Saturday, May 21, 2016

Release Day Review: The Starblood Trilogy by Carmilla Voiez

~Book Info/Synopsis~

Satori, an adept Chaos Magician, casts a spell to try and win back his lost love, Star. Lilith, mother of demons, has other ideas. Summoned by Satori's magic, she makes it her mission to manipulate and separate the doomed lovers.

Satori knows he and Star are meant to be together. He battles demons, travels worlds and even transcends death for her but, however much she begs, he can't grant her the freedom she craves.

The Starblood Trilogy is a tale of sorcery, demonology, murder, sexual obsession and Gothic subculture. In the words of Jef Rouner (Houston Press) "You don't read [Carmilla Voiez's] books. You survive them." and Starblood may be the most brutal female-centred horror of them all. Winner of numerous indie awards, The Starblood Trilogy is being adapted into a series of graphic novels with art by Anna Dmitrieva.

"Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life." Graham Masterton.
~Book Links~

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Satori stands in the centre of his bedroom. His fingers and the lace cuffs of his shirt are stained from the charcoal he uses to scribble symbols. Markings cover every surface: the bare floorboards, ceiling and walls. Even his wardrobe and door are covered in intricate black sigils.
He unbuttons his shirt, swearing as he leaves fingerprints on the cotton. After tossing the garment on to his bed, he unzips his jeans, and forces the denim over his legs and to the floor. Standing naked, he smells himself. There is no trace of her scent on his body. Realising this feels like losing her all over again.
His fragile-looking, angular body is lost in the forest of writing. It expands around him, a web of ancient knowledge. The tips of his fingers prickle with energy.

He pulls silver rings from his fingers. Pushing back his shoulder-length hair, he removes the hoops from his left ear, and finally the silver stud from his sharply pointed nose. His jewellery jingles like tiny bells as he lets it fall, scattering like distant stars across the midnight duvet. On his pillow, dozens of photographs lie like fallen leaves. Some are intact but most are torn or defaced. Her face holds his thoughts for a moment: pale, perfect and framed by a mass of ebony curls. He shakes his head to clear her image. After this is over he will make her love him again. Maybe she will beg for his forgiveness. A wolfish grin grows across his face at the thought of Star on her knees, begging him to take her back. He licks his lips. His face feels hot, his body cold. In spite of his impatience to start the ritual, he waits. Sucking deep breaths in through his nostrils, he collects his thoughtshe mustn’t rush. He must be in control of himself and his desires.
Whispering, he draws the same glyphs on his body. He starts with his toes and the soles of his feet, moving upwards and over his skin with practised dexterity. Charcoal drags against his skin, which blossoms pink below each mark. The growing tattoo obscures his features.
Although he knows the words he needs to say, he reads the passage again, to be certain. He draws two circles on the floor and steps into one of them. With the fingers of his right hand he traces a pentagram in the air before him. Then he recites the words, his voice slow and clear, pronouncing each syllable with care.
‘ … This is my will,’ he says finally.

~My Review~
Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
The Starblood Trilogy contains Starblood, Psychonauts and Black Sun.
In Starblood we meet Satori and Star. Satori is obsessed with his love for Star, and he decides to use magic to help make her love him back. Satori conjures a demon called Lilith. Lilith enters this world and walks out on Satori to begin creating havoc, starting with murder!
Psychonauts continues where Starblood left off, with Satori searching for Star. Satori is faced with many evils in his search but he is determined to do whatever is necessary to bring star home.
Black Sun sees the end of Satori and Star story. Both of these characters have decisions and choices to make that will cause their lives to change permanently.
I found The Starblood Trilogy to be spellbinding from the first chapter. The relationship between Satori, Star and Lilith is dark and twisted but you get so caught up in it it's easy to see and believe that they're all real.
This is the first time I've read anything by Carmilla Voiez and I'm glad I have recently discovered this talented and dark author! Carmilla's writing style is dark and twisted. She feeds you enough details to pull you but leaves enough to keep you guessing too, it's like a cleverly laid trail of breadcrumbs to keep you going forward.
I really like the characters, I thought they interacted together really well and I loved watching them all grow and develop, they were realistic and believable. I even found that occasionally I was routing for the villians!!
I'd love to write more but I fear I may spoil it for those of you have not yet read this trilogy, so I'll draw my review to a close by saying...
Overall I have really enjoyed reading this trilogy and I'm looking forward to reading more of Carmilla's work.
Thank you to Carmilla for providing me with an ARC ecopy of The Starblood Trilogy.
~About The Author~

Carmilla Voiez is a new voice in the world of horror and dark fantasy. Her

Carmilla lives in North East Scotland and finds inspiration in the wildlife, castles and desolate places that surround her. She lives with her two children, tom cat, and a poet, by the sea.

Carmilla's short stories can be found in a number of anthologies, including Klarissa Dreams. Her first novel "The Ballerina and the Revolutionary" is available for Kindle and in paperback, and her horror classic "The Starblood Trilogy" is being rereleased on May 21 2016. The Starblood Trilogy is currently being reimagined as a graphic novel with art by Anna Dmitrieva, and a complete collection of her short stories is due to follow in 2017.
imagery harks back to the writings of Clive Barker and H P Lovecraft, but her voice is uniquely female. A varied diet of feminism and activism, a deep love of horror and a fascination with the Goth aesthetic created the creature of darkness we find today. Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Rouner of Houston Press once said - "You do not read her books, you survive them."

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