Bloodrealms: Book Two of the Bloodmark Saga

Bloodrealms: Book Two of the Bloodmark Saga

by Aurora Whittet

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Bloodrealms: Book Two of the Bloodmark Saga by Aurora Whittet

Werewolf princess Ashling Boru's eighteenth birthday is only a year away, which means that she only has twelve months before she is claimed and fulfills her prophecy to unite the packs and lead her people. Her father decrees that her four suitors must fight in the Bloodrealms, the werewolves' ancient underground fighting world, and the winner will have King Boru's choice to win Ashling's hand. The wolf laws are rigid and barbaric, and Ashling's illicit love for Grey, if discovered, will mean his death. But when Ashling and Grey get trapped in the blood-soaked depths of the Bloodrealms, they find ancient horrors far greater than Ashling's father's rule.

With betrayal around every corner and old nemeses set to destroy Ashling, she is more divided than ever between the destiny she didn't choose and the love that she did. To make matters worse, her decision will not only set the course of her future, but the future of her entire race.

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ISBN-13: 9781940014364
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 873,438
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Bloodrealms: Book Two of the Bloodmark Saga 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Packed with non-stop action, this book brings the wonders and horrors of the world of werewolves to life. After escaping near death and killing her largest enemy, Ashling finds herself the object of four suitors affections. Her father insists she choose one, but whatever choice she makes brings risks she's not really willing to take with it. To make matters more difficult, the pressure of fulfilling a prophecy hangs over her like a dark shadow. Some want to control her, some want to possess her and others simply want her dead. This book takes off where the first one in the series leaves off, and I wouldn't recommend it as a stand-alone. Action, multi-layered agendas and hidden dangers guarantee that this isn't a book easily put down. Ashling has began to accept who the prophecy says she is, but that doesn't mean she has a clue what she should do about it. Her desire to do her best and protect everyone makes her easy to root for, especially since she's put in the awkward situation of having to choose between suitors, which her father has picked out for her. The inner struggle to make her father happy, while remaining true to herself makes her easy to sympathize with and presents a lovely inner struggle to her somewhat rebellious personality. Each character is given their own history, personality and depth. Although it's clear which one of the suitors Ashling prefers, the author does an excellent job of making each one (mostly) seem worthy. By the end when her choice happens, it's hard not to feel a little sorry for the ones she didn't chose. There's quite a bit of romance thrown in with the action. At times, it was sweet. Other times, the sways toward a somewhat love triangle bothered a bit. There are so many aspects to this werewolf culture and life, and the details made it interesting. The multi-layers and possibilities give the traditional myths an entirely new depth and background. Some of these were grabbing and intriguing. Others could have been better founded. At times, solutions or new problems seem to pop up for the sake of simply adding more tension and action. But in general, the world makes sense and grabs so much that it's easy to get lost in. This book was even better than the first and promises an exciting read until the very last page. There's lots of romance but tons of action and adventure as well. I'll definitely be grabbing book three to see how all of this comes together at the end. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Bloodmark, the first book in this series, and I knew there was so much going to happen in Bloodrealms. There sure is a whole lot going on. Ashling now has four suitors vying for the right to claim her as their bride. A couple of them seem to really love her. One seems to want Ashling as a trophy. And then there’s Eamon. I really don’t like that guy. Something is wrong about him. There’s also someone or something watching Ashling. She’s attacked numerous times and barely escapes with her life. Things get bloodier, even more dangerous, when Ashling and Grey enter the Bloodrealms. It’s a place of darkness and treachery. And evil from long ago roams there, waiting for more victims. Holy cow. It was so hard to read the last half of this book. Grey, Brychan, Channing, and Eamon all have to fight in the arena. The last one standing will win the right to marry Ashling. I’m telling you, aside from Eamon,I was hard pressed to choose a favorite. All of these guys grew on me. The suspense was so intense. I’m still feeling it. I feel I should explain about my feelings towards Eamon. He’s standoffish, gruff, and something isn’t quite right about him. I did get his story and it’s powerful. I didn’t bond with Ashling that much in the first book. She changed so much in this one. I wondered how a teenage girl could step into the role of the Crimson Queen, unite the packs, and protect all living things. Sounds like a lot for one little girl. Ashling grew page by page. She matured, found that stuff inside that she didn’t know she had. Became what she was meant to be. The pack chose her. She became The Chosen One. The author did a splendid job of achieving all of this in a way that made me forget this was a fantasy. I laughed with the pack. Cried with them. Fought with them. I became a part of the pack while reading their stories. While the first book took a bit to grab me, this one did right from the beginning. The pace is fast, the romance is tangled and messy, and the intrigue, darkness, and violence really ramp up. There’s no way I can stop with this series now. And lucky me, I already have the third book, Bloodmoon. That title alone gives me the shivers. Can’t wait.