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In Blooded, the concluding piece of the Lisen of Solsta series, Lisen becomes Empir Ariannas—without Korin at her side, though, she struggles with this new sense of authority. As a result, Nalin becomes a vital figure who assists Lisen with developing the knowledge and skills needed to rule over Garla, and he becomes even more important when Lisen is captured by rebel Thristans. Blooded also follows Korin’s return to his homeland, Thristas, and he experiences his own dilemmas, as he realizes his connection to Lisen is much deeper than he originally thought—in this world, where gender norms are shattered, men or women can carry a child, and Korin is carrying his and Lisen’s baby (unknown to Lisen).
Hart St. Martin’s impressive fantasy world construction throughout the entire Lisen of Solsta series kept me so absorbed in the story that I couldn’t put this last book down—I had to know how the series ended because I felt genuinely invested in these carefully-constructed characters. For example, along with everyone else in Garla and Thrista, Lisen resembles a human, but she has a flat chest, a furry belly, and a marsupial-like pouch. In Blooded, we learn more about the “unpouching” or birthing process in this world by witnessing two important “outcomings” or births. St. Martin makes these moments suspenseful and full of emotion by showing two birthing events from different perspectives.
While Korin is raising his and Lisen’s child in Thristas, Lisen faces her own mental struggles when she realizes that the Thristans are planning to go to war with Garla. This climactic moment in the plot, where Lisen and her Council devise a plan for war, showcases the dynamic development of both Nalin’s and Lisen’s characters throughout the series.
During Lisen’s abduction by the rebels, Nalin becomes a strong-minded, confident leader, commanding Lisen’s Council to make major decisions in Lisen’s absence. On the other hand, Lisen sets aside her typical sarcastic, sassy attitude and at times she reveals her emotional turmoil a bit more, as she feels overwhelmed by death piling up around her and the possibility of war. Bala, a significant character from Tainted, becomes instrumental to the plot of Blooded once she’s granted a spot on Lisen’s private Council—when the Garlans go to war, Bala shows her true colors as an assertive leader for her troops.
It’s rare to find a series of books that keeps your interest until the very end, and the end of Blooded and the Lisen of Solsta series left me feeling a great sense of closure. With characters that felt so real within a uniquely constructed fantasy world, this series captures the best aspects of the fantasy genre while also pushing the genre’s boundaries through constructing a gender non-conforming world.
In the previous books Lisen is stolen from Earth and has to struggle through a plethora of challenges until she is finally able take on her brother, who is the evil king of this new world, Garla. During her adventures she gives birth to a baby without her knowledge. Korin, the romantic interest from book one steals away the baby, keeping it secret because he doesn't agree with how Lisen won her throne from her brother. This is where Blooded begins. Lisen is queen, Korin is hiding her baby and not everyone is happy with the change in power.
Lisen has to master the political landscape of Garla, and she's doing a great job of it until an old enemy and a new one combine forces to take her out! Lisen is forced to embrace her psychic gift, which is not looked on fondly, in order to save her own life, but in saving herself she dooms her world to civil war. She's on one side, and Korin and her secret baby is on the other side. And both sides have only months to raise their armies, turning farmers into soldiers.
It's an exciting book to be sure!
I read it fast. I could not wait to discover the answers to innumerable questions and Ms. St.Martin delivered and delivered!
When I finished the book, I re-read it. I relished in the dialogue, the characters and their interactions. Characters continued to be believable and true to themselves, either good (not goody-goody) or evil. I enjoyed Lorain Zanlot's thoughts and brain work. The challenges and growth of Nalin Corday. The tender feelings of a certain Captain as a new parent. The world of Thristas is described in more depth, as well as their rituals and beliefs.
Ariannas Ilazer wrestles with many emotional and ethical questions and she continues to grow and surprise us.
I particularly cherish Korin's assertion: You can never give a woman too much power.
Do yourself a favour, read this book and savour the details and excellent writing!
Bittersweet as it is to read the last book, I was happy to find out how things turned up for the people in this non-sexist world.
Having just finished the third book of the series, I can't wait for the fourth and hopefully fifth books to arrive. Not since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone have I been so tantalized, enraptured, and unable to stop reading as with D. Hart St. Martin's trilogy including this book, Blooded.
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