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Bloodraven (Bloodraven)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,987 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
A son of a forest dwelling people, Yhalen knows little of the world outside the ancestral forest, until he is captured by a band of ogres on a slave-taking mission. Only grim tales of the barbaric giants had reached the forest, but Yhalen soon learns that even the darkest fireside story only hinted at the brutality of these Northern warriors. He discovers the meaning of tr ...more
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Published August 21st 2007 by
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Sep 25, 2012 julio rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The bold, the fearless, and the utterly depraved. Everyone I know, in other words
Waaay longer than 280 pages.

Waaaaaaaaay more gruesome than I'd thought.

And waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more sexy than I'd like to admit...

And then I got to chapter 2.
January 2014: 6 books on my currently-reading shelf and I'm rereading dirty Bloodraven sex scenes. Sigh. So I realized that I actually don't give a damn about this book's flaws and wasted potential. The Yhalen/Bloodraven 'highlights' -- hum hum -- make up for everything. For dreary January days. For reads gone wrong. For bad hair days. I'm adding a 5th star, fuck yeah!

November 2012: So what part of "not for the faint of heart" didn't I understand?

At least I now
4 Stars for The Blog Of Sid Love

What an epic adventure this turned out to be!

Was it graphic? … Yes!

Horrifying? … Absolutely!

Engaging? … Totally!

Did I love it? … Yes I did.

Will I read it again? … Hell No!

Did I like the green willies? … Wha?... No! I’ll never be able to watch Shrek ever again!

P.L Nunn ticked all my boxes with this brutal heroic fantasy of Ogre’s, humans, and dark Magick’s. Only 7% into this book I had to stop and marvel about how those poor boxes have mutated and evolved from sh
I simply loved this. Bloodraven and his human. Interracial love at its best.

I'm team Bloodraven now!

It reminded me of Counterpoint and Crescendo, it being a Middle-Earth style (how come they remain several millenniums without discovering the electricity and developing the Human Rights?). One of MC being a leader of some sorts (military or blue-blooded) and the other one a nature creature from a different species who is taken prisoner and becomes his slave. The difference is, Bloodraven has a wor
Heather C
Oh.My.Goddess!! This book was amazing!! It had incredible world building and complex characters. No details were ever left out. Every scene was detailed and explicit from the torture scenes to the fight scenes to the sex scenes. There were a lot of all three. This is not some light and fluffy read. It was dark and brutal and epic. Something I had to be in the right mood to read.

Okay, I’m sure you’ve already seen many other reviews discussing the brutal rape and torture of Yhalen, the young Ydr
That was.... FANTASTIC!!! That story was-in the words of other reviewers-epic!! So much adventure and magic and fear and lust. It was so engaging and addicting it has consumed my thoughts well after I've finished reading it.

I really enjoyed reading Bloodravens and Yhalen's relationship. Yes it's very non-con for the majority of the book (although it doesn't take long for Yhalen to begrudgingly start enjoying the sex) but Bloodraven is never overtly cruel or brutual with him. I enjoyed Bloodraven
Written October 14, 2013

4 1/2 Stars - A deep dive into the scary fantasy world - and it was a very enjoying challenge

This was a great and spellbinding fantasy tale. There was a lot of very cruel, tough and terribly nasty parts but also enjoyable and captivating. I just couldn't stop to read and in the end I was rewarded.

OMG... it started as a indescribable nasty horror movie! I was shocked and completely taken by surprise by some very violent assaults (view spoiler)
Bark's Book Nonsense
Nov 17, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was amazing
I should not have started this book when I did. I had books to read for review (with deadlines looming over my head), several reviews to write and another book halfway finished. But after being drawn to it by a review here from a Goodreads friend, I bought it and started it immediately. Everything else came to a screeching halt until I finished.

This book gripped me in a way that very few books can manage. It starts off with unimaginable sexual brutality but if you’re able to recover from the fir
Nov 11, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I’ve had such an engrossing fantasy read in an age. I’ve seen the book sereral times when I’ve been fossicking through PL Nunn's website for goodies, but just not picked it up. Obviously an oversight on my part!

The world building is what initially sucked me in. It was vivid and without an abundance of silly names for coffee and other such folderol, that often spoil good fantasy or sci fi. The story itself is very much a journey tale and the landscapes were rather epic. The history
Dec 21, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-fantasy, own
In depth and compelling worldbuilding here. I hit a speed bump reading this, I guess I lost confidence in the author being able to bring the story around to a reasonable conclusion, but eventually I carried on and yes, it ended well. I really enjoyed the questioning of "good" and "bad" as well as the exploration of power hierarchies. There is brutality and this is not for the faint of heart, but there is a pleasing resolution.
Chippy *Moves Like Jagger* Marco
I read this a while ago and hadn't realised that I didn't put a review of it up on here. I got f&cked off once on here and deleted my account in a fit of rage *rolling eyes* I am argumentative and a drama Queen. But I regretted it straight after, so here I go a second time.

