Monday, 16 April 2012

Review: The Blood King - Gail Z.Martin


In The Blood King, sequel to The Summoner, Tris Drayke races against time to gain the skills he needs to challenge his half-brother Jared for the throne of Margolan and defeat the dark mage Arontala before the Obsidian King can be loosed from the abyss. Pursued by assassins and caught in a dangerous web of intrigue, Tris’ greatest danger is his own magic. The fate of his kingdom, his lady and his soul hang in the balance. 

As Margolan plunges into darkness under the yoke of a tyrant, Tris leads an unlikely insurrection, knowing that if he fails, death will be the least of his worries. Betrayed by the living, Tris finds staunch allies among the dead and undead. As the truce unravels between mortals and vampires, angry ghosts demand their revenge, and the Sisterhood of mages lacks the power to intervene. The battle for the throne of Margolan and the freedom of the Winter Kingdoms rests on Tris Drayke’s magic—and his ability to control the powerful forces aligning against Jared and Arontala. Like a storm on the horizon, war is coming—but can Tris control what has been put into motion, or will his battle for the crown bring a greater darkness?

Series: Chronicles of the Necromancer #2, Genre: Fantasy, Pages: 615, Published: 2008 by Solaris, Source: My own

My thoughts:
I must say that I got confused at the end, not a bad confusion, just surprised because the story ended. Yes the quest was over, the good guys won. But this is a 4 book series? So I quickly did some research and it seems that book 3 is about one of the side characters. Go figure. Though I do not complain, a fantasy "series" that deals with the main issue in 2 books is something I like.

Tris needs to learn about his powers in this book, so that he can fight his evil brother Jared and his mage. And Jared, oh he is bad! He is a psychopath and that poor country under his rule! And of course the evil mage is insane too. So the baddies are really good at being bad, and that is the way is should be. To hate them with a passion. While the good guys are really good. Young Tris trying to cope with being a summoner, Kiera a warrior princess, the healer Carina, the bard Carroway, and Vahanian the mercenery. There are even vampires in this world. But they are good, sure they are undead but the stay close to their families afterwards. Just like the ghosts in this world. Some just linger on.

As the quest ends in this book there are lots of action to be had. A kingdom needs to be saved after all and a throne conquered. All while a few side characters fall in love.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed the story (even if I felt that confusion cos I thought it continued, lol ;) But I was happy to see it wrapped up and I will read the next book as it is about Vahanian who is a merc, smuggler, you name it. I am sure lots will happen there too.

Cover:
Bit creepy


47 comments:

Mirjam said...

Actually all the good characters continue to get their fair share of attention in Martin's books, which I love! :)

Glad you enjoyed it!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like an exciting story. I hope the next book is just as satisfying.

The Bookworm said...

Sounds like you enjoyed this one, cool cover!

Chris said...

The cover is creepy! O.O

Nise' said...

Not a bad cover. For too many years I did not pick up fantasy because of the covers!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I love that even though there was confusion, you still enjoyed it :) I love the cover on this one!

Cherry said...

Glad to hear that it's an HEA :)

Carole Rae said...

the cover is a wee bit creepy. 0.0 But i feel like it fits the summary of the book.

Anachronist said...

A good fantasy, confusing or not, is something I always like! And good baddies make my day!

Mel said...

Right I need to read some fantasy books - it's been too long! :-)

Carol said...

I kind of like that it wraps up in only tow books and the third is about one of the other characters. Long series tend to wear out on me.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I love the cover and I like that it wraps up! Still, 4 books in the series isn't too bad.

Blodeuedd said...

That's good :D And I can't believe I did not know that this part of the journey would end in this one

Blodeuedd said...

I hope so too :D

Blodeuedd said...

Lots of creepy peeps in the cover, lol

Blodeuedd said...

The first book's cover was the same, creepy!

Blodeuedd said...

It's good, just a bit creepy ;D I love fantasy covers

Blodeuedd said...

My confusion was mostly my own fault. Lol, who knew the journey would end..?

Blodeuedd said...

I do love that

Blodeuedd said...

It does fit the story perfectly

Blodeuedd said...

They were so good! The brother took whatever women he wanted and then killed them. Ok that is of course bad, but you see my point. He was the kind of baddie you just want to see die die die

Blodeuedd said...

What are you waiting for!!!? Run and get one :D

Blodeuedd said...

Same here. Sure I love one that can keep it up but most just can't in the end

Blodeuedd said...

4 is actually really good so I did not have a problem with that :) Still nice to see one journey end in 2 hihi

Elysium said...

This was a new one for me and off to check the first one. Ane the cover is cool.

Amused said...

I love it when a book is actually wrapped up but still leaves you wanting to know more about someone else. Sounds like a good series.

Lexi said...

I love the creepy cover! You review the best books! Or is it that you make them sound like the best books? Either way, great review and glad you shared it with us.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

I agree with you about the cover. I hope the next book in the series doesn't end with a confusing note.

Staci said...

I feel stupid just admitting this but one of the main reasons I quit reading fantasy is because I kept feeling lost in the story and became confusing to me to follow!!!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

*sigh* Another series I need to get to. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh I hate it when a series gets sidetracked. I wonder if you can just skip book 3 and go straight to book 4?

Jenny said...

I love to hate villains, so I like that the baddies are particularly well done in this series! It's always a little off putting initially when a series shifts focus onto a different character, but usually I really enjoy it when it happens:)

Blodeuedd said...

Cool and creepy is the word

Blodeuedd said...

I just wished I had known it ;) Lol, here I thought it would go on and suddenly I see the end coming and I wonder what will happen

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, well if you think they sound great then I am happy :) I have been rather lucky lately when it comes to books

Blodeuedd said...

Oh it did not end with confusion, I was just confused cos I thought it would continue, not wrap up the story

Blodeuedd said...

It was not that the story was confusing, it was that i thought there would be more, not that he story would end all happily

Blodeuedd said...

Haha, you're welcome ;)

Blodeuedd said...

It did not get sidetracked, it ended. Book 3 is just about someone else and book 4 should be about him too. A new story will be told

Blodeuedd said...

I do not think I will mind it. i just felt like this series could have ended. And book 3 would have another series name

Anachronist said...

I do see your point ;).

BookaholicCat said...

Another one I want to read *cries* I'm adding first book of this series to my never ending TBR. Let's see when I can read it.

Blodeuedd said...

Think about poor me then..I need more by her! ;)

Aurian said...

Nice review. I was talking with someone about fantasy books a few days ago, and I really want to find/read a great new series.

Blodeuedd said...

Hm, what should I recommend?...I really liked the riyria series that I read not so long ago cos it was very old school and of course Brandon Sanderson's new epic series

Teddyree said...

It sounds a little Game of Thrones-ish?? but I've only seen the tv series so not sure I'm on the right track. Anyway I think I'd enjoy this series :)

Blodeuedd said...

So not Game or Throne'ish, no sex and no one dies

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