But her terms are unsettling: she will name her price only after the Norlanders have been defeated.
A single question is left for the Shadari: is there any price too high for freedom? Martin, author of Chronicles of the Necromancer.
I loved these characters , even though I knew it was going to hurt. Hang on for a wild ride! Manieri is a strong new voice in fantasy, and definitely one to watch in the future. Added to basket. The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood. The Power. Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address. These cookies help us understand user behavior within our services. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular.
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There are at least two pairs of star crossed lovers reaching across enemy lines and a lot of changing alliances that all seem to happen with not a lot of soul searching going on so it's hard to take the supposed seriousness of the situation This started out promising - the Shandari people conquered by the warring Norlanders and then forced to live as less than second class citizens for decades, the brewings of an uprising fueled by an underground rebellion - but it all lost steam along the way.
There are at least two pairs of star crossed lovers reaching across enemy lines and a lot of changing alliances that all seem to happen with not a lot of soul searching going on so it's hard to take the supposed seriousness of the situation seriously.
It's all told through the third person POV of seven characters but I ended up only being mildly interested in three of them. I picked up this book and the second book of the trilogy at the same time from a used book store, breaking my own rule to not buy more than one book in a series at a time, so I will read the second just to get my money's worth. Feb 22, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: tor , romance , dark , war , special-needs-in-strange-worlds , epic-fantasy , arc-or-review-copy , read-in The world and cultures show incredible potential, but the plot and characters are completely lacking.
Too many events, too many battles, uninteresting characters, and a clunky plot bog down this book, which is unfortunate because juxtaposed to that is some great writing and a fantastically unique world. May 07, Matthew rated it it was amazing.
Most authors shy away from having so many main characters for fear of losing the interest of readers or lack of skill in creating so many unique voices. This was skillfully done though. Each character was well developed, and the interwoven stories were gracefully written in such a way that not only did I not lose track of who was who, I was drawn even deeper into the overall story by following the various perspectives. Overall this book was a joy to read and had one of the best first book in ser Most authors shy away from having so many main characters for fear of losing the interest of readers or lack of skill in creating so many unique voices.
Overall this book was a joy to read and had one of the best first book in series endings I've come across. Jan 31, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy-by-women , ebook. I first heard of Blood's Pride right around the time it came out, on tor. Turns out, the second book in this trilogy is coming out this month, so it was time to get going on this series at last! The prologue and fi I first heard of Blood's Pride right around the time it came out, on tor.
The prologue and first chapter of this novel are excellent, giving the reader a good introduction to the setting, to the situation between the Shadari and the Norlanders, and to central character Meiran, also known as the Mongrel. After that, the pace picks up significantly as things in the Shadar, which weren't great in the first place, fall into dissolution and chaos. Several characters are introduced and put into place for a huge rupture toward the middle of the book.
The pace was rushed, or even too rushed; a new chapter introduced another player in the drama before I'd gotten to know the previous one. I never had trouble figuring out what was going on, even though people changed locales and motivations frequently, but I wasn't particularly absorbed, either. In general, I would have like to have had more breathing room in the first half of the book.
It isn't often that I say I'd like a fantasy novel to be longer! But I do think that the events of the first pages would have been much more interesting if the characters in particular had been filled out more. At about the midway point, I felt like things had settled in, and the latter half of the novel, including the various fight scenes, flowed smoothly and enjoyably.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We also have great big winged beasts which are ridden into battle by the Norlanders. Then the Dead Ones called Norlanders came, and made the Shadari into slaves. About AbeBooks. Martin, author of Chronicles of the Necromancer.
I liked the women in this book. There's Harotha, whose bravery and single-mindedness are in no way impeded by her being in the latter month or two of pregnancy. There's Frea, whose determination is a very different flavor and who's scary as heck until, unfortunately, she isn't anymore. And then there's the Mongrel, whose being the central figure on the cover, in my opinion, accurately reflects her place as the heart and soul of the book. Not to spoil too much, she's a part of all three cultures in the novel: the Shadari, the Norlanders, and the Nomas, and a loner who's reportedly never been defeated in battle.
Every scene, except one, which hit my heart in any way while reading Blood's Pride featured Meiran. She tries very hard to be the baddest badass ever, but her mostly low-key romance with Nomas king Jachad, and some other events, show that she's struggling to make do just like everyone else. She's the one to see us out in the epilogue, too, and I'm curious to see where she goes from here considering her new situation.
Strangely, I didn't get a strong impression from the male characters.
Well, that's okay. Usually it's the other way around. Daryan, Eofar, and Jachad all have a lot of potential, and considering the title of the second book in this series, Rho may well be more of a central figure soon. Dramash, a young child, runs away from his family toward his people's persecutors several times because he wants to ride the sphinx-like creatures they control, which makes him pretty irritating. It turns out he's a MacGuffin , and that means he spends a lot of time being kidnapped and threatened and heedlessly using his magical powers.
I don't know much about children's psychology, but he takes his role with more equanimity than I'd expect, especially when it comes to the things that happen to his parents.
Blood's Pride is limited both in the scope of its setting and time. The Shadar was a city-state with its own king before it was occupied by the Norlanders, and all but one or two scenes in the novel take place within its borders. Between the prologue and the details provided in the main part of the story, I got a good picture of the Shadar and its various locales: the Temple, the ruined palace, the cave, the mine and associated colony, and the city streets where the Shadari live.
From Chapter One to the epilogue, the whole novel takes place within a few days, and those few days encompass a lot of change, including a huge battle that pretty much trashes the place.
I hope that the next two books take us back to the Shadar as it, literally, rises up from the ashes. I like this novel more for what it's trying to do than what it's actually accomplished, but that's part of the reason I love first novels. It's better than some folks' twentieth novels, and it absolutely had enough going for it to make me look forward to the next one, Fortune's Blight. I read Terry Goodkind's tomes back to back, and basically finished all epic fantasy books in our library. Enter Goodreads and blogging.
I fell in love with urban fantasy, then with paranormal romance, and then with YA. Fantasy books went forgotten and gathered dust.