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- Print Length: 131 pages
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- Publisher: Debbie Cassidy; 1 edition (September 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZGOZ5P
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blood Blade: Forest of Demons Novella (Sleeping Gods Series) Kindle Edition
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Malika is the daughter of a god. But her mother has first placed her in a situation where she suffered from poverty and abuse, then took her to live with a hermit inside a mountain who treated her well and loved her like a daughter.
The next time her mother shows up, it is to decree that she must leave home again to work with a mythical creature who seems to be sort of a bird shifter called a Garuda. He becomes her mentor and teaches her to fight and to be a commander – her destiny seems to be to lead an army. But she also falls in love with the Garuda, even though everyone tells her he is not for her.
The island where she lives is in danger of attack from the outside, and the plan seems to be that she will acquire an army and save it somehow. To facilitate this, her mother has arranged a marriage with a prince of another quasi-god-like race who lives in the clouds somewhere. He and his people are peaceful (so they claim) and want only to rid the island of humans so they can return and live in peace. He has access to the Nameless Army Malika is seeking but does not want her to find it. He only wants to marry her and produce an heir.
I found this story to be somewhat confusing – not so much in the facts of the story, which does seem to proceed pretty clearly, but in its connection to the rest of the series. The only serious hint about that was that at the end Malika bonded the remains of her army with the rakshasha.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Malika is a girl who was taken in by her adoptive father very young. She is special and he knows eventually he'll have to give her up. That time finally comes and Malika finds she is a very special young lady who is supposed to save the land from invaders.
So she's taken to the person who is to train her, Garuda. A kind of bird-man. He pushes her to be her best.
Theres a lot more to the book, but others have filled it in pretty well.
So i’ll leave it at that.
Decent book. A prequel shall we say to the Sleeping Gods series.
The reason for Jaan's uncommon melancholy would eventually be revealed later that same day, when Malika returned from collecting wood to eavesdrop on the debate between the unknown woman Asha and Jaan, who she'd called Kubera. That they spoke and argued about her destiny as a weapon in an upcoming war, and Jaan's assertions that she was not yet ready, leaving her already weighted down emotions running cold and raw. As they sat down for dinner, Jaan speaking covertly of promises given and unable to be retracted, Malika could do nothing but think these comments related to her torrid past, and not how the topic was broached; as she'd described being unable to save Alina's dead pup, who'd been too long cold when the fox mother brought it to her. The segway he'd created through her sad recollections of her morning stroll through the woods, was almost fated in it's ingenuity.
As Jaan shifts from unkept promises to the love he began feeling for the daughter he never had or dreamt he'd come to love when he'd made his dutiful promises, Malika's confusion continued to grow. As he finally reaches an end including destinies, darkness and light within, and the no longer ten year old girl brought into his safe keeping, training to reach her full potential is claimed to be needed. The fear on her face that suggested she attributed the discussion to be about the father she'd killed at just ten years of age, for his betrayals in the worst possible ways, puts Jaan on the back foot. Malika had undoubtedly slit the throat of the man supposed to protect her, but whom had instead violated her. She'd still had her father's blood on her hands when she'd been brought into Jaan's care.
Back peddling he now needed to convince her that what he spoke of was about futures and definitely not pasts, as he again confirmed the evil in the man she'd killed. If their Isle home was too stand any chance of surviving what was coming, the magical haven needed a protector. History had shown that the magical races were too busy fighting among their own for dominance, to have seen the real risk for what is was truly for; and so, many had gone into extinction. The threat of humanity, who'd traced and killed all they couldn't understand, would once again knock on the Isle's door. The glamour on the Isle that was once cast to shroud them in invisibility, through one of the tiny number of cooperatives in the magical race's histories, is soon set to fail. Her face drenched in tears, all Malika could hear was the gut wrenching idea that she was being sent away, when all she wanted to hear was that she could stay. Malika is given three days to decide whether to pursue the godkissed potential running through her veins, or to turn her back on those that need her, as those she had needed once did to her.
