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  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Aug 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1492126349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492126348
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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L.K. Rigel has been a newspaper reporter, a singing waitress, a public school teacher, and a court reporter. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her creepy short story "Slurp" about an author with muse problems is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier's Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press.

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Bleeder is the 3rd Book in L.K. Rigel's Apocalypto series and the only full length novel, and I have to say this is the one I liked the least. In the previous books I was amazed by the unique and imaginative universe and hierarchy, societal customs L.K. Rigel had created and I was a bit disappointed because I felt that Bleeder took a step back. Don't misunderstand me, it was very engrossing and entertaining, it's just that Space Junque and Spiderwork really raised my expectations.

I am a sci-fi newbie, I think I only read about 5 sci-fi novels, I am a romance lover at heart, but I felt that Bleeder lost part of the series' charm and uniqueness due to toning down on the sci-fi part and becoming in 95% a romance story.

The other major detail which accounts for my feelings is the heroine herself. Somehow - and though I tried - I couldn't grow to like Mallory. I found her selfish, immature, shallow and lot of time acting stupid (there were really important things, sometimes even life or death situations where it was crucial that she warned someone and even though she met them, she just never broached the subject and didn't even try to find the occasion to mention it! and this happened several times, she even went to slack on doing a legal obligation of hers for 3 years! even though it could have severe repercussions). I wasn't satisfied as I didn't see much evolution of her character, she didn't mature or acquire more substance. So sadly as Bleeder was centred around Mallory I couldn't connect well to her story.

On the other hand a new array of supporting characters were introduced who were absolutely charming and made the novel a very memorable read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
L.K. Rigel has done it again! 25 April 2012
By J. Magee - Published on
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Bleeder, third in the Apocalypto series, is the best to date. So much action, sex, politics and intrigue to this one, with large helpings of rebellion. I loved this and could barely manage to put it down. While I struggled with Mal enjoying her position as a chalice so much, she did prove that she truly is only human after all. I thought the ending was well done, even if it leaves me wanting L.K. to turn out even more books in this series. I'm so glad that I picked up the first book in the series, Space Junque, on a whim because it was free for the Kindle. I would never have discovered this series and the writing of L.K. Rigel otherwise! Well done, L.K.!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful post-apocalyptic fantasy! 17 May 2011
By L. H. - Published on
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Yes! After having my interest piqued with Space Junque, a Romantic Science Fiction Fantasy (Apocalypto 1) and Spiderwork, a Science Fiction Fantasy (Apocalypto 2), this book finally delivers on the promises those two novellas make. I was almost immediately sucked into this book, and where I found the two prequel novellas enjoyable but lacking a bit of depth, this book was just right. Rigel made me care about what happened to Mallory and Edmund, and I found myself biting my nails and rushing through to the end to find out what would happen to them. Up until the very end I was worried about how it would all play out. The questions raised in this book aren't new, but Rigel handled them in a way that was interesting.

This book was both frustrating and wonderful. Frustrating in that certain topics central to the story are somewhat uncomfortable to think about, such as fertility as a commodity to be bought and sold. Mallory is a chalice, a fertile female who will essentially be "rented" to different countries to produce heirs. She doesn't really have a choice in the matter - if a girl turns out to be fertile, she is sent to the Red City to be prepared for the life of a chalice just as Mallory was. It was wonderful though because the world felt so real and was peopled with such interesting characters. I can't remember the last time I was so absorbed in something I was reading because I just didn't know what would happen next; this book constantly had me wondering what twist or turn was around the corner.

One small thing - at the beginning, I kept confusing Celia and Claire because their names look so similar and both are associated with Allel, so I had to go back and re-read sections to make sense of what was going on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's patchy 29 Mar 2014
By Solomen Grundy - Published on
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This trilogy rolls along like a three wheeled car. Looks good but somethings missing. It reads like a feminist cliff notes version of S.M. Sterling's "The Change" series. Some intresting ideas and some bad science but not enough story and too many characters.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Meh 10 May 2013
By Sara Ruth Willingham - Published on
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This was one of those fantasy novels where the author had designs of becoming the next Tolken. They created their own people, their own world, their own rules, and when you, (the reader) are not explained these rules by the first couple of chapters, you are just lost.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not worth it 7 April 2013
By Raven - Published on
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The story is actually quite interesting and I love the world that has been built in this book, but it was just so poorly executed and had so many times jumps it was hard to keep up. Not to mention unneeded sex every few pages. Wrap it up with a horrid anticlimactic ended, and you have Firebird.
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