I went into this book with absolutely no idea whether I would enjoy it, but it turned out that I absolutely loved it! The story was unlike anything else I’ve ever read before & the plot went into a direction that I could never have predicted. I am obsessed with this book & want the whole world to read it.
I was sent a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This book contains gore, violence, homophobic characters, possession, an ableist comment & rape.
Queen, widow, beggar – Lady Caitlyn is all three, and now she can add murderer to the list.
When death and treachery propel her south to Normandy, to seek sanctuary with the exiled Prince Alfred, visions of a woman with ancient eyes travel with her. Herleva is a woman filled with ambition and greed. A woman who intends to be more than a commoner. A woman who gets what she wants by whatever means possible, even if she has to practice the dark arts to achieve her goals.
A woman who is a witch.
Caitlyn finds herself caught up in a magic which changes her very being. A magic which produces a king to change the lives of every man, woman, and child in England.
This was a book that I went into unsure of exactly what it was about, the synopsis was certainly intriguing but didn’t really give that much away so I opened the book with an open mind… not long after starting it though, I thought I knew what kind of story this would be which lulled me into a false sense of security – I thought it would be a story about a woman fighting for her kingdom, with some magic & some witches involved… but wow, I was so wrong! Instead of a trope-filled YA book I ended up with a totally original plot that left me hanging on the edge of my seat until the very last pages. This book was 100x better than I expected it to be & I’m itching to start the sequel.
As I said, Three Bloody Pieces opened up in a way that made me think main character Caitlyn would spend the book fighting & blah blah blah; the events at the start of the book actually had a Game of Thrones-esque feel that got me very excited, & it was from there that I decided I was going to like the book. However, the Game of Thrones-ness died away quickly & the story became something totally different. Admittedly it took a while for the story to really get going, but this slow pace allowed me to figure out what kind of person Caitlyn is, & allowed me to get invested enough in her life that I started to really care about her. I also found myself supporting Caitlyn’s choices completely, & I really understood her motivations & feelings, making the book even more exciting for me. Equally, I felt very frustrated for Caitlyn throughout the story, because of her womanhood, & this made me connect to her even more.
As the story went on I realised that I had never read anything quite like it before, & that it’s original plot was incredibly clever & very engaging – throughout the main part of the book there were lots of things that made me cling onto my kindle with desperation & I absolutely did not want to put it down. The characters were all individual & I found myself unsure of the intentions of almost all of them; the setting descriptions were also fantastic but if I’m honest, they weren’t the most important parts of the book (which makes it odd that I enjoyed Three Bloody Pieces so much because usually world-building is my main focus).
I haven’t really explained the plot of Three Bloody Pieces to you, & that’s because I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you love strong female characters, magical twists & dark intentions then you’ll love this book. You can get addicted to the book just like I did by using the links below:
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Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…
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