Book Review: Bloodmaiden

Book Review: BloodmaidenBloodmaiden by Christine E. Schulze
Published by Old Line Publishing on May 28th 2010
Pages: 208
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Zale. Gauthier. Varden. These three dynasties... They all sound like something out of an ancient, oriental myth or fairy tale. The concept of humans and dragons helping and living in harmony with one another, without fear. To me, that's exactly what they are. A distant dream only read of, whispered secretly, quietly yearned for. For, you see, I am the new Quelda of Tynan. These words echo the mystery, horror, and romance found within Schulze's fantasy novel.

 

Bloodmaiden is set in a world filled with dragons. In this world, three of the four kingdoms live in harmony with these creatures. However, the fourth kingdom, Tynan, relies on human sacrific. Enter our characters: Crislin and her husband Chalom. Sadly, they have been selected to be this year's sacrific. But rather than facing this horrific end, they flee all that they know in hopes of finding assistance in one of the neighboring kingdoms.

Bloodmaiden was not the novel that I was expecting it to be. Which, in this case, is a great thing. Usually, fantasy books are a hit or miss reading experience for me since most are either are too over the top, or too dry / slow for my liking. Bloodmaiden, surprisingly, fit into neither category. Schulze does a fantastic job with creating a evenly paced story that held my attention practically from page one.

As it is, Bloodmaiden is a beautifully written novel. The characters were interesting, and I actually found myself caring about what happens to them. The world was familiar, yet unique. The only downfall to the novel as a whole was its shortness. While the plot and action occurred at an even pace, most everything else about the novel felt like an overload. Just when I was absorbing one detail.. bam.. a new one is introduced. I believe that if Schulze could go back and give the reader a little breathing room, then Bloodmaiden would truly be the fantasy novel that I have been hunting for.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Bloodmaiden

  1. Andrea

    Pretty cover. I like the sound of it but when dragons are involved I get more cautious. Sometimes it gets over the top with dragons.

  2. Christine

    Thanks so much for having me, Kate, and so glad you enjoyed the book!

    To Andrea: To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of dragon books myself; however, I’d never done dragons and decided to give it a go, putting my own unique spin on things. Hopefully, you and other dragon skeptics will consider checking it out. ^_^

    To all readers: God bless, thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

  3. Christine

    Also, to Kate:

    You have a beautiful site! I wanted to say this in an email, but couldn’t find another means of contacting you on your blog. I had a question I’d like to ask as well, so if you get the chance, please shoot me an email at:

    ChristineESchulze@gmail.com

  4. To Andrea: To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of dragon books myself; however, I’d never done dragons and decided to give it a go, putting my own unique spin on things. Hopefully, you and other dragon skeptics will consider checking it out.

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