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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
I was lucky enough to get to read and review the third book in the Lisen of Solsta series, Blooded, by author D. Hart St. Martin. Lucky, because I had already read and enjoyed the first two in the series, Fractured and Tainted, and also because this third installment, in my opinion, is truly the best of a great trilogy. The last book continues with the story of Lisen, our heroine, who is emotionally shut down after she’s committed an act that’s so cold, so unlike her, that she almost doesn’t recognize who she is anymore. She’s also lost her confidante, Korin, and, while able to complete her tasks as the Empir of Garla, it’s as though she is a shell of her former self. When a child arrives, a kidnapping takes place and a new and dangerous drug arrives on the scene; it appears that all might be lost for Lisen. But if Korin tells her what he’s been keeping from her, if she’s able to move forward from the mistakes she’s made, will she then be able to be something other than alone?
Blooded was simply a fantastic read and a great end to the Lisen of Solsta series. I have enjoyed this trilogy immensely. With its underlying themes of gender, equality and sexuality, the Solsta series is not only entertaining, but also makes you think. D. Hart St. Martin’s final Lisen novel is certainly her best, and will appeal to any lover of fantasy, science fiction, romance, or just a generally great book. I am sad to see this series come to an end, and look very much forward to seeing what this author has up her sleeve for her next work!