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Blood Song

(Lharmell #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,398 ratings  ·  161 reviews
I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.

Already her black hair and pale eyes ma
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Random House Australia
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Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of simple teen romance
2.5 stars

Guess you could call Blood Song a romantic teen fantasy, or teen fantasy extra lite?

It is probably unfair to compare this book to such outstanding fantasy novels as Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Finnikin of the Rock. After all, Blood Song is clearly aimed at the younger part of teen crowd. But everything about this novel is so simplistic, there is hardly anything to wow you, in my opinion.

The story itself is very basic. 16-year princess Zeraphina lives with her mother and older sister
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We all know that I am constantly saying I am not a huge fan of fantasy but it turns out I am. But only really good fantasy and that is definitely what Blood Song is. I absolutely loved it. For me it was the perfect reading escape.

Zeraphina has always known she is different with her unusual striking looks and her craving for blood which is getting strong each day and calling her to the north. When her older sister Lilith becomes engaged to Prince Amis in the northern land Zeraphina jumps at the c
Blood Song grabbed me from the start. The thing about this fantasy ~ is Hart writes in such a way that the reading experience was so effortless. Her writing is tight, within pages you have a sense of the world and our heroine. Her world-building is all show (not tell) and Hart masterfully places the reader in the story alongside Zeraphina, letting the world-building evolve as we go along. I marvel at the way she handled it without employing the “awkward info dump” scenario that so often bogs dow ...more
During the first chapters there were only some things that rubbed me the wrong way:

- the language in general and certain expressions that in my point of view did not match the high fantasy setting,
- the forced fairytale vibes - including a carriage that looked like a hollowed pumpkin and letters sent out within an instant to advertise the princess' hand in marriage to the bald and bumpy -,
- the heroine speaking of her mother as Renata while Renata always addressed her daughters as "Daughter",
kwesi 章英狮
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to kwesi 章英狮 by: Isamlq
When blood smeared all over the ground a putrid smell of a marigold spread all over your nose. The smell of death, hunger and cold that will hunt creatures in the night and the living will start to crumble. Two great lands with ultimate power fought for years and hunted by blood, and only one will survive. Is it the light that will help us see the truth or the dark that will creeps everyone until end.

When Zeraphina was young, she was sick and nearly died. After that accident everything changed,
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers - Aussie Tour Nomes
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

If finishing this book in one day is any indication of how much I truly enjoyed Blood Song, well then there you have it. I adored it! Now I guess it also helps that this book is Australian and YA Fantasy, two elements that when done right are sure to grab my attention and catapult me into my out-for-the-day-call-me-later reading zone. I really enjoyed every minute of this adventure!

Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart is a masterful kickoff to a series that I’m a bit worri
Robert Hart
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am very lucky to have read this book well before publication. I loved it! (Bias note: I am a very proud Dad!!!)
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poison Study by Maria V. Synder; Kristin Cashore; Those who like a kickass & funny MC.

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Blood Song first came to my attention after finding out it was written by an Australian author. (If you don't already know, I love to read Australian YA!) I became even more curious after reading some great reviews. Fantasy seems to be one of the genres that I tend to pay less attention to. I'm not sure why. I have read some young-adult fantasy that I really love and are some of my favorite books. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to read Bl
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been keeping an eye out for a new YA fantasy series to love and cherish and I think this is it! Blood Song is an intriguing and compelling read - it kept me up all night long, as only the best books do.

Hart's debut tells the story of Zeraphina, a princess who has an inexplicable desire to travel to the north. I loved Zeraphina from the very first page. She reminded me of one of the literary greats: Elizabeth Bennet. Each are stubborn, strong-willed, quick to temper... but care deeply abo
George Jankovic
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blood Song is a wonderfully written YA fantasy about Zeraphina who can't resist a call from the North. Will she be able to resist her lust for blood? And how will she resist a handsome stranger waiting for her there?

This is a strong character-driven story as we explore Zeraphina's urges and transformation.
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
I really hope I can get to read the next book!! And to those of you who haven't read this... Do read it. Marvelous book.

So I guess you can start saying that Serafina Or Zerafina, however you spell it has dark eyes, and dark hair, and maybe alabaster skin. And it was different from Renata, her mom, and Lilith, her older sister's hair, skin & eyes. Why was that? Well, don't wonder no more. She had had the Hundred-day-cough (insert thunder) *gasp* Yes, and as a baby of 6 months!!! Nooooooo. Too bad
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
The palace of Amentina is slowly falling into disrepair, the money is dwindling and Reneta, Queen of Amentina, is adamant that her eldest daughter, Lilith, marry a wealthy Prince soon so their land will not die. But when her betrothed suddenly dies, the plan goes awry and Lilith is left nursing a broken heart. Until Renata quickly puts her back on the market and she's offered marriage to Prince Amis of Pergamia. Lilith wants no part of it at first, but something is calling, beckoning her sister ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another Aussie book on my shelf full of awesome ;))

To be honest, it's more like 4.5 because the last part of it was so-and-so, but anyways it's hard to tell how much I loved this book.
It's really great.

This is one of those books that you take in your hands and then you can't put down. I started reading it late at night and the first thing I did in the morning was to finish it.. no breakfast for me until the last page.

I liked Zeraphina (still, I didn't like her name) - she was a bit stubborn
May 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think by looking at my status updates you can tell how much I did or rather didn't enjoy Blood Song. After reading rave reviews for it I expected something awesome, maybe even groundbreaking. But it doesn't do any of those things.

Zeraphina craves blood. It's not a constant feeling but it comes back it painful bursts that sometimes go as far as to drive her into unconsciousness. She fights against it but everything about it draws her northwards so when her sister Lilith is supposed to marry Pri
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Zeraphina is being lured northward and she thinks there could lie the answers to why she has such strange cravings for blood, so when the chance arises to travel there with her sister, she ignores her misgivings and takes it up -- but on arrival, she realises her misgivings may not have been totally unfounded.

