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    Alternate reality + fantasy + western = superb

    It is hard to describe this book purely because it appears to try to do too much. It is set in an alternate universe where much is familiar but some things are very different. It is a western, mostly set in an frontier town in Wyoming with the usual cast of restless townspeople, lone prospectors and ruthless land owners. It is a fantasy involving faeries and magick Yet in Galley's capable hands these elements are moulded into a seamless and thrilling story. All the different aspects fit together neatly and consistently producing a terrific platform for the characters and plot. The main character is 13 year old Tonmerion Hark (known as Merion), son of the Prime Lord (think Prime Minister) of an alternate version of Victorian Britain. When his father is murdered by assailants unknown he is sent to his last remaining relative - an aunt living in Wyoming. Travelling with him is is best friend, a faerie called Rhin who is a fugitive from the rest of the Fae. Desperate to get back to London to find his father's killer and rescue his inheritance, Merion is instead drawn into conflict and underhand dealings in the small town of Fell Falls where is aunt is the undertaker. The alternate universe is particularly striking. Very nearly everything is familiar but with important difference. The biggest of these is clearly that creatures such as the Fae exist (even if few people have ever seen one) but other changes include the natives of America, the Shohari, not being quite human and a lot of clever differences in London that really make it clear what kind of world Merion inhabits. The magick is also well thought out with a lot of thought and imagination given to its mechanics and its implications. Galley's writing is a joy. IT is clear and concise yet conveys the scene to the reader with impressive ease. The hot sun and gritty sand of the desert feel very real indeed. The characters are very well described and a great deal of care has been taken to express them. These are not cardboard cliches, which would have been easy. Merion is the hero but at heart is still a 13 year old boy, a boy who is impetuous and complains how life is unfair. All through the book there is a subtle undercurrent of wry humour. What this whole book reminded me of - both in the writing and in the almost but not quite like our world setting - was a slightly darker Terry Pratchett. That is not an exaggeration, This book really is up there with the very best Discworld books in terms of story and inventiveness. It is darker in tone than anything Pratchett would write and not quite as laugh out loud funny in places but it is damn close. The story itself unfolds at a fast pace - which is good because there is a lot to get through with several plots running intertwined through the narrative and sparking off each other as they twist and turn through every reveal. The final showdown is suitably climactic and the prose as well as the magick crackles off the page in a breathless rush towards the final chapter. I do like to balance my reviews with maybe some small point that counts against the book but I really can't think of one for Bloodrush. It simply is a magnificent piece of work. You may not have known you wanted a alternate reality fantasy western but once you have read this you will wonder where the next one is coming from. Very very highly recommended and the 5 star rating was easy to give. Rated: Strong language so not for the youngest of young adults
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    "It's one big farie tale"

    Be aware, this Is not a book that is easy reading. When I started the novel I was unsure about it. I am not usually one for magic and the wild west but this book has changed that. To keep it short and to the point, once you get into this novel you will find it hard to put it down, Galley has a wicked way of keeping you in your toes and throwing major curve balls in throughout the book.
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    Great book

    Take a chance on Ben Galley's work. You won't be disappointed. His ideas are creative and original.
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    Enjoyable Read, Interesting Universe

    This is a Western in a world that has grown, and aged, with magick in the background. The old powers have faded, and humans have advanced into the New World, starting to push aside those who've been in the world longer than they have. This world has many things readers will recognize, with slightly different names to show that this isn't the universe we're used to. History is a bit different, but not by enough to make it unrecognizeable. In the middle of this world is a 13 year-old boy in the UK, who loses his father to murder, and is sent away from his sheltered life to life with an Aunt in the Wild West of the Americas. He's angry, sullen, pig headed and backed up with a faerie as his only friend. But manages not only to survive the trip, but to adjust and learn more about his family and their secrets while wanting to solve the murder of his father. Love the way the magick is woven into this world, and how things are just different enough to keep what could be a dull western interesting. The kid can be annoying at times, but no more than I'd expect a privileged 13 year-old to be. He wants to be a man, but makes impulsive, unwise decisions because he doesn't have that much life experience. I like the kid, and the characters he's thrown in with. I'll be interested to see him as he matures.
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