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– The Weight of Blood ( Fantasy Book Review ) –

  • Noah
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  • September 4th, 2017
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3 / 5 ★★★☆☆ “A good start to the series, sowing seeds of things to come, not following the cliché of a human main character provides a different experience to the reader and helps to set this series apart.”

I really enjoyed this book, I found it refreshing to read a book with a non-human main character that didn’t feel out of place, I enjoyed both of the main characters although I did feel that they could have been slightly more original, all things considered however, I really didn’t feel that this impacted my enjoyment of the story at all. The main characters writing was something I loved, I think that Dalglish wrote the two brothers masterfully, I really did feel they had chemistry together however I felt the characters themselves did leave a little to be desired, the contrasting characteristics did feel slightly too stereotypical and for me it did make the story somewhat more predictable as a result. While I did find the main characters to be slightly generic, I really did like some of the side characters  both Aurelia and Diredon were interesting to read about as they felt much less one dimensional. I was disappointed to find that the story of the book was somewhat generic, there was very little to guess at, I often felt sure of what was going to happen next, and while this was somewhat made up for by other elements of the book, to an extent I feel it could have been written in a way that perhaps kept the reader guessing making the book more exciting.

The world of The Weight of Blood was something I really did enjoy, since I had read other works of Dalglish I found myself recognizing parts of it which really did help build a more immersive experience, for those who haven’t read his other works, I think they both provide some context, and are great books, in particular reading Shadowdance really does help give more context to the rest of this series. I felt that, while we didn’t get to see too much of it the world was expansive, and also interesting which really helped to make this a good book. As I have come to find with Dalglish’s works the action sequences within his books are incredibly good, I thoroughly enjoyed all of those that I found in this book, whether it was a small fight or a large battle, it was always expertly described and incredibly interesting.

To conclude, I found that the Weight of Blood was a good book, whilst I felt that elements of it were sometimes very generic, I very much enjoyed the world it was set in and I found that some of the characters were also very interesting to read about. To my disappointment, I didn’t find that this book reached its full potential due to somewhat bland main characters and a very predictable story, however I was definitely intrigued enough to continue the series and I don’t find that I have regretted it.

Did you enjoy the book? Tell me why or why not below.

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

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