Blood Spirits

Blood Spirits Everyone s favorite sword wielding California girl returns from the author of Coronets and Steel With the man she loves set to marry a look alike princess Kim Murray returns to California from the ma

  • Title: Blood Spirits
  • Author: Sherwood Smith
  • ISBN: 9780756406981
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone s favorite sword wielding California girl returns from the author of Coronets and Steel With the man she loves set to marry a look alike princess, Kim Murray returns to California from the magical country of Dobrenica to heal her broken heart But family politics soon have her leaving for London, where she is forced into a duel with a Dobrenican nobleman HeEveryone s favorite sword wielding California girl returns from the author of Coronets and Steel With the man she loves set to marry a look alike princess, Kim Murray returns to California from the magical country of Dobrenica to heal her broken heart But family politics soon have her leaving for London, where she is forced into a duel with a Dobrenican nobleman He reveals that her great sacrifice, leaving Alec, was a disaster To fix her mistake, Kim returns to Dobrenica, but what she finds there is far shocking and dangerous than she ever imagined Not just politics and personalities but ghosts and magic, murder and mystery, await her as she struggles to understand the many faces of love Once again Kim has to take sword in hand as she tries to make peace and learn the truth Only, whose truth

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    1. Sherwood Smith

      I am a writer, but I m here on to talk about books, as I ve been a passionate reader as long as I ve been a writer since early childhood.I m not going to rate books there are too many variables I d rather talk about the reading experience My reviews of my books are confined to the writing process.

    866 thoughts on “Blood Spirits”

    1. Only the reader can decide if I was successful (or even mildly entertaining) but here’s what I was thinking:I tried to show how a couple of people with no siblings and essentially no secondary family would make a relationship. Boundaries of privacy in headspace would be different than for those of us who grew up in crowded households where everyone knew everything, and poked their noses into each other’s lives without second thought.On the other hand, I agree with the person who once said th [...]


    2. Coronets and Steel set up the initial, Prisoner of Zenda-esque story situation; this sequel goes in for a deeper dive. At the end of the last book, protagonist Kim nobly sacrificed her love for Prince Alec to keep him from having to make an impossible choice . . . but instead of everyone appreciating her sacrifice, they're all angry at her--especially when promptings both natural and supernatural push her to return to the tiny Eastern European nation of Dobrenica. And the story takes off from th [...]


    3. This is the sequel to CORONETS AND STEEL, a contemporary Ruritarian romantic adventure that will take you to a small middle European country you will swear must exist – but doesn’t? (Don’t recognize the word Ruritarian? Go hit . I’ll wait. Seriously, think “The Prisoner of Zenda” as a feminist tale.) BLOOD SPIRITS is the continuing tale of an American girl who finds out that her roots are not what she expected – and that some secrets may be literally deadly.You will be fascinated a [...]


    4. I just finished Blood Spirits and thought it was an excellent sequel to the first volume. Smith develops the setting more thoroughly, playing with ideas of light and shadow, magic hidden in folk music, and the way that oral history means that sometimes, various stories must be shared in order to reach the whole truth. While narrator Kim makes bad decisions on occasion, one of the things that's endearing about her is that she realizes when she's made a bad choice and she works to fix it. She does [...]


    5. I liked Blood Spirits even more than it's predecessor. The characters take better shape, the suspense is better, and we get to see the fruits of the meticulous research and thought that Smith has put into the creation of Dobrenica. The culture and history, infused with mythology and magic are fascinating. I love how complete it all feels, although sometimes the attention to detail made me want to skim. Kim is still a fabulously kick-butt heroine--or should I say "madeuffween"? I really hope ther [...]



    6. I think Blood Spirits is my favorite book by Sherwood Smith so far. It’s the sequel to Coronets and Steel, the first of her Dobrenica urban fantasy series. I wasn't satisfied with the ending of Coronets and Steel—it was the right ending, mind you, just not the one I wanted—but Blood Spirits totally makes it worth it. The Dobrenica series is called an urban fantasy, but it also has a lot in common with Ruritanian romance. I had no idea what that was, but if you check omniscient , the series [...]


