Tuesday 18 November 2014

Review: Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 6 November 2014
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer. A promise. Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the lion's den. But her options are running out. Her rare lineage, kept secret for years, is under terrible threat. That is, unless Leah and her mother Hannah are prepared to join up with their once deadly enemies. Should the prey ever trust the predator? 
Now I'm not normally one for reading supernatural type thrillers, but I am glad I made an exception for Written In The Blood as it is a beautifully written novel.

Leah Wilde our main protagonist is young, but determined. Determined to help her people in any way that she can, putting herself in immense danger for the sake of others.

'Written In The Blood' I'm told is a sequel to a novel called 'The String Diaries' which I haven't read, but I found myself getting in to 'Written In The Blood' with no trouble. 
Others have said that you should read 'The String Diaries' first, but having not done so didn't detract from my enjoyment of 'Written In The Blood'.

That said, it is a book that requires concentration, otherwise you will not have a clue what is going on... To be fair it is one of those sorts of novels anyway where you have no idea what's going to happen next, but for me that was part of its charm!
I don't want to give any of the plot away because this is truly a book that you have to read yourself to appreciate, and I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone.

With a beautiful setting in the Swiss Alps and some truly wonderful characters 'Written In The Blood would make an excellent film' and I look forward to seeing if there is going to be a sequel.
Written In The Blood is available to buy now from Amazon online and all good book shops.
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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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