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Looking Forward To “By Blood We Live”

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

This is the novel I’m currently looking most forward to reading! By Blood We Live is the third part in Glen Duncan’s Bloodlines series. These books are very dark and gritty, not to mention quite vulgar, full of violence and gore. In other words, not at all my usual cup of tea. However, there’s something about Duncan’s writing that makes these books irresistible to me, I think they are absolutely brilliant!

What I enjoyed the most about The Last Werewolf, the first book in the series, was Duncan’s amazing prose, and in particular the mesmerisingly unique and unforgettable voice of the main character Jake Marlowe, a 200-year-old werewolf. Talulla Rising, the second book, has a different main character and a very different voice, and unfortunately the feminine perspective as it was written didn’t feel fully believable to me, so a part of me was slightly disappointed despite it being a great book as a whole.

Another aspect of Duncan’s writing that really stands out to me is a very deep sense of philosophy, of no-nonsense spirituality, in the very fabric of the story and the characters alike. (It was described as “existential dark fantasy” in a review I read some time ago.) It always brings the spirit of India to my mind, somehow… that underlying sense of that special something-something… can’t put my finger exactly on what or why, because it’s not about the words or the plot or the setting, but only between the lines somehow. I remember googling Duncan after finishing The Last Werewolf, because I was really intrigued, and apparently he actually has a strong connection to India. I also wanted to know when the sequel would be released (I was immensely impatient!), and I was curious to find out what else he had written so far. I did give a few of his earlier novels a try, but none of them captured me quite like The Last Werewolf did. I still haven’t finished Love Remains, mostly because it really deserves to be read when one is in the perfect mood for it, but I’ll definitely come back to it at some point.

I can totally see how Duncan’s writing keeps creating such strong feelings, both among the readers who enjoy it hugely and the ones who absolutely don’t. As for me, I can’t wait to read By Blood We Live! :)

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Five of Skulls

Five of Skulls / The Tarot of Vampyres

Five of Skulls / The Tarot of Vampyres

challenging times…

one breath at a time.