’If you’re a fan of the likes of Joe Abercrombie or George R.R. Martin, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Anna Stephens has joined this august pantheon of lovingly horrible and deliciously dark writers’
Rilporin has fallen and Corvus, King of the Mireces, reigns over an occupied land. The raiders and their dark religion have conquered, but victory came...more
I love the books overall, a few things here and there I don’t care for but overall I love them to pieces. This last book was a bit of a tear jerker!!
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The Bad: IT GAVE ME FEELINGS – I DO NOT LIKE FEELING FEELINGS.
The Ugly Truth: THIS. IS. HOW. YOU. END. A. SERIES. (If I could somehow capitalise a full stop I would use it in this review.) Pulse-pounding drama and action to the heart-breaking end. 11/10, A++, all of the stars.
Review: Bloodchild is the third and final (no, you’re crying!) book in Anna Stephens’ debut Godblind trilogy, published by Harper Voyager. Whilst I would like to extend my thanks f ...more
I’ll change it if I decide it merits less stars – but I doubt that will be the case since Anna Stephens is a fabulous author.
Also all the other vowels
I'll be back with consonants once I've wrangled myself into spoiler-free coherency.
Full review, including consonants (note: some plot details/minor spoilers, although none touching on the outcome)
In a nutshell: Bloodchild delivers a strong end to a remarkable trilogy. For all its grimdark trappings, this is a tale as interested in compassion and redemption as it is in gut-spilling warfare. Never an easy read (for me, at least), it has turned out to be an enor ...more
I finished it (really late) last night, and I think I'll have to hide in a blanket fort with chocolate, some plush toys and plenty of coffee to assemble all the pieces of my soul back into one functioning piece!
It is the absolutely perfect ending to one of my favourite series. I have no idea how Anna Stephens manages to strike this balance between dark, grim and gloomy, but yet always leaves just enough hope to keep you hooked and on the edge ...more
Right, to Hell with preamble – this book gets your heart pumping hard right up until it tears the aforementioned organ out of your chest and makes you blub like new born that stubbed its toe on the way out.
In Godblind we saw the stakes, we saw what both sides were fighting for, and we saw just what both sides were prepared ...more
I've been unbelievably lucky to have her narrate these books.
Well, with the trilogy itself I guess!
There are trilogies out there which don’t quite convey that idea of an over-arcing story. They are connected by characters, or place, but have that slight disconnect from each other. Like book one was written as a standalone and then books two and three were afterthoughts. Conversely there are trilogies, or even series, out there that have the one over-arcing story spread over the three books, but the ...more
It's a real roller-coaster of a novel, with plans falling apart and others coming to fruition - if only we knew which was which, and on what side! Phew, it's full of tense and dangerous plotting and furious bloodshed where the story could go either way. Anna Stephens can write a hell of a visceral battle scene.
This book will hurt you, and also lift you up. Despair and misery, an ...more
This is the final volume in Anna Stephens’ Godblind trilogy, and boy, what a finale it is. Following on almost directly from the end of last year’s Darksoul, it opens with the army of Rilpor in hiding and the Mireces invaders firmly entrenched in the city of Rilporin, their chieftain Corvus havin ...more
"He left his sword behind. He left it all behind. He walked to his final battle, stripping his armour as he went."
After barely surviving Darksoul - I think my heart stopped a good ...more
It tops off an incredible series featuring some of the most lovable"heroic" characters, blood thirsty Gods and complex relationships, all this in the black shadows of a sprawling war that takes no prisoners and is grim-dark to the core.
I end the series with a heavy heart! I am too heart broken to write a more coherent review but promise to follow this up with something worthwhile. Dancer's Grace, people. It is time.
Fantastically, fantastical grimdark and satisfying finale to a fabulous fantast trilogy of action, intrigue and gritty realism.
Characters relationships develop even more and the build up to the final battle between women, men and gods concludes with an exciting and vicious whirlwind of action and emotion.
I've been drinking red wine, which may inhibit my review writing skills, but DAYM this trilogy does indeed rock my socks.
Anna rules, so do the characters of Bloodchild!
I have enjoyed reading the Godblind trilogy immensely. It has been a wild ride full of misery, violence, gore and some genuinely uncomfortable moments that make you wince. It is also full of interesting characters who I both love and hate, depending on what side they are on.
At the end of the last book, things weren’t looking too good. Yes, the Blessed One’s plans had been disrupted but the city had been lost to Corvus. Fast forward to Bloodchi ...more
It's hard to believe that this is over, but here we are. And what the ride this was. I think I wasn't so devastated after finishing the book since I finished Malazan series and the epicness of battles and heroism of the last stands presented in Bloodchild is comparable to Erikson's works.
I loved Godblind trilogy from the start. We follow seven PoV's and still Anna Stephens put them in about 400 pages a book, wihout overly long chapters and unecessary fillers. What's more, ev ...more
"And the godlight will lead us all, to death and beyond. And what is beyond death but the promise of new life?"
A fitting finale to a very even and solid series.
The major reasons my rating is a 4 rather than a 5:
1) the villains were annoying, every time I saw a Corvus or Lanta chapter I sighed in resignation (I don't like reading about religious extremists though so ymmv);
2) all the romantic relationships read the exact same to me. they were nice! they were just... all the same which makes ...more
This is Grimdark at it's Grimest and Darkest and it is a joy to behold