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Book Review: Vengeance Blooms


"She peered at her hands, stained red with the lifeblood of her family."


Orphaned and alone, Ashalea Kindaris has just one goal in life to avenge the death of her parents.

But when darkness descends on the land, she discovers her motives are linked to a much larger quest.

To protect the world from elimination, she must find the next Guardians of the Grove, Everosia's inner sanctum and gateway to other dimensions.

As shadows disperse and the forces of evil mount, Ashalea travels through water and wood, sewer and summit, to reach the chosen.


Will her training lead to victory,

or will the weight of unraveling secrets lead to her ruin?


(Synopsis taken from back of the book, all credit and rights to author, Chloe Hodge)



I didn't like this book nearly as much as I wanted to, which was a real shame. I'm not going to sit here and complain or anything, because that isn't useful to anyone, but I also think that honest reviews are very important.

I will start off with saying I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I didn't enjoy the way it was written. Essentially, the writing style was not my cup of tea. Everybody writes differently and as this book has been compared to Lord of the Rings (which wasn't my cup of tea either) I honestly am not surprised.

Another thing the book was lacking was sufficient character development in my opinion, though that just might be due to the third person narration. I also felt the romantic subplot was rushed and I didn't have time to start shipping the characters before they got together.

I will say the plot was well put together and unfolded naturally. I liked the elements of the different societies and the fact that this book features a dragon.

If you are a fan of Tolkien, than this book is definitely for you.

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