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PRAISE FOR BEGINNINGS

Glad I started this book first and not lord of bones. Really loved the authors writing style! The last dark fantasy I read was one sex scene after another. Overall very well don This is definitely a thinker book. Overall very well done! Aug 29, Nozomi rated it did not like it. I bought this used. My copy had an inscription and was signed by the author. It's not that good. What's missing is the character development. I just didn't care about the fate of any of the characters, because they're not made likable.

They're just there without any of the emotions to compell me to like them.

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I can't narrow it down. Jul 07, Vicki rated it really liked it. Dark urban fantasy, nicely written, good characters with realistic dialog, pulls you in and carries you along. An artist, a musician, a possessed teen in story lines that converge on a journey to a supernatural concert in the desert.

Even the demons are interesting. Feb 21, Rosemary rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 05, Samuel rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is pretentious, I don't know what else to say. It seems to try hard to be shocking, but is couched in overly flowery prose and just comes off as Nov 02, Karissa rated it really liked it. I have had this book on my TBR pile for a long time and was happy to finally read it.

This is one of those slightly ambiguous paranormal demon themed books that is a blend between dream and reality, horror and fantasy. I actually enjoyed the writing style and thought it was an intriguing and unique read. This boo I have had this book on my TBR pile for a long time and was happy to finally read it.

This book is definitely for adults only; there is a ton of drugs, sex, deviant behavior, abuse, etc. If you only like stories that are clear-cut and easy to follow mentally this is not the book for you. This book will stretch your brain and imagination a bit.

Beginnings ~ a Blood Angel novel | Nina Soden

This is one of those demonic urban fantasies where an age old race of beings, that are either defined as angelic or demonic depending on their life choices, start possessing people and trying to take over the world. The three main characters we follow end up bound into this demonic war either by circumstance, bloodline, or possession. The above makes for a strangely engaging and immediate story. The chapters are brief but I had a lot of trouble putting the book down because there was so much tension and everything built to a climax so nicely.

This is a very creative story and the writing style was unique but still easy to read. The story wraps up well. Although the Epilogue does introduce elements for a follow-up book. Overall I enjoyed this book. Apr 22, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Dark Fantasy. Even though the book was a gift from a friend I let this lie on my bookshelf for years, reluctant to pick it up.

The title, the cover and back blurb made this sound like hundreds of other urban fantasies complete with vampires. First, look ma, no vampires. Now, don't get me wrong, I rather like the creatures in many iterations from Stoker to King to Rice to Hamilton and Harris but not Meyer. But just how many such books are out there? And if not the bloodsuckers, well, then it's wer Even though the book was a gift from a friend I let this lie on my bookshelf for years, reluctant to pick it up.

And if not the bloodsuckers, well, then it's weres. No weres here either. And yes, that's a lot of what I did like. That this is not like other urban fantasies I've read and there's a really well-thought out magical system featured. This does remind me somewhat of many a Buffy episode in that there is a threatened apocalypse in the offing, but it never felt too predictable. I should warn this is of a rather dark hue of fantasy, rather violent and gory at points although within lines I could stand. It did take a bit for me to get into it, because there are several narrative strands.

They eventually converge, but I found it hard in the first hundred pages to feel connected to the story and characters as the story bounced between New York City artist Jess Shepard, Minnesota teen Ramsey Doe and California musician Lucas Maddox. Each did come into focus for me eventually, but if this misses a fifth star, it's because even though the writing and world-building was strong, the characters themselves didn't pull at me emotionally. Maybe because most of them came across as too detached. Or at least most didn't. I felt most for Ramsey, but he wasn't given enough face time to quite suck me entirely in.

About Nina Soden

Mar 10, Emmett Spain rated it really liked it. What drew me to this book was the prose. I was shown the first few pages and was immediately enticed by the elegance with which the book was written. Justine Musk truly does have a way with words, and paints works of art for the mind on almost every page of this urban fantasy piece. The only drawback I found was the second act. The first act is excellent—grabs your attention and holds it. The third act picks up the pace with a large scale showdown, but ultimately it suffered slightly from the slowness of the second act.

