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A thoroughly engrossing epic fantasy about twin sisters whose lives and experiences are as different as they can be.
Ottilde is the solider and Oriabel is the witch. Identical in appearance these two women are worlds apart in experience. R.L. Martinez draws you into this world from the first page. The author has created a spellbound world full of magic and danger, fierce beasts, proud people and warring nations. Magic and fantastical elements are woven into through the story with skill. Each and every character has surprising depths, motivations, strengths and failures. Each sister is surrounded by both friends and enemies with mysterious needs and deadly intentions. Both suffer love and loss, betrayal and heartache in a land where they cannot trust anyone.
Through magic, fear, war and love these two women must risk everything to be true to their own hearts.
I love this world and the characters within. I didn’t want the book to end but when it did… I am now impatiently waiting on book two!
I recently read a review that, somewhat unfavorably, compared In The Blood to Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice trilogy. While I feel that the comparison is apt, I completely disagree that it should be seen in an unfavorable light. Granted, Hobb's work has grown by leaps and bounds since her Apprentice series but it set the stage for one of Fantasy's greatest world builder. Martinez, in my opinion, has accomplished a similar feat.
Martinez's character/world building comes along at a steady, but not rote, pace. She manages to successfully provide enough of a past to flesh out the main characters while not using "information dumps" to overwhelm the reader. Secondary characters, for the most part, were a little thin, but I would hesitate to have the author flesh them out for fear of becoming distracted from the core story. The story was fairly tight, even while jumping between the twin main characters who were on opposite sides of the world. I was a bit disappointed in how quickly and easily two of the main character's most guarded secrets came out. I felt it was a bit rushed and took away from a potential major conflict in the story.
All in all, In The Blood is an excellent introduction into Martinez's world. I very much look forward to seeing the conclusion of this storyline!
Every so often you come across a book that reminds you why you love a genre, and Into the Blood really reminded me why I love reading epic fantasy. This story has two female protagonists who are so very different from one another, but united by sisterly love. Their story involves struggles that are generally outside of their control with real elements of sacrifice. I couldn’t put this down once I started and I cannot *wait* for the following book(s)! While reading this, I was reminded of Juliet Marillier’s writing and stories, the quality is lyrical, magical, mysterious and compelling.
I particularly identified with Oriabel, but I loved how forthright and determined Otthilde was! By contrast, Oriabel is optimistic and has a steadfastness that serves her well in service to her community – even though they don’t appreciate her. Hito seems almost too good to be true as a character, but his flaw in rushing to believe the worst of Oriabel balanced that somewhat, and also shows the relative immaturity of their relationship at the time. I am also keen to discover more about the villain and their grand plan to lead Otthilde and Oriabel astray – the end of this book was quite the conclusion and it is self contained, but in that ‘first step in a journey’ kind of way. I am eager to see what happens next!
While this book has strong characters and an engaging plot, the worldbuilding is a little sparse and I didn’t really get a sense of the realm in which Oriabel and Otthilde lived, or the distance the latter travelled. I have some understanding of the political context of the story, but not actually how the two realms are divided on a broad scale or on the scale of the local populace. Also, the war seems to be quite important but I don’t remember discovering what the point of the war at all was aside from a general urge toward conquest. I hope that over the next book(s) that the worldbuilding improves and becomes clearer – I can sense a potential for more that I don’t think was quite achieved in this book. I did get a much stronger sense of Oriabel’s community, it’s size and how it fit together.
This was a great start to a series and is a great addition to the epic fantasy genre.
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