This is seriously f%cked up, but I loooooved it. Once I got past the rather brutual scene near the beginning with the non-con, I really got into this book. People may fall flat at the non-con scene, I almost did, but the r
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN

I though I could do it. I was challenging myself, but I failed .

I though this could be another Captive Prince, but the inter-species "romance" is just too painful for me to read. The rapes are violent and I can't see how these 2 characters can be together after everything. The book is too long and not interesting anymore (halfway through).
Lilia Ford
There’s a moment about a third of the way through Bloodraven, when Yhalen, the young forester who was taken prisoner by ogres and then brutalized by them, uses his powers to heal his erstwhile captor, who had also raped him, though not with the same cruelty.

“Why?" [Bloodraven] asked instead. "Why do such things when my death would have benefited you far more?"

Yhalen bent over his knees, resting forehead on his forearm, perhaps not willing to answer, or not able to, strange creature that he was
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
4.5 Stars

After careful consideration I've decided there really is nothing I can say about Bloodraven that hasn't already been said.

It is epic in size and scope.

It is epic in its sagadom.
Yes. I'm making up words now. Stop judging me.

It tortured me beautifully.

I felt all the feels. I mean, I ask you who can resist:

There was no edge of pain to the pleasure to drive him over the verge, no feeling of his guts stretched thin even when the body over his pressed in to the fullest. Nothing to make him l
MsMiz (Tina)
Aug 27, 2010 MsMiz (Tina) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-all, b-and-n
More like 4.5 stars. This book was brutal, pulling no punches in war, slavery, sex(*spoiler alert* some violent rape scenes between ogres and humans)and eventually an atypical love. This story has amazing world building between humans, dark magic, earth magic, ogres, half-orgres and other assorted beings. It kept me guessing at every turn. I had no idea where Nunn was going and who or what was going to be the victor if any. I could have kept reading and reading about this world and was sad when ...more
Jason Bradley
Apr 17, 2010 Jason Bradley rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The only reason this book doesn't get 5+ stars is because it really needs proof reading. Otherwise, this is ALL THAT AND A SUPER SIZE BAG OF CHIPS! :)

❂ Endless
Sep 10, 2011 ❂ Endless marked it as erotic-m-m
Shelves: un-rate-able
This is on my brand new shelf of "un-rate-able". While i could rate "That's what Brothers Do" I can't rate this... I hated and kinda liked this book simultaneously - which means, I can't find a way to rate it! I want to rate it a 2 star and a 4 star all at the same time...

4 for the the way the author wove this story and built a paranormal world and embellished it with such detail that it was like i was watching a movie in my head and i truly appreciate such books.


2 for the audacity with wh
Sep 10, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, e-book
Yhalen is of the Ydregi, a Fey-like people who dwell in the forest and live in the ways of the Goddess, in harmony with nature and subtle magic. His privileged and sheltered life turns into a nightmare when he's captured by a group of ogres who only have malice in mind. When he miraculously survives this horrible ordeal, Yhalen finds that the nightmare is far from over: he is to be the slave of Bloodraven: a half ogre, half human war leader.

I was warned before reading this book. Goodread friend
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

Warning - this is a very graphic and brutally violent book especially in the beginning and in the end. It entails non-con, dub-con, and extreme torture. However if you like fantasy with different races, magic, and adventure, then this is the book for you.

Yhalen is a sympathetic character who is forced into many horrific things. He's still strong and spirited, trying to remain true to himself despite his growing feelings for Bloodraven and his burgeoning magical powers that can easily t
This book had me cringing & crying through a majority of it. And Bloodraven had me swooning more than I like to think about. Unbelievably amazing.
Bloodraven (BR) reminds me of Freece’s Captive Prince (calm down you CP lovers!) to the extent that in addition to the great world building and character development, there is sweeping adventure and political intrigue. The dynamic between Yhalen, and Bloodraven, half human/half ogre, is a complex slave/master, slow build/slow burn interaction. Like Freece’s Laurent, BR is an enigma -- it’s a long while before we get to know what’s going on with him, just what he is about. We learn that he is hig ...more
Eden Winters
Jun 23, 2011 Eden Winters rated it it was amazing
"Not for the faint of heart." Those words in other readers' reviews usually give me pause. A momentary pause to be sure, but a pause nonetheless. This story came highly recommended, and despite the cautions, it didn't take me long to see why. There is darkness (dang, is there ever darkness!)There's torture, non-con, dub-con, cruelty beyond imagining and a horrifying scene that may yet give me nightmares. (I will forever cast sideways glances at ravens and vultures, let me tell ya!) Through it al ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it

Yhalen is a Ydregi, a magic forest dweller who follows their Goddess of nature. He's captured by a group of ogres and enslaved by the leader of the group, Bloodraven who is half ogre/half human. I loved this world and I was drawn into the characters instantly.

