Right off the bat, I want to say that Blood Spirits was a DNF (did not finish) for me, but not for the reasons you might think.
Book Review: Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith
Title & Author: Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Series: 2nd in a planned series
How I Got the Book: Bought
Reasons Why Blood Spirits was a DNF
Blood Spirits wasn’t a DNF for any of the typical reasons you’d think to stop reading a book- like being boring, poorly written or just plain weird (hmm, this sounds familiar…). I simply didn’t finish the book because it was painfully slow.
This sequel book to Coronets and Steel weighs in at 496 pages, and I made it to page 297. At that point in the novel, the following had happened:
- Kim flies to Paris then Dobrenica
- She confronts relatives that wish her ill and tries to win them over/regain their trust
- Kim talks to Alec a handful of times…very brief handfuls
- Kim is involved in 2 fencing duels and saves someone from a burning house
I may have left one or two other things out…but that’s pretty much it. In 297 pages.
Throw a girl a bone here!! I wanted something more, anything more really! There was endless explanations about Dobrenica’s government, complicated politics and confusing genealogy. I was desperately rooting for Kim but was unsure how to because she wasn’t doing much of anything.
I can understand that the background story can take a couple pages to explain, but it seemed like these pages cropped up all over the place. Plus, there was very little action, which was not the case with the first book.
A Few More Reasons
Blood Spirits was also full of painfully awkward dialogue. In the first book, I thought it was endearing and only slightly off-putting. In this novel, I winched, cringed and generally covered my eyes.
But I think there’s something hinky about the whole thing. However, I said I wouldn’t do rumor, so here’s the Wikipedia on what’s been corroborated.
Yeah…That wasn’t even the worst one. Is it me, though? Do I just have a high hokiness meter? I just think emulating teen speak that changes every second can be dangerous for writers.
All that being said, I love Sherwood Smith. I did enjoy the first book of this series, as well as her other books like Crown Duel. This won’t stop me from eventually finishing Blood Spirits or reading more of her books. I think this was sort of a one-off deal.
My confidence in Smith has not been shaken. Her body of work speaks for itself.
Blood Spirits wasn’t an altogether bad book- it just suffered from “sequel syndrome.” Coronets and Steel was a great beginning to the series, but this second book feel a little flat. I have definite plans to finish Blood Spirits though and have faith that Smith will tie everything together in this book OR produce another great book in the future.