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Monday, March 1, 2010
Review - Blood Soup by Kelly Harmon
Title: Blood Soup
Author: Kelly A. Harmon
Publisher: Eternal Press, 2009
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Nerine Dorman
A tale of murder, betrayal and comeuppance.
King Theodicar of Borgund needed an heir. When his wife, Queen Piacenza, became pregnant, he’d hoped for a boy. His wife, along with her nurse, Salvagia, had other plans. With each cast of the runes, Salvagia’s trusted divination tools yielded the same message: “A girl child must rule or the kingdom will fall to ruin.” As such, the women were convinced that the child would be a girl.
When the queen finally gives birth, the nurse and the king are equally surprised. The king is faced with a terrible choice, and his decision will determine the fate of his kingdom. Will he choose wisely, or will he doom Borgund to ruin?
In essence, this short work of fiction is a rather quirky tale about the consequences of a king trying to outwit fate when he goes against a witch’s prophecy. King Theodicar’s wish for a son to rule in his stead has a dire effect on his realm’s fate.
Although Harmon employs multiple viewpoint characters, her strong story-telling skill carries Blood Soup through to its conclusion well. I enjoyed the different perspectives although, at times, I felt Theodicar did not try hard enough to make reparation for his error and was surprisingly passive after his initial error in judgment.
Harmon’s world-building is believable but I felt the work could have been expanded upon, leaving me wanting more. With a plot showing such potential for greater detail, which the author did not pursue, it still satisfied my thirst for an excellent yarn. I will happily pick up other works by this gifted author. She is definitely someone to keep an eye out for.