Saturday, 9 February 2013

The Orcus Games: Blood Moon (The Orcus Games Novella Trilogy #1) by Louise Herman -Free download

The Orcus Games: Blood Moon (The Orcus Games Novella Trilogy #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Guilty until you survive all zones…The Orcus Games is ready to put you on trial…

The lives of a witch and wizard couple, a new vampire and a rogue werewolf intertwine in three magical tales of love, loss and revenge.

The Craft - When witch and wizard couple, Heather and Phoenix make that fatal mistake on that, ‘Blood Moon’ night, they never thought they would be forced to working with a loner werewolf but…is he the only one who saw the, ‘accidental’ fatal act?

The Clan – Ardan would do anything for his wife and daughter but he could not protect them from the new blood thirsty life that was about to be bestowed onto them but what happens when he risks his immortal life for them?

The Pack – Caleb was always the werewolf that wanted more! With constant schemes and risky deals, to increase the potential of a better lifestyle, he thought his latest underground deal was the perfect idea, until he loses more than just his money…

The first book in the prequel to the, ‘Split Blood’ series, this novella is a mind-blowing magical tale of belonging, sacrifice and revenge…The Orcus Games: Blood Moon will drag you, kicking and screaming, on this deadly journey with the ill-fated prisoners. 

The Orcus Games: Blood Moon by Louise Herman

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The Orcus Games: Blood Moon (The Orcus Games Novella Trilogy #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.)
This is a fantasy novella, about witches, vampires, and werewolves. The first chapter concerns some witches who are having some sort of a festival and a feast. The second chapter is about some people who are attacked and turned into vampires, and the third chapter is about a down-on-his-luck werewolf who accidentally kills his wife.
In the fourth chapter, the werewolf discovers the witches, who have just killed a vampire, and tries to blackmail them in return for not telling anyone they have killed a vampire.

Anyway, the main characters all end up arrested or kidnapped in some way or another, and with a bit of adventure along the way, all end up as the newest contestants for ‘The Orcus Games’.
This is where this novella ends.

I have to say that I did get a little confused at the beginning of this one. We are very quickly introduced to three different stories, which then come together later on.
Initially being thrown into three stories was a bit of a shock though, and I was then sat there puzzling what the hell each story had in common with the others!
I persevered with this though, and eventually the characters met and interacted. This being a prequel novella though, the story ends where I believed ‘The Orcus Games’ were about to start. What exactly ‘The Orcus Games’ are though I don’t know! I thought that this prequel would be an introduction to the series, but I don’t think it gave you enough of an idea as to what the next book would be about, to really let you know if you would like it or not.

This novella was okay, but I didn’t find that it grabbed me. I kept reading to find out what would happen, but I wasn’t desperate to find out what happened next.
I might be tempted to read the next books in this series if I find them for free, but I can’t say I’m bothered enough to buy them. Maybe if I knew more about what ‘The Orcus Games’ were going to actually be about I would be more interested.
Overall; an okay novella, a bit confusing initially, but does build up to the next book I suppose.
5 out of 10.

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  1. It sounds okay but I don't think I will grab it. I want amazing books.

  2. That's a *really* long blurb for a novella. Wow.

  3. Hmm. Not dying to snap this one up...

  4. Still debating if I want to read this or not BUT thank you for sharing it! Love free books :)

    1. Decided to pass after reading a few other reviews :( I have a huge TBR list so I will have to start offing some of those reads anyways. I get too too distracted by free books (it's a bad habit)