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The Blood of Roses

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In childhood something black settled on Mechail Korhlen and drank from his throat. Later somebody pitied him enough to kill his poor deformed body when he became an adult. But then he chose to return from beyond the veil to enact revenge and to follow Anjelen, ruler of the sinister monastery.
Hardcover, 678 pages
Published 1990 by Legend
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Raivan's Nest Nevermind, went back and researched again. For anyone else wondering - a Kindle version is coming in Nov 2015. Gasp! Can't wait!

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Althea Ann
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Tanith Lee, and love her writing style for its intrinsic qualities, you will very likely love this book. Personally, I very much enjoyed it, because time spent reading it was like time spent inside the author’s dream. However, I can see that the book might not be for everyone.

In a musing on the cyclical nature of things, Lee spins a fable – and then spins it again, and again, creating characters and situations which sometimes parallel each other, sometimes loop, twist, and in
Ian Banks
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Grim grim grim grim grim. Not a single moment of hope and barely any levity across the entirety of this book but I didn't dare put it down for fear of missing something. Vampirism, feudalism, fascism, feuds, moods, nudes, drams, scams, anagrams, metaphors, paramours and nevermores for most characters. Dark, twisted and completely unforgettable.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is copy 80 of 200 signed and numbered hardcover copies published by Legend in the UK.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read roughly half of this novel last year, then didn't have time to finish it. So recently I picked it up again, and tried to start from where I left off. This book is long so I'd forgotten a lot of the details, which I'm sure subtracted from my enjoyment of the book because a lot of it is rather interwoven. Still, I tarried on and finished the novel, largely motivated by how much I remembered enjoying what I'd read of this novel last year, and the occasional burst of magnificent writing.

Leila Anani
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Horror/Fantasy/Epic – Epic tale told in a non-narrative structure. Pagans have offered human sacrifice to a tree. Christians put a stop to it. The blood spirit of the tree possesses the last sacrifice who becomes a priest called Anjelen – the vampire antichrist masquerading as a Christian priest. Throughout the centuries he creates various offspring, Mechkail, Anillya/Nilya, Jasha, these also create aspects of themselves/offspring each vying for freedom and identity.

• Life/Death/Rebirth
Raivan's Nest
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
Read this book many years ago, loved it so much I'd love to read it again but for all my years of hunting I have never found it (other than extremely expensive second hand copies). Well worth the read if you can track one down.

Update- Kindle edition being released this November (2015). I can't wait! Also terribly sad to hear we lost Tanith Lee earlier this year. R.I.P Queen of the Dark Fiction :(
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, fantasy
Intriguing story, beautiful language. At some point towards the end I was worried about whether it would have a proper ending, and so it took me a long time to finish, but I needn't have worried. Everything was wrapped up quite nicely.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Years later and I still think of all the imagery... Sigh
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
WHAT did I just read. Blood, murder, rape, reincarnation, time jumps, mythology, religion, vampires, ghosts, darkness, and no coherent plot. Yay.
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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