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Bloodstone (Rebel Angels #2)

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Bloodstone is the second novel in Gillian Philip’s critically acclaimedRebel Angelsseries,debuting in the United States for the first time.

For centuries, Sithe warriors Seth and Conal MacGregor have hunted for the Bloodstone demanded by their Queen. Homesick, and determined to protect their clan, they have also made secret forays across the Veil. One of these illicit cross...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Tor Books (first published 2011)
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Originall Posted on Book Chick City

After the excellent Firebrand, the sequel BLOODSTONE had a lot to live up to. Although BLOODSTONE is a fantastic read, it just falls short of gaining five stars from me. I have still given it five stars, even though it really only should be 4.5, but Goodreads doesn't let you give half stars

The four hundred year time jump between books was more of a hindrance, at least for me. We left Seth at the end of Firebrand, mourning the loss of his lover. Conal had rode...more
Bloodstone is the second novel in Gillian Philip’s Rebel Angels series. I absolutely loved Firebrand. It was one of my favourite books of 2010. You can read my review here.

Bloodstone sees the time slip forward to the present day in the mortal world. The uncivilised witch hunts which were in full swing in Firebrand are long gone. At the beginning of the novel Seth and Conal are living in the full mortal world of television and leather jackets. They have been hunting the bloodstone for Kate for hu...more
When I read FIREBRAND, I had no expectations. But when I read BLOODSTONE, I had high expectations because FIREBRAND was so good. For the most part, it lived up to my expectations.

BLOODSTONE is set several hundred years after FIREBRAND ends. Seth McGregor, his older brother Conal, and their allies have been living out their exile in the human world. But as Conal's mother gets older, the time nears for them to return to the world of the Sithe and face their old enemy, Queen Kate NicNiven, again.

Lindsay Cummings
I don't usually read adult books...but after being asked to read book 1 by Tor, I went for it. I really enjoyed the first one, fast-paced and fun, with good crossover appeal.

Book 2 was just as good. Some aspects of it, such a SETH, were better. :)
(Side note: as a horse owner, I LOVE how often we get to see horses in this series, and how real they seem!) The writing style is great---beautiful, prose-y sentences mixed with short and choppy that pack a punch. I love a story where you fall right i...more
Jenny Q
While I loved Firebrand, I found this follow-up hard to get into. The massive shift in time and place was jarring for me since I picked this up immediately after finishing Firebrand. And no longer being in a historical setting, the story world lost some of its magic for me. Though I eventually came to appreciate the additional point-of-view characters, they bothered me at first, and when all was said and done, I really missed the intimacy and emotion of having the story told exclusively by Seth,...more
Wee Shubba (Totally Bookalicious)
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Gillian Philip has did it again!! I adore this series. The first book Firebrand was such a breath of fresh air in a genre that is over populated with vampires, and werewolves. It grabbed me from the start and I was eagerly awaiting the sequel. So when I contacted the publisher I was super excited when they allowed me to read and review Bloodstone. It was just as explosive as book 1.

Bloodstone is set in the present day Scotland. Sithe Brother...more
Having just finished the first book in this series, Firebrand, I couldn't wait to read this one, and boy did it live up to my expectations.

Set several centuries after Firebrand, Bloodstone introduces several new characters such as Finn (Conal's niece) and Jed, a feral human boy with some unusual gifts. Told from three different perspectives, I found Bloodstone intriguing and full of action;I loved that we get told the story from points of view other than Seth's as it allowed for several plot twi...more
Marian Allen
I liked this a bit less than I did FIREBRAND, the first book in the series. This one read a bit like a role-playing game so, if you like books like that, you'll adore this.

As with the first book in the series, the characters are distinct, even when they have a lot in common, which is no mean trick.

Seth is my favorite character, so it was guaranteed I would like this book less, since the POV gradually eases away from his first person perspective to someone else's first person perspective.

