Blood Master (Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series)
By Kirsten Campbell
Genre: Urban Paranormal Fantasy
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2052: Two-thirds of the human population have been killed by the Great War, the Clover Virus and the Death Plague. Only one man survived the Death Plague, an albino man named Griffin Storm. He’s the only albino in existence. No one knows what happened to the other albinos, but most believe the rumors that they were eliminated by the Guild Faction’s deadly experiments.
Griffin is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He has special abilities. He can manipulate crystal and glass. He uses these abilities for good, raiding warehouses and old buildings for food and medical supplies to give to the abandoned children that live in the Underground. While on a raid he meets Tassta Vinetti. She’s a resident of the legendary Brotherhood Fortress. Griffin is taken to the Brotherhood and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn and her Uncle Lerin Sanctobous keep their new visitor and his untold powers secret. They can not disclose that the only albino in existence is now at their fortress or they could all be in great danger.
Fact is the Guild is hunting Griffin. He is the only survivor of their deadly experiments and his survival will have dynamic consequences. The Guild believes Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being. If he transforms, he will have inter-dimensional doors within his body, doors that lead to heaven and hell. Griffin will become a Blood Master and he’ll be able to control the demons from the Dimension of Blood.
Will Griffin save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Will he transform into a G.O.D. and become the Blood Master? Only time will tell…
My Review of Blood Master
Blood Master is set in a post-apocalyptic world in our near future after 2/3rd of the population has been killed. This idea has been done before in movies such as I am Legend, The Postman, and Waterworld, as well as in video games such as Fallout and The Last of Us, with each having their own take on what the world is like after some kind of devastating event takes place. Until now, such movies and video games were my only experience with such an idea. In those movies and games, the visuals are given to us, but they don’t always impart the emotional depth of a book – at least, not to the same level that a book can.
Blood Master was my first book foray into the genre, and I was not disappointed. Between the book’s description and other readers’ reviews, there’s no need for me to repeat any of the storyline, or what has already been said by others for the most part.
I will say that the descriptions were virtually flawless, giving me a clear picture of everything as I read. The amount of detail and the way things were described made me feel that although I’ve never been to Atlanta, were I to visit I’m quite certain that I would feel as if I had been there before, having read this book.
The characters were well-developed, each with their own personalities. Penn was a favorite character for me simply because he brought a lightness to a devastated world, and the main character Griffin was as well because of his need to help the children. Among other things (which I don’t want to mention and give away spoilers), that humor and compassion being shown in such a setting is what sets Blood Master apart and makes it shine.
While the story did feel a little slow in the beginning, this is perfectly understandable as it provides the needed background for the rest of the book. In fact, as the story progresses one is grateful that the author took the time in the beginning to give that background, as it adds a depth to the story that movies and games set in the same type of world simply don’t do.
The other thing I will add is that after reading the author’s bio, it’s clear that there is an emotional depth beyond what the story tells, and that the author incorporated part of herself into it. Authors often times do this, and while it isn’t always apparent to a reader when an author places something personal to him/her within the story, it makes Blood Master shine even brighter.
This is a book well worth the read, and I highly recommend it.
About Kirsten Campbell
Her novel, Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series is an Urban Paranormal Fantasy novel that is currently available on Amazon.com in Adult and Young Adult version. Blood Master hit the Amazon Top 100 List. The second book of The G.O.D.s Series, Blood Rage, will be out by the end of this year. She is also the author of Darkness Calls, a book of Paranormal Short Stories. Her websites are www.kcampbell-gods.com, which is the site for all things Blood Master, and her Author’s Website, www.kirstencampbellbooks.com.
She has two chapbooks that were published; one by Ladybug Press (Poetry from the Covert Bourgeoisie), and the other by Puddinghouse Publications (The Abandoning Kind). She is also the author of Perfect Chaos, a book of poetry that is currently on Amazon.