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After finishing Ashes of Raging Water, I jumped headfirst into the next book called Ruled by Tainted Blood by Michael J Allen. This book focuses on Vitae, my least favourite character from the series. However, there has been a change to the character, and he becomes tainted while being reborn. Once he realises this, he tries to take advantage of this while the shield is being beaten back by two courts of supernatural creatures. He has a deep connection with Mare, Qualaya’s predecessor and attempts to bring her back as in his view was the superior water phoenix.
What I Like
We get into the head of the character I despised, will learn what motivates him and we start to feel sorry for him and understand him. He plays by the book because he wants to protect Atlanta and to eventually be promoted to a divine being.
Unlike the last book, this one hits the ground running. There is no world building or anything like this, so you do really need to read the previous book to understand how this world works. For a returning reader this is a breath of fresh air and you can focus on the story.
Just the general world of the book, how the supernatural world integrates with the normal urban world. Unlike most universes this is taken from the point of view of the supernatural rather than your standard human.
Allen also focuses on the relationship between both worlds, and how the phoenixes cope with having relations with humans and how that both benefits them and puts them at risk.
What I Dislike
This was difficult to pinpoint what I did not like; I love all the characters and I just love the world in general. I do think the book would benefit from just having one viewpoint throughout the book (Vitae’s) rather than switching between the various characters but again there is a good argument for and against.
Vitae? I still do not like him and really wish this book focused on one of the other characters but never mind it has made me start to like him which is difficult to do. Allen is also very brave putting the most disliked character the focus of the second book.
This book has done nothing but want me to continue with the series. I love the characters and really want to see where the world takes them.
This book gets a resounding 5 stars. Even considering when it is my least favourite character.