by T.A. Miles
Book: Blood Wars Trilogy #1
Publisher: Raventide Books
Pub Date: Jan 2012
Genre: Young Adult
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For Korsten Brierly, life already seemed complicated enough. Disinherited from a young age, helping to govern a town of strategic significance to warring countries, keeping his affair with the local governor's son a secret....
When a demon hunting mage arrives at his doorstep at the same time gruesome murders begin, Korsten finds himself quickly swept away by a tide of events and discoveries beyond his darkest dreams. Caught up in a war much deeper and far more dangerous than he ever would have believed it to be, Korsten is forced to abandon the life he knew and everyone in it. Summoned to a duty that terrifies him, by powers he can't ignore, he begins a journey into understanding his own soul and how to protect the souls of others from demons bent on possessing, poisoning, and devouring them through methods that are gradually decaying the world they live in. Struggling to stay afloat in a maelstrom of ancient forces, his own emotions, and dangerous political games, Korsten commits himself to the task, for the sake of his soul and his sanity, and for the sake of the lover he was not supposed to have...a man possessed by ambition and by a demon with goals of its own.
My Review: Powers. Souls. Demon mage. War. What world has Korsten stepped into? Well a world he didn't know he belonged to until now. Well not like he had a perfect life, but having to deal with this new type of evil may just be the icing on the cake.
So the start of the book was okay for me. I got to read about Korsten and learned that he is gay, doesn't have the greatest home life and he kinda has a lover. Well he has to hide being gay, and his lover won't notice him in front of the world. So I felt for him and you can see how things relate to the real world. There are those who have to hide in the world and not get noticed, so you feel for Korsten during the story. I enjoyed getting to know him and everything he has been through.
But then we get to the middle of the book where things start to pick up for me. Evil comes at Korsten, which gets you into the story because you already feel for what hes been through, and now I could only hope that he makes it through this evil and have something good come through for him at the end.
I really loved the pace of the book, and the way it was all written. It wasn't over the top with detail and it didn't leave you asking whats going on here and there. It had the perfect amount of detail, pace, characters, and everything else. I was pulled into the book and wasn't bored. The book brought new characters and life into the fantasy/paranormal books that I read. I loved the twists and can't wait to see how Korsten grows into the other books. I hope he keeps growing and maturing and get cut some slack.