Hello Bookworms! I have a really exciting review to share with you today! As well as the chance to win a paperback copy of The Blood King too – find out more below.
I actually fell in love with the cover of The Blood King over on Instagram, so much so that I had to check it out over on Goodreads, it was immediately added to my TBR pile. So you can imagine how happy I was when the author of the duology Liz Long got in touch and asked if I would like to review them.
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I will be sharing my thoughts on The Blood King today and I will be sharing a review of the second book in the series, The Golden City later this month so do pop back and check if you like the sound of this duology.
Title: The Blood King
Author: Liz Long
Synopsis: In the kingdom of Brighton, a President-turned-King offers poor teens the chance to join KEY, the King’s Education for Youth. Seventeen-year-old Reina Torres jumps at the chance to be of service to her country, wanting to learn more about Brighton’s history and future through the Media industry.
The King himself takes an interest in Reina, offering private interviews; he soon commands her to marry his cruel son. Reina, however, cannot ignore her growing feelings for Iris, a fellow KEY student, despite knowing the laws. Reina discovers refusal means punishment much worse than death, and why King Magnus hasn’t aged in decades, thanks to his KEY program.
Categories: Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, LGBT, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 10th April 2018
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content Warnings: n/a
Review: I loved reading The Blood King, it’s an incredible YA Dystopian read. I was instantly drawn in to the story and right from the start I didn’t want to put it down. I was so glad I had the second book of The Brighton Duology,The Golden City to start on straight away as I need to know how this story ends.
The main character Reina is a really interesting one, and I really grew attached to her almost immediately. As a reader I felt a real connection to her. It was so painful to see her falling for the kings lies, and it was so scary to see how easily this version of the world had come about. There were some really powerful quotes within the pages of The Blood King, including several warnings straight from the king’s mouth “Negative news is fake news, you see that, don’t you?. It’s little snippets like this that really does make the story seem so close to home.
The cast of characters are really interesting, from The King who definitely is the villain you love to hate, to Reina’s friends. It was interesting to see twins that were so different in Fiona and Liam, and it really loved the development of Reina and Fiona’s friendship even after it got off to a bit of a rocky start.I won’t say too much on this for fear of spoilers but it was lovely to read a book with a lesbian main character. There is a real connection between Reina and her love interests, and they share some wonderful moments. I haven’t read too many fantasy books with f/f relationship in them, so I was happy to discover The Blood King features one.
The focus of The Blood King for me was the development of Reina’s character, as well as that of Fiona, and later in the book Helena. As readers, we learn about the city of Brighton along with Reina, we find out that the gold city (along with its king) are most definitely not what they seem. There is a real darkness to the second half of the book as we discover the length that the King will go to in order to stay in power.
The Blood King has the perfect balance between information and plot. I felt like the threads of the plot were pulling me along. yet I never felt as though I had too much or too little information. The Blood King was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I would defintely recommend it to urban fantasy and dystopian fans. I am currently reading The Golden City and I can’t wait to find out where the story goes next.
The Golden City has got off to a great start and I will be sharing my thoughts on that book in a review later this month. Now, if you like the sound of The Blood King, and seriously, what’s not to love, head over to my Instagram account for a chance to win a paperback copy of The Blood King. Or if you just can’t wait then you can find The Blood King and The Golden City over on Amazon*
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I received a copy of The Blood King in return for an honest review, all opinions and words are my own.