Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Blood Song

Author: Rhiannon Hart
Release Date: September 1st 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Add it: Goodreads
I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.


Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.

Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares?
The palace of Amentina is slowly falling into disrepair, the money is dwindling and Reneta, Queen of Amentina, is adamant that her eldest daughter, Lilith, marry a wealthy Prince soon so their land will not die. But when her betrothed suddenly dies, the plan goes awry and Lilith is left nursing a broken heart. Until Renata quickly puts her back on the market and she's offered marriage to Prince Amis of Pergamia. Lilith wants no part of it at first, but something is calling, beckoning her sister Zeraphina to the north where Pergamia lies. The desire burning within her very veins, tugging on every inch of her being toward north. She needs to go there. She must convince Lilith to accept Amis' invitation. But what will await her?

Mystery, danger and Rodden, a man who rivals Zeraphina in all kinds of delicious ways. But can she trust him? What is he hiding? Why does he keep putting a stop to her finding any answers? And why is he such a jerk 90% of the time? (Hush, Zeraphina, don't speak such nonesense of my Rodden!) What awaits the reader is amazing tale that will suck you into it's heart, clutching tighter and tighter as you venture further into Pergamia and the terrors that lurk nearby. I could not read this fast enough, but so very disapointed when I had no more pages to turn!

I think Zeraphina may be one of my new favourite heroines. Your normal definition of "Princess" hardly applies to her and not just because the girl has a craving for blood. And I adore her two animal companions. She's such a plucky young thing - so determined and headstrong and stubborn. If she wants answers, she will go to all ends to seek them out. She doesn't sit around and let the chips fall where they may, she charges forth right in the middle of the action. I really admired her and that fiesty spirit burning within. The wit she brings forth to rival Rodden's makes for such entertaining scenes between the pair and her determined bravery adds to the general awesomeness of this novel, particularly the ending!

I absolutely adored the connection between Rodden and Zeraphina. Their banter back and forth was brilliant. And oh that man. That sexy, brooding, infuriating man. The tension, the agitation and eventually the attraction between them builds and builds until it bleeds from the very pages and you're just as hungry for that blood as Zeraphina is. They grow into such a fierce duo, so full of fire and when they actually do hint at their feelings toward one another, you just about want to explode.

Throughout the novel Zeraphina is on this mission to learn more about the war between Pergamia and Lharmell, but nobody is giving her any answers. She'll find a vague hint here and there, but just when she thinks she might be onto something, Rodden is right there ready to squash all progress. I think that guy has an inbuilt, 'Zeraphina Is Finding Answers' radar to which he must put in motion the, "I Must Intercept With My Brooding Hulk And Piss Her Off" defense strategy. But don't worry, frustrating as it may be for her and the reader at not getting those answers, he makes it a sexy frustration.

Rhiannon has crafted an amazing new mythology with the Lharmellins. Do not chalk up the blood hunger to 'vampires' when you read the synopsis, because it is far, far from your typical bloodsucking craving. When we do learn more about them and their land of Lharmell, it definitely lives up to the mystery! Toward the end especially, Rhiannon has written some brilliant scenes that highlight the creepy, luring nature of the Lharmellins and their effect on Zeraphina. I am so intrigued to see where the story is headed next!

Rhiannon Hart is one debut author that everyone should be on the watch for. Blood Song is an incredible start to what is no doubt going to shape up to be a favourite series of mine. A rich, vivid new fantasy world containing such a unique and compelling mythology with creatures that will lure you into their frenzied web of seduction - to draw away from the pages would be a sin. The gradual romance which starts as a spark, a suspicious, uneasy spark, begins to simmer and then burn and flare into something delightful. If you like your heroines spunky, relatable and flawed, if you like a novel that will demand to be read in one sitting, then this is the perfect read. Do not pass it up!

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(Yes, I'm finally implementing icons for ratings! Going with the greek mythology theme alongside blog name!)

13 comments:

  1. It sounds pretty awesome, plus, I love the cover. Definitely going to look out for this one!
    don't speak such nonesense of my Rodden! <--- This made me laugh a lot. XD

    ComaCalm's Corner

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  2. I have this on my shelf, can't wait to dive into it after this review!!! =D

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  3. Eeep! I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Sounds amazing :)

    Love the new rating pics!

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  4. Wow! This is the first time I'm hearing about this one and already you've got me excited to read it!

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  5. Can't. Wait. This one is bound to be spectacular - I'm very much looking forward to it!

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  6. Never heard of it, but it already looks amazing! Bloodsucking princesses that are different to typical vampires? Yes! I can tell why it got the five apples...

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  7. Yay, the golden apples! Good choice, they look great :). As for the book, I love the sound of it! I actually hadn't heard of Blood Song before your review but I really want to read it now. I'm intrigued by you telling us not to immediately assume it's about vampires...now I'm curious :P. Thanks for the review! :)

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  8. I think I'm like instantly wary of books with 'blood' in the title (see how SWEET and INNOCENT I am, Brodie?!) but this one sounds really good! I actually probably would have passed on it but your review makes it sound so awesome that I hope I get a chance to read it! Great review.

    Apples look lovely, by the way :)

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  9. oh i SO loved this book as well. i thought it was amazing

    LOVE you review. you have managed to encapsulate everything that it brilliant about it <3

    (plus, those golden apples look awesome )

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  10. I would love to read this. The cover is gorgeous. I am glad you liked it:D

    Michelle

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  11. Brodie!! This sounds awesome!! And yes - I l-o-v-e your rating icon! ;) So shiny!

    I'm curious about Rodden, the world and Zeraphina. She sounds like a different Princess. And she craves for blood? But what about the other reasons? I'm so eager to read this one! I know your book taste. ;)

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  12. I'm glad you loved it as much as I did! I demand its sequel NOW!

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  13. Cheers for this AWESOME review, Brodie! Ooooh, I need this book, it sounds bloody amazing! And now back to today's guest post...

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