Melvin Burgess Bloodtide

ISBN 13: 9780862648336

Bloodtide

3.72 avg rating
( 954 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780862648336: Bloodtide
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In the year 2300 London is in ruins and in the hands of two warring families of ganglords, the Volsons and the Conors. To cement a truce Val Volson offers Conor the hand of his daughter Silivia, to her horror. The wedding is disrupted a msterious one-eyed prisoner who has been hanging upside down in a glass elevator shaft overlooking the banquet. The superstitious people are in no doubt that he is the god Odin and they watch in terror as he challenges themto see who can remove the special knife from the lift shaft. It is Silvia's twin brother who claims the knife and then returns to Conor. Val is killed and the three sons perish but Siggy is saved by Melanie, a pigwoman, though he has lsot Odin's knife to Conor in battle. In order to stop Silvia avenging her family's death, Conor has her legs broken to keep her prisoner, But Silvia has an ally in Cherry, a cat and shape-changer devoted to her mistress and together they plan the downfall of Conor, a plan that will also involve Siggy in taking a terrible revenge. . . .

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

London published Fiction

Review:

The publishers of Bloodtide use the words compelling, gripping and dramatic to describe Melvin Burgess's follow-up novel to the controversial and prize-winning Junk. To this description you must add visionary, violent, brutal and bloody to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of this new offering for only the most mature young readers.

Set in a frighteningly realistic ravaged London in the near future, Burgess uses the Icelandic Volsunga saga as inspiration for his plot. Two warring families of ganglords appear united by the marriage of Signy Volson to Conor--head of the opposing family. However, Conor's treachery results not in the long-expected truce but the decimation of the Volson family. Only Signy and her hideously disfigured brother Siggy survive the culling, kept apart by circumstance but united in their hate for Conor. They are intent on revenge--no matter how long it takes--or at what cost.

Burgess has delivered a book of two halves.

The first is a taut, psychological challenge between brother and sister. As Conor consolidates his hold over the capital, Siggy slowly regains his energy, his identity and will to live. Signy, crippled and imprisoned, with only a shape-changing cat for company, spends her teenage youth playing mindgames with the new King of London, preparing for the moment when she might strike a blow for the oppressed population and the memory of her family. It's gripping, gutsy, bloody and purposeful. The shifting viewpoints offer real insight into these two battered minds and all those they infect with their plight.

The second half of the novel is long and ambitious. The vast timescale means that some events are skipped over very quickly and the payoff takes a long time to arrive.

Bloodtide is a long book, nearly 400 pages, and it is doubtful whether or not it is a children's book at all--the characters, settings, colourful language and plots are adult in almost every way. But the book is undeniably addictive, and difficult to give up once it pulls you in. It's a worthy addition to Burgess' short catalogue of fine novels. (Age 12 and over) --John McLay

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781849396950: Bloodtide

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1849396957 ISBN 13:  9781849396950
Publisher: Andersen Press, 2013
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Burgess, Melvin
Published by Andersen Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ceredigion Book Shop
(Nr Lampeter, CERED, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0002648104

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
0.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

BURGESS, MELVIN
Published by London: Andersen Press, 1999. (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks
(Auburn, WA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description London: Andersen Press, 1999., 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0862648335I5N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
3.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Burgess, Melvin
Published by Andersen Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
FORTIUS LTD
(Aylesbury, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. We are committed to providing each customer with the highest standard of customer service. All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom. Seller Inventory # FH1425679

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
2.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Burgess, Melvin
Published by Andersen Press (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
FORTIUS LTD
(Aylesbury, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Acceptable. We are committed to providing each customer with the highest standard of customer service. All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom. Seller Inventory # FH1138732

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
2.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Melvin Burgess
Published by -
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
AwesomeBooks
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description -. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Bloodtide This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Seller Inventory # 7719-9780862648336

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
2.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Melvin Burgess
Published by Andersen Press 21/10/1999 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Bahamut Media
(Reading, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen Press 21/10/1999, 1999. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780862648336

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
2.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

BURGESS, MELVIN
Published by London: Andersen Press, 1999. (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
More Than Words
(Waltham, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description London: Andersen Press, 1999., 1999. Condition: Good. {9780399229435 Condition Text} All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Your purchase supp9780974451831 business. Seller Inventory # BOS-B-12d-00594

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
1.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Burgess, Melvin
Published by Andersen (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Wormhill Books
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st UK Edition, 1999. Contents are clean and unmarked but the dustwrapper is slightly worn. Second-hand item. Please ask for photo(s) if there isn't an image of our copy. Priority orders will be dispatched by 1st Class post, heavier or thicker items by courier. Standard mail will be dispatched by 2nd Class post; heavier items by courier. Overseas orders will be dispatched by priority airmail. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR MY PRIVACY POLICY. Seller Inventory # mon0000008703

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
1
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.25
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Melvin Burgess
Published by Andersen (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Greener Books
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Seller Inventory # mon0001909902

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
2.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

BURGESS, MELVIN
Published by Andersen Press, 1999., London (1999)
ISBN 10: 0862648335 ISBN 13: 9780862648336
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Tree
(Devizes, WILTS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Andersen Press, 1999., London, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 0862648335 A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 003390629

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
2.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book