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Much Fall of Blood Hardcover – May 11, 2010
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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About the Author
Eric Flint is the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, including the new novel The Dance of Time, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633, and 1634: The Baltic War, two novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint recevied his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for amny years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.
Dave Freer is an ichthyologist turned author living in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with his wife and chief proof-reader, Barbara, four dogs and four cats, and two sons. Paddy and James. His first book-The Forlorn (Baen)-came out in 1999. Since then he has co-authored with
Eric Flint (Rats, Bats, and Vats, The Rats, The Bats, and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, Pyramid Power) and, with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint ( The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres) as well as writing another solo novel in that series, A mankind Witch, and various shorter works. Besides working as a fisheries scientist for the Western Cape shark fishery he has worked as a commerical driver, and as a relief chef at several luxury game lodges.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a worthy sequel, none of that "sequel-itis" that too often sets in. The story is just as vast and absorbing- Lackey, Flint and Freer continue the fantastic weaving of characters that they started- a tapestry of political intrigue, love, vengeance and blackest magic.
This fantasy world is set in a well researched and lushly written alternate history that broke off from ours in A.D. 349 (when the Alexandrian Library was saved), Christian magic and song battles blackest sorcery. We have of course the great and well written villains-sadistic King Emeric of Hungary and Elizabeth, Countess Bartholdy, who is bathed into eternal youth by gallons of virgins' blood.
The action starts in 1540, and never stops. This third book also brings in a fascinating historical-fantasy of Prince Vlad, who is both drawn to and afraid of the blood magic that is such a large part of this series.
But this is a very silly review. What am I doing? If you have already read the first two, of course you already have this book on pre-order or at least your Wish List. If you haven't read the first two, and you're a Mercedes Lackey and/or a David Flint fan- then buy The Shadow of the Lion, right now! Note- Ms. Lackey says the three books are supposed to be able to "stand on their own" and I think she's right. But why would you want to deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading all three in order?
Anyway, a great read. If you like these authors or this sort of book- buy it.
For those people who like Ebooks and may not know, there is an Ebook version of this book, including kindle, DRM free, available from Baen books. [...]
I do want to mention however, an annoyance with this book that is minor for me though might be worse for others,(though it got more annoying as there werent just a few) there are TONS of errors in the book as far as duplicate words, words in the wrong order, wrong word all together. nothing was so bad that you couldnt figure out what was supposed to be ment but it did at times impede the flow at its worst. I have never read a book that was that badly checked for errors. I do wonder if this is just an issue with the mass market edition?
Countess Elizabeth Bathody pretends to befriend Prince Vlad of Valhalia after liberating him from his incarceration by King Emeric of Hungary. However, when the opportunity is right, she plans to use his blood to enhance her already vigorous demonic power and as bait to capture the inhuman beasts lurking nearby. Instead these werewolves enable Vlad to escape from the malevolent female who he rejects as evil. Vlad and his dragoons unite with Manfred and his Knights of the Holy Trinity, and Bortai and her Mongol horde to fight Jagiellon and his Golden Horde; while immoral Hungarian King Emeric and his magical forces wait to take out the winner. The demon god Chernobog encourages deadly chaos with the only hope for Manfred and his allies rests with blood magic that Vlad fears though is enticed.
The third Heirs of Alexandria alternate historical fantasy (see The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough Magic) is a terrific entry as humor and romance enhance the magic and military prime themes. The story line is fast-paced with multiple subplots that deftly come together over the course of the tale although to much good luck happenchance on the hero's side as the continent seems very small detracts from an overall fine entry in a wonderful saga.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome series. Well researched. Really makes you "feel" the time period. One of my favorites! Can't wait for more.Published 10 months ago by LORRI
Another great tail in a great series! Full of suspense, really bad villains and the group of heroes that we really care about.Published 19 months ago by IDA SCHLOSSBERG
It is so awesome how these authors have not only created lovable heroes, but have taken creative license with some of real history's sick villains (eg. Countess Elizabeth Bathory). Read morePublished 24 months ago by Darklin918
Mercedes at her best! This series gets beter with every new book and I can't wait for the next one!Published on January 14, 2014 by heather roehl
I'm a fan of the series in which this book is published. Story remains involving, and character development is interesting.Published on November 27, 2013 by Morgan Leake
Mercedes Lackey has done it again! This book is yet annoter very good read. As the book goes along we follow different points of views - all of which advances the story in a way... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Richard Bertelsen
I've enjoyed every book in this wonderful series. The characters are rich and engaging. I recommend the entire series strongly.Published on July 5, 2013 by Rednab