My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Run in the Blood is like a breath of crisp, salty air proving you can have sword and sorcery fantasy set in a medieval-ish world without loading it up with sexism and misogyny. And you know what makes this book even better? Quite a bit of the rainbow was represented in a positive light with no one picking on them for being themselves.
I received a free copy from NineStar Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. I want to give it ALL THE STARS.
It had dragons AND pirates!
I was hooked from the first page watching in close third person as Aela engaged in a classic pirate battle and after a sweeping victory, was sold out to a king of a cold, snowy mountain nation.
Instead of forcing the reader to keep track of way too many characters, Ross alternated between three whose actions were closely intertwined, making the plot easy to follow and allowing me bond with and root for all three of them without being a strung along by some other random person’s story.
While a little predictable, the plot was full of fun twists and turns, all narrated by three very distinct voices, though my favorite is definitely Aela’s. The descriptions were detailed but not overdone, and little details, butter tea and spear guns, really brought the world to life.
The end wrapped up the plot’s important threads, but I really really hope there is a sequel because this book was so fun to read.
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I totally agree that this book proves it’s possible to have a fairly conventional fantasy setting without all the sexism people seem to think is necessary — I hadn’t thought of it like that, but now that you point it out, that’s definitely a strength of it. Plus the diversity is great.
(I liked a lot of the same things as you, but I never quite connected with the writing style. Here’s my review, if you’re interested — no pressure!: https://miriamjoyreads.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/run-in-the-blood-by-a-e-ross/)
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