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Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Young
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do if you were born to be a predator? Would you fight your natural instincts or give in to your nature?

Eden is a soul eater closing in on her Awakening. Her family has convinced her that soon she will have to take a life in order to save her own. It’s a decision Eden doesn’t want to deal with even as her hunger for souls grows stronger every day.

To complicate her impossible position, new guy in school Noah Valois’ determination to befriend her puts Eden in touch with a humanity she’s never known. Addicted to his company, his friendship and affection, she becomes more and more terrified that giving into her hunger will mean losing him forever…

… But when she discovers that Noah is not what he seems, his betrayal forces her to face two choices. One will offer her revenge and the destruction of a boy she loved. The other may offer her a life of eternal redemption…


“I loved the mythology about the Blessed and the Warriors of Neith and Ankh. Oh, did I mention the heart-pounding action yet? No? Well, there is a ton of that!... Blood Will Tell is another fantastic book from Samantha Young… I can’t wait to get my hands on the next books in the Warriors of Ankh series!” Electrifying Reviews

“Okay, so this book has become my new obsession. This review is going to be short and simple, I loved it! Every single minute of it! I've never read anything like it and I promise you that you won't find another book similar to this one. It's so original with strong characters and a great story! 5 out of 5 Stars!” Good Choice Reading Reviews

"Samantha delivers another great beginning to a sure to be phenomenal series...Blood Will Tell is a great read and I totally recommend reading it." Once Upon a Twilight Reviews

"Blood Will Tell is a great start to Samantha Young's new YA series... Eden is a kick ass character.. and Noah just makes me swoon so much." YA Indie Princess Reviews

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  • File Size: 2793 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463565003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058PIT8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Samantha Young. August 8, 2011
By Manderz
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First I have to say that Samantha Young is easily becoming one of those authors that I buy without reading the reviews or even the book descriptions. I have read all her books but one and Blood Will Tell definitely did not disappoint. The story is intricate without being confusing as well as action packed. I have to admit that I usually like a story with a bit more romance but this book absolutely holds its own without it. Partly because of the promise of romance in the future but mainly because of outstanding storytelling by the author. The feelings and emotions that Eden goes through are so real that you feel them with her. The paranormal aspect is great but the back bone of the story is Eden and her struggle with being an outcast in her own family, losing a loved one, and the betrayal of her best friend. I can relate to all of those things but even if someone doesn't relate to all of those feelings, they can at least relate to one of them. I was on the edge of my seat one moment, laughing the next one, and sobbing the next. I highly recommend this book as well as any of Samantha's other publications.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Kale
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Coming from a long line of soul-sucking serial killers has it's perks. I mean it's not like anyone in her household is going to frown upon a little bullying, or homicidal thoughts, the money's good, and you don't need to look any further than your psychopathic first cousin for a future fiance. Yes, that's life in a nutshell for Eden Winslow.

Your normal everyday outcast, Eden avoids human contact whenever possible trying to keep her inner monster at bay. But sometimes her frustrations get the best of her and her overwhelming need to help the less fortunate. The Winslows are soul eaters. Most of the Blessed, as they call themselves, only take a part of the soul, others like Eden's father and cousin take and torture all of a soul leaving only the husk of a battered body behind. Eden's only salvation is her big bro Stellan.

That is until she meets Noah. They become fast friends, but Eden's desire for her bestie runs deeper than a potential romance, he has awakened her hunger. And Eden's determined not to give into her inner soul sucker. Her internal struggle is painful, wanting to eat souls yet not wanting to hurt people. And Eden doesn't think she can take that final step in her transition to full blown Blessed, taking a whole soul, killing a human.

But Noah's not your run of the mill human that Eden thinks, he's on assignment and determined to save Eden's soul.

Normally when I pick up an indie I expect it to be ruff around the sentences. But Samantha Young's Blood Will Tell was a nicely written story. The mythology of Blessed, Neith, and Ankh was a great escape from the more populated greek interpretations occupying shelves today. It's a nice YA that has dashes of familiar Adult PNR trends.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, action packed adventure August 11, 2011
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I loved the Tales of Lunarmorte Trilogy and highly recommend it to all. This one, however, was not as light or romantic. In fact, the first installment is dark and has absolutely no romance in it at all. I am hoping or assuming that will change in the next 4 installemnts as Noah does seem like a romantic interest to be explored. This series is also more violent as a woman is being sexually abused in the basement, there is a "cat fight" and so much more profanity than Lunarmorte. Her name may be "Eden" but her life is far from paradise.

