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Mark of the Blooded (Kingdom of Graves Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Leland Myrick
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE TEN, the first book in the Kingdom of Graves series was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012. Now comes Book 2, MARK OF THE BLOODED, picking up the action right where Book 1 left off... The Kingdom of Graves is under attack on all sides from the vampiric forces of the Blooded Realm. To save the Kingdom, the spy Shide and the warriors of the The Ten must venture deep into that dreaded realm of the Blooded and find the secret weapon known only as “the Klau,” and bring it to bear against their enemies before the two great armies crash together on the field of battle.


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In the second installment of his Kingdom of Graves fantasy trilogy, Myrick...delivers high adventure, back-alley espionage and a little bit of romance...The novel continues where the first book left off, and maintains its predecessor's high-quality storytelling. Chapters are well planned and executed, providing glimpses of backstory that creatively move the action forward and heighten the tension--not an easy task in an adventure tale. Myrick expands the landscape of the first book, adding an underground city ruled by a mournful monarch, a lone cottage guarded by a blind old man and snow-covered plains that frame the novel's climactically bloody conclusion. Overall, the novel successfully presents a complex world through artfully visual scenes and multiple perspectives, with enough twists and turns to dazzle fantasy fanatics. Highly recommended for genre buffs and newbies alike, this adventure carries readers through a land of magic, laughter and tears. -- KIRKUS REVIEWS (Starred Review)

Product Details

  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adept Books (December 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANUAFC0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book review: Mark of the Blooded. January 14, 2013
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MARK OF THE BLOODED.
Book Two of the Kingdom of Graves Series.
By Leland Myrick.

Lord Prosper has shadows all over, it seems, and Blaise and his apprentice are no exception. The young Laurent has much that Blaise still has to teach him, but time may run out too soon. They are pursued by something evil, something without mercy. The Blooded - dark creatures of legend that no one really knows anything about - are on the move.

Char is haunted by memories, of Kaminika, of the Ten, of the king lying attacked, of shadows and elves. His mersy cravings are becoming stronger and his sleep is haunted by dreams of the kind that feel too real. The kind that are too disturbing not to be real. Evil is definitely out there in more than one form and Prosper seems to be at the heart of it. Char has a new mission.

Mark of the Blooded picks up where book one left off and continues the high-action, pacy style we became familiar with in The Ten. Jorophe's story among The Ten continues, but it is Char who feels like the protagonist in this volume. He is written with great depth and insight and is a strong focus around which the story plays out. The worldbuilding is also depicted skilfully and action is well balanced with exposition where necessary.

Combat is a great strength in the story once again. Gore is handled appropriately with tight description and occasional witty character remarks and reactions to ensure the right tone is maintained throughout the book. The plot is strong and its unpredictability ensures the reader continues through each chapter as the different bands of warriors and assassins follow their goals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little intrigue with your adventure... December 27, 2012
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The story of the Kingdom of Graves tilts towards intrigue and a bit darker fantasy in this continuation of the gripping series by Mr. Myrick. He succeeds in further fleshing out this vivid fantasy world in a manner that avoids cliché but does not jar the reader. Again, combat is described in a gritty and realistic manner that draws you into the action; this time on a larger scale. The plot involving the shadow agent of the Kingdom of Graves is especially engaging while providing greater details of the various cultures involved. Action is in the forefront, but the author is also adept at conveying emotion. There is a melancholy and, at times, a sense of desperation that gives the characters depth and cements the reader's connection to them.

Quite looking forward to the next in this unique series. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moves right along February 24, 2014
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I was a fan of the first one, and although the sequel wasn't quite as good I still enjoyed it. The overall story (beginning with the first book) had a ton of promise initially and I found Jorophe (the main character from Osholt) to be very captivating. Unfortunately we didn't get much history on the lives of the individual shadows, and characters seem to die off in the books at an alarming rate. The second book explores the Blooded and their expansion into the Kingdom. Bad guys are a little one dimensional in the pure evil aspect, but the story is actually quite good. The Elves are involved more and provide an interesting subplot with the shadows. Action scenes seem well written to me. I'd probably give it a 3.5, purely for a couple twists on highly used cliches in the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel March 11, 2013
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Great sequel to then ten. Myrick is talented. Characters are easy o relate to despite the lack of world building, the book was a fun quick read.
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Leland Myrick is the Ignatz Award- and Harvey Award-nominated author and illustrator of The Ten (Kingdom of Graves Book One), Mark of the Blooded (Kingdom of Graves Book Two), The Sweet Collection, School Girls, Bright Elegy, Feynman and Missouri Boy. First of a novel trilogy, The Ten was named to Kirkus Reviews "Best of 2012." His writing and illustrations have appeared in publications as diverse as Random House Books, Dark Horse Comics, GQ Japan, Vogue Russia, Flight, and First Second Books. His most recent graphic novel, Feynman, written by Jim Ottaviani, is a New York Times #1 Bestseller and named to Horn Books Best Books of 2011. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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