Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd JonesRating: 3 / 5 stars
Format: Paperback
Published: 6th November 2014
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High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer. A promise.

Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the lion’s den. But her options are running out. Her rare lineage, kept secret for years, is under terrible threat. That is, unless Leah and her mother Hannah are prepared to join up with their once deadly enemies.

I got a copy of this book from the publisher via bookbridgr. In the small amount of research I did I saw no mention of the fact that it is a sequel. If I had known it was a sequel I would not have requested it.

This book does not explain what is going on in this world. It assumes that the reader has read the first book; The String Diaries. The book focuses on the mysterious people known as the hosszu eletek but never actually explains what the hosszu eletek actually are. Some parts of the book simply don’t make any sense and others refer back to The String Diaries without ever explaining fully what happened.

I tried to read this without reading The String Diaries and got very confused. Having gone back to read the first book I will say that this was mildly interesting. I was just pissed that I had to go read another book just to understand what was going on.

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*I received a copy of this book from Headline in exchange for an honest review.


6 Responses to “Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones”

  1. rustygarnersmith

    Hey Emma, I haven’t read the books you mentioned but have noticed the trend to cut a book into a series so as to keep you buying them. Also people got tired of repeat writing such as Clan Of The Cave Bear Series where hundreds of pages are a rehash of what happened before. The authors do that in case we didn’t read the prior books, but they should condense the writing instead of expanding it in those instances. I enjoy your post too, BTW.

    • bluchickenninja

      This wasn’t one book cut into two parts. It is its own book, but it builds on ideas from the first. I would just have liked a little more explanation of what already happened.

      Thank you!

  2. tamaralowery

    Sounds like their editor was not the same one for the first book and was unfamiliar with it, which CAN happen if you are a mid-list author with one of the larger presses. A GOOD editor, or one who has been with the author from the start, will usually advise the author of a series to make sure some sort of recap or tie in is worked into the MS incase a reader picks up a book from the series out of sequence. The purpose of this is to make sure the book CAN hold its own as a stand-alone, but will interest the reader in picking up the rest of the series without annoying or confusing them.


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