These are minor quibbles, however. Definitely an author to keep an eye on.


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Oct 02, Montzalee Wittmann rated it really liked it. BloodAngel BloodAngel 1 by Justine Musk is an interesting, dark urban fantasy with new intriguing creatures of both good and evil. I like that there is something new out there, not the same old thing. I have read Musk's books before and enjoyed them. A good dark fantasy once in a while lightens things up, lol.

She has new creatures, great plot, twists, turns, some gore but yea, it's a dark fantasy. I enjoyed the wondering of who is the boy in the painting, who is the summoner, who is this sin BloodAngel BloodAngel 1 by Justine Musk is an interesting, dark urban fantasy with new intriguing creatures of both good and evil. I enjoyed the wondering of who is the boy in the painting, who is the summoner, who is this singer, and what is a Dreamliner? What more could a good dark fantasy want? Oh, did I mention the angels and demons? Fans of 40k will notice many blood angel characters act very different than how they are described in this book.

I know that the 40k canon has this huge rule about if it could happen a story can be told about it, but this reaches fan fiction levels of bending the rules. The protagonist is Rafen, a blood angel. He's not of a high rank, he is one of a thousand. This character is invented for this book. But this insign James Swallow takes us on a ride that I wanted off well before I reached the end. But this insignificant guy stops a civil war involving his brother, Defeats an unbeaten illness, survives a fight with an undefeated Astorath, injects himself with the blood of his primarch, and gains recognition and respect from the chapter master Dante.

This rafen guy goes on and does all of this, while still being a simple blood angel. It really feels like the author made this character to simply one up the entire blood angels chapter. Rafen is so loaded with plot armor he's indestructible. Poor writing and a disregard for anything other than the protagonist made me loathe this book and this series.

Feb 18, Alice rated it it was ok Shelves: Just a note to James Swallow, "husked" is not an appropriate attributive. You can husk corn, but you can't husk words. Jul 26, El-jorro rated it it was amazing. Thankfully, in the case of the Omnibus of the Blood Angels, there are only two novels plus and short story contained within and all form a consistent story and plot. Rafen and his brother Arkio are both loyal Battle Brothers. Rafen and Arkio are biological brothers thus care for each other deeply. Yet in the midst of fulfilling a Blood Oath to the Inquisitor Stele against the Traitor Legion of the World Bearers, Arkio comes into possession of ancient weapon and becomes convinced that he is the reincarnation of the Primarch Sanquinius.

All other Blood Angels fall under his sway save for Rafen and he knows that he will have to confront his brother in order to save his Chapter. Where this book shines is in its main character: Rafen is at war with his own loyalties, to his brother and his battle brothers. He does not want to to raise his hand against either of them but he knows in his heart he must but he has to be careful, lest they kill him for his heresy.

The lone wolf in exile story is a very compelling one. The only loyal one left being pursued by former allies. The emotional torment he experiences particularly one scene in the second book is extremely well written. Any story in Warhammer 40k that stresses the humanity of the Space Marines is always personal favorite. The Space Marines are so powerful compared to ordinary humans that it is easy for both the citizens of the Imperium and the Adeptus Astartes themselves to think of them as all-powerful demigods.

But they are not gods. At their cores, beneath the training and genetic engineering they are still men, so infinite in their faculties. That is the strength of this novel. It shows that even Space Marines can fall to the sins of pride and greed and can so cleverly disguise them as faith, something that has happened all too often throughout history.

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The fact that Rafen and Arkio are real brothers further advances the dramatic tension of the novel and creates a unique tragic side. Space Marines are supposed to forget about their old lives and families on becoming Space Marines, but Rafen and Arkio are truly family and thus the inner conflict Rafen experiences has a level of authenticity not often seen in Warhammer fiction.