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I loved Bloodmark (book 1 in this series) and was looking forward to Bloodrealms. Bloodrealms started right where we left on in the first book and I felt it was faster paced than the first one. I will say that this is not a stand alone book. You will be quite lost if you don’t read Bloodmark first. The first book provides many characters, background, and the start of the relationship between Ashling and Grey – something you do not want to miss! I am not a traditional gal in any sense and with “sides” pitted against “sides” in regards to Ashling’s future; I am easily frustrated. I found that Bloodrealms evoked a lot of emotion within me – something I also felt in the first book in the series and I would not be surprised to find in the third book too. Bloodrealms was slightly darker and had more violence than Bloodmark but did not change my opinion of the book or the series. This is by far, one of my favorite series this year and definitely ranked at the top of favorite paranormal/fantasy series. If you enjoy the fantasy/paranormal of werewolves – you will enjoy this series. (It does remind me of Twilight a bit, but there are no vampires. The term ‘bloodsuckers’ in this book does not relate to vampires, but to those who are destined to kill werewolves.)
MyMamasWorld More than 1 year ago
Bloodrealms offers non-stop action and adventure. The second book in this trilogy becomes a little more complicated as the settings change somewhat drastically, new characters and plot twists are introduced, and the pace continues to move rather quickly. I found myself reading Bloodrealms a little more slowly than the first book so that I could keep all of the events and characters in order in my mind. Bloodrealms is definitely even more action packed than Bloodmoon with much darker settings and scenes. Readers will find more characters to love--and hate--and question. The author does a nice job in keeping readers guessing about characters--and their motivations and loyalties-- throughout this story. The main character, Ashling, grows and changes a lot as she lives through the events of the book. She was a little inconsistent at times through the early-middle of the book--but, returned to the strong character readers will expect by the end. Most of the many characters introduced serve purposes to the storyline--and those purposes are sometimes surprising. Readers will need to read the series in order. The books in this trilogy truly build upon each other and readers will need to read the entire series to understand the significance of events and feel connected to the characters and the plot. Would I recommend Bloodrealms by Aurora Whittet? The second book is much darker and more deeply rooted in the story's ancient, werewolf world. It is a little more complicated and convoluted than the first--and readers will need to read with a little more attention to detail. This book keeps up the mix of romance, action, adventure, drama, mystery, suspense--but, this book becomes more of a book setting the foundation for the heroine to save the world from evil. Action and adventure with stronger, violent scenes are more prevalent in this book than the first. I especially think the themes are a little mature for tween/young teens--but, I still think both young adults and older adults will connect with the characters and Whittet's storyline. Readers will not find much resolution to many of the story's conflicts at the end of this book--moving on to the third book is a necessity.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Bloodrealms by Aurora Whittet is the second book in the Bloodmark saga following the story of werewolf princess Ashling Boru. Ashling has just turned eighteen and is a year closer to having to fulfill her prophecy of marrying a man she doesn't love and uniting two wolfpacks. Ashling has other suitors as well and her father has said that they will all fight in the bloodrealms, an ancient underground fighting world for her hand in marriage. Ashling may be in love with another but what happens in the bloodrealms will change her destiny and the destiny of all werewolves. Bloodrealms is a book that moves along at a brisk pace and has a little something that all readers can enjoy. Romance, action and interesting plot twists are all here in this story which manages to out do the first installment in the series. This book builds on what happened in the first book and is a good read if you like romance and mythology.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
