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Bloodthirsty saga of gods and dragons
on 16 September 2005
September 8, 2005
Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess
Set in a terrifying Britain in the near future Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess portrays a time when science and industry have gone mad and power-crazed warlords bestride the land, wreaking havoc and violent death on all opposition. They are armed with potent cyber tools including 'womb tanks,' which can clone any living creature, and blend humans with animals, extracting parts from both. They can also repair bodies, and improve them by adding and subtracting qualities such as compassion and fear. Into this ruined, former industrial landscape strides the young hero, Sigurd, descendant of the ruling house of the Volsoms, favoured by the god Odin. Armed solely with a knife ground down to dust Sigurd's destiny is to rid the land of a fiercesome dragon and fight for his place as King of a united Britain.
Bloodsong is peopled by heroes and villains and virtually indestructible cyber robots. Burgess' powerful imagination has created entirely convincing scientific advances just waiting to be invented. The story which abounds with treachery, evil and violence, is based loosely on the old Volsunga saga and is over 300 pages long. It reveals the best and the worst in human beings but is still the stuff of nightmares with its blood-drenched cover an excellent pointer to the violent contents. I couldn't bear to put it down until I'd finished all the twists and turns of the remarkable story so I stayed up all night reading it. If you enjoyed Bloodtide you'll love Bloodsong, but like me you'll be begging Burgess to write another and make it a trilogy.