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– Daughter of Blood ( Fantasy Book Review ) –

  • Noah
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  • September 3rd, 2017
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4 / 5 ★★★★☆ “Another great entry into what has become a great series, I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the but felt there was nothing new with the characters work, I am however very much looking forward to the conclusion of this epic series.”

Daughter of Blood works to continue the story that Lowe has building for two books now, and since we have become more acquainted with the world now, Lowe’s storytelling is able to take centre stage, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, I loved the books focus of Kalan and I was so happy to see that returning to the wall didn’t mean a return to the drab storytelling of the first book. To put it simply, I found this book to be just short of a masterpiece I loved how whilst we were seeing the same society and culture from the first book, this was a totally different facet of the same region, it really added a sense of depth and complexity into what was an incredibly bland area in the first book. I was incredibly happy to find myself lost in the depths of this new Derai culture, I feel that it is very clear that the age of the characters in the first book meant Lowe restricted subjecting the reader to the complexities of society, or perhaps she has just become a much better writer.

I do however feel that the great character work from the second book has not completely carried over to this one, I felt that to a point they many of the characters seemed to follow clichés the bad ones were quite obviously bad, I feel that there was a real lack of complexity and that in the end, led to fewer surprises in the story itself. I feel that Lowe moved towards a more formulaic story in the hopes of really selling the action of this book and to an extent this really did work I thoroughly enjoyed Kalan’s story which was full of action, I enjoyed seeing payoffs from things that had been building since the first book but I do feel in some ways that this epic action was at the determent to the story itself which is sad considering I loved the Malian Carrick twist from Gathering of the Lost.

Even though I felt the story itself could have been more interesting, I feel that its implications in regards to the world were very interesting which I think is a large plus point for the book, it really shows that the world itself had its own identity something that other fantasy authors sometimes fail to achieve. I found that the action of this book was very good indeed, for me there was the perfect mix of both the macro and micro scale of the fights, the description as it has often been in this series was great I never felt the need to back track wondering what had just happened. Ultimately I found that this was a very enjoyable book, if not quite up to the standard of the second in the series I felt that there could have been more surprises in the story or perhaps that it could have been better paced to allow for more to transpire. However while I felt that there had been some sacrifices in regards to the story it was easily compensated for by the payoffs for fans of the series, as developments from the first book really started to come to fruition. All in all I really did find this book enjoyable to read.

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If you haven’t read it and wish to you can find it here.

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