WOW! This series just keeps getting even better! This book was a little bit longer than the first but it did not feel that way at all. It took me a little while to read the first one but I flew through this one. I think the story line for this one was really fast-paced compared to the first book. It had a lot of action going on. The story picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Things really start to get interesting. The romance really starts to build up in this story. There is a whole lot of action, fighting, blood, death, and hard choices to be made. This one held my attention even more than the first book and I read it in one sitting. It had a whole lot more going on. New characters are introduced and the plot thickens. Ashling has a whole lot more weighing on her shoulders. She has to make a lot of hard decisions and grow up even faster in this book. The decisions she will have to make will effect everyone. Relationships will be tested and secrets will be revealed. There was a few twists. Some tragic moments. They weren't huge moments but they were interesting enough. This book ends on a note that tells me that things are really going to get crazy in the next book. I wouldn't be surprised if the next one is the best one yet. You could easily pick this book up and read it as a standalone if you have not read the first book. If there had been some time in between reading the first book and the second I would have easily been able to pick this up and know what was going on. The author does a good job of giving subtle reminders without rehashing the first story all over again. There is gore in this book and it may not be for the faint of heart. However, the language in this book series is kept very clean. I highly recommend this story to Twilight fans, especially if you were a Jacob fan and a fan of the wolves. WOW! This series just keeps getting even better! This book was a little bit longer than the first but it did not feel that way at all. It took me a little while to read the first one but I flew through this one. I think the story line for this one was really fast-paced compared to the first book. It had a lot of action going on. The story picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Things really start to get interesting. The romance really starts to build up in this story. There is a whole lot of action, fighting, blood, death, and hard choices to be made. This one held my attention even more than the first book and I read it in one sitting. It had a whole lot more going on. New characters are introduced and the plot thickens. Ashling has a whole lot more weighing on her shoulders. She has to make a lot of hard decisions and grow up even faster in this book. The decisions she will have to make will effect everyone. Relationships will be tested and secrets will be revealed. There was a few twists. Some tragic moments. They weren't huge moments but they were interesting enough. This book ends on a note that tells me that things are really going to get crazy in the next book. I wouldn't be surprised if the next one is the best one yet. You could easily pick this book up and read it as a standalone if you have not read the first book. If there had been some time in between reading the first book and the second I would have easily been able to pick this up and know what was going on. The author does a good job of giving subtle reminders without rehashing the first story all over agai
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Ashling Boru has one year until her 18th birthday. Even though she's always been outcast, she must abide by the pack laws in regards to a mate. Thus, there are four suitors pursuing her hand, including Gray, her love. May the best wolf, er man, win. This book was the second part in a trilogy. about Ashling coming into her own and abiding by traditions. It wasn't that bad. No more unbelievable love at first sight. My biggest problem is the time frame between books. It's hard to remember where things left off from the last one, which isn't really a good thing when working in trilogies. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
FlyeZachary93 More than 1 year ago
Review: Protagonist: Ashling Boru is wild, untamed, and fierce but she's still held back by the laws of the wolves and doesn't have a say in who she is to spend the rest of her life with. So I would say that I liked Ashling in the first book, but I absolutely loved her in this book. Her defiance and passion, mixed with a few flaws here and there, all held together by her determined loyalty made Ashling a brilliant narrator and protagonist. Her development in this installment is really geared toward who she is, both to those she loves and concerning the prophecy about her. While maybe slow in some part, it's easy to see her grow and change over the course of the book. I loved watching her defy convention and stand up for herself and her own beliefs more and more over the course of the story and grow into the heroine and leader that she needs to be to unite the wolf packs against the evils of the world. Romance: So I wasn't a huge fan of the romance in the first installment of this series, it was chock full of insta-love and really lacked a good amount of complexity other than the whole hunter/hunted forbidden love thing. In this book however, there is so much more romance going around and it's all done masterfully. In this book Ashling has three main love interests, first there's Grey, the boy she fell in love within an instant, but whose shared love is really and truly earned by the start of this book, even if his declarations are a bit grandiose, over the top, and way to poetic for a kid like him to use. Then there's Brychan, Ashling's betrothed and I'd say if they end up together I wouldn't be too