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Blood's Pride (The Shattered Kingdoms) Hardcover – February 19, 2013

3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Shattered Kingdoms Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Plot and pacing to leave you breathless, characters you will treasure--a terrific debut!” ―Melanie Rawn, author of Touchstone

“Eve Manieri deftly portrays three clashing cultures about to be torn apart by violent rebellion. Against the background of war and revolution, three mismatched couples struggle to stay true to their families, themselves, and the ones they love. I found myself deeply engrossed in this fast-paced tale of honor and betrayal, hope and despair, secrets, revelations, and a whisper of divine magic.” ―Sharon Shinn, author of Troubled Waters

“Intrigue, betrayal and old rivalries play out against the fires of revolution. Hang on for a wild ride!” ―Gail Z. Martin, author of The Dread: Book Two in The Fallen Kings Cycle

“This clever take on epic fantasy, filled with unexpected twists and turns right to the end, will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Michelle West and Patricia Bray.” ―Rachel Neumeier, author of the Griffin Mage Trilogy

From the Author

EVIE MANIERI has a degree in Medieval History and Theatre from Wesleyan University. This is
her first novel. She lives with her family in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Shattered Kingdoms (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First U.S. Edition edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really loved this book. I have read my share of formulaic fantasy, and don’t get me wrong – I love a great Naive Hero vs. Big Bad Evil formula book as much as the next guy. A few new names, a new ‘code’ of magic, then you pretty much know how the story is going to go without working too hard. Hey, who doesn’t want to believe that the little guy can’t just rise up and defeat pure evil? I sure wish I were that guy. It’s nice to pretend. That’s why it’s fantasy.
THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Be forewarned. THiS IS MUCH, MUCH BETTER. Evie Manieri has created an imaginative, complex and deep new world filled with three-dimensional characters who have magical powers, mysterious and noble pasts and ancestry, but at the same time have character flaws that threaten and sometimes utterly destroy the execution of their noble intentions. Any one of the main characters could be the Hero; it is fascinating to watch how many are defeated by their own flaws -- just like real people. It takes incredible insight into human nature to develop characters and relationships this complex yet so internally consistent. I found myself hoping against hope not only for the Shadari to win their freedom, but for each of these characters to rise above themselves. Some do, which is gratifying. But there are enough wild cards (Dramash, the Mongrel) to wonder just how it will go in the next book. I personally can’t wait to find out.
Thanks, Evie Manieri, for writing a book for people who want, every once in a while, to read a fantasy book with real characters. And by the way, I loved the battles. ☺
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Format: Hardcover
My bookshelves are groaning under the weight of so many fantasy series, so at least to review this one, I got an e-galley, which takes up a lot less space. The book is a wonderful, gripping tale full of secrets and revelations that you just have to keep reading wondering what will be the next secret to be revealed.

The book is narrated by a few different characters throughout so at first it was a bit hard to keep track of who was who, but once you got into the rhythm of the story, it was a lot easier to follow. Like with any fantasy novel, its success depends largely on the author's world building, and that wasn't a problem here. I loved learning about the different cultures: the Norlanders who are pale and white-haired, from a land that never sees the sun, and in fact the sun is dangerous to them. Blood's Pride is the name of a sword, each Norlander names their sword on their seventeenth birthday and it is considered a matter of honour to do so.

We also have the Shadari, the desert people who have their own gods and prophecies, and I loved the fact that it was considered a sin for any but the priests to read and all their prayers are written in the sand for the gods to see before being scrubbed out so the normal folk can't read it. Then we have the Nomas, a wandering tribe of nomads, the men wander the desert and the women go to sea for six months at a time. Each culture was well-defined with their own traditions and superstitions, along with the struggles between them.

The book grips you right from the prologue when the Norlanders first invade the Shadar desert and their priests, the ashas, commit suicide by jumping into the sea. The rest of the Shadari are enslaved to the Norlanders, but they never give up hope of one day overthrowing their masters.
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This book was one of four novels by debut authors that I was looking forward to reading in 2013, and after now having the privilege to read it, I can say it has far exceeded my already high hopes. Evie Manieri masterfully crafts a vast and lush world that I have no doubt will keep you flipping the pages of your book until you’re done!

The beginning of the book lays down a large foundation that can be hard to muddle through at first; however, I implore you to put in the time and follow through with the story as the payoff is well worth it. The large casts of characters are well fleshed out in the beginning portion of the story, which allows you to connect with them while reading and have a vested interest in their story arc. Also, I found myself grateful that once the action started rolling I was already accustomed to the character names due to the detail provided early on. This allowed relaxing, reading, and enjoying rather than focusing on keeping straight who was who.

The storyline is packed with juicy twists and turns that will keep you guessing and questioning those guesses until the very end. The seeds of the larger story are planted early on but are only able to be fully appreciated once the many pieces have been put together. Now don’t let this portion fool you into thinking this book is without action. It’s quite the contrary! Large portions of the book are filled to brim with conflict and sword fights that are quite enjoyable and wonderfully written. Evie does her readers a service by creating characters that can, and often do get broken. I always appreciate when the vulnerability of a character is made evident in the writing.

This is the type of title that you not only want to read, but you want your friends to read as well.
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