Blood of the Four

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Bestselling authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have collaborated a number of times before – including on The Shadow Men and the Map of Moments – usually in the genres of horror and science fiction. In their latest co-authored novel, Blood of the Four, they take on the classic fantasy genre, but after the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones, there’s definitely a harder edge to it that fans will certainly enjoy.

In a world where someone is always beholden to another above them, be they gods or the ruling class, there are those who refuse to accept this. In the kingdom of Quandis, magic has been kept hidden away, its practice a crime punishable by death, but still there are those who perform it in secret, whether they are a lowly slave or related to royalty. At the lowest of the low are the Bajuman, a slave race who are shunned and spat upon by all, but there is more in stall for these subjected people. And then there is the Princess Phela, who has some pretty lofty ideas of her own, and if they involve getting rid of her mother, the queen, and her brother along the way, then so be it.

The grittiness of the story, with the cursing and harsh detail, made the characters feel more real and the story stronger for it. Nevertheless, Blood of the Four just seems to fall into many of the fantasy pitfalls that may be thoroughly enjoyable for many readers, but for me personally, I need something more unique that stands out when I read fantasy.


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Author Christopher Golden • Tim Lebbon
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 480 pages
Publisher Harper Voyager
Publish Date 2018-Mar-06
ISBN 9780062641380
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Issue April 2018
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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