January 6, 2014

Review of Bloodstone by Gillian Philip


Bloodstone is the second novel in Gillian Philip’s critically acclaimed Rebel Angels series, debuting in the United States for the first time.

For centuries, Sithe warriors Seth and Conal MacGregor have hunted for the Bloodstone demanded by their Queen. Homesick, and determined to protect their clan, they have also made secret forays across the Veil. One of these illicit crossings has violent consequences that will devastate both their close family, and their entire clan. 

In the Otherworld, Jed Cameron, a feral, full-mortal young thief, becomes entangled with the strange and dangerous Finn MacAngus and her shadowy uncles. When he is dragged into the world of the Sithe, it’s nothing he can’t handle until time warps around him, and menacing forces reach out to threaten his infant brother. In the collision of two worlds, war and tragedy are inevitable, especially when treachery comes from the most shocking of quarters….

add to goodreadsBloodstone (Rebel Angels #2) by Gillian Philip
Publication Date:  November 19, 2013
Publisher:  Tor Books

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MaryAnn-2013This 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.


Gillian Philip is also know as Gabriella Poole, whom she wrote the Darke Academy series as.

I live in the north-east highlands of Scotland, with one husband, two children, three dogs (Cluny, Milo and Otto), two psychotic cats (the Ghost and the Darkness), a slayer hamster (Buffy), three chickens (Mapp, Lucia and Mrs Norris) and a lot of nervous fish. I have taken a solemn vow not to get any more pets. I will probably break this vow.

Writing for a living is (a) what I always wanted to do; (b) occasionally frustrating; (c) a lot of fun – I take dictation from the characters in my head, who spend their lives telling me what’s going to happen next.

But I like it that I never know just how it’s all going to end – not till the fat lady sings, the villain meets a suitably sticky end, and the boy gets the girl (or indeed the boy).

As well as full-length books, I write fiction for secondary Key Stage 3. Life Of The Party, Mind’s Eye, Sea Fever and Cyber Fever have been published by Evans Brothers, and short stories The Changeling, Rockface, Misty and The Kindest Cut appear in their sci fi, crime, ghost and comedy collections. And I ghostwrite fiction for companies including Hothouse and Working Partners.

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  1. Bibliotropic

    I really enjoyed this book, too! I can’t wait to read the third book in the series!

  2. Mike @ Audiobook Jungle

    Sounds pretty cool! :) I couldn’t find what genre does this series fall into though. Medieval fantasy, maybe?

  3. Chapter by Chapter

    Epic/High Fantasy I’d guess? Either way, it’s a pretty darn good series! definitely check it out ;)

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