If you expect anything even close to a clichéd vampire story from the synopsis, you're completely off. Blood Song proved to be incre
Holly Harker
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A while ago I was whinging about the lack of Aussie YA fantasy coming out, and how I really just wanted to sink my teeth into something amazing. Well! The book gods obviously heard my cries and answered with Blood Song, though I think this wonderful gem had less to do with book gods and more to do with superb début author Rhiannon Hart.

I was hooked straight away by feisty heroine Zeraphina. A pet hate of mine is when female characters are Pillars of Perfection: they do all the right things, are
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it

Blood Song is an easy kind of fantasy (fantasy lite, if you will). Zeraphina's world is not at all difficult to get into. The set up is pretty bare, and like the character we don't know that much. Consider, there's Amentia, her home. Then Pergamia, another kingdom. And of course, the mysterious Lharmell. But we do know some stuff: we know that she's the second daughter of an impoverished kingdom. We know that her sister is to wed the prince of another. And we also know what Zeraphina has th
H.J. Harper
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A while ago I was whinging about the lack of Aussie YA fantasy coming out, and how I really just wanted to sink my teeth into something amazing. Well! The book gods obviously heard my cries and answered with Blood Song, though I think this wonderful gem had less to do with book gods and more to do with superb début author Rhiannon Hart.

I was hooked straight away by feisty heroine Zeraphina. A pet hate of mine is when female characters are Pillars of Perfection: they do all the right things, are
Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Original review from Little Book Owl

The Short
Blood Song was an unexpected surprise - I enjoyed this book so much! I wasn't sure what the story would entail, but I was continuously bombarded with mystery and action that kept me flipping those pages.

The Long

The Good
World-building, mystery & secrets, awesome sidekicks

The Bad
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This being highly recommended by my Goodread friends, I've had this book on my shelf for over a year and I'm only just getting to it now. I could kick myself. I had no idea that this book was filled with such an entertainment story, witty characters and fantastic writing.

For as long as Zeraphina could remember, she's always been different from her sister and mother. With her striking blue eyes, pale skin and dark raven hair, but she also has a shameful secret, she hungry's for blood and has stra
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A young adult book of the first in a series (the first book of Lharmell), that is character-driven and which displays all the qualities of fantasy fiction at its very best. As soon as you begin to read you are plunged into a new world that is creatively fantastic and imaginatively spectacular, with its originality and unique storyline. Zeraphina is such a quirky, interesting character whom I traveled on the most exciting journey with; a journey of personal discovery that was utterly thought-prov ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, aussie-title, vampires
Agh! I've kind of been avoiding writing a review for Blood Song for a while now because my thoughts on it are all over the place, but here goes nothing.

As a fantasy novel, I think Blood Song does its job. It enchants. How could it not? Set in a magical realm that has an old-world charm but also carries a modern edge twist, it quickly sucked me right in. That said, I feel like the first half of the book was much better than the second half.

Zeraphina, a young princess from a poor country
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Imo (Omnom Books)
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it

Though I love all you American and British authors who tell such lovely stories, when I heard about Blood Song – an Aussie creation – I was determined to read it. Unbelievably, I actually won a copy through Jess (I never win things!) and I must say that Blood Song was not what I expected, but it exceeded my expectations by far.

Ms. Hart’s debut novel tells the story of Zeraphina, a princess from a barren kingdom who experiences an extreme longing to go north – and to drink blood. When her
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rhiannon Hart's debut novel is a gorgeous, gorgeous book that tells a story as though it were a delicious secret being imparted to the few lucky enough to be chosen. The details and the descriptions are succulent and each sentence seems to be more the work of someone who has been confidently writing for decades than someone who is writing (okay, fine, publishing) her first book. What this all means is that the book? It is beautifully structured. I absolutely love the animal characters. I don't k ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: random-house
Originally posted on Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

A brilliant debut novel by Australian author, Rhiannon Hart. I was captivated by Blood Song immediately. Zeraphina craves blood like any human craves food and water. The pull to travel north is unexplainable and only her archery can occupy her mind otherwise. Her eagle, Griffin, and cat, Leap, are her companions, fiercely loyal and attentive to her moods. When her mother is desperate for wealth and her sister is slated to marry, who else can she tu
Sep 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I don't understand how the ratings on this book are as high as they are. The writing was sloppy, imprecise, rushed, and written for a very young audience (if you are reading this and in elementary school I'll give you a pass). The characters were not fleshed out adequately, the plot had ridiculous holes, and I thought about putting this book down more than once; I only slugged on because it was short enough to be a novella and I knocked it out in an hour or three.

I admit I probably would have l
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, ya, fantasy
Finally finished! I need to quit my job so I have more time to read. Taking a week to read this book was just insane! Way to write an awesome fantasy novel, Rhiannon! I am super happy to get to say "I knew her when" even if it was only through blogging. heh heh

So excited for this one, even if my wonderful friend Rhiannon did forget to feed the characters through the book. ;)
Greg Jolley
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blood Song is an excellent, beautiful dark adventure. A colorful and compelling Danse Macabre. Rhiannon writes in a brave and crisp style, balancing pace with sharp sparkles of wit throughout this fine novel. Blood Song is that rare work in contemporary fiction - a treasure.
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, aussie
I really, REALLY loved this book! Nomes thank you so much for sending it out on tour!!

I will write my review soon =)
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Rhiannon is a freelance writer and author living in London. Originally from Australia, she loves exploring new cities and open spaces. When she's not writing, she plays video games, hikes and pats any cat she meets. ...more

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