Title: Blood Song (Lharmell #1)
Author: Rhiannon Hart
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy / YA
Source: Bought Copy
I wanted to turn but I was held captive by the song on the wind. I’m coming, I told the voices. Please, wait for me.
When her sister becomes betrothed to a prince in a northern nation, Zeraphina’s only consolations are that her loyal animal companions are by her side – and that her burning hunger to travel north is finally being sated.
Already her black hair and pale eyes mark her out as different, but now Zeraphina must be even more careful to keep her secret safe. Craving blood is not considered normal behaviour for anyone, let alone a princess. So when the king’s advisor, Rodden, seems to know more about her condition than she does, Zeraphina is determined to find out more.
Zeraphina must be willing to sacrifice everything if she’s to uncover the truth – but what if the truth is beyond her worst nightmares? (Goodreads Synopsis)
I began to see this book mentioned on blogs some months back and tried several times to win a copy in giveaways but was unsuccessful. The cover drew me in and the blurb sounded interesting, plus I'd seen some great reviews coming out. Then I saw it in KMart for $14 and quickly grabbed a copy.
I certainly wasn't disappointed with my purchase as I found this book to be a great read and finished it in one sitting. It is a fairly simplistic tale, but then it is aimed at a YA audience and not adults looking for epic fantasy.
I liked the character of Zeraphina and I thought the world building, while not extensive, was detailed enough to give the reader a sense of realism. The story itself featured an interesting take on the idea of vampires and moved at a good pace. By the time I was half-way through, I couldn't bear to put it down until I found out how it would end.
Rodden's character really grew on me; although, I felt that he came across as older than the age given to him. I might have liked to see him 'cast' a little older to give him more depth and make his resistance to the Lharmellins more admirable. I also loved Leap and Griffin and wish they were my pets!
This is a fairly 'light' read and will not appeal to those looking for more depth in their literature, but for YA fans this is a really pleasing paranormal tale with a fun storyline, great characters and plenty of action that will help while away a couple of hours.