Title: Blood Storm
Author: Rhiannon Hart
Opening lines: “…I spied the harming from two hundred yards off …”
Blurb: Blood Storm begins five months where Blood Song left off. Zeraphina and Rodden must travel across the sea to find the elusive ingredients that will help them to win the coming battle against the Lharmellin – but shadows from Rodden’s dark past may come back to haunt him. And while she learns to harness her new abilities, Zeraphina still fights the hunger that makes her crave the north – not to mention avoiding her mother, who wants to see her wayward daughter married to a prince at all costs.
My thoughts: Last year I read and enjoyed the first in the series Blood Song so I was more than happy when I got my grubby little paws on book two. Where ‘Blood Song’ is about Zeraphina and the start of the adventure, BLOOD STORM is all about Rodden and his mysterious past; it also continues the adventure, for their work is not done. Rodden is a man with a past; he is brooding and inscrutable, a private man who is not willing to open up about private stuff and certainly doesn’t want to share what he is up to. Now we get to see just who he was before he became Prince Amis’ best friend and chief security advisor for the King. I was curious as to how the relationship between Zeraphina and Rodden would progress after the edge of the seat climatic ending of ‘Blood Song’, it is not a romance – yet – but there is deep friendship and great respect between the two. Oh ok – maybe there is love, but not the smooch stuff. Rodden is more than happy to let Zeraphina explore her powers – weather control being one of them – which came in handy (when it worked according to plan). They travel across the sea, then across the desert to get what they need to create a secret weapon, this sounds straightforward – but Zeraphina and Rodden are being hunted as their very presence is a threat to Lharmellin. Rodden is trying to prepare Zeraphina for the upcoming fight, however her mother and sister have weddings on their mind – Zeraphina’s – and the groom to be is an absolute monster. So getting out of a marriage without causing a political incident is also on the to-do list!
BLOOD STORM is fast-paced, action packed and a rollicking good adventure from beginning to end, with lots of twists, turns and edge of the seat moments.And the ending!!! My goodness where on earth can the story possibly go now – how can what happened be fixed!!! Thank goodness the last book in the trilogy, ‘Blood Queen,’ is out later this year.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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