Blood Veins by Brian Young
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Action/Adventure Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (227 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
A black wave of terror has passed over the thriving kingdom of Larista. Mysterious invaders have swept over the land, laying waste to everything in their path and leaving ghost towns in their wake. No one knows where they came from and no one knows their purpose.
Tasting nothing but defeat after defeat after, the light of hope is fading in the kingdom; but the guerilla forces resisting the invasion have received new information. The news has provided a small glimmer that could possibly spark into something more. Captain Maximus Rex leads a daring rescue mission deep in the Laristan forests to save the lone surviving member of the royal family.
Once freed, Prince Alexander Novelle, along with his friends and comrades, face a perilous journey deep behind enemy lines. Their destination is Castle Varanasi. The once proud Laristan capital, gateway to heaven and salvation, lines in ruins under Dolus occupation.
Mysterious assassins, underworld savages and renegade Dolus survivors stand between them and the answers they seek. What they find there will shatter their perceptions and lead to unknown perils none of them are ready to face.
Death stalkers, treason, murder and a prince who may become king give this book the flavor of an epic fantasy. No one is what they seem. And what they have been taught is not all true…
Mr. Young writes a very busy, detailed story that catches your attention in the first few pages. His characters are strong, honorable, and determined to do the right thing. Percy is in charge of the Forest Patrol. Maxi is in charge of the soldiers. And Alex is the prince who has been in captivity. They face extreme challenges, but they don’t give up.
The author creates an adventure that is a bit reminiscent of “Dungeons and Dragons”. There are Death stalkers (mercenaries that kill for pay and are deadly at their job), there is an order of sisters who are more than they seem, and religion forbids technology.
This is the earth in the future and it’s more like medieval times. The end of the world as we know it has given way to superstitions, less technology, and a struggle for power. Subways are beneath the earth and known only to a few. Everyone knows there is nothing on the other side of the mountain. The big disaster took care of that. But do they really know what they know?
With intrigue rife within the small band protecting the prince, Mr. Young develops an intertwined plot line that is only partially revealed in this volume. When you end the story, you’ll be wishing you had the next book to read. The characters are real enough to grab your interest and make you care about them, and you want to see what will happen next.
The author does a nice job of embellishing his tale with monsters, lies, tricks, and murder. If you like battles, action, hardship, comradery and determination, this story is for you.