- Series: The Blood, Sun, and Moon. (Book 1)
- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781537260457
- ISBN-13: 978-1537260457
- ASIN: 1537260456
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,778,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lifeblood of Ill-fated Women (The Blood, Sun, and Moon.) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 1, 2017
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This is an incredible book that poignantly represents the Viking spirit, crafted with wonderful characters like Astrid, Kol, Yrsa and many others. The Lifeblood of Ill-fated Women will transport readers into a world with the kind of violence and warfare only the Vikings know. The plot is fast-paced, constructed with short chapters that are quick to read, all packed with intense action. Kevin James Breaux stands out as a master of his craft, and the writing is exquisite, laced with vivid descriptions that allow readers to penetrate the minds of the characters and to relive the electrifying actions in their imaginations. I enjoyed the references to Viking lore and mythology, especially the part that Odin, the father of all the Vikings, plays in the life of the characters, and the powerful quest for Valhalla that throbs within their breasts. This is a gripping story that reads like a great movie.
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Bloody violence that'll make Grandma call the cops on you for reading such filthy material ...
Steamy sex scenes that'll earn you funny looks on the bus ...
Mysterious circumstances in the beginning that'll make you keep reading to find out what's going on ...
And at least one character whom you can relate to, whether it's Astrid, the Viking woman warrior whose vanity comes from her strength, Warren, who's learned the simple values of hard honest work, or Hammond, who could have been Hugh Hefner had he only lived a few hundred years later.
But in the end, a compelling story is what I was looking for, and it wasn't what I got. What could have been an interesting psychological fantasy thriller turned into a simple monster fest. It's not the author's fault his book went against my expectations, but I think there's more he could have done with it.
I'll give Breaux credit for having better prose than some other indie titles I've read, but I wish he had better follow-up after a certain night when our heroes encounter the grim leavings of a battle. The scene was horrifying and mysterious, yet the characters never bother to talk about it afterward; it's as if it was completely normal to them and not worth discussing.
3 1/2 stars.
I’m not an expert on Norse Mythology or Vikings but I definitely like reading about it and anything related to the two. Breaux has written various types of fantasy from High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and now Historical Fantasy. And I must say I am digging Breaux’s jump into Historical Fantasy. In The Lifeblood of Ill-Fated Women Breaux introduces readers to Astrid, a warrior princess who is brave as she is impulsive, always running head first into battle and danger. Within the opening chapter Astrid’s home is invaded and somewhere amongst the chaos Astrid ends up far, far away from Birka, her home. With her family missing, her memories wiped and lost, Astrid reluctantly accepts help from Warren, a farmer and ex-soldier. With Warren by her side, Astrid starts to uncover what happened that fateful night, who she really was and that there may be more to life besides pillaging and war.
The book started with a bang. I immediately felt the urgency as Astrid and her sister Yrsa tried to gather the family as intruders encroach on their land. But Astrid is never one to run away from a fight and it is there that things took a turn for the worst. Astrid woke up alone and far from home in a strange land called Gromstad. But then the story dramatically slowed down as Breaux sets up the world and the characters through Astrid’s interaction with the people of Gromstad and multiple flashback scenes. I was a little bit confused in the middle of the book, since there was a lot going on but things weren’t being explained right away. It wasn’t till I got towards the end of the book that everything started to make sense…we find out the truth about Astrid and her family and her true purpose for waking up in the location that she did.
I like how brave and strong Astrid was, no doubt a fierce heroine. But at times It was hard to relate to her. She was raised a certain way and even she herself said her brothers saw her more as a guy than a girl. She’s not used to asking for help or for things she needs…she usually just took whatever she needed. But one thing I could relate to is the strong bond and love she had for her family and how she would do anything for them. I liked that about her. And though the book is mainly focus on Astrid, I still felt that there was something that kept me from truly connecting with her. What? I’m not sure. I can’t exactly pinpoint it. I also didn’t think the secondary characters were as developed as Astrid. I thought the characters could’ve had more background/history to make them more realistic and memorable but I honestly forgot them as soon as they came and went. The only other character that came close to being as interesting as Astrid was probably her sister, Yrsa…but even then she didn’t have much page time.
Overall, The Lifeblood of Ill-Fated Women is a good start to a brand new series. I enjoyed Breaux’s spin on Norse Mythology and the general concept of the novel. I haven’t read many Norse or Viking novels, so I highly recommend this book for those looking for a fresh and unique read! It was a nice change of scenery in my usual paranormal reads.