A Time of Blood by John Gwynne

At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they’ll never forget. They saw magic warping men into beasts and a demon rise from the dead, creating something new and terrifying. So they flee to warn the Order of the Bright Star. But the demons’ high priestess, Fritha, is determined to hunt them down. Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv struggles to understand her half-breed lineage. It represents the warrior angels’ most dangerous secret, so when their high captain tracks her down, he aims to kill. Meanwhile, demonic forces are gathering a mighty war-host, to crush their enemies and rule the world of man. And the angels are already fractured and facing betrayal. Like heroes of old, Riv, Drem and the Bright Star’s warriors must battle to save their land. But can the light triumph when the dark is rising?


***I was sent a copy of this book for review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***


A Time of Blood is the sort of story that once you start you will not want to put the book down until you have finished it. I was offered the opportunity read and review this book and I jumped at the chance because I absolutely loved the first book in the series, A Time of Dread. With this being the second book in a series I already knew what to expect but still this book managed to surprise and excite me and I think it is even better than the first book.

Just like the first book, A Time of Blood is told from four different character perspectives. Three of the characters we know of from A Time of Dread, and the fourth is a new characters perspective that we get a chance to read about. I really enjoy reading books when they give the reader more than one character’s perspective, especially in fantasy book because it means the world feels a bit more complicated and you get to see how this world effects other people. I really enjoyed reading all four perspectives and I think they all made this book an intriguing read.

I have only read two books by this author but from what I can tell from this series is that the author does not hold back. You cant go into this book, or this series expecting him to save the good guys because he won’t. The author is brutal, but it makes reading this series even more interesting because you never know what to expect. It doesn’t help that the author has created such an intriguing cast of characters that you come to care about because when he does decide to either torture or kill your favourite off, its a big blow, But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Immediately this book flings you into the story, full of bloody and brutal action and fighting, so it does not give you much of recap of what happened in the first book. I did start this and then go and have a look at a quick outline of what happened in the first book just to refresh my head and get myself back into the story again. Its not a bad thing that the story doesn’t give you a quick recap because it means it spends more time telling the next part of the story, it would have just helped a little because especially with fantasy books it can get a little confusing about what has happened before.

If you are looking to start a new fantasy series that will have you glued to every pages then I would highly recommend start reading the Of Blood and Bone series. A Time of Blood had everything I wanted and needed for the second instalment to this series. There are amazing action scenes, wonderfully developed characters and a rich and detailed world that will leave you speechless. I cant wait to see how the author manages to finish this amazing series off in the final book.

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I rate this book 4/5 stars


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