Today, is Treasured Tales for Young Adults’ stop on the Blood Storm Blog Tour. As part of the tour, I will be sharing with you my review of Blood Song, book one in the Lharmell series. A big thank you to Rhiannon Hart for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart (Lharmell #1)
Book description (from Goodreads) –
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 mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.
Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares?
Dark and gothic, mystical and intriguing, Blood Song blends fantasy, fairy-tale, and the supernatural together to create a spellbinding story from beginning to end.
Some stories grab your attention from the very first sentence, and Blood Song is one of these. I was instantly intrigued by Zeraphina and her story. Zeraphina knows that there is something different about her. Her once auburn hair is now black, her once green eyes now pale, pale blue; the side-effects of a childhood illness. But what no-one knows, what Zeraphina has kept hidden for years, is that she has a deep persistent craving – for blood.
Along with this craving is an urge – a need – to leave her home and travel north. Hearing whispers that call her to the north, Zeraphina believes that if she could just make it to the north her questions about why she is different would be answered.
As a sixteen year old princess, Zeraphina just can’t leave her home, so when her older sister, Lilith, receives a marriage proposal from a prince who lives in the north, Zeraphina sees this as her one and only opportunity to go to the place that she longs to visit. If Lilith goes to the north, Zeraphina will go with her.
After Zeraphina, Lilith and their mother, Queen Renata, arrive in Pergamia (the prince’s home), Zeraphina begins to wonder if she made the right choice. Should she be in the north? Someone who has the answer to that question is Rodden Lothskorn – the king’s advisor and the prince’s best friend – who believes that Zeraphina should return home. He seems to take an instant dislike to Zeraphina, and she has no idea why. One thing is for certain, Rodden is hiding something and Zeraphina is determined to find out what it is. Soon Zeraphina is learning about the country Lharmell, a country that she seems destined to visit.
I loved the mystery that surrounded the characters Zeraphina and Rodden. Both are keeping secrets from people, and while the reader is made aware of Zeraphina’s blood craving secret straightaway, not all of Rodden’s secrets have been revealed, making him a very intriguing and mysterious character. Rodden is always brooding, he’s moody, puzzling, and Zeraphina feels that he is, at times, quite odd; but, at the same time, there is chemistry between them.
I love it when two characters banter with each other, and Zeraphina and Rodden do just that. They are sarcastic with each other, are often trying to outsmart one another, and sometimes Rodden will say something to Zeraphina simply to annoy her. I loved, loved, loved their conversations. It was one of my favourite things about the novel.
Zeraphina, just like Rodden, is an intriguing character. She is funny, smart, at times stubborn, brave, a skilled archer, and is determined to find out why she is different, and why she is being drawn to Lharmell. She has two pets: a cat, Leap, and an eagle, Griffin. Zeraphina loves Leap and Griffin; and they her. They are so loyal and would follow her anywhere. I thought that they were a lovely addition to the story.
As Zeraphina discovers more and more about Lharmell and the Lharmellins, Rodden becomes more and more determined to keep her in the dark. He believes the less she knows the better. At one point during the story (and I won’t say why. No spoilers.) Rodden and Zeraphina team up, and I thought they made a fantastic team. I would love to see a romantic relationship develop between them.
Rhiannon Hart is a descriptive, clear, and vivid writer. Her descriptions of the Lharmellins were so vivid. They are creepy creatures and that creepiness translates from the page to the reader effortlessly.
Lying between the pages of Blood Song is a mysterious fantasy, rich in action, adventure, and intrigue. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Blood Storm.
Published by: Random House Australia
Release date: September 2011
More information about the Lharmell series and Rhiannon Hart:
Read the first chapter of Blood Storm, here.
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