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  • Published: 1 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849396660
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

Bloodtide



Before Game of Thrones, before The Hunger Games . . . there was Bloodtide. The first in Melvin Burgess's epic Volsunga duo, now reissued to appeal to a whole new legion of fans.

'Love. Hate. So what? This is family. This is business.'

London is in ruins. The once-glorious city is now a gated wasteland cut off from the rest of the country and in the hands of two warring families – the Volsons and the Connors.

Val Volson offers the hand of his young daughter, Signy, to Connor as a truce. At first the marriage seems to have been blessed by the gods, but betrayal and deceit are never far away in this violent world, and the lives of both families are soon to be changed for ever . . .

'Shies from nothing, making it both cruel and magnificent' Guardian
'An epic tale of treachery, deceit, sex, torture, violence, revenge and retribution' Independent on Sunday
'Will rank along with the 20th-century classics' - Sunday Telegraph
Winner of the Lancashire Book Award

  • Published: 1 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849396660
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

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 Bloodtide

An epic tale of treachery, deceit, sex, torture, violence, revenge and retribution.

Independent on Sunday

Bloodtide and Bloodsong make The Hunger Games and its clones seem like drippy entertainments for bed-wetters and pillow-huggers.

Anthony McGowan, Guardian

A scary but compelling view of a possible world to come.

Kids Out

A story to curdle the blood and capture the imagination. . .(Burgess) has a fantastic imagination and draws out adolescent strong emotions very effectively.

Kit Spring, Observer

As mythology collides with sci-fi, you're dragged into a world of treachery and double-dealing as savage and bloody as that in any gangland saga.

Daily Telegraph

I can imagine it acquiring cult status among 16-year-olds.

Tony Bradman, Daily Telegraph

Shies from nothing, making it both cruel and magnificent.

Julia Eccleshare, Guardian

Will rank along with the 20th-century classics.

Sunday Telegraph

Burgess packs an enormous punch in this gripping, brilliant and scarily dark futuristic saga

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

Addictive reading, you can't just read one chapter.

Luna's Little Library Blog

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