This book! It was everything I had hoped it would be a more…and there was more than one twist thrown in that gave me shock face!
Bloodstone by Gillian Philip pretty much starts off where book 1, Firebrand, left off. Seth and Conal are still in the mortal world in search of the coveted Bloodstone, under the demands of Queen Kate. And what seems like an easy enough task, many mortal years pass and still no true sign of this Bloodstone.
Not only does this story follow the adventures of both Seth and Conal, but it also follows the lives of Finn MacAngus (daughter of Stella and Aonghas), and of Jed Cameron, son to Seth’s mortal lover. Finn’s life is anything but perfect in the mortal realm. Being picked on at school by her classmates, Finn’s true Sithe side comes to light as she begins to develop her magical skills…a skill which can cause people to do whatever she wants them to do by simply using her Jedi mind skills. And of all the people to notice her and take an interest in her, it just had to be Jed.
Jed, a small time thief, can’t seem to get Finn out of her mind. Because of his fascination with her, and perhaps her fascination with him, a friendship is kindled. But it seems Jed’s past has a way of catching up with him. Especially when he has the unfortunate honor of meeting Finn’s Sithe family. Jed has crossed paths with not only one of the brothers, Conal, but his life is also tied into the unapproachable brother… the one with the biggest chip on his shoulder, Seth.
Bloodstones, Faeries, and humans…on my!
I will admit that it took me a bit to get back into the swing of things, with having to get the names of the characters straight again, and trying to remember what happened in book 1. Especially when it came down to having to remember the two (2) names of the characters…their Sithe name and their other given name. But once you get past that little ditty, Bloodstone by Gillian Philip is amazing. The author does a great job of reintroducing characters, and of re-telling the events that happened in book 1.
I still found myself completely enthralled by Seth…cranky mood swings and all. Because you can clearly see that his words and actions all have an agenda…and underneath his tough unapproachable exterior, he is a definite sweetheart with a heart of gold. I will admit that there were a few instances where my book crush swayed between brother, Seth and Conal. But Seth won it out for me in the end.
There were various parts where I doubted his loyalties to his people/clan. I thought on various occasions that he would go over to the dark side, thanks to that sneaky seduction skills of Queen Kate. And perhaps that’s part of the charm. He’s a sneaky bugger, that Conal.
AND OMG the last part of the book! I felt as though my heart was ripped out of my chest and stomped on repeatedly! I gasped aloud and couldn’t believe what I was reading. I could go into greater detail over the events that transpired at this part, but that would be unfair to you, dear readers. You need to experience this shock on your very own. And trust me when I say, I was taken aback and felt lost for the characters in this book. Oh. My. Heart.
If you have not yet started reading the Rebel Angels series by Gillian Philips, I suggest you get on it asap. Fans of Faerie reads will come to enjoy these books! Throw in a bad boy with an attitude that you can’t help but adore, and you’ve got a book that you won’t be able to put down.