outraged, Brychan's a sweet guy, maybe a bit too cocky at times, but really seems to genuinely care for Ashling. Finally there's Channing, Ashling's third suitor and while he is also a sweet guy, he is a bit shallow and really loves the idea of Ashling more than who she is, but still a great guy in the end. The romance in the book is done very well, I never felt like I couldn't take the suitors other than Grey seriously and I loved how it wove through the storyline and plot so well. World-Building: There is so much world-building in this installment. There is still so much to learn but this book really delves into not only character back stories and tales of the past that may cause strife later in the story, but really set up a great many things for the next installment in this saga. My favorite thing though may have been the pack traditions, laws and, lifestyle that we learned about. Not that I agreed with any of it, in fact I found it barbaric, archaic, and utterly sexist, but it was those things that really brought it to life and drove my passion for this book. I was excited with every little piece of information we learned. Don't even get me started on the actual Bloodrealms though. It's something you should experience when you read the book, but I will say this, I was not prepared for the primal, gory, and extremely violent setting that we get. Think underground Olympic Colosseum.  Predictability: So in the beginning I thought I had this book pegged, sure I had my suspicions every once in a while, but for the most part I thought I had at least a vague understanding of how this story would go, and for quite a while I was right. Then, it was the beginning of the end. I'm not kidding you, at the beginning of what I would classify this book's ending all my predictions went out the window. There were so many twists and the sheer organized chaos of it was glorious. I never knew quite what was going to happen and I was really surprised to see how much the author was able to truly cram into so few pages. It's pretty mind blowing. Ending: So yeah, like I said the ending was crazy. The final confrontation was action packed and the author didn't skimp on the amount of detail for the battles with the larger antagonists of this installment. It was hard to truly keep up with the action though, but boy was it entertaining. In the cool down period following the battle, tensions were high as this book wound down. There's a bit of a cliffhanger and I'm really interested to see if this is going to be a trilogy or if the author has plans to expand the series beyond three books, because right now, given the size of the next installment, Bloodmoon, I could easily see most if not all of the loose ends being tied up. Rating: I honestly didn't expect this going into the book. While I stand by my four star rating for the first book, I'll be the first to admit that it had quite a few flaws. However, this is every single thing that I wanted out of a sequel to Bloodmark and so very much more. I'm practically kicking myself for not starting it sooner, and will probably read the next installment as soon as I am physically able to.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
I did a mashup review of this book and the preceding book Bloodmark. I received these books as part of a blog tour hosted by Fallen For Books!  This is no way influences my review. I basically have the same things to say for both of these books so I decided to do a mash-up instead of a separate post for each.  So here we go! I really liked these two books.  They represented such a different take on werewolves and the life they live.  In this series, the werewolves are actually connected to the earth and are the protectors of humans.  They have a mission which really directs the story-line. Overall, these were very well done books but they just aren't 5 star material for me.  I won't fangirl over them (although I'll probably read the next book) or speculate or anything.  They were just pretty good. Even though I really don't like patriarchy (where a society is dominated by men) it does fit the story very well.  Old werewolves from ancient times who don't want to change?  Definite patriarchy.  So it fit very well with the characters and the plot and kept me reading because I was scoffing every time a guy talked and I wanted to see how Ashling defied that.  She didn't disappoint. It's safe to say I loved pretty much all the characters.  One stands out in my mind that I hated though - Ashling's father.  I couldn't believe him!  His character was very well written so that he came across evil, but he was also looking out for Ashling's best interests (well... sort of at least).  Every line he spoke I was shuddering.  I mean someone has to go screw his head on straight!  This is one of those books where I'm glad I can't trade lives with the MC. It also was a bit cliche when Ashling fell in love with Grey with the whole forbidden romance and everything but once his true lineage was revealed, I was sort of okay with it.  It still wasn't exactly the best for me though. The Final Verdict: Overall, a very well-written, unique book however it just isn't 5 star material.  The characters are very well done and the patriarchy was very convincing as well. 4 stars Quotes: “I wanted desperately to be part of our pack; I felt a hole inside myself where my pack should have been.” “Our love transcends space and time. No culture or creed could ever keep us apart. Even death is just the beginning.” 
