Today is my stop on the blog tour for Blood of the Lost Kingdom by Kristin Ward, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all.
A massive thank you to @The_WriteReads, and @KWardAuthor for allowing me to be a part of the tour.
Title: Blood of the Lost Kingdom
Author: Kristin Ward
Release Date: 3rd August 2021
Page Count: 282
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Mysterious. Hidden. Sacred. Erabel is the beating heart of Dorcha Wood. And its heir has come home.
Fleeing the man who betrayed her, Fiadh returns to her beloved forest, into its heart, to discover her people. And herself. With the aid of Veren, an Aos Sí warrior, she explores her birthright, a world safeguarded from the corruption of mankind. There, she learns the history of a mighty race and the vastness of the power coursing through her blood.
But beyond Erabel’s boundaries, men are flocking, rallying to an evil lord who covets the strength flowing in Fiadh’s veins. They have their eyes fixed on the lost kingdom of the Aos Sí, and it’s only a matter of time before they breach those borders and come for Fiadh and all who protect her.
All around her, the world is closing in, as some plot in shadows, and others in the stark light of day.
I recently took part in the blog tour for The Girl of Dorcha Wood (book one of the Daughter of Erabel series), and really enjoyed it, so when Dave announced a tour for Blood of the Lost Kingdom (book 2), of course I signed up immediately. I was excited to dive back in to the story, and this book didn’t let me down!
The story picks up straight from where we left off, with Fiadh fleeing back to her beloved Dorcha Wood, but not just anywhere in Dorcha Wood, Fiadh is heading for Erabel. It’s immediately apparent that Erabel is no ordinary place, it oozes magic from its very walls. It awakens something in Fiadh, something she already knew was there, but had no idea how powerful it could truly be.
We also follow Gideon’s journey, a journey that although different to Fiadh’s, is still connected in so many ways. Gideon wants to take down the Aos Sí, to get revenge for his people and his family, but this doesn’t go entirely to plan, he knows he can’t do this alone, that he has to team up, and his only option is Lord Darragh. Gideon knows that he has to sacrifice a little of his pride to get to his end goal.
There were a lot of unanswered questions from The Girl of Dorcha Wood, but Blood of the Lost Kingdom gives us answers to quite a few of those throughout the book. Most importantly, Fiadh begins to learn the truth about her past and where she came from, and also a little of where she’s heading. There were a lot of revelations that Fiadh could never have prepared herself for, and although she struggled with a few of them, she remained strong and focused, which is something that I really love about her character.
I loved that the Cù-Sìth played more of a part in this book than book one, as they are particular favourites of mine. They’re intelligent, blood-thirsty, and undeniably beautiful. I wish I could have my own Cù-Sìth wolf, wouldn’t that be an absolute dream?!
There are multiple people coming for Fiadh, and although she has the protection of Erabel, this certainly doesn’t mean that she is 100% safe. We see a small amount of the dangers that Fiadh and those around her are facing in the form of a very intense fight scene, which really hypes you up for the inevitable war that is coming their way (which I am assuming will begin in the next book of the series).
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it wasn’t completely action packed, I found that it really set the scene for what is to come, while also tying up a lot of the loose ends from the previous book. I can’t wait to pick the story back up again with A Storm of Wrath and Ruin (book 3 in the series), and to see how it continues.
I give Blood of the Lost Kingdom a 4 star rating!
About The Author:
Kristin Ward is an award-winning young adult author living in Connecticut. A science and math teacher for over twenty years, she infuses her geeky passions into stories that meld realism and fantasy. Kristin embraces her inner nerd regularly, often quoting 80s movies while expecting those around her to chime in with appropriate rejoinders.
As a nature freak, she can be found wandering the woods – she may be lost, so please stop and ask if you see her – or chilling in her yard with all manner of furry and feathered friends. Often referred to as a unicorn by colleagues who remain in awe of her ability to create or find various and sundry things in mere moments. In reality, the horn was removed years ago, leaving only a mild imprint that can be seen if she tilts her head just right. A lifelong lover of books and writing, she dreamed of becoming an author for thirty years before publishing her award-winning debut in 2018. Her first novel, After the Green Withered, is one of many things you should probably read.
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Great review, Danni!
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Great review Danni, can’t wait to read this series myself! xx
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