Author: Christine Hinwood Novel: Bloodflower Release date: 2009 Category: fantasy Recommended: old half of the young adult group
Blurb: Vivid, compassionate and totally absorbing, Bloodflower follows the fortunes of young Cam Attling and all those whose fates entwine with his. Cam has a hunger, an always-hunger; it drives him from home, to war, from north to south. When he returns from war alone - all his fellow soldiers slain - suspicion swirls around him. He's damaged in body and soul, yet he rides a fine horse and speaks well of his foes. What has he witnessed? Where does his true allegiance lie? How will life unfold for his little sister, his closest friend, his betrothed, his community, and even the enemy Lord who maimed him?
Review: This book was like reading poetry that I could actually understand. The story line doesn’t run in a straight line but twists and turns around the lives of Cam and the people closest to him. I hardly realised as each chapter changed perspective as the transaction was so smooth and natural. While this style is normally not a favorite of mine I really enjoy it this time.
I enjoyed each character for their own personalities and their stories. Many of them I could relate to, and I definitely become emotional attached to Cam’s betrothed as she struggled to remain free but at the same time, to do her duty.
While set in a fictional medieval world, many of the problems confronted are ones that we still face today. Questions of freedom, duty, truth and a search for one’s identity all featured strongly making this a gripping piece of writing, telling a story you wouldn’t want to put down.