'You thought you were watching my death,' hissed the dragon. 'But you were watching your own.' And then he lunged.
Forced into the clutches of a bloodthirsty dragon, Sigurd is fighting not only for his life, but for the survival of an apocalyptic Britain. For Sigurd is the chosen one, the golden warrior boy blessed with the courage of a hero and the strength of a lion. In a world where power and corruption are all consuming, can he fulfil his destiny and overcome the tyranny that threatens to destroy him?
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Novels by the controversial author for teenagers, Melvin Burgess, do not happen along every year, so when one does land it is always an important event. And Bloodsong has certainly been worth waiting for. Six years on from Bloodtide, this sequel--also inspired by the Icelandic Volsunga Saga that Burgess has been an admirer of since his youth--is every bit as violent, gripping and explosive as its predecessor.
Set in a future Britain, amidst a terrifyingly savage post-apocalyptic landscape, Bloodsong tells of the life and many deaths of 15-year-old Sigurd, young hero of this particular age. Sigurd is sent on a suicide mission to a bomb-flattened London to try to kill a seemingly invincible dragon-creature, who in reality is a much-augmented human being with impenetrable scales for skin and a peerless command of technology in its defence. Armed only with a flawed but God-tinged sword as a weapon, the young Volsonís plan is to lie in wait for the beast in a shallow grave, and to gut the monstrosity as it trundles overhead.
That Sigurd succeeds in this impossible mission is due to his courage, ingenuity and timely reincarnation after his unfortunate first death. Reborn to re-unite the kingdom, Sigurd passes first into a captivating underworld, where he finds love, then onwards towards glory and wealth.
Tighter than the first book, the reader is gripped on the first page. Telling a shorter story this time, in glorious bloody technicolour, and using his effective multi-viewpoint approach, Burgess weaves a tale that is not for the feint-hearted. Love, passion, death, treachery--itís all here in spades. Sigurdís short life hurtles towards an inevitable climax that exhibits both powerful drama and has added edge-of-the-seat tension. Itís an unforgettable story that will stay with you for a very long time to come. (Age 14 and over) --John McLayReview:
"A dystopian vision that will rank with the twentieth-century classics!" --"The Sunday Telegraph" "Straddling a dystopian future and a myth-ridden past, "Bloodtide "is a savage story of betrayal, passion, hatred, and the corrupting nature of power. "Bloodtide "shies from nothing, making it both cruel and magnificent." --"The Guardian" "A magnificent drama." --"The Sunday Observer" "Powerfully conceived, "Bloodtide "is a novel of bristling intrigue. In sharp, confident prose Burgess imagines a startling world of humans and shapeshifters, predators and prisoners, villains and heroes. It's a fierce adventure that forces your attention and refuses to let go." --Adele Griffin, author of "Sons of Liberty," a National Book Award finalist
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Book Description Penguin Books, Limited (UK), 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141316217