Eden lives in a dysfunctional home where her father and cousin torture humans and her mother is emotionally unattached to her. Her brother Stellen, is her protector and best friend, but even he is one of the "Blessed" - those who steal the souls of humans. She is coming of age, herself, and must kill a human and steal his soul, only she has always been compassionate and cannot imagine killing someone. Noah is her best friend at school, but he has awakened the beast inside her and she fights herself from taking his soul. Full of action and adventure, but no romance.

The similarities of this story to "Lunarmorte" are that it is about a girl who doesn't know the extent of her powers but is (probably) destined to be the most powerful leader of her time. She has no living family left and is attracted to a strong man (Noah) that, at first, is more powerful than she is. Previously a loner, she is now surrounded by people who love her and admire her. Oh, and there are several enemies - making no-one trustworthy.

This book reminds me of a short story called "Reaper: A Soul Screamers Novella" by Rachel Vincent that I read as a free Kindle download.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange premis with lots of grammatical errors. December 7, 2012
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I had a hard time with the plot line in this book. Add the problems with grammar and I did not enjoy the book and do not plan to finish the series. I disliked the dark and abusive side of the girls family and her powers. I thought the main character was interesting but this storyline is not for me. She is a good person with a destructive harmful power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters, but not enough Atmosphere July 25, 2012
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Blood Will Tell was a purchase I made out of cover-lust. I still think it's a gorgeous image. The story was just okay for me, but as paranormal fiction goes Blood Will Tell has a decent story.
The protagonist, Eden Winslow, is set up as the heroine caught between two natures - her mother was an Ankh warrior, an immortal race of beings created to kill soul eaters, and her father is a soul eater, or Blessed. It's a classic struggle of good vs. evil. As a character, Eden isn't particularly memorable. She's very much an average teenage girl, and her motivations are driven by her warring natures - the impulse to steal souls and the conscience of an Ankh. She is an archetype, but not much else.

Eden's love interest, Noah Valois, I equally unmemorable. He's like every other boy in paranormal romance these days: perfect body, mysterious past, a prodigious destiny, etc. It would be a great plot twist if Eden didn't end up with him at the end of the series.

Eden's relationship with her elder brother Stellan was particularly heartwarming, and one of the only parts of the book I consistently enjoyed. Stellan is already a mature soul eater, and Eden is just on the cusp of becoming one. Though what they do is fundamentally wrong, brother and sister support and encourage each other to remain human and merciful. To them, soul eating is an act of survival and not a source of sadistic pleasure, as it is for others.

What disappointed me about the novel as a whole was that it lacked atmosphere. Settings are briefly described - Eden's home, her school, a coffeehouse, etc. - and the actions that take place within them are obviously either good or evil, but that's not enough to convey genuine atmosphere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I couldn't put it down, I finished it in 2 days.
Published 2 months ago by ELIDA GUTIERREZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic YA Series!
This is the first book in the Warriors of Ankh series. I downloaded this book, I am ashamed to say, nearly two and a half years ago when it was free, but never found time to read... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Worton
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
I couldn't even get into this book I'm sorry but I really didn't like it. But everyone's book taste is different..
Published 4 months ago by Sadie Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but hopefully just imagination
I like her style, and have read all her other books (written later than this one).
Warriors of Ankh has certainly taken a lot more imagination, but I prefer by far the series... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Erskine Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of errors but a good plot
The book itself was good, but the amount of grammatical and spelling errors ruined it. It seems like Samantha Young has a lot of books with these errors.
Published 7 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
Could not put this book down, I had to finish it! I was drug deep into the story and almost felt a part of it. Ms. Young certainly has magic in her words. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gammy
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Okay, now this was one FANATASTIC book!!!! The concept of soul-eaters and warriors was just awesome and very original. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LadyVamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting start to the series!
I could not get enough of it. Samantha Young drew me in and didn't let me go...definitely a positive start, that has me wanting for the 2nd book...and 3rd. Read more
Published 8 months ago by thejerseybookaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars I wonder...
I loved this book!! It was so awesome i wonder whats going to happen wiyh eden next:) I hope its good!
Published 9 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW WOW AND WOW
OMGGG this book has been sittin on my kindle for over a year as I downloaded it because it was free and I have only just read it now and it was amazing and I could not put down and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by dawny
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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.

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