Barbara Campbell: Bloodstone Trickster's Game 2

He tribes for use as slaves or to be sacrificed to their own gods Neither choice is good and a good portion of the book deals with Keirith s struggle with this very dichotomyAlso of interest throughout the book is the relationship between Keirith and his father Keirith believes that he can never live up to his father s image since his father is the one who helped resolve the neverending winter from Heartwood He s a hero in the yes of the people of the tribes and Keirith is constantly in his shadow Keirith also believes that his father hates him simply because of the power he has There is an intensely personal story between these two characters that s threaded through the novel and that s one reason among many that I was so rivetedSo to summarize Bloodstone is an Malakai (Wicked Games, excellent novel one that I highly recommendveryone find and read The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone especially if you re looking for something without the medieval setting It s a spectacular fantasy with characters that come alive with problems that have noasy solution ven with magic at hand I m certainly looking forward to the third novel FoxfireThere might be a problem getting both Heartwood and Bloodstone Most bookstores can t seem to order them in at this point which is appalling They are available on com and BNcom the last time I checked But don t let these difficulties deter you Find these books You won t regret itAlso note that for some reason GoodReads has the second book under the title Tricksters Game when the actual title is Bloodstone I don t really know why But look for Bloodstone at the bookstores. Estral landsWhen Keirith is kidnapped Darak sets off in pursuit Their paths take them to the heart of a distant city where both father and son must confront their darkest fears in order to survi.

I hear alot of fantasy readers complain about the fact that there aren t any different fantasies out there Where are the fantasies set in other places that AREN T medieval in nature What about all of the other cultures that are rife for fantasy settingsWell here you have one such book and I find it xtremely disappointing that Barbara Campbell s books didn t find a much larger audience Her setting is The Family Plan essentially thend of the Bronze Age so her culture is based on tribes but at a point where the tribes have begun to settle down into one location rather than roaming for food As such they believe in gods and their interactions with the surrounding world The first book in the series Heartwood dealt with a Midwinter ritual gone horribly wrong A Family Practice essentially putting the world into a neverending winter The main characters attempt tond the ceaseless winter and along the way get caught up in a powerplay between gods and mortals alike That gives you a taste of the world in which Bloodstone is writtenBloodstone is the second novel in the Trickster s Game trilogy with the third Foxfire being released by DAW on February 3 2009 That said you can absolutely pick up the second book and read it without having read the first novel at all Bloodstone is set 15 years after the nd of Heartwood and the main character is the son of the main characters from that first book This jump in time and shift in focus makes Bloodstone its own novel However while there s no reason you have to read the first book I d recommend you go check it out anyway simply because it s Fifteen years have passed since Darak’s uest His son is now apprenticed to the village’s Tree Father Keirith unwittingly commits sacrilege by using his gift to commune with other creatures

Lso an xcellent bookAnd when I say this book was Celebrity Bachelor excellent I mean it When I started reading this book I got caught up in it immediately and that hasn t happened to me with a fantasy novel for uite a while I was instantlyngaged with Keirith and his plight He s a young man just coming into his powers to commune with the spirits of the creatures and the humans around him However the culture he lives in condemns those in the tribe with his powers to death because of the threat his powers create the temptation to use the powers to subjugate or destroy the spirits they commune with is too great the conseuences of such actions horrifying Even if the person who wields such power is For Better and Worse essentially good Keirith fears that his powers will be discovered and he ll be killed He inadvertantly reveals his powers to his father who for his own personal reasons reacts with the horror Keirith dreads But before they can react their tribal village is attacked by an outside source and Keirith is kidnapped along with other members of the tribeWhat he finds is that the brutal culture he s dragged into actually reveres the powers that his tribal culture abhors And well if I say anything I llnd up spoiling the Cassidys Kids (Maitland Maternity, entire story But you can see the dilemma His tribal culture isssentially peaceful and what we d all consider good but if we stays there he ll likely be killed for these powers that he didn t ask for But the new culture which reveres such powers is brutal and warlike attacking the surrounding lands to gain resources for their own culture stealing members of He crime for which the Rescuing the Texans Heart evil shaman Morgath was destroyed But a immediate danger threatens the people of the Oak and Holly the burgeoning power of the ancientnemy who drove them from their anc.

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