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The Pearl Savage and Savage Blood January 23, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 4 stars, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk.
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The Pearl Savage

Savage Series

by Tamara Rose Blodgett

(also available in paperback)

The Pearl Savage has two cultures. The sphere-dwellers and the clan-dwellers.

A cataclysm separated the two cultures. This restricted the sphere-dwellers in a force field that would shield them from what they believed would be toxic air for 140 years.  The clan-dwellers survived the cataclysm and live outside the spheres in the Outside.

The sphere-world is very steampunk in essence. From the force field that encases their world in a sphere to their machinery, everything runs on steam.  Their culture is very Victorian as well.

Clara is the Princess of the Ohio Sphere. Her mother Queen Ada is a drunken despot bent on marrying her to the sadistic Prince Frederic.

Within the clan-dwellers, there is a group called the Band. They are the protectors of the tribe. They kidnap Clara in the hopes of gaining diplomacy with the sphere-dwellers and ultimately rescue her from the Prince.

We find Clara and other female characters needing to be rescued from dire situations time and time again. I found this exasperating to say the least.

Nonetheless, I found the plot and the concept of the book novel enough to keep me engrossed within the digital pages. Blodgett’s style of writing is easy to keep pace with. Her characters, which may make me want to smack them at times, are still sympathetic and likable. For these reasons I couldn’t put the book down.

4 of 5 stars.

The Savage Blood

Savage Series

by Tamara Rose Blodgett

(also available in paperback)

In the second book of the Savage Series, Clara travels alongside Matthew and Bracus to Cape Cod.

Again, we find the females of the group needing to be rescued time and time again. Again, I grew weary of this theme but I found myself entranced by the overall plot of the series and the book so I read on.

I also grew tired of the number of romantic interests that waxed and waned in Clara’s horizon. I felt it was overdone and contrived.

Yet, I like the easy style of writing Blodgett has. It was easy to pass the time and before I knew it I had finished the book.

She also introduced new elements to the plot that intrigued me. I won’t say what they are as they’d be spoilers. I think spoilers are anathema.

Be warned, the book ends on a terrible cliffhanger, but it does have me looking forward to the next installment. That makes this book a success, despite it’s pitfalls.

4 of 5 stars



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