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. I will start by saying that I haven't read book 1 in this series and honestly, it didn't cause any problems at all. I would like to read book 1 to find out about how Ashling and Grey come together and to find out more about the history of the characters but it wasn't essential to understand any of this story. Ashling and Grey love each other and want to be mated/married but Ashling's father has decreed that 3 other 'suitors' plus Grey must fight in the Bloodrealms and the winner will win Ashling's hand. If Ashling defies him or the winner, she risks splitting the packs in two as some will back her and some will back her father. Her father is a misguided man in that he thinks he is doing the right thing but seriously needs to move with the times. He is a very well-written character in that every time you read about him, you long for him to do or say 'something' that will make him seem less stand-offish. I won't go into the story too much as it would take a book length review to explain everything but suffice it to say, this book gripped me from page one. Watching Ashling grow into herself and gain confidence as the story progresses was wonderful and I was kept on tenterhooks over whether she and Grey would be able to be together. Each of the characters, even if they don't seem that interesting to start with, ended up being fascinating as you learn more about them. There is love, friendship, betrayal, history, action - pretty much everything you could ask for in this book. You will laugh at some of Ashling's quips, gasp at the fights and, if you're like me, cry a tear or two at the end (but I'll say no more about that as I want it to be as much a surprise for you as it was for me!). I now need to read book 1 and will definitely be keeping my eyes out for book 3. Highly recommended.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Aurora Whittet's book Bloodrealms (Blookmark Saga Book 2) is the sequel to Bloodmark. You're going to need a seatbelt while reading this  one.  It will grab you from the first word you read and then those pages will turn and turn and keep turning until the end.  It's a book you will  find it hard to put down until you finish reading it.  This is a great paranormal YA book.  Some of the story takes part in our world and some  in Ashling's mythical werewolf old world.  As we read we might forget that that our heroine is only a child.  This is a great book about  teenage love, family devotion and making decisions that may change many lives.  There are twists and turns.  Believe me you won't get  enough of it.  I gave it 5 stars but it clearly deserves at least 10+.  I highly recommend it to all. I am waiting anxiously for the next book in  the series. I also look for more from Aurora Whittet.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Ooooohhhhh! Shiny! Aurora Whittet has another gem to add to my collection! Book two of the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodrealms is just as brilliant as its predecessor, Bloodmark ! More twists, more tangles, more than an angst-filled young adult romance, Bloodrealms sets Ashling further down the path that will determine the fate of her entire race. Torn between duty and love, no matter which fork in the road she takes, there will be pain, will no one champion her cause for the freedom to choose love? Nothing more than a pawn for her father’s machinations, Ashling is to be the prize in a brutal and barbaric werewolf ritual as four suitors must fight to the finish to win her hand. Hasn’t she been through enough, in her past? Strong-willed and defiant, Ashling tries to go through the motions of entertaining her suitors, but it’s Grey who has her heart, the half-breed, the least likely to win. Can she risk his life or settle for another kind-hearted, warrior suitor? When the brother of her now dead tormentor offers for her hand, how could her father say yes? No longer able to watch her people fight and die for her, Ashling finally grows a warrior’s heart, now she needs the skills, but will it be enough to turn the tides that all seem to flow against her? Everyone is not as they seem, friends hide their true nature, strangers become allies and Ashling learns the meaning of loyalty to her people. Will she ever learn to stand against her father and his archaic ways? Will she learn what being royalty means from her mother? Again, I am amazed by Aurora Whittet and her power over her pen. Ms. Whittet delivers another YA fantasy taut with tension, the heart of youth, and the confusion of too much responsibility for a teenaged princess. Ashling grows exponentially throughout this tale, finding her footing and looking beyond what she wants to what others need around her. Even the “bad guys” have a side that is fascinating as their stories are unfolded. Every bit as good as book one, but with a slightly different flavor, I highly recommend this series and watching Ashling grow!