Author: Nicole Zoltack
Published Date: Febuary 24, 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.
Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction. Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.
Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.
***Contains Graphic Sex, Violence, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
I haven’t read an epic fantasy story were the idea that love doesn’t necessarily conquer all but changes us in ways we wouldn’t imagine happens. The portrayal of love versus prejudice and racism was nicely done as well as the contempt the races felt for each other overall. I was delighted by the world building! The world created was vast and holds so much potential, that I really hope there will be more books written from this realm.
As a whole and there were only a few lets downs for me, the final battle being one of them. I found it to be rather anticlimactic; with how epic the bad guy sounded you kind of expected it to last several books. I also found that when new words were being introduced they weren’t explained, I have a curious mind and wanted to know what it was they were. I really enjoy Bloodlust and I recommend it if you are into epic fantasy stories!
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