I fell in love with Bid The Gods Arise back in 2013, and ever since then I have waited patiently for it’s sequel, Forsake Not The Gods, which I have had the special privilege of being able to sneak a peek. It is so epic! I can’t wait for it to be finished. So when I heard that Mullin planned on releasing one of the character’s backstory, I was ecstatic. So without further ado:
This is Dania’s tale.
In BID THE GODS ARISE, readers were introduced to the hardened gladiatrix, Dania. Now, in this standalone prequel novella, we learn the story of how the orphaned pickpocket comes of age and grows to become the Blood Goddess of the gladiatorial arena of a distant world.
Young Dania never imagined a life beyond the caravan and her cutpurse youth, but when she is kidnapped and sold as a slave, her life takes a violent turn. Raised in the barracks of a pit-fighting compound, she yearns to return to her beloved home. Misled, seduced, and betrayed, will she choose freedom … or revenge?
Blood Song is Dania’s story. In Bid The Gods Arise, she is known as the Blood Goddess, the infamous gladiator. She is bitter, callous, and deadly. But how did she become like this?
Dania is a strong-willed, feisty young pick-pocket seeking do her part among her caravan family, the Songsingers, but then she is kidnapped and sold into slavery. She is determined to free herself whatever it takes and go home. Rejected by her first couple of owners, Dania finds herself in the hands of Farel with a promise of earning her way free one day by fighting for him in the arena.
Mullin does a great job conveying the child-like innocence of Dania and her transition into adulthood. With each obstacle she faces, we see her react, learn, and harden from it. We understand how she becomes the Blood Goddess in Bid The Gods Arise. And if you’ve read BTGA, you know there is hope at the end of the tunnel!
The title is perfect, but I’m not sure if sharing why would be a spoiler. So you’ll just have to trust me or read it for yourself! The cover gives it an impression of being very gory, but I did not find that to be the case within. It is about a gladiator, but I think Mullin handles it very well. You know things happen, but you don’t see it. Perhaps a PG-13 rating?
If you haven’t read Bid The Gods Arise, then I’m not sure how someone would respond to Blood Song. On the surface, it seems depressing, but for those of us who have read BTGA, it will endear Dania to us even more and when you read the last sentence you will smile, because you KNOW what will happen next.