This is a hard one for me to review because the writing is really good but I didn't like the direction the author took. I totally get why she went this direction and it created some very palpable tension but damn it I didn't like it. However I can't really pan a book that's written this well even if I disagree with how the story is playing out.

I say the writing is really good and it is but at the same time it's confusing. Some of the characters, for perfectly valid reasons have up to three name...more
Well, the first book ended on a rather dramatic note and I was expecting the next book to pick up where the first one left off. I was disappointed when it leapt hundreds of years into the future instead. Still, this is fantasy, the characters are basically immortal and there is a time shift between one realm and the other so…I just had to wrap my head around it and adjust. Once I did, I fell back into loving the story. The main character, Seth, is so flawed and it's refreshing to follow a charac...more
Excellent adventure, unputdownable, made me cry! Can't wait for the next one..
In FIREBRAND we met the Sithe brothers Seth and Conal. They were exiled beyond the Veil to the world where full-mortals live, as part of a promise to their queen that they would find the bloodstone. By the time BLOODSTONE begins, four hundred years have passed, and Leonna, Conal's mother, is coming to the conclusion that they will never find what they're looking for, that it doesn't exist.

After FIREBRAND's exciting introduction to the series, BLOODSTONE had a lot to live up to. While not as good...more
Ruth Long
*sniff* *pout* Grr, Gillian Philip, you total brat. ;)
Chapter by Chapter
This book! It was everything I had hoped it would be a more…and there was more than one twist thrown in that gave me shock face!

Bloodstone by Gillian Philip pretty much starts off where book 1, Firebrand, left off. Seth and Conal are still in the mortal world in search of the coveted Bloodstone, under the demands of Queen Kate. And what seems like an easy enough task, many mortal years pass and still no true sign of this Bloodstone.

Not only does this story follow the adventures of both Seth and...more
Lelia Taylor
Four hundred years have passed since Seth and Conal were ordered by Queen Kate to find the Bloodstone, rumored to have properties that will heal the weakened Veil between the human and faerie worlds. Kate really wants it to destroy the Veil and conquer the mortal world but the half-brothers are not fully aware of her intentions. This is not to say the queen is a favorite among her people; far from it.

Seth and Conal are close despite Seth’s reputation for being a troublemaker and there is much lo...more
Jim From YAYeahYeah
Please note, I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Usual spoiler warning for book 1, Firebrand, applies here.

Seth and Conal MacGregor have spent so long hunting for the Bloodstone for Kate NicNiven, their queen, that they're reached the present day in our world (after Firebrand took place in sixteenth century Scotland.) They still haven't found it, though, but they have got themselves involved with some wonderful new characters, notably sullen teenager...more
Beth Kemp
I loved Firebrand - it's easily one of my favourites of the books I've read in the last year or so - and I was a little worried that this might not live up to it. What groundless fear! Philip is an amazing writer who doesn't slip a millimetre. The voice, the characterisation, the plot, the pace - all perfect. Not that this is an easy read: Philip believes in making her characters - and her readers - suffer. Bloodstone makes a heart-wrenching and tense read. Like the first Rebel Angels volume, th...more
This book took me an age to finish. In all truth I didn't much care for the first but had already bought this one in a sale and I hate to see a wasted book so I thought I'd read it anyway. And I didn't much care for it.
It's not the writing style, plot lines or character developments, all are good a lot better than others I've read, but rather I just feel an indifference towards the whole thing. Plus I never seem to ever truly like books with faeries in them, I can appeciate why and hold an inter...more
Four stars: An exciting sequel with betrayal, heartbreak and hope.

