I’d never thought of enjoying someone wallow in their own misery, trudging through one disaster after another and to rise on top to watch it all burn, in such a light mannered tone.
“Bloodrush” by Ben Galley was something I found enjoyable.
There were some fair bits of over description of things. Some chapters felt too long. And, for a long time, it felt like the book was going nowhere in its plot. But you know what? That’s just damn fine. This isn’t just some mystical man-child savior destined to save the world – at least, not yet as far as I know, it’s a coming-of-age story where a boy learns the ropes of life.
There’s family drama in it too, and the usual cowboys vs Indians we’ve seen a few dozen times in Western films. Though it’s no “Dances with Wolves,” more like “Thor” when he first steps into Earth. There’s a lot more going on in the story with just enough side stories to keep things interesting.
Magic in the book caught me a little off guard. Until about halfway through the book, all the magical stuff came in the form of mythical beasts and strange landscapes. Though I suppose a magic system shouldn’t had been excluded from the equation, no matter how late it arrives, the book cover features a sigil, which reminds me for some reason witchcraft or shamanic symbols. As for the magic system itself, did I like it? I think I do. It involves ingesting something and taking its power. It’s hard to talk about it without some bloody spoilers.
I found the book cover ever misleading. We have here folks, is what appears to be a gunslinger, holding a rifle. The story is about a 13-year-old boy who hates guns and has nothing to do with the book cover whatsoever, no matter how nice it looks. I figured the gunslinger was probably one of the other major characters in the book, as our little bitch of a hero comes to meet new people out in the frontier. I’m sorry to say I’m a little disappointed by the outcome of that speculation.
All things considered, “Bloodrush” is a page-turner. I’ve enjoyed most moments in the book. There were a few paragraphs and wordings I felt that needed to be rewritten – but who am I to say that? I might be suffering the same thing with my own stories.
I have taken the quick opportunity to link Amazon’s “Bloodrush” page here.