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The Blood King (Chronicles of the Necromancer #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  5,732 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
The second installment of the Chronicles of the Necromancer. Having escaped being murdered by his evil brother, Jared, Tris must take control of his magical abilities to summon the dead, and gather an army big enough to claim back the throne of his dead father. But it isn't merely Jared that Tris must combat. The dark mage, Foor Arontala, has schemes to raise the Obsidian ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 615 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Solaris (first published 2007)
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Jan 02, 2013 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Full of intense passion, nail-biting drama and deeply, profoundly affecting narrative; the second installment within ‘The Chronicles of the Necromancer’ is spectacular!

‘Book 2 in the chronicles of the necromancer’ continues with Prince Martris Drayke’s personal journey with his discovery and practicing of potent magic. Having narrowly escaped being murdered by his brother Jared, the Prince is under pressure to learn to use his magic to summon an army of the dead- for time is running out. The on
The story itself is incredibly slow paced. While a large chunk of the book is supposed to involve Tris training through magically simulated battles, very few pages are actually spent describing those battles. Only two are described in any detail, with the rest getting glossed over by mentions of how Tris is healing from injuries and has acquired new scars. The story also suffers from what I think of as Eddings Syndrome, in which by the end of the book/series, the all the female members of the ma ...more
Apr 03, 2014 LockeJaw rated it it was ok
I'm conflicted in this review. A decently good, if well worn story that we've most likely read before. Hero's journey, etc. On one hand I wanted to see how Ms. Martin chose to end the story, since the ending itself was never in doubt. Unfortunately, the main character was so nauseatingly "good" it made for a hard read. Flaws add depth, and Tris merely went from "being good if it kills me" to "being good if it kills me and my friends."

[Edit]A day later, with the intention of expanding on this re
Jun 23, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks, 2010
Flew through this in a day and half. Already working on book 3. Fast read, enjoyable story, wonderful characters, I am actually kind of sad I am coming to an end of the story
Alex Connolly
Dec 18, 2011 Alex Connolly rated it really liked it
There are minor spoilers in this review, but they are discovered in the first book either early on, or are predictable in the course of things for any seasoned reader (particularly fantasy).

This is fantasy novel set in the fictional land of the Winter Kingdoms where there are Mages, Empowered Kings, and spirits more than able to affect there environment. Tris (Martris) is trying to recapture his old Kingdom from his murderous, treacherous brother Jared and his Evil Blood Mage advisor (when are t
Chrissy Wissler
Dec 31, 2008 Chrissy Wissler rated it liked it
Overall, this was a good sequel to “The Summoner” and I found it held my interest for most of the story. I found myself wandering and not carrying as much for the characters simply because the situation itself: most of the story is about preparing to stop Arontala and dethrone Jared. It's not easy to plan a war and time-consuming. Martin takes this into account and I believe does the best with what she has to work with. Some of my favorite scenes are at the beginning admist all the action and i ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jan 03, 2012 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jessica Strider
Aug 12, 2011 Jessica Strider rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Pros: quick read, variety of action, good pay off, complex plans

Cons: some unnecessary repetition

Tris and his friends have made it to Principality City and gained several powerful allies, but if Tris wants to claim the Margolan throne and right his half-brother’s wrongs, he’ll have to assemble an army and master his summoner abilities.

As with the first book, there’s a good variety to the action: fight scenes, mage training, diplomacy, and a touch of romance. It keeps things feeling fresh and hel
Dec 05, 2012 Deirdre rated it really liked it
This book actually concludes a story arc started in the previous book. Prince Martris "Tris" Drayke has to learn how to control his abilities with the dead, raise an army and try to wrest control from his brother, Jared, and his co-conspirator Foor Arontala, a dark mage.

I found myself drawn in by the story and eagerly awaiting time I could read more of it, there were times when it lagged a bit and sometimes it was a bit predictable but I cared about the characters and wanted to know what was goi
Fantasy Literature
Jun 15, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok
The Blood King is the second book in The Chronicles of the Necromancer.