Seth and Conal have been searching relentlessly for the last four hundred years for the bloodstone. This stone is supposed to help them protect the veil that separates the mortal world from the Sithe world. Being away from their homeland for so long has made them weary and homesick. From time to time, they sneak through the watergate back home. On one visit, tragedy strikes, and the brothers are reminded how vital their mission i...more
Sahina Bibi
Having pretty much swallowed the first book in the Rebel Angel series (Firebrand) I was hooked and ready to get my claws into the next one and the lovely people over at Strident publishing provided me with the 2nd book. I jumped for joy when it came through my post and started reading, and steadily falling back into the world Gillian Philip so amazingly creates and feeling slightly empty once it finished.

Warning – not for the light hearted. There were moments in this second book where I literal...more
Reading this sequel, I couldn't for the life of me figure out whether I actually liked the first book at all. What on earth made me pick this book up? I remember the plot of the first book very well, even so far as enjoying the character personalities. However, this book only served to make me twinge in pain with each page read. Perhaps I outgrew the series? I feel that it may be more likely that it simply was not as well-written as it's predecessor. Quite sad, really. Ah well, they can't all be...more
I really enjoyed this sequel, a lot darker then Firebrand in my opinion, as Seth/Muilean grows ever more cynical, down trodden and just...well, a bit of an idiot.
The book varies from various perspectives and some characters can read minds which means that the reader gets a real sense of depth and insight (and a little confused sometimes)
Seth's moodswings and behaviors are baffling at times, making sure that no one gets close to him aside from his half brother. Added to this is new character Je...more
It's been centuries since their exile. Forever yearning to go home, Sithe brothers Conal & Seth are still searching for the bloodstone. Their young niece Finn befriends a mortal named Jed Cameron. What should have been a simple friendship turns dangerous, with terrible results for them and their loved ones.

Great story! I'm really loving this world. In this second book, centuries have past and Conal & Seth are living in modern times. This story definitely has a different feel. It's not al...more
(Full review here:

Where Philip’s Firebrand was historical fantasy, Bloodstone leaps forward a few hundred years to the modern era, turning it more into an urban fantasy despite the fact that a good half of the novel takes place in a realm that is not the mortal one. (Which is considerably less than Firebrand, so I figure it still counts as urban fantasy.) Philip creates a different kind of urban fantasy, one with deep and ancient roots that has, neverthe...more
Gotherella BioVenom
Great sequel to Firebrand.
Again very glad I picked up this series as a spur of the moment read :)

I love the character development, and the new characters are great.
Quite a good twist in the story too :)
I loved the first book in this series (firebrand). This sequel didn't captivate me nearly as much and the writing seemed very uneven. Unfortunate!
Julie Bird
I so love this series. Great story, beautifully written and wonderful characters. Amazing
Yvonne Boag
It's been four hundred years since Seth, Conal and Lenore have been banished from their land and still no sign of the Bloodstone. Then they are forced to return as Conal's niece Finn follows her grandmother back through the veil. But Finn isn't the only one who goes through unexpectedly, her friend, a human boy Jed ends up there with consequences that no one can imagine.

Gillian Philip is an amazingly talented writer. This series is a breath of fresh air and the story holds you in it's grip until...more
Heather McCorkle
The voice of this novel captivated me from the very first page. Its the type that transports the reader to another time, another place, emersing them in another culture. I loved that part of it. I would have liked the characters to pull me in a little better. I found them unsympathetic in most ways. However, the writing is great, the world (s) is captivating and I'm looking forward to more from this author.
I got this book through netgallary and received a free ARC. To be honest it took me a while to get into the book.Its my first time reading from Gillian and had to get into her style of writing.Her writing reminds me a bit of David Eddings.(I mean that as a compliment.Not fond of bad language in books that is my main reason for not scoring Higher.overall a Good book.
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Gillian Philip is the author of more than 20 books for adults, young adults and children, including the Rebel Angels series (Firebrand, Bloodstone, Wolfsbane and Icefall). Her debut novel, the dystopian mystery Bad Faith, was published in 2008.

As well as fantasy she writes crime: Crossing The Line and The Opposite Of Amber are published by Bloomsbury. She is one of the Erin Hunters, working on th...more
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