    7. This second part of Aurelia Kim's story follows on well from the first, Coronets and Steel.Both books form a kind of modern day, magical The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau.Kim is a great heroine (Sherwood Smith's heroines usually are), she's sporty, courageous, and charmingly down-to-earth. And Alec is great as the 'heroine support', he's the noble, humble ruler we've also come to expect from Smith. And even all the sub-characters are interesting because they are so creatively diverse: [...]


    8. I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this book. The first one had me enthralled from page one as I was sucked into this alternate not-exactly-here urban fantasy world taking place mostly in Dobrenica, a microscopic European country that never was with politicking embroilments like you wouldn't believe!What drew me into the first book was the characterization and the fun hijinks that ensued with a bit of romance and a lot of political entanglements thrown in to spice things up. There was just en [...]


    9. FYI: the spoilers in this review assume you have read the book. If you display them you will be confused, at minimum, and probably spoiled.I'm a happily-ever-after kind of person. Not in the sense that all stories must end that way, but in the sense that if a book ends and there is the general sense that well, maybe the characters didn't get everything they want, but they'll be continuing on with their lives and that's all right, then that's fine with me. What will upset me is if you leave me w [...]


    10. Kim is attempting to forget Alec, the gorgeous Mr. Darcy lookalike that she fell in love with last summer and who just happens to be the crown prince of Dobrenica. AKA the man Kim left behind so that he could marry her cousin and defend his country from all manner of deadly and hazardous danger.Except the “marriage magic” that was supposed to protect the kingdom failed. And Kim’s self-inflicted exile, teaching school in Oklahoma, frankly sucks. Plus there’s the whole “seeing ghosts” [...]


    11. I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't quite as good as Coronets and Steel. I think in part this was because Coronets inherited some structure from Prisoner of Zenda that was lacking here. That said, I've read this book twice now—it's been out a week— and by any normal standard it's excellent; it has the misfortune to be a sequel to a book that was BEYOND excellent.On the first reading, I felt the early days of Kim's return to Dobrenica was such a downer and such slow going that I nearly d [...]


    12. This is the sequel to Coronets and Steel, which I haven't reread since last year but LOVED.I loved this one too, just not as much. It has:- an intelligent, liberal female protagonist who is classically schooled in the American system, yet ends up being a long-lost relative of royalty- a Central European setting in the made-up country of Dobrenica, which is quaintly behind-the-times in terms of technology but pretty heavy on the folklore and mysticism- political intrigue- murder plots- fancy roya [...]


    13. This second book had pretty much everything I thought the first one lacked. It's almost as if she wrote the first one without a clear idea of where everything would go or who the characters were, but she had it all figured out in the second book. The first book was great for the Kim and Alec characters, but the supporting cast was pretty flat. In this book, the supporting cast really shined, and I wanted to know more about their stories. The first book didn't do much more than hint at the fantas [...]


    14. Wooo -- love the opening! I'm looking forward to the start of a four day weekend tomorrow when I can hunker down and just blitz through the rest of it.This is the sequel to Coronets and Steel which should definitely be read first. C&S is sort of like a contemporary Prisoner of Zenda but with a female protagonist and a touch of magic. I loved it and have been looking forward to the sequel.Update: This sequel did not disappoint. It was just as much fun as the first book, and in some respects t [...]


    15. At first I thought this book was a bit of a letdown from the constant adventures of "Coronets and Steel," the first book in this series, but it's grown on me over time. It does have a slower pace, but I enjoyed reading more about the country and people of Dobrenica and Kim's development of her magical skills and her relationship with Alex, and her search to resolve the mystery of what happened to her identical second cousin. The ending was a surprise but very satisfying to me. (Thankfully Sherwo [...]


    16. Having adored the Inda series, I looked forward to trying another series by this author. The first book was okay, but 70 pages into this I just couldn't be bothered persisting. I don't like the characters, there's too much description of scenery, clothes, etc, it all seems a bit silly - how many times can someone kidnap you, attack you with a sword, etc, until you stop forgiving him because he's hot? My number is obviously lower than Kim's.I love the idea of this series, but the reality hasn't g [...]


    17. Really not my kind of book. Might be other people's kind of book, though.I really just don't like the protagonist. She feels really self-centered and shallow to me and I had a hard time buying into the whole concept of the novel. I will admit that the fact that the vampires are repelled by sparkly things was amusing, though.Also, the character named Nat annoyed me because I am sorry, that is not an acceptable nickname for Natalie. (Okay, it's not an acceptable nickname for this Natalie: I have a [...]


