Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Sign in Blood by Marion Sipe

Title:  A Sign in Blood
Author:  Marion Sipe
Published:  July 1st 2011
Page Count:  446
Genre:  Fantasy
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

While investigating her father's murder, Chadri never meant to get involved in politics. She arrives in Mesaceal with her mentor Nathias and a wild talent for blood magic, but soon finds it won't be enough to stop a brutal attack on her family home. After befriending a queen who is forced to fight to win her crown, and learning of rumors about the theft of a sleeping god, Chadri is caught up in a web of conflict spanning two nations. Trapped within the tightening threads, she must unravel the secrets surrounding her father's death, or die the same way he did.

My Review:

This is a very fluid story that takes you on an awesome journey. It is very well written. There are never any issues with grammar, spelling, etc. The story also flows together into a coherent whole.

At times this story is very captivating, and at others I found myself trying to figure out what was going on. The author jumps back and forth between scenes to include multiple characters and storylines that weave in and out of each other. Unfortunately the boundaries between them aren’t always concrete, leading to some muddy moments. There were also some times where certain scenes drug on a little longer than necessary, creating a bit of a lull in the storyline. There are times where the storyline seems to drag on a bit.

The characters in this novel were quite original yet still fairly real. I appreciated that there was a very strong cast that is mostly female. However, I would have like to have seen a bit more character development. Some of the characters are phenomenal, but others need a bit of beefing up. They serve important roles in the story but seem to be placeholders on paper.

As a whole this was an enjoyable read. I appreciated the cohesiveness of the story and the journey undertaken by the characters.

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