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Children of the Blood (The Sundered, Book 2) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 11, 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Sundered Series

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Michelle Sagara West is a novelist who has eight published novels as Michelle West and four novels originally published as Michelle Sagara.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (March 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193210075X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Second in the Sundered Quadrology, Children of the Blood Begins three hundred years after the end of Into the Dark Lands (Book 1). The last fortress of the Light - Dagothrin - is about to fall. And as Dagothrin falls, Sara lies sleeping, waiting to be wakened.

We see the events of Children of the Blood mainly through the eyes of Darin, the last survivor of the line of Culverne. We first meet Darin as a young child, living a relatively carefree life in Dagothrin. Through him we experience the life of the newly enslaved. MSW does not sugar coat his suffering or that of the other slaves. One scene in particular is quite distressing and had me in tears. This part is heartbreaking, bleak and difficult to read. But I think it is important because it illustrates how quickly the Dark can break not only an individual but also a people. Ultimately Darvin is saved when he comes to work at the castle of Lord Darclan (Stefanos). He is put in charge of the care of a young noblewoman who lies sleeping in the castle (Sara).

Sara is perhaps the weaker of the three main characters in this story. She believes through much of Children of the Blood, that she is a noblewoman who lost her memory during a boating accident. It's interesting to see the aspects of her character that remain true even though she doesn't know who she is. And to see the spell that Stefanos risked everything to perform slowly unravel.

Stefanos I found fascinating. In the three hundred years he has changed. He realizes despite all his machinations his time with Sara is running out and that perhaps he made a mistake, instead of sharing a mortal life with his beloved, he has had no life with her at all.
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The doomed love story of the last woman of the Light and the Dark Lord continues in this bleak, haunting installment in the Sundered series. After waking from centuries of enchanted sleep, the stubborn and compassionate Erin, now called Sara by her brooding, bitter husband, remembers none of her past. But now once merciless, once merciful Stefanos must face the wrath of his Master and give up his love for Sara... This book introduces Darin, the boy-child who must grow up to be a man too soon and carry on the legacy of his line. A bright new character who infuses the story with reality. The story is still woven with somber threads and a dark atmosphere. A deep, psychological read. Retains its romance at the oddest moments. Lovely, in a disturbing way.
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This is the 2nd book of the Sundered series, and like many sequels of a 3+ book series, it suffers slightly because the book spends much of its time explaining the necessary events that will lead to the denouement found in the later books. That explanation IS necessary based upon the ending of the 1st book and Ms. West does a good job interposing new story elements, such as new characters, to keep the story moving. However, because her 1st book had done such a good job getting me hooked on Sara's and Stefanos's romance, I was slightly disappointed that I have to wait for the 3rd book to see more development in regard to their relationship. If one keeps that in mind, the 2nd book will still be enjoyable despite the need to exercise patience until the 3rd book.
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Weaving a tale of desperation while pulling at your heart strings is a true description of the magic of this writer in this installment of the story. I was compelled to continue reading enthralled to the very end.
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From the very beginning this book was interesting. The book is wirtten in a dark atmosphere because the light is weak now in the empire and you simply feel how dark it is. The young Darin is a very touching and real character. There were parts so sad that I even cried. You can actually feel him pain when he is hurting and his relief when he meets the lovely Sara. I have never read a book to move me in such a way.
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Not as good as the first in te series, but still pretty good. New characters, but stil fresh and intriguing. The all overshadowing love that shall lift the world from the darkness is the main theme stil. I was very, very curious when the story is going from now on. :-)
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I found this book in 1992 and loved it. I only managed to find the rest of the series on Amazon a year or so ago when they were republished, although I have been avidly searching for them ever since. That should tell you how much I enjoyed this one.

The tale is interesting. It is firmly a fantasy, but manages to avoid so much that is sterotypical of the genre, instead creating a story of love and loss that is moving and powerful.

My one criticism of the series is that it is perhaps too long drawn out. A trilogy would have sufficed, but that should not refelct badly on this book which is excellent as it stands.
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