Book: Faith Hunter’s ‘Bloodring’ – “I lost track of time. I was hopelessly off course”

I’d read one of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series and thought that it was ok if not super, so when I saw ‘Bloodring’, the first book in the Rogue Mage series, in a charity shop it seemed worth a go.

The angelic cover art and the backblurb made it clear that it was set in a post-apocalyptic world, which is fine however there is standard apocalypse and then there is ripping off the Rapture-style apocalypse. This is the latter, full on seraphs descending with flaming swords and wings, plagues, a new ice age, war and demons.

When the celestial bloodshed ended humans then decided to enforce a worldwide oppressive and vague religious regime. In addition they forced mages into a enclaves, a gilded cage apart from the human population.

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I have a soft spot for the end of the world – regardless of how it is done, so can deal with bleak books and mass death. I’ve even read some of the ‘Left Behind’ series, mostly because it seemed an amusing idea and my library had them in stock – despite having very little else on the shelves, and the first couple were less dire than I expected. This meant I was at least a bit interested in someone else’s take on avenging angels and wiping out humanity for its own good.

The main protagonist is Thorn St. Croix who is a mage in hiding amongst the human population, she makes jewellery and has a very promiscuous ex-husband. When the male-slut is kidnapped she has a not-entirely human policeman arrive on her doorstep who she is very attracted to.

This is part of my issue with the book, page 33 informs me that female mages go into heat. As if this wasn’t offensive enough they produce LITTERS. I’d be unimpressed if a male author was this tacky and it is a great way to put me off a series – and an author.

After the litters revelation I started skim reading, I just wanted the book to finish so it could go back to the charity shop. Thorn is rather dull, hiding constantly is rather dull, everyone in the book is rather dull – including the angel beings who seem more likely to be evil aliens, and who honestly thought LITTERS were a good theme?!

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Book: Faith Hunter’s ‘Blood Cross’ – “I figured even the most jaded and cynical inhabitant might report a bloody girl in a party dress carrying a severed head by its hair.”

It probably would have been helpful to start with the first book in Faith Hunter’s Skinwalker (aka Jane Yellowrock) series, but the charity shop only had the second book.

Jane is a hunter and a skinwalker – the second part being a secret (mostly). Despite the Master of New Orleans being annoyed at her due to the events of the first book Jane is still hanging around the city and has been hired to track down (and kill) a rogue vamp who is creating bad and mad little vampires with the help of something decidedly witchy.

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Jane has a permanent beast inside her, imaginatively called Beast, who was rather chatty when it suited her. This was somewhere between interesting and annoying depending on how you feel about that sort of thing.

There are a couple of males to act as potential love interests who float through the book, as does Jane’s witch friend Molly and her two children. Also there were some nice Native American ladies who are helping Jane understand her people’s traditions.

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There seems to be a lot of build-up and piecing together of various clues, but the actual end sequence is a bit of a blur and felt somewhat rushed – although it definitely built upon the groundwork laid earlier in the book.

‘Blood Cross’ wasn’t overly funny, action based, certainly not romantic, there was a tiny bit of Native American culture in there that did set the book apart – but it is only a tiny aspect of the book.

In short, the book was many things and was interesting but ultimately unfulfilling – it would help if the quote I used in the title even came from this book as oppose to the first one. It has survived my current purge but I suspect will fall victim to the next one.

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