Bloodchild review

Book Review: Bloodchild by Anna Stephens

Bloodchild by Anna Stephens

Author: Anna Stephens

Title: Bloodchild

Publisher: HarperCollins

Date: 2019

Plot: In this epic grimdark conclusion to the Godblind Trilogy, heroes, armies, and gods both good and evil will battle one last time, with the fate of the world itself at stake. . . .

The great city of Rilpor has fallen. Its walls have crumbled under the siege by the savage Mireces; its defenders have scattered, fleeing for their lives; its new rulers plot to revive the evil Red Gods using the city’s captured, soon-to-be-sacrificed citizens.

Now, with the Fox God leading the shattered remnants of the Rilporian defence and the Mireces consolidating their claim on the rest of the country, it’s up to Crys, Tara, Mace, Dom and the rest to end the Red Gods’ scourge once and for all.

While the Rilporians plan and prepare for one final, cataclysmic battle to defeat their enemies, the Blessed One and the king of the Mireces have plans of their own: dark plans that will see gods resurrected and the annihilation of the Dancer for all time. Key to their plan is Rillirin, King Corvus’s sister, and the baby–the Bloodchild–she carries. As both sides face their destinies and their gods, only one thing is clear: death waits for them all.

Book review: Bloodchild by Anna Stephens

I received Bloodchild from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Godblind | Darksoul

My expectations for Bloodchild were somewhere between terror and excitement. After the emotional rollercoaster of the first two books, I knew this wouldn’t be an easy ride. My hopes were high and I (foolishly) thought I was ready for the final instalment in the dark fantasy trilogy by Anna Stephens.

If you think you are prepared for this book, I can promise this: you’re not. This was one of those occasions where I sat there in stunned silence once I finished it, uncertain if I was about to laugh, cry or some hysterical mixture of the two.

The intricacies of the plot do not diminish at all in this final book. There are twists and turns along the way, but the reader is carried along easily. Despite being told through multiple narrations, there is never any confusion about who you’re with and what their situation is.

There are several layers to the plot: war, Gods, love, betrayal, pain, hope and overwhelming odds that seem impossible to overcome even with a God on your side helping win over new allies. With the country in the grip of the Mierces, Mace and his band of survivors must face their worst nightmares if they don’t want to lose their Gods for good.

“I won’t,” Ash said. “I couldn’t.” His smile was ghastly, a slash of pain in his face. “Go and save the word then, you bastard. You beautiful, stupid, heroic bastard. Go on, make us all eternally grateful to your skinny arse. Send that bitch back to the Afterworld and lock the gate after Her.”

I don’t know where to start with characters – there are so many epic ones that I could spend the entire thing gushing. Tara is my favourite this time: never giving up, no matter what it costs her, even if that means finding love only to lose it again.

Crys and Ash once again broke my heart into thousands of little pieces. Those two take the firm spot of favourite couple in any literature: their love leaves me grinning like a fool; their pain is heart-shattering.

Talking of couples: Mace and Dalli are now established and they too are adorable together. Rillirin and Dom might have a fleeting chance at a future – or, at least, the chance to be on the same side of the war.

There is still no messing with Gilda – if she faced the Dark Lady herself, I’m not sure who would come off worse.

Lanta and Corvus have problems of their own this time around. Lanta is the character you love to hate and while there is a touch more humanity to Corvus, he never does anything to redeem himself.

The loss of characters in the first two books means you really connect with those who are left. You feel their emotions; their pain; their hope; their determination. You want them to come through unscathed, but the previous books are a strong enough indication that just because they’re the good guys doesn’t mean everything is going to go their way. There is loss in this book as well, and it’s just as heart-breaking as previously.

The switching narration makes this a fast paced and tense book. Knowing not everyone will survive keeps your heart in your mouth throughout.

Couldn’t put it down – perfect end to a powerful trilogy.

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