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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The Achaean man, Balin, had wished for vengeance on the man who had killed his family and taken everything from him. Nahla had wished for a champion to kill her cruel, powerful master and free her -- but this lame, slovenly man was not the answer to her wish either! But they had both asked the goddess Artemis for vengeance against this man. Perhaps that meant something? Perhaps they should work together to kill this sorcerer-king, Aramon? If only there was a true warrior beneath the sloppy, odorous man before her. . . She insisted he bathe, and except for the angry wound down the back of his leg, she was amazed at his strong warrior body. His clothing, as she cleaned it, was fine linen and expensive cloth. He wore a necklace that Achaean lords would wear. But he would tell her his secrets when he was ready to do so.
As a priestess of Artemis, Nahla was a healer. She could heal Balin’s leg. He had to be strong to wield Artemis’ weapon against Aramon. As she got the supplies she would need, the healer told her about King Balin and the death of his family. Now she knew they were connected by much more than their quest for vengeance!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The strong characters were developed very well. Despite their flaws, they were likable and the reader cared about their well-being. The developing relationship between Balin and Nahla was perfect. They gave each other exactly what was needed to heal and strengthen them, even if it was through anger. The story line was excellent and kept the reader interested and eager to continue on their adventure. I highly recommend this book! I expected the different paranormal and mythological elements to be hard to follow, but it wasn’t at all. The created world was so well described that it was easily accepted at face value by the reader. Definitely a worthwhile choice to read!
I greatly admire Ms. Heckert’s knowledge of Greek mythology and the way she weaves it into her fictional world along with the paranormal. Her characters are deeply drawn and engaging, and the plots are fast-paced and draw the reader in on page one.
But, as has been happening so much lately, there were editing issues that drove me nuts. When editors tell their authors not to use too many adverbs, they don’t mean the authors should substitute adjectives. Yet I see this happening over and over again. I even hear it in dialog on TV, and find myself yelling “LY!” at the screen, as I do to my Kindle. I yelled it at my Kindle throughout the entire Arcadia Trilogy. Please be sparing with your adverbs, but do NOT substitute adjectives for them. Use a stronger verb. But if you can’t find a stronger verb, go ahead and enhance it with an adverb. Use your “ly.”
Thanks for letting me rant. Aside from the adjective problem, The Arcadia Series was a good read. You might want to start with The Bear Goddess, then The Wolf Queen, and end with The Crow Maiden, but it’s not necessary.
The story contains violence and some hot scenes, for mature readers only.
I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of the book.