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Series: Lharmell

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: Blood Phantom by Rhiannon Hart

Posted by Irish in 4.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Blood Phantom by Rhiannon HartBlood Phantom by Rhiannon Hart
Series: Lharmell,
Also in this series: Blood Song
Published by Curtis Brown on 09 December 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 30
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Blood Song

Place(s) Traveled To: Xallentaria, Pergamia

First Line(s): A day must be divided up into equal segments, each devoted to a single purpose.

Blood Phantom by Rhiannon Hart is a prequel novella to her Lharmell series which begins with Blood Song (my review). Blood Song was a book that I feel head over heels in adoration. I just loved the rich and detailed world that Hart had created. In Blood Phantom we get an early look at the events that lead to Zeraphina and her family traveling to Pergamia as told from Rodden’s point of view.

I loved Zeraphina’s voice in Blood Song but the character of Rodden was always intriguing. He’s this big, brooding, almost larger than life character. He’s a man of few words but I just loved him all the same. Roddon is a man of secrets and so I was intriguied at the idea of a novella from his POV as maybe we’d get to learn what some of those secrets were.

Alas, that is not to be with Blood Phantom but that doesn’t make this novella as less disappointing. I really enjoyed Rodden’s voice and as with most novellas I wish that this one had been longer. Just as we were starting to learn a bit more about Rodden and the events behind Blood Song. I think I could be quite happy and content if Rhiannon Hart decided to retell the whole series from Rodden’s POV. If you are a fan of the series or just thinking of checking it out then I highly recommend you picking up Blood Phantom. I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult4 Comments

Blood Song by Rhiannon HartBlood Song by Rhiannon Hart
Series: Lharmell,
Also in this series: Blood Phantom
Published by Random House Australia on 01 September 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 290
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
Also by this author: Blood Phantom

Place(s) Traveled to: Armentia, Brivora // Xallentaria capital of Pergamia in Brivora // Lharmell

First Line: I was thinking of blood again so I went to practice my archery.

What first drew me to Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart was the cover. It was this stunning piece of art and then I became so very sad when I learned shortly afterwards that the book was only available in Australia. I tried to import it but there were issues and a friend took pity on me and we set up an exchange…and best of all…he was able to get the book signed for me. *huggles book*

I was finally able to get to it this past weekend and I fell instantly in love with the world that Hart created. It was so rich and detailed…but not overly detailed that the story becomes bogged down with details. And the characters…oh readers…I can’t tell you how much I love all the characters in this book. First there is Zeraphina who is strong and courageous and her mother Renata who Zeraphina gets her strength and who must make hard decisions. But most of all there is Rodden. #swoon

Remember how I read Poison Study a ways back and fell for that character named Valek. Well, Rodden reminds me a lot of Valek. He’s all broody and aloof…but he isn’t as assassiny minded as Valek. There is also so much chemistry on the page when he and Zeraphina are together. I would have loved to have every page devoted to them but alas there were other characters…not to mention that pesky thing called a plot as well. While I might call it pesky I did love the premise of this novel. I loved how Hart wove in the mythology of the world without sounding like she was giving a dry lecture. Instead we learned what we needed to know as we needed it. Readers are left with just enough thirst and want for more but never feel like something is missing.

I devoured this book in just a few hours. I was amazed at how time flew and was so very sad to hit the end. I wasn’t ready to leave the Kingdom of Pergamia. I wanted to see Renata scheme a bit more to find a suitable match for Zeraphina now that her eldest Lilith was married. I wanted to see Zeraphina and Rodden argue some more. I also wanted to see Zeraphina and her mother clash. I loved to see those two head butt. They were a great mother/daughter combo. You get the sense that they love each other deeply but they just don’t see eye to eye on how life should be lived. I think that its a great and horrible tragedy that I have to wait almost an entire YEAR to find out what happens next in this story. The pages I had weren’t enough.

Have I mentioned just how much I love this world and its characters? Because if not then I did. There is something in this book for everyone. There is a hint of romance, some drama, action and mystery. The only thing that this book was missing was a map. (Yes Rhiannon I had to mention it here.) I adore maps in books. I love seeing how a world of fantasy fits together and am always sad then I don’t have that map to flip back and forth to. I think Aussies might be a little different….or maybe its me that’s different…but I do love me a good map. Other than that though this book was filled of awesome and you should all find a way to get your hands on it (legally of course) or better yet some US publisher should pick it up…because its amazing and needs to be read by all.

Lharmell Series Order
Book 0.5: Blood Phantom
Book 1: Blood Song
Book 2: Blood Storm
Book 3: Blood Queen (15 April 2014)