After reading Blackmark, book one of the Kingsmen Chronicles by Jean Lowe Carlson, I was looking forward to the follow-up novel, Bloodmark, in which the denizens of Alrou-Mendera have found themselves at war. With nation pitted against nation, can the Rennkavi unite his people and return peace to the kingdom?
Just like its predecessor Bloodmark is an extremely well written, researched and painstakingly planned out book with a unique story, but due to its large size it took me a long, long time to finish. I found the first half to be quite slow and drawn out, full of detailed descriptions and complex characters with difficult to pronounce names, scattered over numerous locations. I could only read a couple of chapters at a time, before having to take a break in order to absorb and process all of the information.
However, by the time I reached the second half I found myself much more immersed in the story, as unexpected twists revealed themselves and previously unknown facts about important characters suddenly came to light.
Bloodmark is epic fantasy, with complex characters and storylines, rated at 3 out of 5 stars. It does have quite a number of spelling and grammatical errors which is disappointing, and makes a complex book with over 700 pages, all the more difficult to read. But if you enjoy such writers as George R.R. Martin, then you’ll love the Kingsmen Chronicles.
I received a free copy of this novel direct from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Also keep an eye out for part 3 of the Kingsmen Chronicles series, Goldenmark, which is now available.