- Series: The Modern Tales of Na Fianna (Book 1)
- Paperback: 438 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1505596130
- ISBN-13: 978-1505596137
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood Ties: A Modern Tale of Na Fianna (The Modern Tales of Na Fianna) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 16, 2016
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The world is a mashup of modern appliances and medieval weapons, but it worked! How awesome are Irish guys with swords and leather breastplates speeding around in sports cars? Speaking of said Irish guys, I loved Ciran. He narrates the story and I found him to be a tremendous character. I loved his relationship with his family and his "sword-brother". As for Caitlyn? I'm a huge fan. I appreciate how she's a warrior but she doesn't try so hard to be a guy. She fits right in and jokes right along with the guys and they all respect her for it. And can actually take care of herself. It was so refreshing in a female character. And Killian and Eoman? They kept me in stitches. Can't wait to see more of them. Their bromance is truly adorable.
I really enjoyed the world that Ms. West created and can't wait to return to it. The story was well paced and kept me turning pages with plenty of twists and setbacks to keep the characters busy. I did feel like I never really got a good picture of what the Goblins look like, but that's a minor thing. The ending felt a little neat, but I might be proved wrong in another book.
Highly recommended to anyone who loves fast paced adventure, stories about family, and strong characters!
Overall this is a rollicking journey with heart that is absolutely worth reading.
Blood Ties is a story about brotherhood, the gray area of war, and what happens when a bunch of sassy young men go questing together! so, naturally, this book was just SO. MUCH. FUN!
In an Ireland that mixes high kings, faeries, and modern warriors who drive fast cars, Ciran, a descendant from the famous warrior Fionn Mac Cool, bands together with a company of young warriors to go on a quest to recover their missing family members who were captured on patrol by the Goblins during a shaky peace between the two kingdoms. Ciran and his companions must figure out not only how they are going to rescue the prisoners, but how they are going to complete their mission without killing each other. This first book in the new urban fantasy series by Hazel West is a story of brotherhood and friendship against all odds, that mixes the ancient Irish legends with a modern setting for an action-packed read.
I'll admit, despite how much enjoyement I had with this book it did take me a little while to get into it. The first few chapters were loaded with too much info and worlbuilding which I think kind of messed with the pacing a little.
The characters though, oh my goodness were they amazing! West does a great job of balancing a big cast of characters and giving them all depth. I absolutely loved the banterous dialog between them, and watching the chemistry between them start to develop! Caitlin has to have been my favorite, she's very capable and kick butt yet she isn't all "hmmph, I won't accept help from a man, men are weak" either. She's written like an actual human being, which I appreciated (writers take note) I wasn't extremely fond of the main character though. There was never really anything relatable about him as I felt like he was rather flawless. I was a little bit disappointed about this because as the main leader of the questing group, I think it would've been very interesting to see him have to balance being a good leader and working through his personal issues while seeing how his shortcomings affected the group, but sadly he never really made any mistakes so we never really got to see any of the struggles of leadership. The rest of the characters were really awesome though! they had so much red head sass oh my goodness!
The ancient Ireland setting mixed with modern day blended really well together. The modern tech addition to fantasy added a completely different flavor to the story. It just added so much humor. Like how the team actually drove on a quest instead of walking and how Ciran would just whip out his cellphone and call his boss as soon as they had a mission update, it was just so great!
Yet if I had to choose one favorite thing out of the whole book it would have to be how the book portrayed the gray areas of war. You'll have to read it for yourself (#marketing) to see what I mean as I can't get detailed with this since it involves major spoilers, but needless to say, the author does a great job handling this topic.
Other than the issues already mentioned, I had jus a few other critiques. The first being that I thought the overall writing could've used a few more rounds of edits, it felt kinda rocky and unatural at points which I felt messed with the overall flow of the story. And the other major issue that I had with it was that the major climax of the story didn't really feel like any more of a challenge then any of the other hardships that they encountered on the way. I just think that it was slightly rushed and could probably have been fleshed out a bit more.
Aside from those issues though, I really liked this book! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy with a bit of hist fiction thrown in