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In the world of Saracin, the Goddess damns the earth that killed her two beloved angels and tears it into six realms. As a reminder of their transgression, each person is branded with a stigmata on their palms as testament of their home realm and their separation from the Goddess.
Thirty years later, in the Holy Realm, Jovian, Angelica, Amber, and Joya, quadruplets whose mother died in childbirth, have just reached their 21st spring and are now adults. When terrible visions depicting the downfall of their family stir within Jovian and Angelica, they struggle to make sense of what they have seen while trying to live a normal life.
After Amber is kidnapped in the night, her three siblings are drawn into a dangerous pursuit across the Great Realms to find her. With every step they uncover more mystery surrounding their families past, and something far worse–an ancient enemy that could threaten their hope of ever seeing Amber alive again.
Will this enemy grant the answers they seek, or will she fray the tenuous threads binding them to their old lives?
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I really enjoyed The Bonds Of Blood by Travis Simmons. In fact, I’m enjoying and will be reviewing the entire The Revenant Wyrd Saga series. Being a book about magic and sorcery and different realms there are some words that are hard to pronounce so you’ll just have to sort of go with the flow. But Travis Simmons does a wonderful job of describing the scenes and the characters. It was easy for me to envision Jovian and his sisters, their clothes, the beasts and visions they encountered, etc.
Jovian, Angelica, Amber, and Joya are wonderful characters. I love how they are written and how they interact as siblings. Their love, concern and connection to each other is refreshing. I also love that even though this is a book about a magical realm, the characters really interact with each other in a traditional way. The brother and sisters joke with each other. They laugh and have fun. It’s not just all magic. They eat a lot of breakfast too. bacon, eggs, etc. I was hungry for breakfast food the entire time I was reading it! HA!
One thing that confused me at times was the time period. The story feels medieval and you have that sense while you’re reading. The weapons, the language. But the clothing and where they live (on a plantation) reminds me of Cival War era. So I felt like I was being yanked back and forth a bit as I was envisioning the story in my mind. It was confusing, but really cool! I love getting the feel of different era’s and the “mystic-ness” of this series. It will certainly draw you in.
In fact, I couldn’t put the first book down! I read it in one weekend. And I was ready to move on to the second right away but had to give my eyes a little break. You really have to pay attention. There is a LOT of detail, a LOT of characters and a LOT going on. So don’t skip any pages. Read through until the end so you really understand the book. Then continue the series. It’s worth it!
About the Author:
“Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?” He always knew there was a “before” and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica’s story has been one wild ride for him. He has also written the Infernal Design series.
He lives in a small town at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels. He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.
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