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Blood Soup

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A tale of murder, betrayal and comeuppance.

King Theodicar of Borgund needed an heir. When his wife, Queen Piacenza, became pregnant, he’d hoped for a boy. His wife, along with her nurse, Salvagia, had other plans. With each cast of the runes, Salvagia’s trusted divination tools yielded the same message: “A girl child must rule or the kingdom will fall to ruin.” As such, th
Published September 7th 2009 by Eternal Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Blood Soup is an absorbing novella of sinister high fantasy.

Writing a good novella is no easy task. Authors have to establish characters, location and develop a plot in a very short peroid of time - and to top it all off, they have to make you care. It's no easy feat! Honestly, some authors just can't pull it off. But Kelly Harmon? She can.

Blood Soup starts out bloody and brutal - pretty much framing the tone of the morbidly magical kingdom. I loved the setting, plot and the social commentary. I
Apr 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't know if it just wasn't my type of book, but I really wasn't into it and glad it was a short read. I must have misread the synopsis because it wasn't what I expected in the slightest. In my opinion, it was just overly feminist with the main male characters having the personalities of complete and utter turds -- including the main "bad guy" practically announcing that women are just punching bags while beating his pregnant wife. Although it was visually well-written, it skipped too much an ...more
Nerine Dorman
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Harmon's writing and will definitely keep an eye out for her other works. My only quibble with this work is that I feel it could have been expanded to a full-length novel because the author's writing is so rich and detailed, it almost seems a sin to keep it so brief. She had potential here to add a number of subplots. Despite the brevity, she doesn't disappoint, however.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Did not hold my interest. should be called Blood Sleep. It could be good for putting babies to bed. A real snore fest.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kelly A. Harmon's new thriller/fantasy novel, Blood Soup, is a story of murder, betrayal and determination to get what they want no matter what the price or whose lives are ruined. Lovers of suspense and fantasy novellas will be enthralled with the plot and characters of Blood Soup.

The story is set in medieval times in the fictional kingdom of Borgund. King Theodicar is hoping for news that his pregnant Queen, Piacenza, will produce a male heir as a future ruler. Harmon is great at setting the s
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
"...he found the literature could sometimes take his mind off the pain."

Now there is a true statement. You can always find them in good fiction. I had wanted to read Blood Soup since I saw it reviewed elsewhere on the web. Its cover look seductively creepy and the synopsis sounded cool so I put the book on my Wish List. I thought wistfully, "One day," and then to my immense good fortune the author, Kelly A. Harmon, contacted me and I found myself in possession of a review copy. I got started re
Kathleen O'Mara
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Title: Blood Soup
Author: Kelly A Harmon
Publisher: An Eternal Press Publication
ISBN: 978-1-926704-61-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-926704-53-1

Blood Soup is a page turning novelette that will keep you wanting more. The well-crafted suspense had me reading until I finished. I could not put it down. At the end, I just wanted more!

An antiquated kingdom tale tells the story of mixing of royal blood lines from differing kingdoms with differing traditions. Of course, there is a problem when the worlds collid
Melissa Hayden
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Salvagia give the feel of magic to the story with her fortune telling bones mixed with blood. When overly pregnant Queen Piacenza asks, again, to cast the bones to answer her question - What will this child need to rule wisely and justly? The bones cast the same answer, over and over again. Piacenza is convinced by the answer she will have a girl child, but King Theodicar wants a boy. A boy is always the one to rule the kingdom, not girls. A boy is born - Amalric, but at a cost...

Blood Soup was
A.R. Hill
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Truly Enjoyable Read That You'll Want to Finish In One Sitting:

When Queen Piacenza's nurse reads the bones, they tell her only one thing: "A girl child must rule or the kingdom will fall to ruin." But Queen Piacenza's husband King Theodicar finds such a thing completely unacceptable - and the kingdom in question is his. When Piacenza's child is finally born, Theodicar must make a decision that will affect his kingdom for decades to come.

Kelly Harmon has written a story with richly-drawn charac
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was the first fantasy novella I've read in a long time and I wasn't sure if I would like it. The characters have unusual names, but you quickly dive past that minor quirk and into the heart of the story.

The story starts strong and you quickly feel for the young queen, burdened with a girl child and fearful for her future in a land ruled by men. I won't spoil the course of the story or its memorable ending, but I hope the author releases a full-length version of this tale in order to take us
Imari Jade
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read it very early this morning and enjoyed every word. Kelly A. Harmon did an excellent job with Blood Soup. The historical terminology and events set the scene for this haunting tale of a king and a bad decision he made at the birth of his son. If you like tales of witches, kings and magic, you'll love Blood Soup.
Kelly Harmon
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course, I'm biased! I wrote this book. :)
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not what i was expecting, but still an interesting read. [return]as stated below, very dark and sometimes startling.
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