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Blood Divided Paperback – December 30, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
From the get-go, I was hooked (maybe because I'm already an 'initiated'), and had me up well past my bedtime to see 'what happens next' to the ensemble cast. It was good to see Tala (the Elf) again and the return of one of my favourites, Zian, the werewolf. Back too in one form or the other is Opal, the misguided mage. And then there is the new cast, each with unique personalities that jump out the page and drive the story forward.
I look forward to the next in the sequel.
Blood Divided, the follow-up novel to Soul Born, is an exciting and wild return to the kingdom of Illyia, 20 years after the events of the first novel. Even with the time difference, the reader is seamlessly allowed to discover what changes have occurred in our "absence". I loved that there is no laborious re-telling of the first installment to get readers "caught up". We discover how the past connects with the present right along with the characters. We also experience the emerging horrors as they occur. As in Soul Born, the action is well described, vivid, jarring, and bloody. As a "reformed" mmo gamer, I could appreciate the imagery that seemed to follow the "Death Knight" and Mage.
This time around, we meet new characters, and revisit with the veterans of book 1. I have to say that I am seriously impressed with an any author that writes characters who are are not typical archetypes, but are combinations of traits such as good, evil, vanity, desire, love, selflessness, and self-loathing. I have to admit that the first time around I was not a fan of seeing the flaws of my favorite characters, but now I totally get it. Also there is no all powerful, super hero, warrior class, half-god to save the day. I liked what that said about the nature of the common person's bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. I could also appreciate that Mr. Breaux writes female characters that do not make me want to pull my hair out in frustration. The are not simpering, weak or helpless nor are they unbelievable powerhouses of aggression.Read more ›
This is the kind of book that you fall into and become a part of the world in which it is set. You feel for and with the characters and you live in the story with them. There are twists and turns, sadness and anger, honor and betrayal, and no small amount of intrigue. I love a book that makes you both love and hate the same character throughout the story! This book had a bigger cast of people involved in the story, all of whom were completely developed no matter their role in the story. The twists and turns of the first book melded seamlessly with this book, with surprising resolutions to many of the questions from the first. The next book in the saga will be Flesh Ended, and I absolutely can't wait for it!
Blood Divided didn't fail! It engaged me from the first page and Kevin has again created new and well rounded characters. Each are flawed either by greed, the desire for power and they are all superbly written.
The writing as with Soul Born is fast paced and edgy giving you the chance to take in what is happening and to imagine these events as they unfold.
The storyline has definitely built on all that was created within Soul Born. We are drawn this time into the world of royalty, and again we see the effect of magic on the world of Illyia. As readers you meet those who are evil, characters who are confused about their responsibilities as well as their purpose and I think we definitely get to see the physical as well as mental changes to certain characters such as Tala.
Kevin has always had a great ability to layer characteristics and surprise you with some new information at any time.
I loved this book. If you have read "Soul Born" then you no doubt had a lot of questions you wanted to have asked and this book doesn't just do that it creates more questions. All I can say is that the ending surprised me and left me biting my nails wondering what will happen in the next book.
I have been fortunate to talk to Kevin about this book while I've been reading. He is always there to talk to you about how you find the book and little insights into the characters which I always helps as well as makes me think. I do think it helped me to engage with the settings as well as the characters.
Blood Divided is a fantastic read. Like Soul Born it is a must read!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Blood Divided by Kevin James Breaux
Blood Divided is the sequel to Soul Born set 20 years later. Illyia has had years of peace but now political snafu is in the works. Read more
I read the first book in this trilogy, Soul Born. The setting was interesting, the plot good, if a little too aggressive in jumping back and forth, and there was enough conflict... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Kindle Customer
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. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Aaron
I first heard about this book while browsing Goodreads, and saw that there was a giveaway listed for it. I immediately entered, and to my surprise I won! Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Van @ Short and Sweet reviews
I've been waiting forever to get Breaux's sequel to Soul Born. After reading on his site that the publisher rushed out a bad version, I decided to hold off and wait for the new,... Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by LILZ