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Blood Skies (Book 1) by [Montano, Steven]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in Blood Skies (7 Book Series)

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About the Author

Steven Montano is an accountant who thinks he's a writer, based mainly on the fact that he managed to get a few D&D adventures published roughly 2,000 years ago. He's been writing as a hobby for almost 20 years. Steven graduated with distinction with a Creative Writing degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his family live in Washington State, where they are losing their valiant battle against the rain. Steven is currently hard at work on the next book in the "Blood Skies" post-apocalyptic dark fantasy fiction series. Like every book in the series, it will have magic, guns and vampires. (Really, what more could you want?) Visit Steven's website at www.bloodskies.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3234 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darker Sunset Press (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054GQHIY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me start by saying that I don't normally read dark, post-apocolyptic fantasy and (like plenty of other people) I'm tired of the recent glut of vampire novels that make vampires overly romantic. However, I read the blurb and my curiosity was piqued, so I downloaded the free sample pages. By the end of them, I was hooked.

Montano has a very rich style. His descriptions of people, settings and situations makes them vividly real and made me really care about them. I wanted Cross and his Southern Claw unit to succeed in their mission all the way through. The idea is original, too and I was fascinated by the even known as The Black and by the magic system that he created, which was both unique and grounded in the familiar at the same time.

And the vampires? They are how vampires should be: sufficiently dark, grim and soulless.

I would definitely recommend this book. It's a nail biting read that leaves you guessing until the last few pages.
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Post-apocalypse with vampires? Yes, please! (At least they don't sparkle.)

This novel reminded me a lot of Justin Cronin's The Passage. It had that wonderfully descriptive literary feel, but with the gritty post-apocalyptic edge of a really good urban fantasy. And, oh, yeah. There's a bit of steampunk. Wicked.
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Blood Skies chronicles the nightmare journey of Cross, a warlock of the Southern Claw, and his group of companions as they pursue a traitor into the hellish landscape of a ruined Earth. The prose is dark, deep, even poetic, but the narrative still flies along at an entrancing pace. The action sequences are immersive and brutal. The descriptive passages are skilfully rendered. I was surprised that in such a grim tale glimmers of beauty shine through. The relationship between Cross and his spirit is believably and humanely portrayed. The enemies Cross must face on his mission are genuinely terrifying.

The otherwise-tired vampire genre needed a new lease of life. Dark speculative fiction needed a new emerging talent. This book needed to be written. Steven Montano wrote it. You should read it!
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I found this the most hard purchase to review honestly. I am even as writing this in two minds: It either deserved a 2 for being so in depth it was like pulling nails, or a 4 because the writing was so deep and dark.

So I settled on meeting half way, I give this a 3 and the reason is because as I said it's kinda like Marmite you'll either love love love it or hate and despise it. I love all things vampires, as anyone who reads my reviews will no doubt be aware. Especially considering they're mostly vampires, werewolves or other monsters.

I thought you stayed true to the nature of a vampire, the dark roughian's who aren't frilly capes and red velvet. Well done.
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This is a review, not just for this book, but for the entire series - it's brilliant. A science fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic type Earth; not a nuclear war but a convergence with something called 'The Black' , which has changed Earth's landscape and allowed an entire host of zombies, wraiths, vampires, warlocks, witches (to name just a few) to exist, but don't think for one second it's just another 'vampire' book - it's a million miles away from that. The author sets a bleak and haunting vision of Earth and it's not for the faint of heart and the evocative and dark imagery is, at times, mesmerising.

I'm not going to give a synopsis of the story but I just want to say that I've rarely found an author that can produce such complete, intriguing and fantastically three-dimensional characters as Steven has (and I've read all the greats of Sci-Fi) and as soon as I'd read book 1, I wanted to read book 2 (I've now finished the series of 7). It's not one continuing saga, as the earlier books have their own theme and story, but they soon build into a epic voyage into a dark, dark world. Suffice to say that the main character, Eric Cross, is one of the best hero/anti-hero's that I've ever come across and many of his colleagues that accompany him (those that survive anyway) are not simply there to provide a bit of interplay; they are full characters in themselves

If you like 'cowboys and Indians' in space, shoot 'em up sci-fi, this may not be your cup of tea (especially as the author has the knack of killing off some of the characters when you least expect it) but if you like your reading to have more depth and power, then definitely give this series a go.
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Don't like to be negative about someone's hard work but I found this book to be unrelentingly bleak. The descriptions of the apocolyptic world are extensive but seem to go on and on are all gloom and doom I think at the expense of the actual plot. I just found this a dry tough read
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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Where do I start? This is a fantastic post apocalyptic dark fantasy! I loved it!

Eric Cross is an intriguing character. He is a warlock and a member of Viper Squad, an elite group of warriors who have been tasked with tracking down a rogue witch. I really liked this man. He has a tendency to be overprotective of his sister, but with dangerous vampires around, I don't blame him!

I started to read this book and I was quickly hooked! This story is very hard to describe without giving anything away! The vivid imagery of the apocalyptic red sky, the places and people brought this story to life. A post apocalyptic world is a scary thought! What cataclysmic event created this one is a mystery, but this world is a dangerous one. There are humans, mages and vampires, and a long standing war between them that has been raging for over 20 years. The vampires are dark and scary! I certainly wouldn't want to meet these fiends! They are certainly not sparkly!
There are some intriguing characters that join Cross on his journey, including his sister, Snow. However, none are more so than Cross's mage spirit. She is tied to him and his magic in a mysterious way. He can interact with her, but she is more of an energy or shadow rather than a physical being. As the story unfolded, I was struck by the use of modern items such as weapons combined with old fashioned travel, using horses and camels rather than cars and lorries, which gave this book a steampunk feel. As Cross's journey continues, he meets a witch called Cristena. I really liked this feisty woman. She is reckless at times, but she has a good reason.
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