ARC Review: Civil Blood by Mark Gelineau and Joe King (Best Left in Shadows #2)

29500084Original Title: Civil Blood

Year Published: 2016

Published by: Gelineau & King  (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 80

First Sentence: 

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


One city. Two worlds.

The King of Aedaron reigns in splendor, while far below, in the streets and alleys of the underworld, a different kind of king emerges.

Alys and Dax have always been caught in the middle. Once they fought for love, and their worlds tore them apart. But now as they are forced back together, they must choose whether to fight once again.

But for what? And against whom?

In the world of Lowside, nothing is as it seems.

Even each other.

My thoughts:

Gelineau and King are two very splendid authors and have, as I’ve said before, quickly become two of my favourite authors. Their stories may be short but they are entertaining and so much fun to read.

This is the second book in the Best Left in Shadows series, my review of book 1 can be found here. Civil Blood picks up almost immediately after the first one left off. This means that we get thrown into action from the get-go, which was lovely. Considering that this is a short story, it is also quite necessary in order to get a fully developed plot onto those few pages. And it is fully developed, and it does feel like you read a 3oo page long book instead of an 80 page short book. Another reason why I love these books is that sometimes I crave a good story but can’t be arsed reading a full book.

In this book we get to know Alys and Dax a little better, and also get to know more about their shared past. That got me really curious reading the first book and it was nice to get some of the questions answered by reading this book. Alys is still a proper badass and Dax an awesome sort of sidekick. We also got to know some other fun and interesting characters who had ties to either Alys and Dax or both of them.

How Gelineau and King manage to write such amazing short stories is a mystery to me, but I’m very glad that they have the ability. I look forward to reading anything else those two write within this universe. Their writing is superb, the world interesting and the characters diverse and human.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.


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