Title: Bloodfeud (The Scarlet Star Trilogy #3)
Author: Ben Galley
Publication Date: Feb 29, 2016
“One final task before the fall…”
The Bloodmoon has cut its crimson path across the sky, leaving both leech and lamprey reeling in its wake.
With Rhin captured by Sift, and Lilain and Lurker left behind in Washington, Tonmerion Hark returns to London, where the fate of the empire lies with the devilish Lord Dizali.
In his quest for revenge, the young Hark recruits an unlikely and dangerous ally. Together, they must outwit the barbarous Order and bring their greatest enemy to his knees.
“…One last move before we end this game.”
Picking up where Bloodmoon left off, Bloodfeud finds Tonmerion Hark back in London having formed a tenuous and unlikely alliance with the goal of reclaiming his inheritance from Dizali and getting rid of this usurper in more ways than one, once and for all.
The way to revenge and justice is however long, winding and fraught with danger but Merion is more than up to the task.
So many feels with this book, a kaleidoscope of them actually, almost as many as the different shades we discover. Merion has really grown and is now more confident than the boy who left London a few months ago. He is more daring, spirited, smart and most of all determined and I really enjoyed seeing him grow and develop into the person he is now. That is not to say that he is now without flaws but he is more open to the support he gets from his aunt, Lurker and a most surprising ally and an old friend and will be crucial if he is to bring Dizali to his just desserts.
Dizali makes such a good villain too. Even when I thought he was done for and was guffawing away at his apparent downfall, he proved to be remarkably resilient and showed real mettle.
I really appreciate that Bloodfeud(and the other books in this trilogy) doesn’t take the usual YA route and go heavy on the romance and love triangles. It gave me all the action I needed and then some, with an intriguing magick system and multi-faceted characters with awesome development without all the fluff and I loved it all the more for that.
The writer has a really immersive style of writing and takes time to craft his characters and the world they are in. With so many elements, this could have been overwhelming but his clear, concise yet captivating prose ensures that you the reader can easily visualise and see clearly all that is described and so be totally absorbed by the story. He could be writing about the most inane thing and you would still be drawn in and wanting to read every last word. This helps to move the story along in the slower moments and keeps the reader engaged.
Bloodfeud was a spectacular finish to a simply amazing series and there is not one thing I would have changed. It was faster paced, more action-packed and more tension-filled since the stakes were raised and there was a sense of imminence about it. All the loose ends were tied up, and I like the open-ended epilogue which I’m hoping means there will be some novellas.
If you haven’t read this mash-up of western/urban fantasy and supernatural, with a really cool magick system called bloodrushing, fae creatures who veer on the evil side and a totally different take on vampires and other familiar creatures, a what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to start with all 3 books having been released. Go read them 🙂 I highly recommend this series to persons who are tired of the cookie cutter fantasy and are willing to step out of the box.
About The Author
Ben Galley is a best-selling purveyor of tall tales and dark fantasy from the UK. He is the author behind the gritty and epic Emaneska Series, as well as his new western fantasy series, the Scarlet Star Trilogy.
Aside from writing and dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant and tutor, helping fellow authors from all over the world to publish and sell books. His website www.shelfhelp.info will tell you all you need to know about DIY self-publishing.
Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter (@BenGalley), Facebook (/BenGalleyAuthor) or at his website www.bengalley.com.