The Blood King, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (9 ratings)


This is the second installment of the "Chronicles of the Necromancer".

Having escaped being murdered by his evil brother, Jared, Tris must take control of his magical abilities to summon the dead, and gather an army big enough to claim back the throne of his dead father.

But it isn't merely Jared that Tris must combat. The dark mage, Foor Arontala, has schemes to raise the Obsidian King.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624 pages, 1 map.
  • Publisher: Rebellion
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781844165315



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Conclusion of the story (first book is "The Summoner"). Most of the book is of similar vein to the previous one - slightly formulaic (hero and sidekick both get their girls, etc) - the end struck me as rushed. Most unfortunately, the slight trick at the denouement failed to excite. An author worth watching, certainly.

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The sequel to the Summoner and although not quite as good as the first it brought the adventures of Tris to a succesful conclusion. For such a thick book it was a surprisingly quick read. The only flaw if there was one is the ending seemed a little rushed after so much build up. I look forward to Martin's next work.

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All fantasy stories come in three books right? The Blood King sure felt like middle chapter material with the extended character development that results of army building, journey making and companion saving antics. The group splits in to two, offering parallel plots which are expected to merge at the final fight. However, as the final third of the book opened it was clear that the second book in the series was to include the conclusion to the Necromancer Chronicles. Ultimately the finale almost seemed rushed, quite odd since the rest of the book is so slow. It's not tedious at any point, just not offering any sustained excitement until the final chapters. The Blood King is an unremarkable, easy going and light fantasy read. Rainy day material.

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I'm currently in the middle of this book. It's been "okay" so far and not as fast-paced as the first. The beginning was so slow, I was wondering if it was worth trying to finish. However, it does pick up a little after the first quarter of the book.

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This second book in a cycle was as irresistible as the first. I think I talked myself out of spending the money on it four times before I walked out of the bookstore with The Blood King in a bag. Every page drew me onward in the continuing adventures of Tris and his friends. I also liked how there was more from other perspectives than just around Tris in this book. I enjoyed when the group started to split up and there were several chapters detailing the specific adventures of Soterius and Mikhail, Tris and Carina, Vahanian and Kiara...and Jared and Arontala. Those were a bit...gruesome and grim, but they really did add to the story.

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