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Children of the Blood (The Sundered, Book 2) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 11, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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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Not as good as book one of this trilogy, but certainly a good follow up to book one. The author's writing is intriguing and sometimes hard to understand, and so is challenging not... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Loved reredading the series. All the characters and plot are still engaging. Love all of Michelle Sagara West's stories. Have reread most of her works.Published on January 6, 2013 by D. Parsons-Barrett
a very good read. Moves along and keeps the reader wanting. The ending was intriguing and leaves room for the imagination.Published on November 8, 2012 by Paula Clark
I've read Beauty and the Beast, but Children of the Blood (the Sundered) is so beautifully written. I love how Michelle Sagara West writes from various character's perspective and... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by JLH60