Spotlight Saturday: Review ‘Blood Song’ by Rhiannon Hart.

Random House Australia, 2011.
Random House Australia, 2011.

Welcome to this weeks Spotlight Saturday where I shine the spotlight on a book by an Australian author that I think deserves to be read. Today’s Spotlight Saturday is ‘Blood Song’ by Rhiannon Hart.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.

When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.

Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.

Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares?

My thoughts:

This was an enjoyable read. It is the first in a series and am looking forward to reading the next one, Blood Storm.

This is a high fantasy for YA, though it is a very lite fantasy, and much shorter than I would expect from this genre. It was an easy, quick read with enough mysteriousness about it to keep you hooked.

Zeraphina is a princess in an impoverished, frozen kingdom who is good with the bow (for some reason I love a heroine with a bow.) and craves blood. She suffered from an illness when she was a child that changed her hair dark and eyes almost colourless, that marks her different from her sister.

She starts to feel an uncontrollable urge to go to the north. Her older sister becomes betrothed to a prince in the north and Zeraphina takes the opportunity to go with her and discover what it is in the north drawing her attention. Pergamia borders Lharmell, a mysterious land no one talks about, that isn’t on the map. There is a large amount of guards surrounding the castle, aiming their arrows at the sky, and Zaraphina wants to know why, but no one is willing to talk about it.

Zeraphina is on a quest to find out who she is, what she is, and why she craves blood. Rodden, the king’s advisor, seems to have all the answers, but he is unwilling to give Zeraphina the answers she seeks.

Rodden was the highlight of this book for me. They get under each other’s skin and it becomes a battle of wills as Zeraphina keeps pressing for answers and he keeps pressing for her to go home. There is an attraction they are blind to, but they slowly warm to each other. There is one particular steamy steam (very, very mild steam) I loved. It was the only steamy or anything like steam scene, which was a little disappointing. But I love a slow build up of a relationship, and Rodden and Zeraphina had great chemisty. I’m looking forward to their relationship building in upcoming books.

There isn’t a whole lot of action, hardly any at all, but I didn’t find myself bored. The story is more focused on Zeraphina finding out who she is and what creatures inhabit Lharmell.

There was one major thing that annoyed me, and that was the way Zeraphina spoke sometimes. It just sounded out of place and grated under my skin. I’m not saying the writing is bad, because there were some really beautiful lines.

Overall, it was an enjoyable, quick read. It had its faults but it was still worth the read.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

It is available as an ebook so overseas readers can enjoy it to, but it is also coming out in paperback but I’m not sure when, sorry.

You can check it out on Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11399605-blood-song

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