A gripping story based on the Siegfried and Brunnhilde tale from Nordic myth.
Sigurd has a fabulous but frightening future predicted. To start with, he must leave everything he knows to go and fight a dragon and from there descend into the Underworld. Sounds bad enough, but when you know that the dragon lives on a futuristic, industrially-ruined moonscape that was once Hampstead Heath, the scene is set for a brutal fight on an epic scale. Unhappily for Sigurd, he meets the love of his life in the underworld, and his efforts to rescue his lover will cause heartache and grief for both of them, and anyone who ever meets them.
|Product dimensions:||4.60(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Lexile:||760L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
MELVIN BURGESS published his first book for children, Cry of the Wolf, in 1990 and has since gone on to win the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Carnegie medal, and many others. He has been described as 'a writer of the highest quality' (The Times) and is regarded as one of the best children's writers of our time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this post-apocalyptic world, war and corruption thrive, as the innocent people who occupy it must adapt. England has been torn apart and two families, Niberlin and Portland, are still worrisome toward one another, even though there is a truce intact. The answer to saving this chaotic world lies with one person, the "chosen one," "the hero," - Sigurd, son of King Sigmund. The only surviving Volson, Sigurd's only chance in reuniting this torn country is by doing one simple thing...slay a dragon. Simple? Not so much. Throw in three lovely lady distractions, resurrections, technologically-based animals and humans who aren't so human (including a human-turned-dragon) and a protagonist who is part lion, and it's all a little complicated. On the surface, BLOODSONG looks like the normal adventure based on the heroic cycle, where the main character goes on a journey to accomplish one thing, slay the nemesis. However, in this case it's a technologically advanced dragon. BLOODSONG begins a generation after BLOODTIDE. But nothing is different from the first time period. There is still blood, war, and love. With those elements, Melvin Burgess creates a complex world that is so imaginative and advanced that it feels like you are in an action-packed video game. And when you finish, you just have to sit back and say WHOA!
Geez, where do I start? I loved Bloodtide and when I discovered this was its sequel I jumped to buy it. Probably any fan of Bloodtide would do the same, but I'm warning you, if you liked Bloodtide STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK. It is NOTHING at all like the first one--it doesn't even deserve to call itself Bloodtide's sequel, in my opinion. Here's why: Bloodtide was violent, action-packed, without anything sappy. It didn't shy away from any of this, not even the sex scenes.............But with Bloodsong, it almost seems like someone else entirely wrote it. I was eager to read about what a reviewer called graphic gay sex. Well, here it is: Sigurd smiled. -Yes, I can be yours for just one night. And then we kissed. And then--we made love. And in the morning--in the morning I was heartbroken...............Bloodtide was graphic in everything, so this was a disapointment. This emotional sentimentality pervades the entire book. Well, it seemed to. Admittedly, I was unable to finish it.