Bloodring by Faith Hunter
Series: Rogue Mage
Genre: Speculative fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5/5
“In a novel filled with exhilarating action and lush imagery, Faith Hunter portrays a near-future world, caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse, where a woman with everything to hide finds her destiny revealed…”
Thorn, the main character, is a neo-mage living in a post-apocalyptic world amongst the humans in a town called Mineral City. She is an “unlicensed witchy-woman” as she escaped the Enclave before being driven to insanity and spends her life in hiding. Thorn is a stone-mage and has created a business with her friend, Rupert, a flamboyant man, creating jewellery, and unbeknownst to the humans, creating amulets and other safe-guards to be sold to the people.
As the story progresses, Thorn’s ex-husband, Lucas, was kidnapped by the Darkness, the spawn, the demons, and she has to team up with the most unlikely of characters: a kylen that doesn’t know he’s a kylen, a half-breed, and eventually even seraphs. Doing so is sometimes tough for Thorn as her mage-heat puts her at risk of being exposed for what she truly is. In a world where all mages are under surveillance and hated on upon the human community, revealing her true identity would be a step in the wrong direction.
Will her friends love her if they find out she’s a mage? Will she risk giving away her identity in hopes of finding her ex-husband?
Read the book and find out!
So now that I’ve gotten writing that out of the way, I thought the novel was quite a good one. I am a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi and Bloodring incorporated a bit of both. I didn’t actually go and buy this book, it was given to me as a Christmas gift; I hadn’t even heard of this series before!
What I thought. I thought that it started out a bit slow, a bit dull… even a bit unrealistic. A 4’10 woman being comfortable on a horse as big as Homer is just insanity, even a normal sized person wouldn’t be comfortable! …that’s why we call them stories though, I mean, there is no such thing as mages (at least not in this sense), so unrealistic business shouldn’t be my concern, it was just something that stood out to me.
I forced myself to get through the first few chapters, wondering when it was going to pick up, but it did, and it held my attention for quite a long time – so much so that I’ll be reading the rest of the series.
I wouldn’t recommend this book for the younger audience as there is a lot of sex mentioned. Nothing ever actually happens, but Thorn goes into what’s defined as “mage-heat” quite often and expresses how she wants nothing more than to… well, you know. It’s probably more of a teen-read, like 14 or 15+, but that’s not to say that the older audience can’t enjoy it as well!
Anyway, the story progresses nicely and allows you to follow quite easily, which is a definite bonus.
My reviews need to be pretty vague as I don’t want to give the whole story away, especially for those looking for a review without reading it first, but for what it is, it was written quite well. One of my favourite parts had to have been the fact there were so many big words. I’m a fiend for learning new words and adding them to my repertoire; some of them I had never even heard before!
Overall, this was a great book. On a rated scale? 3.5/5. I’m quite picky about rates when it comes to reading or even movies, there are very few things that get a 5 out of 5!
Prepare yourself for one hell of an ending!
Enjoy and happy reading!