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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody great story, March 25, 2012
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Kevin Breaux's first book in this series, Soul Born, had such a unique twist that I couldn't wait to see what was in store for book two. Blood Divided did not disappoint. In Soul Born, we were introduced to the battle hero, Karn, the evil sorceress, Opal, and the beautiful elf, Tala. From this love triangle came, Megan and Nathan, Karn's children with Opal, and Autumn and Lucien, Karn's children with Tala. This is their story.
Breaux's characters are more fleshed out in this sequel. He gives multiple perspectives of the story from the viewpoints of various characters, thus the reader forms a bond with each character and is genuinely concerned for their welfare. The author also gives us a truly malevolent antagonist. Khaos is an evil killer that forces the reader to despise him and want to see him defeated. At the same time, however, the author gives the reader multiple looks into the inner psyche of Khaos, which provides clues as to why this man had grown into such a villain. Breaux has a penchant for strong women and continues that trend in Blood Divided. Megan easily became my favorite character because not only does she have a good heart, but she is strong and courageous. Also, like her mother, she has some sweet magic skills that allow her to lay the smack down on the enemy.
Amidst all the family drama of Karn's children, there is a political storm cloud that threatens to plunge Illyia into total war. This further complicates the issues facing the children of Karn as each child is forced to take sides and figure out how to survive in the ensuing turmoil. There are some frenetic and engaging action scenes involved in this plotline that keep the story moving and had me turning pages frantically, anxious to see what happened next.
While this book is obviously building towards another installment, it's not done in a way as to leave the reader without any sense of finality for this particular part of the story. The pacing feels right, and the reader is left wanting more but not feeling like the book ends too abruptly.
Blood Divided is a solid, well-written, fantasy novel that will draw you in and hold on tight from beginning to end. Bring on part three Mr. Breaux!
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