Malika's greatest arguments would be with herself, the price people pay for having a great conscience, and for considering neighbours as her people. The ability of her blood to heal had never before prompted her to consider herself extraordinary. In hindsight it was probably very ordinary that she hadn't. Having special abilities comes with the price of being asked for more. On the eve of her necessary choice she'd be transported back in her sleep, when it finally came, through nightmares reminding her from whence she'd come. As if reminding her was even necessary, every time she looked upon a man who wasn't Jaan, her soul already reminded her. Perhaps fate was to blame as this particular instance was of when she'd finally chosen to no longer be afraid. As sure as the sun rises in the east, it was fear that plagued her again. Although this time, an excitement and yearning were also among her turbulent emotions, along with the memories of when the beating had no longer quenched his needs, as he then turned to attempted defilement; prompting her to use the cuttrazor.
The truth of Malika's birth, in all it's stunning reality, could have no more been understood than it could've been guessed. As training and time shared begin to reveal sides of her that she'd never known or expected to have developed, the question of her destiny becomes larger and out of focus, instead of settling into her being as the seer and prophetess would have it. The heavy dose of skepticism born from her defiled childhood, was chipped away by the near eight years with Jaan, the only true parental or male role model in her life. As the Garuda shapes her to be the prophecied commander of the army that would protect the creatures and people of the Isle, another first with regards to male role models begins to form. Therein lies the greatest challenge of her future destiny, as the truth, at least in so far as others would have her believe, of her pathway to commanding the army requires a terrible further sacrifice. Malika, like the Garuda, is a first in creation's attempts to perfect what becomes of it's efforts to establish perfection.
Whilst he undoubtedly balks at his pre-written destiny, until now he has never truly questioned what could be. The independent and strong willed Malika, even in the comparatively short snippet of time she has been alive, doesn't accept what others decide with nearly as much grace. Her abhorrence for living the way others choose for people whom they have no entitlement to do so, may well become the choosers greatest undoing. Her rejection comes not from an unwillingness to put other's lives before her own, but does so in the way others decide it should be done. Whilst it is written between the lines, it is nonetheless obvious that her beliefs stem from the notions of having something to love and worth fighting for, but not in duty alone. Right or wrong, the former has the fiercest potentiality to succeed when compared to the emptiness of the latter.
Even had you skipped past the closing pages of this novella, you'd have to know or hope, that its a prequel to a larger series. As far as prequels are concerned, this would definitely be up there among my favourites. Malika is a truly inspiring soul, weighed down by the special role determined for her, but still nonetheless making it her own. The sorrow of the blood blade and the blood queen she became, is matched only be her determination to see her bloodline protected. Her ability to put the people above the scheming of their rulers is perhaps as special as the abilities coming from her godkissed origin. The story has it all and then some, and leaves you knowing without doubt that you'll have to read the series as well. Unknown to me until I finished, it appears Debbie has two pen names, Debbie Cassidy and Amos Cassidy? Whether you like the work of the latter, whom I'm yet to read, you can be sure this is a great introduction.
Action, drama, love, life, death, betrayal, the components are too many to list. From the first pages paragraph only introduction to the time the same appears in the epilogue the pace is fast hard. Blood Blade sets up a future world with a past drenched in betrayal and sacrifice. If not for the many innocents it'd be hard not to sit back and say stuff the royals, they deserve what they get. From the actions of gods through the range of in-between to the incorporeal jinn, the plethora of beings and fantasy is a little gold mind. I'm definitely going with five stars and look forward to checking out Forest of Dreams and any others in the Sleeping Gods Series.
I believe Debbie Cassidy is a talented writer. The story contained within Blood Blade can be profound and long lasting. There were far too many details missing, the different races of creatures/peoples were not described to us. The Isle and its history were simply glossed over. I felt reading the end of this book was much like walking into the end of a conversation between two people and you are expected to know what they are talking about.
The story was going great up to the battle scene. From there on it was very rushed. The sentences became a ramble of disjointed acts, thoughts, and emotions. There simply was no connectivity, no set up, no drawing the reader in. I got the impression that the author ran out of time and simply had to get it done. It is also very possible I simply “don’t get” this writing style. She has written the same way in another book she co-authored.
There simply was not enough information, not enough detail, and not enough development. I want more. I want more of this story.
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