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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Blood Song

Title: Blood Song
Author: Rhiannon Hart
Series: Llarmell #1
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: September 1st 2011
Source: Random House Australia for review

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?

A brilliant debut novel by Australian author, Rhiannon Hart. I was captivated by Blood Song immediately. Zeraphina craves blood like any human craves food and water. The pull to travel north is unexplainable and only her archery can occupy her mind otherwise. Her eagle, Griffin, and cat, Leap, are her companions, fiercely loyal and attentive to her moods. When her mother is desperate for wealth and her sister is slated to marry, who else can she turn to? When Lillith is set to marry Prince Lester from the north, the family travel there to plan their upcoming nuptials. What's this mysterious country called Llarmel? Why is everyone forbidden to speak about it?

The characters in Blood Song were fantastic. I connected with them really well and Zeraphina was a narrator who really appealed to my emotions. She was strong and very determined, while still having a young and naive quality to herself. I found her to be realistic and I enjoyed reading about her struggles with her bloodlust. Rodden Lothskorm, the King's right hand man, takes an interest in her and she soon finds herself falling for him, unable to resist the power he has over her. Rodden's a few years her senior and is a trained soldier, knowing exactly what is wrong with Zeraphina. Their relationship progresses at a perfect speed and has the right amount of funny, sexy and serious moments. Wonderful!

Blood Song as a whole has a good balance of background, romance and action. The final part of the novel deals with Zeraphina's issue and is filled with action! As always, I won't spoil the plot and will let you unravel this amazing storyline yourself! I loved this novel and absolutely cannot wait for the sequel. It's a short read and you'll fly through it in a matter of hours. I'm invested in these characters already and look forward to their future development!
I'm really hoping that you readers outside of Australia get the chance to read this! I'm pretty sure internationals can buy this book from Fishpond :) Fantastic book! Let me know if you're putting it on your TBR list or have already read it!

Find Rhiannon on Twitter, Goodreads and her blog.
Buy Blood Song on Fishpond and Angus & Robertson.
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