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Bloodraven (Bloodraven)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,249 ratings  ·  288 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
Paperback, 287 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by
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Mar 19, 2014 julio rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
MsMiz (Tina)
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
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
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
Jason Huffman-black
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 16, 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
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 relationship between Yhalen, and the title character, half human/half ogre, Bloodraven, 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 abou ...more
Eden Winters
"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
Jan 25, 2011 Mel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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

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
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
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
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.'
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
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
Christina Marie
If (huge if by the way), you can make it through the first chapter, then what awaits you is pretty damn good. Epic in proportion. Seriously, disregard the page count. Bloodraven is flecked with rare moments of sweetness, made all the more valuable due to the frequent brutality of the story.

I feel like this is one of those “It’s about the journey, not the destination” books that some people find infuriating upon making it to the last page. Personally, I loved it. But Terry Goodkind is one of my f
Kol Anderson
Okay so not going to rate this, but it was written really well. Reads like an old-world epic. I loved the language the author has used, gives it the feel of the time and the world he/she is trying to depict. Cannot rate it because I couldn't get through the whole thing. Just ogre porn you know? I guess I'm more into realistic torture/rape porn ;) But this was written exceptionally well if this is your kink, I suggest you give it a shot. I've seen a lot of converts and I completely understand why ...more
R * A Reader Obsessed *
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 turn him t
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Apr 21, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Ozlem
I liiiiiiked it! I'm a bit surprised. I finish all the books I read unless I'm boooooored to sleep (literally). In the midst of the first horrible gory gritty rape scene I wondered if I should go on, because it was truly graphic and revolting, but I'm not easily defeated, so I managed to get to the end of the scene walking up and down my room while reading. Then Yhalen discovered his power and my desire to see if he would get retribution for the abuse was strong enough to make me go on reading. ...more

This book, Wow! It was AMAZING!!! I was so sad to see it end. I wanted more, more Yhalen and Bloodraven, more ogre torture, more magic and even more of the scary ass troll! Yeah there was unimaginable torture described in this book but I wanted to see the destruction of those ogres up in the mountains. Wanted to see what that troll could do to them.
But really I can’t believe I actually got through a book with so many rape scenes. I literally covered my rear in f
Deja Dei
Okay, wow. I'm not going to repeat everything that everybody else has said. Yes, it's very brutal. Yes, the world building is absolutely stellar. I'm feeling about a 3.5, but rounding up just for the author's ability to keep me reading through some of the stuff that happens in this book.

I kept reading through the worst of the beginning because I liked Yhalen and wanted to find out what would happen to him. He had such a strength of spirit to endure all he did and keep fighting. He never lost his
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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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