    18. I have no idea why I didn't change the status from 'to-read' to 'read' a very long time ago, but I read this in MS and then again, of course, once it was published! Some day I'll have to sit down with my reading notebook, take the phone off the hook (ha, don't really get to do that), and do a lot of updating. To compensate for this omission, at least, I'm doing a rating, which I normally don't do for books by friends!


    19. I'm actually not sure I want to read this one. I might take it on faith that Kim and Alec end up together and go reread Crown Duel instead. Which is basically the same plot as Coronets and Steel, with very similar characters, just less ponderous.


    20. This one is pretty awesome. Kim makes more sense here, she learns about the society around her and about herself along the way. Named characters are three-dimensional and do stuff on their own. The world makes sense. I am satisfied.


    21. Wonderful!Loved the plot! The mix of modern day and a place out of time was well done. The characters were well developed. Read Coronets and Steel first.


    22. Short version - I'm much happier with Kim than in the first book and the other characters are as interesting, as is Dobrenica. Sartorias for the win!_____________Yes, this volume worked MUCH better for me than the last one, because the heroine wasn't as naive as the last time and had much more directed energy. The shock to the system which starts the novel, making Kim really reflect on how she has turned her life internal as a way of dealing with the emotional pain that her last visit to Dobreni [...]


    23. This sequel to "Coronets and Steel" was a fun and enjoyable read, just like the first book. These books are about Kim, a young woman from California who goes to Europe to find out about her family history, learns a lot about the secrets of the past, and gets involved on a personal and political level with the complexities of a tiny (fictional) Eastern European nation called Dobrenica. SPOILER WARNING: YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ CORONETS AND STEEL. "Blood Spirits" begin [...]


    24. Really this book is more like "Coronets and Steel" part two than a separate book.The book also has some mistery thrown in, as Alec has married Ruli but then he drove her over a cliff killing her and almost killing himself. Apparently. Something is fishy, and Kim receives a plea from Ruli on a mirror (magic !) asking her to help her.So she flies first to London to stay for Xmas in Milo's house (father of Alec) with her whole family (including Gran, aka Princess Aurelia Dseret), and then after a f [...]


    25. I am the first to admit that I kept putting off reading this book over and over, though I bought it as soon as it was released. I had a fear of how things would go in this one and I was quite surprised by several parts of it. I did not want to read about Kim's mooning over Alec for an entire book and have it continue to go unresolved. I finally got over it and read it. Ruli's story was a huge shocker for me. I was quite bothered by one of the things we find out about Kim's mother and her "free l [...]


    26. Kim is the granddaughter of a long-lost princess, but in a noble gesture she turned down a chance at love and Dobrenica's throne. She returned to the US to recover from the tumultuous events of Coronets and Steel, only to have a strange vision of her cousin. Afraid something terrible has happened, she races to Dobrenica and discovers that her cousin (view spoiler)[has died in a mysterious car accident, and her husband (formerly Kim's love interest) is the primary suspect. Kim is sure something f [...]


    27. Sequel to “Coronets and Steel”, which is one of my absolute favorites of Smith’s. This may have something to do with the high levels of nostalgia attached to that book, since I read a beta version of a few years before it saw publication. I was living in England at the time and I swear that book got me through a hellish week of writing three length papers all due on the same day during finals. To sum up, this series is Smith’s creative response to “The Prisoner of Zenda” by Anthony H [...]


    28. Splendid book, with just the perfect flair of adventure and romance and horror--it hits a very sweet spot for me. (It helps that Alec is DREAMY.) But I have a serious issue with Kim's dialect, and had a similar one back when I read the first book. As a twenty-something Canadian myself, I've NEVER, among a wide circle of North American acquaintance (and Kim is supposed to be a contemporary Californian), heard a fellow twenty-something use a phrase like "gassing on". Or cluck like a chicken to tea [...]


    29. I can't say it's as good as Coronets and Steel, but it's still a good read. The fantasy is more pronounced in this book (ghosts and vampires play a significantly bigger role (ghosts more than vampires in the first 3/4)), but it still doesn't drown out the modern, yet 18th century feeling from the book. It's a little subtle so it doesn't throw you into an urban fantasy or something. The political intrigue is still there as this book revolves around a conspiracy against the 5 families and you lear [...]


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