BLOOD MASTER REVIEW
This is a book to take one’s time over.
The author has clearly taken a huge amount of time to bring the world of this book to life: detail abounds, there is history, legend and rumour all mixed in together in a way that seems very right for the sort of post-apocalyptic scenario her characters inhabit. Those characters themselves are carefully, lovingly drawn, with their own backgrounds, likes, dislikes and motivations – and as in our own mundane world, not all of these are immediately clear or obvious. The effect of all this, then, is something like a complex layer-cake of plots, purposes and personalities, and the result is a truly rich and satisfying read. There is detail to savour, motives to wonder at, and mysteries to unravel. Nor is even this the end of the story: Blood Master is the first in a series, and so there is more to anticipate and look forward to.
The story begins slowly, but in itself this is not a particularly bad thing. The time has been taken to set the scene, to establish some background, before the deeper themes of the story begin to make themselves evident. For all its fantastical elements and its dark, survivalist setting, this is a story about trust, in all its aspects, and about whether trust can survive the sorts of upheavals both presented and hinted at.
It is not a genre I would normally read, but I find that I am glad I did in this case. The book well rewards a bit of patience and careful reading in order to fully appreciate the depths of detail to which the author has gone, which only serve to enhance and enrich an already compelling story.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2164 KB
- Print Length: 442 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kirsten Campbell; 2nd edition (10 August 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MLSBZNU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 29 customer ratings