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Blood Lilies

(Blood Wars Trilogy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  15 reviews
For Korsten Brierly, life already seemed complicated enough. Disinherited from a young age, helping to govern a town of strategic significance to warring countries, keeping his affair with the local governor's son a secret....

When a demon hunting mage arrives at his doorstep at the same time gruesome murders begin, Korsten finds himself quickly swept away by a
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Raventide Books
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Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raventide is the first work of Ms Miles I have read and I could not finish as it was very well written but slow and unappealing.
A friend suggested I tried this and I am glad I did.

Reading the blurb one could suppose this to be common fantasy stuff but if the themes are, the execution is far from usual. True, there is a young man who has gone through a lot in his life that suddenly discovers an unspeakable evil. This hideous evil obviously disrupts his life entirely and forces h
This book was a pleasant surprise. It is so well-written, it just sucked me right in. There are really two parts to the book, it's more like two books in one. And it has a cliff-hanger ending, just waiting for a sequel. As long as a sequel is coming, I'll be happy.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Powers. Souls. Demon mage. War. What world has Korsten stepped into? Well a world he didn't know he belonged to until now. Well not like he had a perfect life, but having to deal with this new type of evil may just be the icing on the cake.

So the start of the book was okay for me. I got to read about Korsten and learned that he is gay, doesn't have the greatest home life and he kinda has a lover. Well he has to hide being gay, and his lover won't notice him in front of the world. So I felt for
Tommy Howell
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a well-written tale if a bit depressing. Korsten, the main character, was a little whiny and morose, but not as severe as Thomas Covenant. I found the magic system to be interesting and the villains menacing.
The sex scenes were very tastefully presented, even the torturous ones.
Emma Sea
Jun 15, 2012 marked it as probably-not
This sentence from another review made me decide life's too short:

"Korsten, the main character, was a little whiny and morose, but not as severe as Thomas Covenant."
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was surprisingly intriguing. Little too quitchy romance but the concept and story line is interesting.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was really good and nice and long. Really pulled me into the story. Loved it.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-2018
Disinherited and cast out by his father, Korsten Brierly has his share of problems to deal with, both in his position in governing the town he's found a home in and in keeping his relationship with the governor's son a secret. Then a stranger arrives in town, claiming to be a mage hunting demons, and Korsten is dragged into a bloody nightmare of violence, magic and tragedy that turn everything he's ever known completely on its head.

This started out very intriguing, but once the story
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Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know, I enjoyed this one but I'm still kind of on the fence about parts of it. Lets start with what I liked. This is an expansive fantasy world with a great deal of imagination which was great. Once immersed in the story, I found myself really enjoying it; this certainly wasn't the type of magic and demon story that I'm used to. At times, however, there seemed to be so much information (when Korsten is training) that it was hard to keep straight for a while. Also, I felt there should have be ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, sf

Good things: Long book (size matters, as they say). Liked the world building, although it was by no means unique.

Not-so-good: The main character is a whiny crybaby (and feminized in non-supportive ways). The plot advances in fits and starts, with lots of time for the MC feeling sorry for himself. The soi-disant romantic relationships are irritating (and I assume the one that is least so [Korsten/Merran] is endgame here, but the fact that I'm not sure after all these hundreds
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
DNF - 0 stars

Where I stopped reading: Location 311 of 1229 on my Android Moon Reader app (24.1% of the way through the book).

Why I stopped reading: I actually really liked the story, but the writing was so full of errors, typos, and generally awkward word structure that I found myself re-reading things two and three times just to figure out what the author was trying to say.

As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.

Disclosure: I received a complimenta
Arcanum Noctis
1.5 Stars

I'm not really sure what to say about this book, but somehow I expected more after seeing all the good ratings. It isn't as bad as Twilight, but it isn`t very good also. Well, maybe it'll get better? There're still a few pages left to read.

Lillian Francis
Free on kindle 19 oct 2012.
Mar 18, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: azw, fantasy, magic, demons, m-m, lgbtq
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T.A. Miles is a being owned by curiosity and fueled by internal magic. She claims to have fallen down a rabbit hole as a child, but in reality seems to be living in a semi-permanent out-of-body experience where she meets fantastical people and magical creatures in lands unknown to earth. She believes her characters are real people, and she publishes for one reason only: to share these people and t ...more

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