This book cuts no punches. It contains brutal rape and torture scenes. And I don't mean a quick one page description. This was detailed pain and agony that went on and on. However, these scenes were necessary for the story.

What irritated
Heidi Cullinan
Apr 19, 2010 Heidi Cullinan rated it really liked it
What I enjoyed most about this book was how I never quite knew what was going to happen next and how clearly anything could happen. Early on it was made clear that there were few lines the author wouldn't cross and very, very bad things could happen to the main characters. There's a freshness to this book I enjoyed very much. And the hot sex wasn't a problem at all, either.

My only reservation is that while the first half of the book really gripped me, the pacing fell off in the latter half for
Nov 02, 2010 Trix rated it it was amazing
It was an amazing book! I was pulled within the story and unable to put it down before I finished it.

When I first saw the number of pages, I imagined the story couldn't be very well developed but then I realised what a small writing had been used and knew I was in for a incredible ride. There wasn't anythig missing from the story. The descriptions of land, people and customs blended superbly with the adrenaline packed action scenes as well as the erotic explorations of the main characters. It wa
Derekica Snake
Oct 30, 2011 Derekica Snake rated it it was amazing
Okay, I have revisted the land of the halflings without getting my eyes seared out of my skull by staring at pdfs.

Yhalen is a forest dweller from a prominent family of magic users, healers, hunters and the like. The Orges are coming down from the north ravaging the land to the point the forest dwellers have ventured out into the world to warn others of what is coming. Unfortunately Yhalen and the rest of his party get smushed. Yhalen is almost non-conned to death but that trauma awakens the pow
Excellent well-written fantasy slave m/m read. Half Ogre Bloodraven develops his relationship with his sometime slave Yhalen throughout many blood-curdling adventures. Couldn't put this down..
'Yhalen turned, hair bloody and tangled, face streaked with red. His eyes burned beneath the fall of matted hair, that soft empathy that was so much of Yhalen simply gone, replaced by utter blank madness.'
Adrian Fridge
I'm highly impressed. The author does a fantastic job at not only avoiding overused tropes but also balancing the story and the sex.

The beginning, however, is tough to get into for two reasons: exposition and rape.

Let's start with the easier one. Exposition happens while Yhalen, our protagonist, is running for his life after his BFF/lover is killed by ogres in front of his very eyes. There's just too much information thrown at you before you actually care about Yhalen's plight: Yhalen is Ydregi
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 14, 2011 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, paranormal, ebook, fantasy
I honestly do not even know where to start with this review. I started off being somewhat horrified by the unbelievably descriptive giant ogres, their killing, raping and overall torture of the tiny humans. They get a hold of Yhalen early on in the story, and it was amazing he survived his first encounter with them, though there are reasons that become extremely important to the story that enable him to do so.

For these same reasons, Yhalen is given as a slave to Bloodraven, a half ogre/half huma
Dec 18, 2016 Juxian rated it did not like it
Okay, since most of my friends already read and liked this book, I don't need to do the little apologetic dancing "it's me, it's not the book". More precisely, it's me and P.L.Nunn's writing being completely incompatible. I admit I resent the necessity to trudge through the huge massives of text where nothing of importance happens. And even when something happens, you still can toss two sentences out of three and everything will still make sense.
Yhalen was annoying as hell (and it took me only,
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“Why?" he asked instead. "Why do such things when my death would have benefited you far more?"
Yhalen bent over his knees, resting forehead on his forearm, perhaps not willing to answer, or not able to, strange creature that he was.
"Is that the way your people think?" he asked finally, as he turned his head to peer up at Bloodraven through the thick fall of the hair around his face. "That death is more beneficial than life?”
“[Bloodraven] fingered the cloth, marveling at the tightness of the weave. The things that the men of the lowlands were capable of never ceased to amaze him. Those few stolen items that trickled up to the northern tribes were bartered at high prices, for even the mountain humans who worked in fear of their lives for the tribes, did not create such clever things. But then again, perhaps they were capable, but chose not to share with the race that had hunted and oppressed them for generations. Understandable. If he were in the same position he’d have offered nothing more than the simplest tasks demanded of him. Not for the first time he considered the tribal chieftains of old fools for choosing to make war with the humans instead of ally with them.” 1 likes
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