- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (5 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841494380
- ISBN-13: 978-1841494388
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,723,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bloodheir: The Godless World: Book 2 Hardcover – 5 Jun 2008
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This isn't entirely welcomed, even amongst the Black Road, as many of them see Aeglyss as a half-breed and not a true follower of their creed. Whilst Aeglyss has the power to turn many of them to his way of thinking, others are not so deeply under his power and so there is discord. The same is true of the True Bloods, as whilst Aewult is the commander, as befits his position of the Bloodheir to the Thane of Thanes, the head of the most important of the True Blood families, his position seems to have gone to his head and he is not popular with many of the other Thanes.
Meanwhile, assisted by some of the na'kyrim friendly to their cause, Thane Orisian has taken some of his men in an attempt to capture K'rina, who is very important to Aeglyss, in an attempt to lessen his influence. At the same time, Aeglyss has come to the attention of the Anain, who are amongst the original beings created when the Gods were still in the world and are supposedly the most powerful beings in existence. It seems that there are to be two battles to be had; one physical battle between the two armies and a battle of power and influence between a powerful being and a powerful race.
There is an awful lot going on within the novel and it frequently proves difficult to keep everything separate.Read more ›
This book is very very good, the writing is much tighter, the characters are fleshed out more...my favourite being Taim Narran and Mordyn Jerain. The grim setting gives this book an air of realism, the battle scenes towards the end of the story are well written and pull you further into the story.
You begin to see the story and the world created open up more, and I was fascinated by the different cultures...some influence from Scottish Highland Clans and (David Gemmell's Rigante series) one reviewer already mentioned this and I have to agree...I was just swept away.
Towards the end of the book you get the feeling that no character good or bad is safe...and I especially liked Mordyn Jerain...I just wished he had a bigger part in this book.
As ever Ruckley leaves the ending on a cliff-hanger, at least I don't have to wait too long to find out what happens.
Continuing the compelling and dramatic saga you are plunged into a changed world, where the land has fallen from its former state and with the Great War between the two mighty clans of the black road & the true bloods has now spread further. Thane Orisian, of Lannis Blood has no time to greave for his great loss as the invading armies who brutally and mercilessly slaughtered his family, have now all but gone. As more blood is shed upon this tainted soil he comes to realize the significance of stopping the Black Road and how imperative his mission is, for it to succeed would not only be in his own interests but those of the free people of this arctic world. Each side of this unending and highly charged conflict is driven to into a dramatic frenzy by deeply ingrained feelings of internal dissent and disunity, as the divide between races expands with every passing year...Meanwhile the long dormant Anain begin to stir, and as the most potent race of this world makes its re-appearance once again and emerges into the forefront, one begins to wonder if the bloodletting and never-ending war will end.Read more ›
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I love epic fantasy novels and this trilogy is an excellent read, half way through book 3 at moment and cant put it down.Published on 14 July 2013 by Mr. Matthew Roberts
What can i say this book is one of a triology the whole series is fantastic, great story, lots of page turning action first rate read. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2011 by brizy-cee
I have this book, sitting on my shelf, begging to be finished. You know what? I can't. It's too bloody depressing for words. Yes, we get it, bad things happen... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2009 by Amazon Customer
I'll keep this short and sweet...
I admire the style of this writer, as he provides a lot of atmosphere that is lacking in some of the fantasy that I've... Read more
Like in the last book, Ruckley manages to finish this one with yet another totally shameless cliff-hanger-style ending. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2008 by Flemming Nielsen
Following from Winterbirth, and the na'kyrim Aeglyss' recovery from his crucifixion on a sacred Kyrinin stone, the disturbance in the Shared is now so large that even we plebbish... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2008 by Christopher Halo