"A look into a possible future"
By the beginnings of the twenty-third century London is
in ruins with warlord like gangs ruling over segments of
the city. A wall similar to that built during the Roman
period is constructed around the decimated metropolis more
for keeping the riffraff inside and isolating the
genetically engineered vermin known as halfmen out of the
city. This leaves many decent folks trapped in a dangerous
The Volsons and the Conors, two of the strongest gangs,
agree to merge through the marriage of their children.
However, the groom betrays his future in-laws during the
ceremony killing all but two, the bride and her brother.
The Halfmen feast on the bodies of the Volsons. Signy, the
fourteen-year-old bride, thirsts for vengeance, but has few
avenues if any to succeed as she now struggles to survive.
However, Odin followed by Loki and his daughter appear.
Are they the real Ancient Greek Gods or a hoax and if
genuine will they aid Signy in her quest?
Based on the first part of the classic Icelandic
Volsunga Saga, BLOODTIDE is an exciting futuristic epic
tale that will thrill adult and young readers alike. The
plot is loaded with action and turns believers of readers
that the "history" and the "current events" occurred.
However, the tale belongs to the key cast members who
rotate first person narration enabling the audience to
understand their motives. Though tagged a children's
novel, fans of all ages of epic fantasy will fully enjoy
Melvin Burgess' powerful story of a horrific future that
makes the world feel as if it has gone full circle.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 21, 2001