have not read any of Christine’s work before. She writes in her own worlds just like Tamora Pierce and I know I will enjoy her other stories. This book talks about four kingdoms ruled by four species of dragons and people who band together to right the injustices that one of the species is committing by demanding human sacrifices. It is a beautifully written tale that sweeps you into a magical land where dragons, sprites, and magic all exist. The main characters and their traveling companions suffer from many issues so the reader will most likely identify with at least one. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more of her works.
PirateVanRock More than 1 year ago
I am honestly unsure what to say about this book. An ebook version was sent to me by the author for review and it has taken me far too long to get around to reading it, but I really wanted to love it. In fact, anytime I win or am given a book (either ebook or physical book), I desperately want to adore it. But I didn't. It came off as rather mediocre to me. I did enjoy main story. I loved the selfish dragons who were sacrificing one girl every year, selecting a new girl for the sacrifice and forcing her to marry. Allowing the couple a year to produce a child and then slaughtering the entire family for nothing more than their own amusement was an interesting idea. Yay for sadistic dragons. The characters fell a little flat to me. The only ones I truly liked were Pan and Brydon. Crisilin and Chalom were too religious for my tastes. In fact, the whole novel came off a little to religious for my liking. I realize that the author has done a lot of Christian novels, but I was under the impression that this wasn't one of them. Either way, I cringed every time they praised/thanked/prayed to Usamah. Leaving my own personal Atheist views out of the picture, it still came off as rather fake to me. I also really dislike Mokuolu. I hate when someone calls everyone "brother" or "sister" and even more so when they pronounce it "brotha" or "sista". ::shudders:: My only other issue was the fact that you are never told Crisilin's age. In the beginning I thought she was 16 or so, but throughout the novel, she is always referred to as a child which implies younger to me. Since she is forced into marriage and expected to produce a child immediately, she can't be younger than 13 or 14. It wasn't a huge deal, it was just something that could have helped me in getting a better feel for the character. Despite my complaints, I think that anyone who likes fantasy and doesn't have a problem with some religious overtones, will definitely enjoy this novel. ****Thank you to Christine E Schulze for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review****
Lovez2Read More than 1 year ago
I have actually read this book twice now. There is so much action and depth of relationships throughout the story that I just had to read it again before posting my review. Characters you think you know at the beginning of the book, are full of surprises later on. I completely fell in love with Crislin and Chalom, and felt horror at their plight. I was amazed at their courage and determination to right the wrongs of their land no matter the trials that came their way. Their friends show great depth of character and loyalty. This is a wonderful YA book, but I also recommend it to adults and teens as well. Definitely for ages 14/15 and up. The only thing that would keep younger readers from reading this book is the "marital" relationship of some of the characters. This is a clean book, no bad language or explicit "sexual" situations. My Rating: solid 4 out of 5 - MUST READ!
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free for review. The genre of Christian Fantasy is an interesting one. I haven't read that many examples of it, but what I have read are pretty well done. I enjoyed this one, although I preferred the previous book I reviewed by this same author more. The story is pretty unique, with lots of description, sometimes to a fault since they do seem to get in the middle of the action, therefore slowing the pace down. The plot is fun, with some moments of well-crafted tension that make the reader turn the pages all the quicker. I loved the riddles in the story. It's always a great detail to add to any book, riddles that make the reader use his or her brain to figure them out. The writing is a bit uneven. Some parts are very well done, while others suffer from lack of editing, which is a shame since the story has real potential. It's not so much spelling or grammatical errors, but just plot planning that should have been a bit tighter. I do still recommend it for readers of fantasy, especially those of you out there that enjoy stories that are just a bit different.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Bloodmaiden takes places in a realm called Sulamin. Sulamin is divided into four regions with each region ruled by a group of dragons. In three of the kingdoms, the dragons and people live happily together. In Tynan the dragons are cruel and demand much of the people, including blood sacrifice of the chosen one, the Quelda. The new Quelda of Tynan, Crislin and her young husband, Chalmon, have only one chance to live. They must escape Tynan and gain the assistance of the dragons in the other three regions. Their journey is not an easy one, nor is it without danger. Along the way they meet many friends, sprites, dragons and nymphs. Among the dangers they must conqueror are a frozen lake, mountain creatures that try to step on them and a sphinx that demands answers to riddles. The fate of Crislin's people is in her hands. Bloodmaiden is a Christian Fantasy novel. It has all of the right elements for an excellent read: conflict, supernatural powers, and dragons with velvety wings, tears, and smiles. This book is very descriptive. I could see the dragons as they hung from the ceiling. I could see the beauty of the frozen lake, the mountains, and the caves. Author Christine Schulze took time to develop all of the characters including the secondary ones. She threw in some unexpected plot twists. Earlier I mentioned the riddles. They were fun. I could answer a few, but they were not easy. I thought they added much to the plot. I would recommend this book for 12 and up. I found this book fascinating and will look for more books by this author.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
