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  • Published: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849396943
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

Bloodsong


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The second in Mevin Burgess's Volsunga duo, now reissued to appeal to a whole new generation of fans.

'Love. Hate. So what? It's family. It's business.'

Fifteen-year-old Sigurd, son of King Sigmund, is the last surviving member of the Volson clan. His father’s kingdom – the former city of London – is gone. And his father’s knife, a gift from the gods, has been shattered to dust.

Armed with a powerful sword forged from the remnants of the knife, Sigurd faces death, fire and torment as he travels through Hel and back to unite his country once again.

Packed with political intrigue and violence, love, lust and family feuds, Bloodsong is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

'Burgess's great triumph is not so much in inventing new stories as in finding fresh ways of retelling the ones that are themselves in danger of falling into extinction' Guardian
'A gripping story of horrific proportions from a prize-winning author' - Publishing News
'Teenage boys with strong stomachs should enjoy it' - Independent on Sunday
'A thrillingly readable and evocative narrative' - Daily Telegraph

  • Pub date: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849396943
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk.

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Praise for Bloodsong

“A work of mind-bending imagination and power . . . A must-read for all fantasy fans”

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

“'A gripping story of horrific proportions from a prize-winning author.'”

Publishing News

“Dark and tragic as it frequently is, nevertheless pulses with the intensity of lives richly lived and experiences richly recaptured.”

Robert Dunbar, Irish Times

“Bloodtide was good. This is better. It's the best thing I've read by Melvin Burgess. . . This is a novel that matches the power of its ancient inspiration and remakes it for another time.”

Books for Keeps

“Burgess's great triumph is not so much in inventing new stories as in finding fresh ways of retelling the ones that are themselves in danger of falling into extinction.”

Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

“Burgess' imagination is amazing - he takes you to the brink every time.”

John McLay, The Bookseller

“. . .this is more than a vivid story, full of passion, intrigue and terrifying violence. It is also beautifully wrought.”

Anne Johnstone, Glasglow Herald

“Powerfully imagined, eloquently told, this is a well-crafted mix of myth, magic, real science fiction and human emotion.”

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“In Burgess's hands, fantasy is far from fanciful. He's updated the legends with relish, creating a world thick with invention and contemporary resonance.”

Nicola Mostyn, Manchester Evening News

“A gripping story of horrific proportions.”

www.amazon.co.uk

“'Based on the same Nordic saga as the award-winning BLOODTIDE, this is another riveting story.'”

The Bookseller

“Mature readers will find this highly original and bold work to be gripping, well written, enthralling, cautionary and unflinching.'”

Paula McGeever, Inis

“Brilliantly written and, at just a little over 300 pages brilliantly edited - one of the very best books of the year.'”

Achuka Children's Books

“The story abounds with treachery, evil and violence. It reveals the best and the worst in human beings but is also the stuff of nightmares. . . will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good story told by a gifted writer.'”

Maggie, bbc reviews

“A gritty and gripping urban fantasy.'”

Helen Boyle, New Books

“Compelling story . . . It is full of gods, dragons, kings and murder.”

EC, 14, www.newsandstar.co.uk

“good imagery, fast paced action, and interesting description.”

Dominique Mason, Scottish Sunday Herald

“Mature readers will find this highly original and bold work to be gripping, well written, enthralling, cautionary and unflinching.”

Paula McGeever, INIS

“Teenage boys with strong stomachs should enjoy it.”

Independent on Sunday

“Scandinavian saga and futuristic fantasy combine in a frightening, explicit novel of scientific 'progress' and human vulnerability.”

Robert Dunbar, Irish Times

“Burgess mediates modern angst, rage and violence through the mirror of the Nodic Volsunga saga”

Celia Keenan, Irish Sunday Independent

“Burgess mixes myth, magic and science fiction in this powerfully imagined tale of love and destruction, reincarnation and revenge.”

Jenny Lee, Irish News

“a thrillingly readable and evocative narrative”

Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph

“Burgess draws on the brilliant but neglected Volsunga Saga, giving it a contemporary relevance..unforgettable characters and the power of his storytelling make this a winner.”

Anne Johnstone, Glasgow Herald


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