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Book Title: Blood Red|
The author of the book: Cordelia Kingsbridge
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Edition: Self Published
Date of issue: August 2nd 2013
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Reader ratings: 3.2
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Multiple times I've admitted my CK fangirldom so mine is prolly not the most reliable review you'll read of this.
Here's a couple criticisms I can muster up:
Could this have been streamlined? Yep.
Did it meander at times? Yep.
Did I care? Nope.
We've all had those reads where you get to the end and are like, "man, I wish that were longer". This thing is over 100K words and I got to the end and thought that! I woke up in the middle of the night and picked it up. I picked it up first thing in the morning. It was my reward after having read 'x' number of chapters of whatever book I'm "supposed" to be reading, so I think those things alone merit the stars I'm giving it but the story itself is pretty terrific IMO too.
Aedan is a whoreslave in Ormere when first we meet him and he's the narrator of this story. He's slight, femme and beautiful. He's also got a gift that he doesn't fully understand; he's an untrained sorcerer which is why his hair's blood red. He can heal himself and others, among other things. However, he's been a slave his entire life and raised with humans so he has no sense of his abilities. Slavery is all he knows. He's a good slave too-highly sought out, desired and well behaved for Master Griffiths who rules Ormere and loves his games.
He has gladiator slaves as well that he captures from all over and they fight to the death in his arena. To the victor go the spoils-the whoreslaves, in the arena, in front of everyone. *blinks*
This has always been something to be tolerated, never enjoyed by Aedan. Until Demitrios is brought in.
Demitrios doesn't treat him like a slave and their connection is clear to see, so Griffiths in an effort to keep his star fighter happy arranges for them to be spend extra time together and their connection grows. All the while Aedan can sense that there is something different about Demitrios and it turns out he's a thirianthroi, a beastman. Yep, a shifter. A wolf shifter.
You know what that means, kids. KNOTTING and BITING!
And all the growling, possessive, protective stuff I like. *clappy hands*
It also means there's a pack out there a man down and when they arrive there is some heavy duty carnage because the beastmen aren't just wolves. There's a tiger, a bear, a hawk, a cobra... A COBRA!!!! HOLY SHIT!!! *squeaks* I thought I was going to piss myself. Cupcake is not a fan of snakes. At all.
So Ormere is toast and Demitrios asks Aedan to come back with him and since Aedan fears being alone, fears being unable to care or provide for himself he goes. Plus, he likes Demitrios and their sex is on FIYAH!!!
Every bruise, every bite, every sore inch inside his body was evidence that Demitrios wanted him.
Their relationship and the world building are terrific. CK really developed these two characters and their insecurities. Both have flaws and their relationship is not without it's ups and downs. And the sex is... it's CK we're talking about here. Do I really need to say anything more? At one point they made a river boil. The end. However there are some triggers that I should warn you about: Aedan is raped on page by another sorcerer, sometimes Demitrios is partially to almost fully shifted when they go to Pound Town so... beastiality, the beastmen's community is polyamorous, though Aedan and Demitrios do not have sex with others while they are together, they do separate for a length of time during which Aedan is raped by the other sorcerer. Again. That fucker. AND then he wends up in a gang bang while under a magical potion that makes him insatiable. All thanks to the fucktard. So exercise caution. I had some hardcore hate building up over the villain.
You can see the conflict coming from a mile away and I still was a little heartbroken by it and their miscommunication which made their separation harder. But Aedan does what he feels is right and sacrifices himself for the greater good, but during this time he learns a lot about himself and his capabilities which bodes well for his future with Demitrios.
There's a fair amount of violence during the battles which were hella satisfying since the bad guys were getting theirs. *fist pump* *waves inappropriate finger*
The ending is a strong HFN which is typical for CK, but the community is so loving and accepting that they'll be ok even if they don't make it. I know she wrote this a coon's age ago but I wish she's write a follow up maybe with Kimon. Because cocky tiger shifter.
Recommend to shifter and fantasy fans.
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Read information about the authorAs of June 13 2016: After much deliberation and soul-searching, I’ve decided to remove all of my original novels from the internet. There are multiple reasons for this decision, but one of the bigger ones is that if I ever do decide to publish revised versions of these books, I’d like to get them down now before I have a potential influx of new readers.
Boston verse remains on AO3.
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