Bloodring (Rogue Mage Series #1)

Bloodring (Rogue Mage Series #1)

by Faith Hunter

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In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary “neomage.” Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451462411
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Rogue Mage Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 175,775
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.

In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called The Rogue Mage, based on Thorn.

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Bloodring (Rogue Mage Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Enyo-Maenad More than 1 year ago
Set after the Apocalypse, where Judgement Day arrived, but the world did not end, "Bloodring" follows a rogue neo-mage, Thorn St. Croix, as she tries to hide her heritage among the "normals" that populate what has become of the United States. Thorn St. Croix's magic is with stones, which she incorporates (secretly, of course), into her rock and gem business. When her ex-husband disappears, a very attractive policeman, Thaddeus Bartholomew appears to accuse St. Croix of kidnapping. The resulting search for her ex-husband, complete with appearances of Seraphs, demons, and feats of magic above and beyond what St. Croix knew she was capable of, beyond what any neo-mage should be capable of, is very gripping, and well-written. Save yourself multiple trips to the bookstore, get "Bloodring", "Seraphs" and "Host" all at once; once you start, you'll want them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, enjoyable after you get involved in the story. This book was a little tough to get into as the premise was blurry for the first few chapters. Once you become involved with the characters and the future world of the story, it actually was interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend this for anyone who doesn't mind first person, and enjoys sci fi.
K1K1 More than 1 year ago
This book was a good purchase, the beginning was very hard to get through because it didnt hook my attention but after the first ten pages or so it was good.
mudgger More than 1 year ago
I tired of reading about mage heat (a lot) and just when I thought I knew the rules of and limits to her powers along comes more. I guess I'm just a simple man. I want to know the rules up frount and then watch how clever they are to work within those limitions and prevail.
JasmineStarlight More than 1 year ago
I picked this book at random off the bookstore shelf because its front cover was very appealing. As it turned out, I enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would when I first brought it home. The characters are very real and have multiple dimensions to them. The plot is interesting and kept the pages turning. The end of the book sets itself up for a sequel, which there are several. I can't bring myself to buy the other books in the series but this one was excellent.
MikeOldSciFiFan More than 1 year ago
Slow start for me but as I wrapped my mind around the subject I became more interested and looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word, WOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks like you have this johnathan. Just shout for a hero if you are in trouble.
rritter504 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book after I read the first two "Jane Yellowrock" books, and I liked it even better than that series.Thorn's world is interesting and frightening, and her voice is both intelligent and casual. "This is the world, stop staring, we're used to it." She's a bit frightened, but it carries the seriousness of their new world. The detail in the story is exquisite. The characterizations of the other characters could have gone deeper, but I did enjoy them. The build up of prejudiced humans made the loyalty of Thorn's friends all the more impressive.I can see how some readers might find it disorienting, because the story starts and moves very fast, but I enjoy that type of storytelling. I also feel that Hunter gives us enough information to be able to both understand that story as it progresses and piece together the world as we go along (instead of the monotonous description of the "world" that a lot of author's waste time going into).
nilchance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not my cup of tea. Overly purple. I only made it to the point that the main character fantasized about her love interest holding a bale of hay above his head, naked.
Camethyste on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am hoping to get ahold of the next two in the series soon. Well written story with characters of depth. A very different sort of apocalypse story from what I've ever seen before.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book, 1st in its series. It takes place after the Apocolpyse, where some humans survived, although Seraphs (aka Angels) are still among the people and the Most High rules the earth. There are also mages, one of which is the center of these books. There are demons as well as their creations. Demons attack humans and mages often, especially mages. Anyways, it really turned out to be an engaging and interesting world with lively characters and some really nearly erotic scenes. :) A must-read.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well written and with good ideas but I'm cranky with sciatica and couldn't get into it. It had lovely complex ideas about Seraphs - are they related to God? - and how to live in a post nuclear winter where angry angels and demons are real. I liked the character of Thorn. Maybe it was just too complicated for me with my concentration fractured by pain. I felt like I should have liked it more than I did...
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Faith Hunter's world is a freshly unique one -- life after Revelations, where technology is on the fritz, humanity has been culled, and angels rule the world. Navigating this world can be confusing as Hunter tries to provide history and backstory without slowing down the plot. The effort is worthwhile, though, for an unusual sotry that blends desolation with innovation. And while the religious tones were a little heavy for a heathen like me, there's always something exciting and fearsome about angels -- especially hunky ones -- and I was pulled right in. I have every intention of picking up the rest of this series in the near future.
DriderQueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The apocalypse came, pregnant woman that survived everything gave birth to the mages.I love this setting, it's magic and what it is like. Thorn is more human than many and still thrives in her half-develop powers. She is a good main character, not perfect, self-sacrificing more often than not and she loves more than she should.Loved this.
cmwilson101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Rogue Mage series by Faith Hunter is set in a post-apocalyptic world, some generations after Seraphs revealed themselves to the world and joined forces with humans to battle demons. Magic is unleashed upon the world when the offspring of Seraphs & humans come of age; these "mages" have the ability to cast spells, create amulets & wards. Because of their powers, they are kept in enclaves and strictly monitored. The heroine of the series, Thorn St. Croix, is a rogue mage, living as a human outside the mage enclaves, which is illegal. Thorn makes a living crafting jewelry, which comes naturally to her since she is a stone mage, with an affinity for rocks & gemstones. Thorn is surrounded by close friends, none of whom know the truth about her magic abilities. In Bloodring, the first book of the series, Thorn is reluctantly pulled into the limelight when she is suspected of involvement in the kidnapping her ex-husband. Thorn must clear her name. Complicating matters, she is attracted to the lead police officer, Thaddeus. The series is an interesting blend of urban fantasy and apocalyptic theology (though it's a new theology -- upon their arrival, the Seraphs declared all major religions inaccurate and thus a new religion is created). The author's world-building is detailed and consistent, gorgeously described. In particular, Thorn's affinity for gemstones, colors, and the building of magic spells is beautifully covered in great detail; I found it fascinating, but working with gems & colors & magic may not be everyone's cup of tea. The characters are also well drawn, interesting, and likeable, even minor characters; and the relationships between the various characters are believable and ring true. I would read the series for the characters alone, but the unique setting and descriptive writing has me rushing out to get the next book.
Xanderxavier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent introduction to intriguing series, I very much like originality in books rarely have such religious & theological overtones within a fantasy setting been combined with a book that is clearly not biased towards any single religion or to even a specific idea towards religion, the book uses religion quite heavily whilst remaining entirely unbiased and indeed entirely neutral, something as an atheist I applaud, after all just because I don't believe them doesnt mean I don't think they have they're uses..... within fiction and it's refreshing to see a book partake of that side of the culture without intentionally leaving an after-taste of religious views.The character's are well defined and easy to identify with, and the new world painted within of sufficient complexity to easily comprehend whilst being sufficiently engaging to remain interesting with numerous revelations by the end of the book, overall a well written book with a unique theme, and I look forward on anticipation on the next book in this new saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series continues to deliver.
darkwolfess More than 1 year ago
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Bloodring takes place after the Apocalypse (Bible version). However, not everything happened as the Christians thought it would. Now the world is a much more strange place to live in. The characters are complex, real feeling people. I enjoyed getting to know them. The plot was pretty straight forward, but did have the twists and turns that I enjoy. Faith Hunter's writing is always pretty amazing to read. If you enjoy your apocalyptic books with a bit of supernatural thrown in, you will like this book. The issue that I ran into was that I don't really like a lot of religion with my books and this had a lot of religion. When a piece of the plot revolves around a part of scripture, that scripture is used so you can better understand. So, that does not get you lost if you don't know the Bible very well. The issue is totally my own and should not diminish the book at all for most readers. Now, this being said, I am still going to read the rest of the series. Maybe I will become more adjusted to the religion as the books go forward.
Jen Kyle More than 1 year ago
Faith Hunter story is about post Apocalyptic world. A few characters are Seraphs, Mages, day walkers and humans. The main character and the story is based around is Thorn St. Croix. She is a unlicensed Mage, hiding in the human world. There is so much story going on that you don't want to put the book down. I originally read the book 8 years ago. It was Faiths first book I had ever read. I just reread it and remember why I fell in love with her writing. I love this world. I know have to reread book 2 and 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bloodring is very different read from the other Faith a Hunter novels I’ve read. There is a great deal of detail yet nothing is fully explained. You’re expected to read between the lines or maybe know enough Bible to figure things out. It’s an interesting concept, Armageddon came but not quite as expected and the surviving humans (and a few non humans too) are living through an ice age with angels on overwatch. But I got frustrated with only getting about 1/4 of what I needed to understand the world and it’s people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane Yellowrock is also a great series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made it up to chapter 7, and gave up on the book.  I found the story boring, and I could not keep up with the different characters or their importance to the story.  I like the Jane Yellowrock series way better.
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