Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: Blood of Requiem

I finished reading Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson last night. Long story short, it's awesome and you should read it.

Brief Summary: The story follows the plight of a race of beings who could shift into dragons, the Vir Requis. Ten years prior, the Vir Requis were nearly wiped out in a genocide attempt by the main hero's brother, a man who did not possess the ability to turn into a dragon. Benedictus, the main character, went into hiding after he and the only remaining dragons were defeated. A decade later, we discover that other Vir Requis live and Dies Irae, the vile antagonist, is determined to destroy them once and for all.

Why should you read it? This novel is beautifully written, descriptive, engaging, unique, and exciting. The concept is one I haven't seen before and quite refreshing. The characters are well developed and you can't help but love the good guys and hate the bad guys. But they're not one-dimensional, all good or all bad characters. They have depth, and you find yourself feeling for all the characters, good or bad. Dies Irae, while easy to hate, draws your pity. And Benedictus, noble dragon king, has his own moments of weakness.

Rating: ☻☻☻☻☻

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