Bloodring

Bloodring

Paperback - 2006
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In a novel filled with lush imagery and exhilarating action, Faith Hunter creates a near-future world caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse - where a woman with everything to hide finds her true destiny revealed.

As humanity struggles with religious strife and seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle, a new species has arisen. "Neomages" are human in appearance, but able to twist left-over creation energy to their will. A threat to both humans and seraphs, they are confined in luxurious Enclaves.

Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neomage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she is smuggled out of an Enclave and now lives among humans, channeling her gift of stone-magery into jewelry making. But when Thaddeus Bartholomew, a dangerously attractive policeman, tells her that her ex-husband has been kidnapped, Thorn risks revealing her identity to find him. And for Thorn, the punishment for revelation is death.

Publisher: New York :, Roc,, 2006
ISBN: 9780451461087
Branch Call Number: FAN HUN
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm

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LauraSteinert
Apr 10, 2017

There is a good reason for the old saying "Give a book 100 pages." This series starts of rather poorly. There is just so much to tell you, and so little time to do it. This is in the Post-Ap era, which is apparently when the alien beings who call themselves Seraphim took over the earth. It was a no-show for The Christ and there was no rapture, but they still call it the Apocalypse. Also, there are the "Unforeseen" and the "second-unforeseen" who are apparently the offspring of the Seraphim and humans, and therefore have great powers but no souls. Evil has spread like a plague, traumatic global climate change (AKA Global Warming) has brought on a new Ice Age, and religious fanatic have gained power of both Church and State. If you can make yourself stick with this book until page 60, it gets really interesting (and funny, and sometimes sweet). Devout Christians will be upset by the co-opting of scripture, so they should skip this promising series.

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taen
Jul 24, 2012

Interesting after-the-apocalypse novel. Quite dashing, filled with blood, lust and lore and quite a few supernatural beings. While a fun read, it's value lies in the action.

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DragonRhapsody
Apr 14, 2011

I really enjoyed the world Faith Hunter set up for us to read in this novel. The mechanics and technical aspects work well together in this post-apocalyptic novel, the first in a series. Unfortunately her writing style is mediocre. I found her repetitive about the descriptions of the main character, so much so that it became annoying. Her main character has seemed to live a "normal life" up until a certain point, and I find that this is natural with most fantasy books, but a typical application for adventure. That being said, I've borrowed the next two novels in the series, in the hopes that the voice grows stronger, less repetitive and less formulastic for a fantasy adventure.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 10, 2017

…He spoke so it wouldn’t carry. Durbarge has plans for you, witch. And when he’s done, you and me are going for a little ride.”
I didn’t think he meant a carafe ride through the park. I blew my hair from my face and grinned up at him, showing my teeth, spearing him with my eyes. “Good,” I said, Voice scratchy with thirst. “Because I’ll use that ride to turn you into a mule. And I’ll eat the severed parts.”
Eli chuckled. Richards paled and stepped back, before kicking the cage with enough force to send it into the rear wall of the helicopter. I laughed and wanted to add, “With fava beans and a good Chianti,” but I couldn’t remember the exact quote and I figured he wouldn’t know a Pre-Ap movie reference anyway.

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