My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight and flight response into overdrive.
Spending a lot of time on my to be read pile I thought a couple of days ago that it was finally time to dive into the Covenant-world. And I’m so, so happy that I finally did.
The story begins right away with a lot of excitement when the protagonist Alexandria is faced with an attack of daimons that she tries to fight. Although she spent three years in hiding with her mother, the sentinels of the Covenant save her and take her back where the Hematoi, descendants of the gods, live.
Alex is a real cool girl, a smart-ass at times, she’s a fighter, and has problems controlling her emotions. I liked her immediately, partly because of her cool attitude and her fighter’s heart, but also because of her pureness and her good intentions. I think the whole series and her development in each novel will be very interesting to observe.
Aiden is the good guy who saves Alex, who supports her, and who is actually forbidden to get closer to Alex because the Half-Bloods (like Alex) and the pures (like Aiden) cannot have a relationship. So feeling responsible for Alex’s future, Aiden tries to keep an appropriate distance towards her.
Seth is a very interesting personality because he seems to be inscrutable in the beginning. With each chapter the reader gets to know him better bit by bit and the more you get to know him the more interesting he becomes. I’m so, so curious as to what is to become of him and Alex.
I love the author’s books mainly because of her writing skills – she makes the reader really BE PART OF the action and feels the emotions of all protagonists. In the end I was so moved that I had tears in my eyes. Dear Jennifer, I love this so much about you and your books!
We’ve actually held an entire conversation without insulting one another. Next thing you know, you’ll actually consider me a friend.
Baby steps, Seth. Baby steps.
Half-Blood, the first Covenant – Novel of Jennifer L. Armentrout is a very entertaining page turner where the reader dives into Alex’s world as a Hematoi and the events through which she is going through. This story had immediately my full attention and I spent the whole night reading. For I was so caught up in this unique world, the protagonists and the development of events that I didn’t want to stop reading – like at all. A must read, really!
Diese einmalige Welt, die die Autorin geschaffen hat, hatte ab der ersten Seite meine ungeteilte Aufmerksamkeit. Ich las es die halbe Nacht hindurch und konnte mich von dem Buch nicht trennen. Die Geschichte beginnt bereits sehr dynamisch, der Leser befindet sich mitten in einem Angriff und braucht nicht lange um sich zu orientieren sondern kann den Geschehnissen wunderbar folgen. Mit jedem fortschreitenden Kapitel werden peu à peu Informationen zu den Hematoi, den Nachfahren von Göttern und Halbgöttern, in angenehmen Portiönchen gegeben, sodass man sich während der Lektüre weder überladen fühlt, noch die Hauptstränge aus den Augen verliert. Da ich glaube, dass die gesamte Serie unheimlich viel Potential hat, bewerte ich Half-Blood mit der Kategorie Tauchgenuss, obwohl ich betonen muss, dass diese Geschichte mich zwei Nächte lang wachgehalten hat, weil es gelesen werden wollte und zwar sofort. Eine ganz klare Leseempfehlung an alle Fans von Fantasy und der griechischen Mythologie.
General information – Werbung
- title Half-Blood
- author Jennifer L. Armentrout
- pages 400 pages (Print)
- price 6,92 € (Kindle Edition), 8,39€ (SC)
- publisher Hodder Paperbacks; 1. Edition (14. August 2014)
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi – pure-bloods – have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals – well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem – staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck. Source