Gail Z. Martin has a decent writing voice, but the book as a whole really left me wanting. Perhaps it was the combination of good characters who were too good and bad characters who were too bad that I just didn’t quite feel comfortable with.

The first book, The Summoner, took us through the overthrow of the Kingdom of Margolan by the eldest son who is evil and selfish and cruel and lecherous and impatient… see where I am goin
Dan Rheingans
Jul 06, 2012 Dan Rheingans rated it liked it
This second intallment of Martin's first series was in a word: average. The characters were terribly cliche and their "development" was haphazard and random at times. Much of Martin's writing seemed to spin it's wheels, and the climax was terribly predictable. I don't mind reading "light" fantasy but this work really didn't impress me. I do plan on reading the other two works in the series, but if the writing and predictability don't improve I'm sure I'll regret picking up all 4 at once. Overall ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Book Two of the Chronicles of the Necromancer
We follow Tris and his friends through trials and tribulations as Tris learns how to be a mage—a Summoning Mage—through vampires, monsters, the Sisterhood, the 8 faces of The Goddess, slavers, brigands, and all that stuff.
Tris has to defeat his brother and his brother’s mage in order to save the Winter Kingdoms, and return life, death, and undead to normal. Tris finds friends in strange places.
Does Tris win? Read on………..
I give this book 5 stars.
Jan 10, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
A pretty good book, the story continues where the first book ended. I felt that the characters were interesting and engaging though the first part of the book seemed to be kind of bogged down in descriptions of things instead of actually telling the story. Once the real part of the story began I was happy to read the rest of it.
Aug 09, 2009 Purlewe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I love this for the magic and the kingdom and the whole trek to overthrow the usurper. I have always enjoyed books set in a certain age where both magic and minstrals fight side by side with the renaissance.
Zabe Bent
Dec 10, 2009 Zabe Bent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that Martin actually wraps up the story quite neatly while still leaving enough for possible continuation of the series. just as good as the first, if not better. will be reading the next one as soon as it's delivered.
Lauren Auty
Jan 28, 2013 Lauren Auty rated it really liked it
Much stronger than the first book with character dev much stronger and the story better paced and easier on the flow. Enjoyed the character interaction a good read
Trent Mikesell
Feb 27, 2010 Trent Mikesell rated it really liked it
If you decide to read these books, this is a great stopping point. Everything gets more or less wrapped up, and there are really no unanswered questions. I know I'm going to stop here.
Geoff Battle
Jun 15, 2017 Geoff Battle rated it liked it
All fantasy stories come in three books right? The Blood King sure felt like middle chapter material with the extended character development that results of army building, journey making and companion saving antics. The group splits in to two, offering parallel plots which are expected to merge at the final fight. However, as the final third of the book opened it was clear that the second book in the series was to include the conclusion to the Necromancer Chronicles. Ultimately the finale almost ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
The last half of the book felt rushed
Joby Walker
Oct 11, 2012 Joby Walker rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young, unsophisticated reader that can handle torture
Shelves: fantasy
There is so much wrong with this story that I should give it one star, but for all of its failings the book is still readable.

The Good
There isn't much to recommend this book. But it might be good for a young reader who finished David Eddings' series - though there is some depictions of torture.

