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Bloodline by Katy Moran
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Bildungsroman of a boy, Essa, in Dark Ages England who tries to prevent a war between Penda of Mercia and the Wolf Folk of East Anglia. Presentation of the culture of that period was interesting, but I couldn't bond with any of the characters. I thought the touch of fantasy odd--Essa's being able to enter and control the minds and/or bodies of birds and animals. ( )
  janerawoof | Mar 18, 2016 |
Beautiful. ( )
  9inchsnails | Mar 7, 2016 |
Slow start but gets a lot better and you feel like you have come into the middle of a story as there are many characters to contend with at the beginning of this novel. Set in the Dark Ages, 12 year old Essa is left at a village by his travelling father with only a beautiful sword called Silver Serpent to remind him of his past life. The village sits between two warring kingdoms, and when Essa becomes a "man" (i.e. 15) he must swear allegiance to one of the Lords that live in the area by taking his ring. He does this and is then thrown into a world where he must play friend to both sides, and eventually must decide who to trust and who to betray when he discovers his true heritage. Fascinating, complex story for readers who like British history, warfare and suspense. The battle through the village at the end of the novel is particularly gripping as he searches for the people he loves.
  nicsreads | Jan 19, 2011 |
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Essa's father brings him to a camp one day and leaves him there without any explanation. Essa's forced to grow up in the village without any sense of home. Years pass peacefully until the village's rival threatens war. Essa must do his duty and spy on the neighboring village.

He's expected back in two days, but he's gone for much longer. He's caught while spying on the camp. The father he thought was dead is alive in the village. Essa's forced to swear another oath - to his enemies - and join their side.

He doesn't understand why his father is there and his reasons for not returning. Essa figures he'll have plenty of time to ask these questions, but the next day he's sent on a mission with the King's son to fetch back his bride.

The two boys form a friendship and gradually realize the pending war isn't best for both sides. They attempt to stop it with knowledge they've gained. But are they too late?

Katy Morgan makes the Dark Ages come alive with her tale of war and courage, friendship and loyalty, and family and belonging. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
Very interesting but not enthralling. I enjoyed Bloodline for the information it provided of the era, but I didn't feel a bond with the characters. I felt more anxious for the deer hound and horse than I did for the humans. ( )
  meerka | Sep 10, 2009 |
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Warring kingdoms, bloody feuds, and a boy’s battle for survival. Step back into the Dark Ages with this riveting epic adventure.

In the wilds of Dark Age Britain, a bard abandons his son, Essa, in a village trapped between two feuding kingdoms. As the once-nomadic boy grows rooted in the life of the Wolf Folk, forging allegiances and young love, King Penda of Mercia threatens to attack, thrusting Essa into the violent and cunning world of the tribal rulers. Joined by unlikely friends, unsure of whom to trust — or even of who he is — Essa sets off on a dangerous journey, using his newfound intuitive gifts to guide them as a deadly battle brews. Will his desperate efforts to save his loved ones bring him closer to understanding why his father has never returned? Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this debut novel transports readers to a time of blood and steel, when peace was fleeting and won only at a cost.

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While traveling through early seventh-century Britain trying to stop an impending war, Essa, who bears the blood of native British tribes and of the invading Anglish, makes discoveries that divide his loyalties.

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