In the land of Sulaimon, there existed four kingdoms, one in the east, the west, the north and the south. Each of them had protecting it a dragon. A different dragon type existed in a pact between the humans and dragons that either one, would bring bloodshed and death on the other. They existed to bring about order and harmony in their land. Yet in the land of Tynan, those ancient pacts have been forgotten. High above in the cold, icy and barren mountains, blood has continued to flow. A new Quelda has been chosen and within a year, she too will pay the ultimate price. Forced to spend an hour each day of her year spinning straw into gold for the dragons, she will marry one chosen for her as her husband. Not getting a choice in the matter, Crisilin hopes above all that within a years time she will grow to love her husband, that he will at least care for her with love and kindness and that in time he can grow to love her too. When she is presented in the traditional ceremony, she finds that the man on the other side of a blood red and gold door is the love of her life, her childhood friend, Chalom. At least having one of her prayers answered by Usamah, the one who watches over all from the heavens above, she prepares for the worst day of her life, witnessing the death of the previous Quelda at the hands of the dragons who ask for a yearly sacrifice, one in which the fields of gold will now run filled with the blood of the humans. In the book Bloodmaiden by Christine Schulze, we are taken back into a time of ancient dragons who were sworn to protect the people that lived in their land. Now it seems that the dragons of Tynan have gotten greedy and selfish and wish to remind the humans living in the land just how powerful dragons really are. Armed with the stories of old, Crisilin and Chalom strive to find a way out of the terror that has seize their home and will attempt to restore the home that has been robbed from them for the last sixty-six years. If they can make it across the icy, frozen lake, they will be considered unpure to dwell within Tynan as the reigning Quelda. Along the way, the will enlist the aid of some unusual beings, from dragons, sprites and nymphs to locate the songs of the dragons that will remove the evil and restore the blessings on their home once more. I received this book on my Kindle compliments of Pump Up Your Book tours and Old Line Publishing for my honest review. Being a huge fan of the fantasy genre, this one was such a wonderful way to get lost in a land of magic once again and see how pride, greed and arrogance can ruin things until love and harmony are once more restored along Usamah's blessings to reign once more. Caught in a time period much like Narnia, this one will delight and entertain the reader in a magical way. I highly recommend this book to those of you looking to get lost in beautiful, fictional place and rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
Tishia More than 1 year ago
Bloodmaiden is a good, quick read - only 200 pages. Chrisilin and her husband have been chosen to be the sacrifices for the dragon rulers of their dynasty. The book starts out with Chrisilin not knowing who her husband is going to be, but knowing that they will be killed within the next year. It's a sad, yearly tradition that the people of this dynasty have to endure. The author did a really good job at making you feel the terror and sorrow that Chrisilin feels, being that it is written in 1st person. I personally thought that the book was a mix of beautiful descriptions and being overly descriptive. I understand the extent of the descriptions though, as this is based in a fantasy land that people have never seen before so the need for being descriptive is important. It's a beautifully written book, and the storyline was strong. I didn't feel like the characters were as strong. I think I connected more to the secondary characters, and knew more about them which is really odd considering the fact that it's written in 1st person. I don't know - maybe it is just me. I also would have liked to see more romance between Chrisilin and her new husband. Of course, instead of having a honeymoon - they are risking their lives to flee their homeland so the opportunity for romance isn't great. Being the romance lover that I am though, I still would have liked to see more in that department. Fantasy lovers will really like this book. It also has a lot of suspense and adventure incorporated with their journey throughout the different dynasties. Also, this book is Young Adult friendly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was beautifully written and I really enjoyed reading it. Bloodmaiden is set in the mystical land of Sulaimon. It's four kingdoms are ruled and guarded by four dragon dynasties. The humans and dragons all live in harmony and help one another, all except the kingdom of Tynan. It's dragon rulers require a human sacrifice to be made to them each year. This year, Crislin and her new husband, Chalom, have been chosen for sacrifice. Rather than face their impending doom, they decide to flee and seek help from the other kingdoms. Crislin and Chalom meet friends along the way to help them on their quest
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
In the mystical land of Sulaimon, if the brave young couple of Chalom and Crisilin have any chance of bringing an end to a cruel, longstanding tradition, they must rally the support of their three peaceful neighboring kingdoms - all guarded and ruled by powerful dragon dynasties. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, the intrepid husband and wife team contend with a host of increasingly dangerous challenges - including everything from deadly blizzards to the arresting power of disbelief - as they strive to rid their beloved land of evil and reunite the four dynasties of Sulaimon into a peaceful, harmonious whole once more. With only a handful of unlikely "warriors" to help them, though, the unsung heroes must ultimately derive their strength from a source more robust than mere numbers... Crafted in vibrant, visionary fashion, Bloodmaiden is an all-engrossing fantasy thriller. On par with the likes of Tolkien and Herbert, author Christine Schulze has created a compelling world of epic proportions, populated by mystical figures who find themselves swept up in the throes of a momentous, fateful fight for their very lives. In Chalom and Crisilin, Schulze successfully conveys the selfless valor of heroism while simultaneously depicting the underlying vulnerability that gives rise to such bravery. Realizing that their greater battle isn't for themselves - but rather for the survival of the land they hold so dear - is all the motivation the young warriors need to hold fast to their cherished cause - even at the expense of their own lives. Highly imaginative and entertaining, Bloodmaiden is a solid new addition to the world of fantasy fiction. A standout debut from a promising young literary talent. Chelsea Perry Apex Reviews