Thursday, 11 September 2014
FANTASY REVIEW: The Dark Blood - AJ Smith
Release Date: 03/07/14
Publisher: Head of Zeus
In the court of every city in the lands of Ro, a sorceress sits. And in the minds of that city's people, each sorceress weaves a song. She and her sisters sing of the liberation of the land, the taming of the highland tribes, and the birth of a precious new race: the children of a dead god. Of course, they do not sing of the death of young Prince Christophe at the hands of that god. Particularly as his replacement dances so well to their tune. Yet all songs have an end. An ending speeded when the assassin Rham Jas Rami accepts a commission from Bromvy Black Guard, traitor duke of Canarn. The rebellion of Ro has begun...Please note: Great care has been taken to make sure this ebook is both beautiful and highly functional.
I tend to forgive errors in an author’s first book and whilst I’m still forgiving to a certain degree for the second, I do tend to get a bit annoyed when for me, the tale doesn’t deliver the sort of punch I’m hoping for.
What occurs within this book is a tale that has a lot of problems within. The overall arc is sadly lacking for me as a reader, it felt that there were too many get out clauses available and lets be honest here, any civilisation that has flourished for years has had time to fix most of the problems that may occur and this one seems pretty solid.
Back this up with a pace that I felt sadly lacking and with an overall arc that felt very flat and all round its not one I’ll be reading again in the future.