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  • 08/2022
  • 9781737797357 1737797356
  • 269 pages
  • $11.99
Kami Larsen
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Blood and Wonder: A Medicus Corpus Novel
When magic, medicine, and miracles collide, who will live and who will die? Aurelia and Roe have been best friends for years. Both freshly trained medical practitioners, they are set to begin their life’s work in Devil’s Meadows. To get to their new home, the pair must make the dangerous trek from the mountains of Renfield to the scorching heart of a vast desert. Along with Roe’s brother Hale and a small team of companions, they are armed with only their knowledge, instruments, and each other. In the grueling vastness of inhospitable terrain, the sun and sand hold dangers in countless forms. Wild animals, harsh weather, and bandits looking to steal precious medicines are just the beginning of the perils they’ll face. Trailed by a madman who insists Aurelia carries not only compassion and wisdom in her veins, but also miracles and magic, they must race to outrun him or risk losing more than just their supplies. They will have to trust themselves, each other, and their healing arts to survive.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Blood and Wonder is skillfully plotted with lively scenes interspersed among character-driven moments. The story follows a trio of friends in a post-apocalyptic setting as they struggle to come to terms with their surroundings—and each other. 

Prose: Larsen’s prose flows smoothly throughout the novel, and the worldbuilding is wrought naturally, with the story’s events taking place in a setting that is intriguing and familiar in many ways. The constant shifting between perspectives can become slightly distracting, but the well-developed characters make up for any shortcomings. 

Originality: Larsen’s unique combination of dystopian with an almost Western atmosphere will hit the spot for readers seeking something new—and the addition of understated romance between the main players adds to the mix

Character Development/Execution: The three main protagonists are intriguing from the start, with animated and dynamic interactions that build the storyline and draw readers into their subtleties. Larsen incorporates just the right amount of fantasy into the cast while balancing it nicely with realistic and relatable problems.

Date Submitted: August 10, 2022

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 08/2022
  • 9781737797357 1737797356
  • 269 pages
  • $11.99

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