Book Review #162 – Bloodrush [TheWriteReads Blog Tour]

Bloodrush by Ben Galley
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: The Scarlet Star Trilogy, #1
Length: 480 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Thank You Ben Galley and TheWriteReads Tours for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
When Prime Lord Hark is found in a pool of his own blood on the steps of his halls, Tonmerion Hark finds his world not only turned upside down, but inside out. His father’s last will and testament forces him west across the Iron Ocean, to the very brink of the Endless Land and all civilisation. They call it Wyoming.

This is a story of murder and family.

In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, there is no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A faerie named Rhin. A twelve-inch tall outcast of his own kind.

This is a story of blood and magick.

But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages. Secrets lurk in Tonmerion’s bloodline. Secrets that will redefine this young Hark.

This is a story of the edge of the world.

I was so out of my comfort zone when I chose to read Bloodrush. The story is unlike anything I have ever read before. I knew Bloodrush was going to be different and challenging for me which is why I wanted to give it a read. I have never read any kind of story where it is mostly western, with the guns, the deserts, and some small town in the middle of it. Usually western stories are not my thing, but I really wanted to know what a western story was like when fantasy and magic (in this case, magick) are woven together. I can definitely say that is was indeed interesting and original.

The magick system involved in this novel is unlike any I ever saw. I may have seen some similarities in other works, but the most if it is completely original. This is what kept me mostly interested throughout the series. There were many things to know.

Along with the magick, every detail was sure to be put in. There was a lot of information to process, but as complex as the magick was, the information was huge help in understanding it. The details covered almost everything. The world, characters, backgrounds, and pretty much everything else you could imagine.

I do have to say that it does take a while for things to get a momentum and for the action to really start. As I said, there were plenty of things to learn and process before things could actually happen. If the information were not there beforehand, I think it would be a little confusing. It was a nice balance between the two, which works for this story. One doesn’t work without the other here.

Overall, Bloodrush was definitely an interesting story, but was out of my comfort zone when it comes to genres and the kind of stories I usually like to read. However, I do imagine that Bloodrush does have its audience that will thoroughly enjoy this book when they’re looking for western type novels with a fantasy flair to it. It is definitely interesting enough to keep your interests in it and wanting to know more.


Ben Galley Ultimate Blog Tour

Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award-winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.

Books Information

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The Written
Book one of The Emanska Series

His name is Farden. 
They whisper that he’s dangerous. 
Dangerous is only the half of it. 

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. 

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await. 

Welcome to Emaneska.


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Chasing Graves
Book one of The Chasing Graves Trilogy

Welcome to Araxes, where getting murdered is just the start of your problems.

Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.

They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.

While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.

Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning.


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Heart of Stone

Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.


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