Of North Blood Drawn

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In an age of science and reason an unfulfilled prophesy seems to be coming to life. Born without telepathy, Magen Agasan is exiled by his people, the mythical "North Ice-Islanders". He becomes ensnared in a long-running interplanetary war. A dark shadow dogs his steps. Ancient prophesy hangs over him. A spy is sleeping. Expect a motley crew, action, romance, wit and some provoked thoughts. More
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Words: 169,130
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781310423505
About C. J. Watterson

Ciarán works as a Computer Engineer writing yards of code for an international chip manufacturer. After nearly ten years of working with and studying computers, his conclusion on the A.I. threat is that come the rise of the machines - they will probably destroy themselves through bugs 'cleverly' left by their designers. Our difficulty will be to survive without computers.

He began writing (human speak rather than machine code) in earnest when he realised that dull essay titles such as "What I did Last Summer" could be twisted to become any story. Stories played with Lego were used to knock out troublesome homework - the hard stuff that didn't involve calculus. Surprised by strong results, one idle summer, he began writing a prologue. That expanded into book, and the book became the first part of a series. So ironically, "What I did Last Summer" was already prepared in advance.

Widely read and with an interest in all things technical, scientific and obscure, he draws from varied source material for his books. Influential authors are David Eddings, Terry Pratchett, Alexander Dumas, Clive Cussler, C. S. Lewis and how could we leave out, William Shakespeare (specifically Macbeth). Of course - he doesn't write literature - he writes light-hearted, entertaining Sci-Fi/Fantasy tempered with occasional serious notes.

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Review by: Christopher Lowe on Jan. 03, 2015 :
I have read this three times now. The characters develop well and the story progresses at a good rate. I love the imaginative texture to the story. A bit philosophical at times but relevant. Moths to a flame. That would be the bestway to describe everyone but our plucky hero. That being said, they are fully formed heroes in their own right. At the end of this book I was left wanting more. Which is a decent way to stop a book in a series I suppose.
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Review by: David9999 on Dec. 30, 2014 :
A fascinating and engaging story. The best thing about it is that it has been written by an author with a Christian world view. This is a refreshing change from the usual science fiction stories with their illogical fixation on evolution.

Sadly, it is some what ruined by the large number of grammar and spelling errors and some interesting malapropisms. They seem to be artifacts from optical character recognition errors or format conversion errors. A good proof reader would solve this problem and the result would be a superb book.

These comments apply to the sequel, Heart of the South, as well. The missing star is due to the lack of proof reading. The story itself deserves five stars.
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Review by: VietVet on Oct. 05, 2014 :
WAITING FOR BOOK 2!!
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Review by: José Amores on Sep. 13, 2014 :
How strange!
A adventure that actually uses some thought.
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Review by: swilsa on Sep. 02, 2014 :
A book of action, romance, fantasy, intelligence, and wit! Of North Blood Drawn begins with Magen, an outcast of his society, searching for answers about the past, and questioning his future. He questions his family, and friends, and their cruel treatment of him, and wonders about what will come next, if anything at all.

The use of point-of-view is thoroughly effective as it allows the readers to explore the narrative through the eyes of an outcast, a pragmatist, a criminal (well ex-criminal), a woman in love, a young rebel, and some not so bright, but endearing brawny characters! As we get to know the squad, we see their tolerance of each other develop into mutual respect, friendship, and... Well you'll have to read for yourself to find out!

Of North Blood Drawn is the perfect mixture of science-fiction, fantasy, wit, and dare I say it... There's some romance thrown in too for good measure. The clever use of footnotes is something I personally enjoyed, encompassing sarcasm, intelligent humor, and some facts too.

Watterson does a wonderful job of creating a world in which science-fiction interacts with fantasy in an intelligent manner, using some wit and sarcasm along the way. He creates the squad as a group of people with a engaging group dynamic, but also as a group of unique and interesting individuals. By the end of the book I was definitely left wanting more!!!
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Review by: jeff dawdy on Sep. 01, 2014 :
Good characters, good story.

I enjoyed it. Ready for the next one.
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