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Preview — Bloodring by Faith Hunter
Bloodring (Rogue Mage #1)
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This is one of those instances where it really does pay to stay within the bounds of realism for the sake of your readership. Because t ...more
Bloodring, well the 40% I read before I walked away, is a bit of a disaster. It's monotonous, the characters are remote, the story...well you would think by 40% I would have a vague idea of what's going on but honestly I had no idea.
Faith Hunter is a talented writer. Her Skinwalker series is a personal favorite. This book is going into the bowels of hell and hopefully it is never mentioned again.
However, I think the "mage heat" device could have been lifted out of the story en toro and not made much of a difference in the story...indicating dead weight (and something more suited to a cheesy romance novel anyway). Maybe a minor point, but something ...more
The story is a new one though. Hunter hits new territory by making this series a more Biblical one. It has angels, serap ...more
The story takes place 105 years after “the end of the world” only the world hasn’t ended. So far so good. The technology that survived seemed random.
They don’t seem to have central heating, but the heroine often draws herself a bath. How?
They aren’t able to make new computers, but they still have old ones ...more
What I really liked about the book was Thorn, her friends, and her workshop. The relationships between all of these people were fun to read and you can really tell they are more than friends, more like family. I also liked the scenes where they were working in the shop, the laughing and teasing was fun along with seeing how they worked with the materials.
What I had a hard time with was the world that the book was set it. It w ...more
This series struck me as different from all the other Urban (post-apocalyptic) Fantasy that I've ever read. I must have started it 4 or 5 times before I got past the 1st page, and felt pretty stupid when I finally did.
Most folks probably know Ms. Hunter from her Jane Yellowrock books (HUGE kudos for not whitewashing the latest cover). I started with the Rogue Mage books and moved on from there. I really wish we could get more on ...more
I've only read one other book by F.H., Skinwalker and, like that one, this book tends to drag a bit. Her formula seems to be that she establishes the antagonist, conflict and crux of the plot from early on, daring you to keep reading in order to see exactly how it is resolved. Seemingly with nothing else to do, she then fills the story with lots of unnecessary details of the lead's daily life. This, admittedly, does help give her readers a slightly better idea of the protagonist's wo ...more
In a novel filled with lush imagery and exhilarating action, Faith Hunter creates a near-future world caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse - where a woman with everything to hide finds her true destiny revealed.
As humanity struggles with religious strife and seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle, a new species has arisen. "Neomages" are human in appearance, but able to twist left-over creation energy to their will. A threat to both humans and seraphs, they are confined in lu...more
Full disclosure, I tried to start reading this book once before and couldn't for the life of me get past the Chapter 2-3 mark. I couldn't get my mind around the world that Faith Hunter was building and I didn't feel like the story was progressing, well, anywhere. I decided to give ...more
I think with the whole mage-heat concept between mages, half ...more
I love strong female leads, and Thorn St. Croix is. She's a mage that draws her power from stones. It's a post-apocalyptic world, but surprisingly populated. There are also seraphs, demons, and a few other supernaturals.
She's out to rescue her ex-husband from the demon's realm, and wants to protect his family and her friends at the same time. It's kinda hard when you have supernatural powers that you have to use, but hide. If she's caught, she'l ...more
I was excited about this book as the description sounds fun and different. I was really suprised to find that i could not get into the story. I liked that the main character owned a gem shop as i love gemstones and jewelry and could totally relate. However, that is about it. I love this genre of books but there is something critical missing here. Around 5 hours into the book, i found that the book was just not keeping my interest at all! I was trying to concentrate on the ...more
The world has ended, sorta. Seraphs (common usage in place of seraphim and they usually avoid the term angel) have come back to Earth as have demons but the Rapture didn't happen. It has been over a century since the war between the seraphs and the demons. A new race has appeared in the form of the neomages. Neomages can control leftover creation energy in the form of magic spells. They are highly regulated, in part, for there own safety.
Thorn St. Croix ...more
Her Rogue Mage novels—Bloodring, Seraphs, Host, and the RPG Rogue Mage—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality.
A ne ...more