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Trials of the Bloodstone Paperback – February 3, 2010
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The characters are excellently thought out and spring to life each in their own way. The book has several different main characters, and the view point of the story is told through their perspectives. The author is able to keep the flow of the story moving despite having so many characters, and I was not at any point confused or wondering what was going as the events were well detailed and described.
One of my favorite characters, a red dragon named Gurganextus was a joy to read, not only because he was written as I would see a red dragon being all full of greed, inner rage, and a sense of superiority overall beings, but there were times in the story where the reader actually gets a sneak peak at Gurganextus's softer side and sense of reflection upon himself. This was the beauty of the characters, each one had their own life like personality, morals, and motivations that led them through the story.
I cannot describe much of the plot without giving away spoilers, but most of the story revolves around a clan that has been pushed out of their castle home and one of their members had been captured and held prisoner by the entity that caused the clan to flee. The clan needs a powerful relic called the Bloodstone in the possession of said red dragon Gurganextus, in order to help them overcome the entity, free their clan mate, and then retake their home once again.
The story is held together by suspense and intrigue so much that by saying anything beyond that will really ruin the plot for those who may not have read it yet.
A certainly fantastic read, though my only complaint were some minor editing problems such as misspellings and run on sentences. They weren't enough to distract from the book though, since the story flowed so well.
I have heard that the publisher of this book has even gone back and re-edited this book extensively, and the ebook and kindle versions are the updated volumes with the paper re-edited version supposedly coming out not too long in the future.
I highly recommend this book for any fantasy or dark fantasy fan.