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- Publisher: Studio MCAH; 1 edition (June 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2015
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- Language: English
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An Heir to Thorns and Steel (Blood Ladders Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Morgan Locke is a student at Leigh University, studying philosophy and ancient legends. It's a prestigious school, and not one where any type of weakness is to be tolerated--which is problematic, because Morgan has suffered from intense chronic pain and seizures for most of his life. For the time being, he knows what pattern they follow and has managed to keep his friends and teachers in the dark as to his condition, but as it progressively gets worse...it becomes harder and harder to explain away. So when a curious twist of fate accompanied by two incredibly unlikely messengers comes by with a chance to turn his entire world upside down and maybe...just maybe...bring him a tiny amount of relief, it's a hard-pressed battle for Morgan to take the risk and jump into the unknown and likely unreal...or stay with the devil he knows.
Now, having not lived with chronic pain, I can't speak to the level of agony Morgan goes through. The attacks are constant and debilitating, and the amount of the book they consume truly emphasizes how much of Morgan's life has been chewed up by this. Others I've seen say that it slows the plot down, and I'd argue that it does--and it should. Morgan's entire life has been weighed down by this; it wouldn't make any literary sense to see time flying by. I've lived my whole life with someone with chronic pain, and I can absolutely believe every moment that Morgan endures. It also allows me to celebrate with him in the moments he is free of the pain.
I'm truly baffled by some of the reviews I've seen for this book. I will say that yes, there is a level of depravity in the elves that is truly unsettling, and it does border on a level of uncomfortable that makes me want to put the book down. But that's the point. We're supposed to see the dark sides along with the light, and it's certainly true that Kelu spends more than enough time telling Morgan how awful the elves are. And yes, their relationship with the genets is equally unsettling. Often times, relationships (and I use the term lightly) like this are.
Nothing about this book is meant to be easy. Morgan's life is a struggle, the balance between worlds is a struggle...and all in all, this is a very thought-provoking book with a brilliant world in the making. It's a smart book which will make you hope you have a dictionary nearby. It's a touching book which can have you laughing one moment and in tears the next. It's a perfect example of Hogarth's brilliant storytelling, and it is absolutely recommended. These are real characters who you will form real relationships to, and at the last page you will already be reaching for the next book.
Rating: **** (Recommended)
After Morgan's exit from his home, I did miss the banter of his friends, but his two creature companions were entertaining with Almond keeping spirits up, and Kelu keeping Morgan from grounded. They also turn out to be the cutest vampires in fiction. The story moved along well, and the characters were all distinct. I'd recommend the book as well written, and not your standard fantasy. Be advised it is the first, of a three book trilogy, though.
(One note: the book deals with the protagonist's chronic illnesses in equally vivid detail, which some may find distressing. In addition, the elves are, for various reasons, largely amoral to the point of sociopathy; while there is a concrete explanation (eventually) for why this is going on, and I don't believe it was gratuitous, it does result in many scenes of sexual abuse and torture.)
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I'm grateful that Ms Hogarth concluded this first book of the trilogy at a natural pause in the story. I liked the diverse characters and the plot was interesting. The world building was colourful and strong and very enjoyable to read through.
My only criticism is that Morgan's constant suffering became a little tedious. I can see that it is essential to the story to some extent but I got tired of it. It was as if every high point of the story was punctuated by an attack followed by him passing out and waking up being cared for tenderly by someone or other.
The world is pretty special too and well thought out (a few inconsistencies perhaps with how widespread knowledge of the elves are).
And can I have a genet? Those things are utterly adorable.