At times Rafen can come as a bit too noble considering, but this is quickly overshadowed by moments later in the novel. Perhaps is that the reader knows he will survive and confront his brother making the plot predictable. The torment Rafen experiences in dramatic enough that the reader can feel his anguish and fear, and thus while stoic, Rafen and his journey are not one dimensional. Maybe there should have been a small enclave of true believers including Rafen.

Warhammer 40k has existed for many years, nearly three decades. Many people have written stories and lores within it and it encompasses many forms of media. As a result there is an inevitable lack of consistency among the lore. One of these inconsistencies is found in this book. This happens often in Warhammer 40k, is that the antagonists, such as the World Bearers are very one dimesional.

They are just pure evil and madness plain and simple.


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It could be said that is the whole point of Chaos, all consuming madness, but it can make its servants very boring. Blood Angels is a story of loyalty, faith, deception, and brotherhood. Five out of Five Stars. Oct 21, Jack Keane rated it it was amazing. A fantastic look at the blood angels chapter if not a little overly sentimental in places blood angels hugging, hmmm?

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The universe is fantastically realised and each named character seems to have been crafted with genuine thought, to the point where you actually pity them when A fantastic look at the blood angels chapter if not a little overly sentimental in places blood angels hugging, hmmm? The universe is fantastically realised and each named character seems to have been crafted with genuine thought, to the point where you actually pity them when they realise the error if their ways. I will say no more for fear of spoiling the storyline which is surprisingly well crafted and more complex than the usual hack and slash that I have become accustomed to with space marine novels, and the short story "blood debt" between the two main books is a great shift of pace, which helps give backstory to inquisitor Stele and why there is a blood debt owed to him it bugged me through the whole first book whilst changing the theme to a horror story reminiscent of event horizon.

It still gets five stars however for the brutal action and compelling characters and storyline, also this book was a birthday present from my wonderful girlfriend, so very deserving of it's five stars, if you haven't read it yet, do it! Jun 13, Mary Catelli rated it really liked it Shelves: These are a duology, not two novels, better in an omnibus than standalone, despite still having a somewhat awkward and unsatisfactory ending for Deus Encarmine and some awkward infodumping in Deus Sanguinius for people who hadn't picked up the first.

The use of sorcery is driving them back when an force of new Blood Angels -- including Rafen's These are a duology, not two novels, better in an omnibus than standalone, despite still having a somewhat awkward and unsatisfactory ending for Deus Encarmine and some awkward infodumping in Deus Sanguinius for people who hadn't picked up the first. The use of sorcery is driving them back when an force of new Blood Angels -- including Rafen's brother by blood, Arkio -- turn the tide.

Then even more vicious sorcery brings them to their knees, and only Arkio's bold plan saves them. As a reward, he is allowed to present the Spear of Telesto, an ancient artifact that the Blood Angels have just recovered, in the chapel, and holding it has him take on the aspect of their primarch Sanguinius. This was Swallow's first book, and I think it shows since he doesn't plumb the dramatic irony of seeing what Rafen has to stumble through. The writing's also frequently clumsy. On the other hand, as the Blood Angels are drawn into believing Arkio the Reborn Angel, and Rafen struggling with whether it's true or whether he's just envying his younger brother.

Sorcery, treachery, battle, and drama in abundance. I also particularly like the way it handles chances and coincidences and making them make sense, and a convincing and literal vision. Sep 07, Fabian Scherschel rated it really liked it Shelves: The first book is the awesome beginning of a great saga. Drama, pitched battles, glory and the mighty threat of Chaos, this book has it all.

The characters are great and Swallow does an excellent job in portraying them; as he does with the worlds and starships the battles take place on. All in all, a great book and a good beginning to what promises to be an excellent story arc. The breathless battles are a nice change of pace from the Horus Heresy books I have been reading lately: The short story sandwiched between the two books is nothing short of amazing. A whole book's worth of experiences that tell the tale of Inquisitor Stele's fall to Chaos. In this short story, Swallow really excels at his craft.

Amazing work and extremely riveting. The second book is a nice conclusion to the story arc of Rafen and Arkio.