The Bad
The Map: Per an unwritten requirement for epic fantasy, there is a map for this series -- but the map and text do not agree on the world
Aug 15, 2011 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The climax at the end of The Blood King (part two in a series of four) is a bit of a let down. More so when you consider the hundreds of pages and one book previous all as lead in to its final battle. The great confrontation seemed over all too soon, and the tiers of evil that the central character faces felt a bit like a literary boss fight (and, it should be said, not in the great way that literary boss fights can be done, as with novels by Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson). Most disappointin ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Ricky rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Overall a decent sequel to The Summoner, though I felt it could have done something different besides the tried storyline of "exiled prince gathers allies to reclaim his throne." The story is pretty slow-paced as well. One of the main themes - the training of the main character as a Necromancer - are glanced over, only being stated as being extremely difficult and draining. This book does flesh out the rest of the main cast, though, delving briefly into their pasts. The main villains, on the oth ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: spec-fic
c2008: This was a relatively recent read and I can remember very little of it! Amazon has a fairly abbreviated summary thus "This is the second installment of the "Chronicles of the Necromancer". Having escaped being murdered by his evil brother, Jared, Tris must take control of his magical abilities to summon the dead, and gather an army big enough to claim back the throne of his dead father. But it isn't merely Jared that Tris must combat. The dark mage, Foor Arontala, has schemes to raise the ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
It was just as good if not a bit better than the first book, because book two has a higher amount of danger, powerful and creepy necromancy, and more insight into the Mage War. But, I’m still not satisfied with the fight scenes. For me, they leave too much to the imagination, and don’t seem to have an easy flow.
Never wanting to be king and living his life without the crown is only a wasted dream for Tris now. As the Hawthorn Moon approaches, Tris continues to grow into one of the most powerful
Dec 04, 2011 Sebastien rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fan de roman légé et fantaisiste
Shelves: high-fantasy
Tant qu'à avoir lu le premier livre je me suis dit que je devais lire le deuxième. Bonne nouvelle, il n'est pas très difficile de se motivé à faire le tout car l'auteure à su comment nous attacher à l'histoire assez pour qu'on veuille lire la suite.

On voit tout de suite que l'auteure a pris de l'expérience et elle rend beaucoup mieux son histoire. Je ne serait pas étonné que les livre suivant serait coté 4 étoiles après que je les ai lû. Il sont inscrit dans ma liste de livre à lire un jour, mai
Oct 19, 2009 Kira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews-are-done
The blood king:book two of the chronicles of the necromancer is the continuing saga of Tris' adventure of trying to overthrow the evil king Jared, Tris' half brother. Jared has made a mess of margolan and has killed many, and it won't be to long until all of the winter kingdoms are at war. There is more on the line, Tris realizes, as he learns more about the evil spirit of the Obsidian King, who he will have to fight. The months pass by quickly as they wait for the hawthorne moon, also known ...more
Lisa King
Aug 17, 2012 Lisa King rated it liked it
"I never wanted to be king, let alone have the fate of the Winter Kingdoms rest on my actions. But there isn't anybody else to do this-and there may never be." thinks Prince Martris Drayke of Margolan.

The story was interesting enough though it never truly felt 'epic' to me. I enjoyed reading it to find out what happened to the characters, to Tris and Kiara, Vahanian and Carina. I will say this about the story, the author makes use of the archetypal hero's journey: the call to adventure-the princ
Dec 20, 2010 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
Tries to be classic fantasy, fails in most regards

Carries on from the first novel pretty much straight away, with martris drayke assembling his army for the advance back into his country land under the control of his mad brother, yawn !, this has all the ingredients of a classic fantasy tale, it's just we have seen them all before and done better than this, maybe a little harsh, the actual writing style is good and some of the elements such as martris discovering his powers, but at the same time
Amanda Bliss
Jan 04, 2011 Amanda Bliss rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book, up until the last three or four chapters. When I read the first in the trilogy (The Summoner) I couldn't put it down. The second book is just as good, with one let down. The Summoner takes you through 637 pages, 33 chapters, on a journey to the climax. the Blood King continues that journey, through the first 35 chapters all the way to the meeting that you have waited for, the climax of the book. That meeting is met, fought and resolved in three chapters' 41 pages to b ...more
Steven Ede
May 05, 2012 Steven Ede rated it liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks
Its an ok book. The story unfolds pretty much as you would expect it to .... bad guy gets his comeupance and the good guy wins and wins the girl. There is not much of a surprise in the end result.

In saying that i did enjoy the book, it took me away to a fantasy world that was, although not world-building on the scale of Westeros or Middle-earth, did introduce other countries and culture. I just feel that these could have been explored more.

I liked the concept of the undead and the part that they
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Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three childr ...more
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