The Blood List Paperback
The year is 1646, tales of witches, murder and changelings are rife and a dark era is about to begin...Barnaby Nightingale is the perfect son; Strong, handsome, daring, everything his father wants him to be, and yet for his mother, Frances, he will never be the son she desires.
Frances believes that her real son was taken from her as a baby by the local village folk who believed him to be a changeling, and Barnaby left in his place.
Constantly disappointing his mother, Barnaby is spoiled by his father and despised by his younger brother, Abel.
But when the beautiful and mysterious Naomi catches Barnaby's attention his world is thrown into chaos as superstition and dark folklore take hold of the small village and Naomi is accused of being a witch.
Fear and suspicion spread and soon Barnaby finds himself on trial too and facing the ultimate penalty...death.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/02/2014
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780857078667
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Review by anuttyquilter
I like a good book about witches but this book seriously disappointed so much so that I could not see the point.A lot more could have been made of ‘the blood list’ but it merely merited an all too brief and fleeting mention.The characters felt flat and under developed and although Barnaby should have warranted sympathy from the reader no such emotion was elicited from this reader. The remaining characters are equally flat and undeveloped thereby leaving very little to engage the reader except curiosity and the hope that something interesting will happen eventually.Perhaps I was simply too old for this book. Or was it that I was waiting for something to happen that never materialised.The author had previously won an award. But this reviewer feels that if the standard of that book was similar to this one, then the competition they faced was non-existent.Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.