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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
In Blood Seed: Coin of Rulve Book One, Sheft, the protagonist, hides a dark secret that brings chaos into his life. In the fantastic world created by author Veronica Dale, readers confront an unusual antagonist: Wask, the flesh-eating beetle-man. This creature haunts the village of At-Wysher because it is attracted to Sheft’s blood. The young man’s journey begins when a disturbing revelation about his destiny leads him into imminent danger.
There is something mysterious about Sheft that draws Mariat toward him. They eventually both fall in love, but the author refuses to create a predictable romance. Veronica Dale knows where and when not to rein in. This is her first novel and brings an interesting new approach to this genre. Blood Seed has all the elements that fans of the esoteric and magical want to see in a fantasy novel, but it is more than that. It portrays a battle between good and evil, but it does not let you swim in a shallow sea of fiction writing. Blood Seed seems to say that what one regards as a malediction can be seen from a different perspective, that the act of redemption always brings the opportunity for transformation. This, to me, is the heart of this wonderful book.