ARC, Book Review, Fantasy

e-ARC Review: Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

In the great kingdom of Quandis, everyone is a slave. Some are slaves to the gods. Most are slaves to everyone else.

Blessed by the gods with lives of comfort and splendor, the royal elite routinely perform their duties, yet some chafe at their role. A young woman of stunning ambition, Princess Phela refuses to allow a few obstacles—including her mother the queen and her brother, the heir apparent—stand in the way of claiming ultimate power and glory for herself.

Far below the royals are the Bajuman. Poor and oppressed, members of this wretched caste have but two paths out of servitude: the priesthood . . . or death.

Because magic has been kept at bay in Quandis, royals and Bajuman have lived together in an uneasy peace for centuries. But Princess Phela’s desire for power will disrupt the realm’s order, setting into motion a series of events that will end with her becoming a goddess in her own right . . . or ultimately destroying Quandis and all its inhabitants.

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Did you read the blurb? This book announces the creation of a new fantasy world, where magic is forbidden. When I got my hands on this e-ARC, I was excited beyond belief. This book has its own share of pros and cons.

Princess Phela is an ambitious young princess, she loves to collect information and is sneaky. She knows most of the palace secrets and she only uses them and people to raise herself to the ultimate position of power- the ruler of Quandis. However, the only way to succeed is to bring back magic to the world where magic is forbidden.

This novel contains all the essential elements of a fantasy novel. A kingdom where both rich and the poor exist, oppressed people who are tormented by the rich and the royal family, full of hidden agendas and family politics.

The story starts with a fierce intensity, something that announces the beginning of the worst scenario. There are a lot of characters in this story and it is a huge book, which simply means that the plot gets slow and boring sometimes. But it gains back it’s momentum and does the unexpected.

I have mixed emotions about this book and I am not entirely sure whether I liked it very much or not. It’s a great plot but the size of the book was definitely an anchor.

ratings

5-heart-rating

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