Bloodring : Rogue Mage

  • by Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by Natalie Gold
  • Series: Rogue Mage
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

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A simpering and ineffectual heroine

Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series, which is a fantastic and exciting set of stories with a strong female lead and I find it hard to reconcile the fact that the Rogue Mage series was written by the same author.

Quite frankly I found the rogue mage to be simpering and mewling, I'd find it very tough to be around someone who was so constantly depressed. If it's not moaning about the latest injury she's had in a fight it's about how "her man done her wrong" or being alienated from her own people or her "inappropriate" attraction to certain beings and while its okay to allow some complaining it gets old and you feel like shouting, "lady, just get it together already". If you knew Yellowrock you know you'd betray her at your own peril, she's come back for your proverbials, whereas the mage just gets constantly trodden on in the most annoying way.

Ineffectual. Despite being a mage that can call upon the power of angles for goodness sake, you always get the feeling that she's constantly on the verge of screwing something up, making a bad decision or getting herself killed. For me this doesn't add tension, it just gets more and more annoying.

Imagine putting a team of warriors together to storm an evil supernat strong-hold. Jane Yellowrock would be leading and a team member comes up to her and says "does 'she' have to come with us?", Yellowrock would be like "Nah, she'll only screw something up. Tell to stay home and do NOTHING, the last thing we want is getting back and finding that the food's gone bad 'cause she's been communing with bad spirits." The team laughs and mage shuffles off crying to her room, falls asleep and is woken up by the raucous celebration of Yellowrock's butt-kicking victory.

On this post-apocalyptic earth, I didn't feel as if there was enough scenic description and character development. Some parts of it read like the a bad acid trip colliding with revelations in the bible, but since I've never taken acid I may just say odd and confusing but not in an entertaining way.

I have listened to all three books in this series and they read pretty much the same. If you want to read an entertaining Faith Hunter series pick up Yellowrock, it's well worth it.
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- Ozzymandias

Great story and a really good narrator

A really good read and quite a bit different to the usual fantasy magic sword storylines. The heroine has a complex and interesting background which you always want to learn more about. The other characters are also well fleshed out and fun.

I strongly recommend this book and the other audible books by Faith Hunter - I rapidly listened to the Rogue Mage books and then moved on to her Jane Yellowrock books. I almost bought the third one of those in hardback, because I really wanted to know what happened next, BUT audible got it up so quickly I didn't have to!

I've also enjoyed other books read by Natalie Gold, so I recommend looking through those as well. A good narrator makes a real difference. A good book usualy shines through, though a bad narrator can detract (rarely had that problem with audible books though), on the other hand a good storyteller can make a great book even better!
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- Mark Simon Phillips

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-04-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios