Written in the Blood

Written in the Blood The new enthralling supernatural thriller from Stephen Lloyd Jones following his highly acclaimed debut THE STRING DIARIES High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her l

  • Title: Written in the Blood
  • Author: Stephen Lloyd Jones
  • ISBN: 9781472204707
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • The new, enthralling supernatural thriller from Stephen Lloyd Jones, following his highly acclaimed debut THE STRING DIARIES.High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer A promise Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the lion s den But her options are running out Her rThe new, enthralling supernatural thriller from Stephen Lloyd Jones, following his highly acclaimed debut THE STRING DIARIES.High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer A promise Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the lion s den But her options are running out Her rare lineage, kept secret for years, is under terrible threat That is, unless Leah and her mother Hannah are prepared to join up with their once deadly enemies Should the prey ever trust the predator

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    • Stephen Lloyd Jones

      Stephen Lloyd Jones grew up in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, and studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London He now lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and far too many books He s the author of The String Diaries, Written in the Blood and The Disciple.

    338 thoughts on “Written in the Blood

    • Before I start the review I would note for Readers: I Highly Recommend that you read “The String Diaries” prior to “Written in the Blood” it will enhance the reading experience!I loved The String Diaries, the first instalment in this absolutely brilliantly imaginative story and with Written in the Blood the author takes it up a notch – several notches in fact – and delivers a fantastic and often heart pounding tale steeped in an intelligently drawn mythology which he expands and impr [...]


    • I enjoyed the String Diaries last year, a decent story with a good layer of the supernatural.I was curious to see how it would be followed up, more of the same would have been a good thing but this book goes well beyond the first part.Again the author writes a decent plot with interesting characters and very dark nasty twists and turns but here he takes the myths and supernatural elements begun in String Diaries and develops and expands into a fascinating society and associated dangers.The addit [...]


    • I enjoyed String Diaries, certainly enough to check out its sequel, though normally I'm very much against series of any sort. Objectively this was a perfectly decent and completely unnecessary sequel. Jones did all the proper things, expanded on the world of his long living beings, introduced a new fiend on the scene, further complicating the already complicated the human/shapeshifters/lifedrainers dynamics, expanded on the past, bute novelty (this being a sequel) now gone, the story really need [...]


    • I really enjoyed “The String Diaries,” so I was eager to read the sequel. It is set fifteen years after the events which saw Hannah Wilde and her daughter Leah confront Jakab. As in the first novel, part of the storyline is set in 1873 Hungary, and looks at the events which saw the hosszu elet (shapeshifters) suffering the attempt to wipe them out and left those remaining going underground. The hosszu elet live long lives, but their numbers are declining and Hannah and Leah are attempting to [...]


    • maybe 2 stars, if i was kinder alas, i am not prepare for a bit of a rant, and i don't care if you agree, or like it, or disagree, or despise me for it, or anything (but if you want to discuss the whys and wherefores send me an email) i HATE it when authors can't do a book properly, and REALLY HATE it when an author chooses to do two books because they can't do the first one properly there is a lot going on in SLJ world of The Long Lives (i will skip the Hungarian because i an, and because i tho [...]


    • Ok, so here we have a fantasy thriller. Not a genre I would usually have much interest in, but I do like to broaden the old horizons and such, and the synopsis sounded very promising, so I gritted my teeth and jumped in…Well, my teeth remained as expected for a fair while. I find a good read can become very disheartening when half the time is spent trying to pronounce unfamiliar (or possibly completely made-up) words; and here I had an awful lot of words with just far too many consonants for m [...]


    • Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones was just like the first book of the series - The String Diaries - really brutal and with no hope for a happy ending but extremely enrapturing and interesting.If in first book the story is mainly about Jackab and Hannah and hossuzu eletek, then in this book there is Leah, Izsak, lelek tolvajok, kirekesztett and Jackab and Hannah and some other crucial characters. And the story is not any more just in Europe and England, it goes also to America and to Ca [...]


    • Publication Date: 29th January 2015Publisher: HeadlineISBN: 978-1472204721Source: Bookbridgr/NetgalleyRating: 2/5Synopsis:High in the mountains of the Swiss Alps Leah Wilde is about to gamble her life to bring a powerful man an offer. A promise.Leah has heard the dark stories about him and knows she is walking into the lion's den. But her options are running out. Her rare lineage, kept secret for years, is under terrible threat. That is, unless Leah and her mother Hannah are prepared to joi [...]


    • Let me start by saying, if you are the type of reader who doesn't mind reading a series out of order, I strongly recommend you don't take that approach with this series.This book started out slow for me and it took me longer to finish than normal, but eventually got to a point where it grabbed my attention. Chapters alternate between different points in time, past and present, and varying characters and viewpoints, but I enjoyed learning how they were all connected and interwoven near the end. I [...]


    • Originally posted on bluchickenninja.I got a copy of this book from the publisher via bookbridgr. In the small amount of research I did I saw no mention of the fact that it is a sequel. If I had known it was a sequel I would not have requested it.This book does not explain what is going on in this world. It assumes that the reader has read the first book; The String Diaries. The book focuses on the mysterious people known as the hosszu eletek but never actually explains what the hosszu eletek ac [...]


    • Another excellent page-burner from Stephen Lloyd Jones! Could not put this one down. What a treat to read a sequel that is just as thrilling and fascinating as the first novel. Now I have to see how long we must wait for his next story



    • Fantastic sequel to The String Diaries. Stephen Lloyd Jones takes this story deeper, and gives the characters great new depths. I loved it and I hope it's not the end.


    • This is one of those books where you read about 10 pages and think, "Yes! This is going to be fun!"Written in the Blood is the sequel to The String Diaries, which I read last year and really enjoyed. Not sure why it's taken me so long to get around to this one, but now that i have, I can report that it's just as good as it's predecessor.As with the first book, it's about an ancient race of shape-changing Hungarians. I've made it sound shit there, haven't I? OK's a really cool, exciting, well-wri [...]


    • The second book of the series wasn’t a disappointment. Although the author would have been asked a Hungarian speaker’s help because some incorrect use of the Hungarian words were annoying. The biggest problem in my opinion is the typical ‘sequel illness ‘ of the book, when it desperately tries to be more and better than the previous one. Next to a ‘tanács’ coup we have the ‘lélektolvajok’ (yes it’s one word) just out of the blue and (in the lamest tradition of sequels) it tur [...]


    • Okay well I guess T E C H N I C A L L Y this book isn't as tight or structured as the first, but I promise you there is nothing in between these two covers that you won't enjoy, especially if you devoured the first volume as voraciously as myself. With everything tied together in a neat little bow, I am left crossing my fingers for a third book so that I won't have to say goodbye to these lovely, fractured individuals. And by the way, Mr. Jones is REALLY good at writing strong, nuanced female ch [...]


    • This book suffered from the Superhero Movie Sequel Curse way too many plot lines that just didn't really come together in the end. Should have just stuck with the first book!




    • Okay, I quite literally just realized that this was the second book in the series so I guess that's probably why I was uber confused the entire time.Still DNF.


    • This was a thrilling sequel to The String Diaries. Fast paced page turner that kept you guessing and enthralled to the end. Their could be a third book according to the writer and i really hope the story continues.


    • This is one of those sequels that didn't actually need to be added. Though I liked learning a bit more about the hosszu eletek and their history, it was one of those books that upset everything from the first book to make a barely coherent story (view spoiler)[including bringing back a character who we thought was dead (which is the worst) (hide spoiler)]. There was just too much going on and too many directions that it was hard to follow the story. Everything came together in time for the end, [...]


    • Set fifteen years after the first novel in the series, the main protagonist in ‘Written in the Blood’ is Hannah Wilde’s daughter, Leah. Last seen as a nine year old girl on the run with her mother from the dangerous Jakab, she is now 24 and on a mission to help save the future of her race – the Hosszu Eletek.Fertility among the remaining Hosszu Eletek is failing, and Leah is one of the youngest in a declining society. Together with her mother, Leah is helping to run a highly controversia [...]


    • This is the second book in a series so you need to be very aware of that fact before you pick this one up to read. Normally an author will manage, either in a good way or sometimes in a not so good way, to bring any new reader up to speed with the basic premise of the novel's concept which was spelled out in the first book. This author made me do almost all the work of finding out what the book was about. This was made more interesting in one way but more difficult in another by having the impor [...]


    • Read this and other reviews at Ampersand Read.I reviewed The String Diaries, the first installment in this series, back in May. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and was pretty excited to see Written in the Blood on the shelf right after its November release. Just as a note: it is definitely necessary to read The String Diaries before its sequel. You’ll be lost otherwise.The gang’s all here: Hannah and Leah, and the looming danger of the hosszu elet…only this time the threat is vastly different. In [...]


    • Thank you to Headline for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest reviewThe problem with sequels is that they have to live up to the (hopeful) brilliance of their predecessor, many many times over the course of my reading years I have came across sequels that are frankly just awful but I'm not going to kiss and tell.Written in the Blood is the follow up to the String Diaries a book I truly loved, it was amazing and Written in the Blood has a lot to live up to, the question is [...]


    • Written in the Blood, by Stephen Lloyd Jones, is proof that a book can be as scary as a film. Full of shadowy, shape shifting creatures that possess untold, supernatural powers the plot moves along at a breathtaking pace. Each of the various groups described seem intent on hunting out and mercilessly killing, their travails tightly written and frighteningly descriptive. Moving across centuries and continents the reasons behind their exploits unfold gradually with each chapter set in a place and [...]


    • Okay, so this is one of those "I better put the GoodReads synopsis because if I try to do my own it's going to be spoiler central before anyone's even made it to the actual review"! So yes. Anywaaaays, I never got to read the String Diaries, and I freely admit I probably should have, but I found this easy enough to get along with without having read it, and I picked everything up easily, so I was able to dive in to the world and hang out with the characters. So we've got shapeshifters in this su [...]


    • Good to know, this book is the sequel of another book - The String Diaries (not read yet). So yes, there are references to what happened before, but the explanations are enough to understand the context and allow us to read the story without feeling too much lost.So, I'm not used to this kind of story but I found it to be a pleasant reading. The characters are well written, they are very well thought and one takes a liking for Leah who tries to save her world and her mother who's trying to prote [...]


    • I read (and was blown away by!) The String Diaries in July 2013. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a follow-up, after all, it couldn't be as good as the first could it? We now know 'what' and 'who' we are dealing with so where else could the story go in terms of a supernatural thriller? I had put off reading Written in the Blood but there was no need to worry it is just as tense and intriguing as the first!Written in the Blood begins fast paced with Leah making her way to Luca and this carri [...]


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