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Customer Review

on 15 February 2012
Hello and welcome to another JBP review!

I finished Aaron Dembski-Bowden's "Blood Reaver" book the other day, and have now had time to digest the book and form an opinion of it. This is the second book in the Night Lords trilogy, with the first being "Soul Hunter" and the third and last called "Void Stalker".

The first in the series introduced us to Talos "The Prophet" and his squad (aka. First Claw) of traitorous miscreants. The book set a very fine pace between the present and flashbacks to Talos' memories of the Great Crusade and the aftermath, and the fate of his "father" Konrad Curze "the Night Haunter". "Blood Reaver" continues the fine story in excellent form, and introduces us further to the trails and travails of the Night Lord's warband under the leadership of the demonically possessed Vandred/The Exalted.

The characterization is top notch, and the development of the supporting (human) cast is well done. The budding romance between Septimus and Octavia is well thought out, and while the risk of cheeziness is there, it does not fall into that trap, and the readers suspension of disbelief is maintained throughout, accepting the premise of post-human, genetically engineered super-warriors, clad in atomically powered armour with little effort.

All in all, it is a sterling effort from Mr. Dembski-Bowden, and the book is in my opinion well worth buying. Further more, the ending gives a clear indication of what will happen in the third book, which I needless to say, will also be purchasing once it becomes available.

Happy reading.

Kind regards,
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