Now how's that for a cover? That is one serious hottie, our pilot Ridgewalker Zirkander, hero of this action-packed, steampunkish, magic-filled story....moreNow how's that for a cover? That is one serious hottie, our pilot Ridgewalker Zirkander, hero of this action-packed, steampunkish, magic-filled story. Actually, to be entirely accurate, Ridge shares the limelight with his sorceress girlfriend, Sardelle. And my two personal favourites from this Dragon's Blood series, Ahn and Tolemek, also tag along.
In Blood Charged, Ridge, Tolemek, and a team of flyers are sent into enemy territory to infiltrate a secret laboratory. Their goal? To steal a sample of impossibly rare dragon's blood being used in the war against Iskander. Ridge – being Ridge – manages to contrive to bring Sardelle along. Just as well, because nothing goes according to plan and our heroes are taxed to their absolute limits in their quest to survive.
This is good stuff. The action – and the humour – starts on page one and does not let up until the very last breath. Unlike some of Lindsay's other stories, there is nothing predictable in this one and the characters are on the back foot throughout. This isn't Sardelle, her magical soul blade sword, and her hot flyer boyfriend routing the enemy. They have to claw for every victory. It made for exciting reading.
Talking about the soul blade sword . . . Jaxi is wonderful in this story. I grow to like her more and more with each tale and I really hope she meets her dragon . . .
It was also masterful the way Buroker used the sword to merge the story each time the characters got separated. I don't know if that makes sense, but I can't tell you more without giving away spoilers. You will just have to read it to find out more.
What didn't I like about this book? To be honest, I was disappointed that Ahn and Tolemek had subsidiary roles. They are by far my favourite characters and I would have loved to have seen more of them in action. I'm really hoping the next book is either from their POV, or at least has their POVs included because they both have so much to offer to the action. And I'm secretly in love with Tolemek.
That said, Blood Charged left me eager for more because, while the main goal of the story was reached by the end, there are a thousand more questions that have opened up. I know the next instalment is going to be fun and I'm excited to follow the adventure. Happily, Lindsay churns books out at an alarming rate (I wonder if she actually sleeps?) so I probably won't have long to wait.
So, number of stars for Blood Charged? Four. (Okay, that's just me being peevish. It would have got five if I'd seen more of Tolemek and Ahn, but not everyone is necessarily as obsessed about them as I am)(less)
I'm really captivated by the storyline here, but man, I wish this book had been edited properly. It makes for painful reading.
A classic line: Braith,...moreI'm really captivated by the storyline here, but man, I wish this book had been edited properly. It makes for painful reading.
A classic line: Braith, the hero, is trying to persuade Aria to eat something. He says, "Eat Aria."
My daughter, reading over my shoulder, saw that and said. "Who is he commanding to eat Aria?"
What could I say? That the dumb author doesn't know that you place a comma before a name when writing in English?
'Fraid so. Stevens hasn't the first clue how to punctuate a piece of prose and she didn't bother with an editor. It's such a shame because the story is worth reading. I will try book three, but if there is no improvement, then that's me done with this series.
This is a quick, fun read with a bit of suspense and a bit of mystery thrown in. I really liked Mike as a character. I wasn't so keen on Sara, but he...moreThis is a quick, fun read with a bit of suspense and a bit of mystery thrown in. I really liked Mike as a character. I wasn't so keen on Sara, but he loved her, so that was good enough for me.
As with so many contemporary romances, there are the obligatory sex scenes, which can get pretty tedious. Just how many times must we read blow-by-blow (Pun intended) accounts of the same characters having sex? But I'm probably in the minority with this, so I will just have to content myself with skipping pages to get to the real meat of the story.(less)
There is just so much wrong with this book: 1. endless repetition, 2 punctuation errors, 3. faulty grammar, 4. belief-defying love at first sight – mo...moreThere is just so much wrong with this book: 1. endless repetition, 2 punctuation errors, 3. faulty grammar, 4. belief-defying love at first sight – more like Stockholm Syndrome than real love. 5. and a very a very weak heroine who claims to be so bold and tough, but who makes no attempt to escape from her vampire master.
Still, I'm intrigued enough with the ending to want to know more – and I suppose when you are in the business of selling books that's all that counts. Maybe. Maybe not.
Anyway, as frustrating as reading this unedited book was, I am now hooked enough to read the next. Hopefully if enough people buy the second book – the first one was free – then Stevens will be inspired to spend some money on an editor to sort out the many, many problems.(less)
This book was an unexpected treat. I had no idea what it was about when I started it and I really enjoyed if. The characters are richly sketched, the...moreThis book was an unexpected treat. I had no idea what it was about when I started it and I really enjoyed if. The characters are richly sketched, the work building amazingly realistic and the magic fascinating. A really good read.(less)
This is a sweet romance with a compleling storyline staring two very broken characters, Kayla and Daren. My biggest criticism is that, although writte...moreThis is a sweet romance with a compleling storyline staring two very broken characters, Kayla and Daren. My biggest criticism is that, although written in two POVs, I struggled to discern the difference between their two voices.(less)
I have really enjoyed the Flash Gold series and this book was no different. The story opens shortly after the action in Peacemaker. Kali is well on th...moreI have really enjoyed the Flash Gold series and this book was no different. The story opens shortly after the action in Peacemaker. Kali is well on the way to building her airship and Cedar is still hot on Cudgel Conrad's trail. That trail leads him and Kali into some really creepy scrapes in this book. ENough to make one's skin crawl. And it turns out that the Cudgel also has some sneaky magic up his sleeve, which certainly makes life even harder for Cedar. Unlike the other novellas, this one ends on a cliffhanger! How could you Lindsay?
So, what did I liked about this book?
Cedar's POV! I didn't expect that, and it was really fun being in his head – especially as Kali has found a new male friend . . . I loved seeing Cedar's tentative efforts to court her. So sweet and so fumbling for such a tough, hard-boned fighter. As usual, Kali is fun to be with, but I think she has quite a challenge facing her in the final book.