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Civil Blood ❰Reading❯ ➿ Civil Blood Author Mark Gelineau – Thomashillier.co.uk One city Two worlds The King of Aedaron reigns in splendor, while far below, in the streets and alleys of the underworld, a different kind of king emerges Alys and Dax have always been caught in the m One city Two worlds The King of Aedaron reigns in splendor, while far below, in the streets and alleys of the underworld, a different kind of king emerges Alys and Dax have always been caught in the middle Once they fought for love, and their worlds tore them apart But now as they are forced back together, they must choose whether to fight once again But for what And against whom In the world of Lowside, nothing is as it seems Even each other.


About the Author: Mark Gelineau

Ever since the day he discovered his grandfather s stacks of pulps,comics, and sci fi and fantasy novels, Mark was fascinated When he saw his first movie, Star Wars, he was hooked Stories of adventure and far off worlds thrilled him then and inspire him now It was this passion for imaginative storytelling that led him to writing and education In addition to his own writing work, Mark has taught middle school English for the last thirteen years, and is excited to share his stories with his young son, Bryce Mark has partnered with Joe King, and the two have formed Gelineau and King, in order to bring an exciting new approach to the genre fiction that inspired him as a kid.



10 thoughts on “Civil Blood

  1. Norah Una Sumner Norah Una Sumner says:

    In the world of Lowside, nothing is as it seemsThese two are too stubborn for their own good I really enjoyed reading this I love both Dax and Alys But I just hope that they ll finally be able to be not only true to themselves but to each other as well The story is interesting as always Looking forward to seeing what happens next PS Love the cover


  2. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Civil Blood is a story which surprised me, twisted me around, showed me I don t always know what is going to happen, and made me love it That s right, love it Okay, I realize some of you might point to my fanboy enthusiasm for all of the Echoes of the Ascended stories and imagine this is justof that, but you d be wrong Sure, Best Left in the Shadows was an entertaining fantasy romp with a definite rom com feel to it that I enjoyed Yes, I do generally Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Civil Blood is a story which surprised me, twisted me around, showed me I don t always know what is going to happen, and made me love it That s right, love it Okay, I realize some of you might point to my fanboy enthusiasm for all of the Echoes of the Ascended stories and imagine this is justof that, but you d be wrong Sure, Best Left in the Shadows was an entertaining fantasy romp with a definite rom com feel to it that I enjoyed Yes, I do generally love everything Gelineau and King write However, Civil Blood is special their best outing to date, in my opinion, turning this series about Alys and Dax into one not to be missed.As this one begins, newly appointed Justicar Dax and Lowsider Alys have established a shaky partnership of sorts both telling themselves it is strictly business and that their past romantic relationship will not impact what could be a win win situation for them both the new face of the royal law in Lowside Dax of course gaining insight into the Lowside criminal elements while Alys gets valuable info on the goings on of the law, which she can sell to those very same criminal elements Hey, I didn t say this arrangement was logical Things appear to be going fine between the two until the killings start in earnest Nothing unusual in people dying in Lowside It happens every day Crime wars erupting then flaming out on their own, leaving bodies spread around like leaves after a strong windstorm People just expect it, ignore it when it happens But this murder spree is different someone torturing and killing the Cinderman s fire crews, rousing this crime boss to action I know, fire chief doesn t sound scary, right Just try to picture a corrupt fire chief who has his own private army and requires regular payments to keep random fires from destroying your property Much scarier now Quickly, the news of the murders finds its way to Alys ears A mutilated man having returned to the Cinderman and pointed his remaining fingers squarely at Alys as his torturer The enraged crime boss letting it be known he is coming for Alys blood Well, all this surprises Alys I mean, she knows she didn t do these murders, so it begs the question Who is trying to frame her for them What bothers Alys the most is she doesn t know the answer to the question, and she always knows It is her business to know everything of importance which happens in Lowside And so she sets out to uncover the identity of this person quickly, because no one fucks with her No one Meanwhile, Justicar Dax finds himself in a different type of trouble Family trouble Specifically, a friendly visit to the palace to visit his older brother, Marek, turning into a sibling inquisition.Naturally, Alys is a big part of Marek s obvious concern for Dax The older brother trying to gently remind Dax of what Alys did to him before and what she tried to do to their father Marek carefully warning that she is evendangerous now, not to be trusted at all, because she is a part of the violent, corrupt, and treacherous world of Lowside her loyaltyto Pious Black criminal overlord of the city than to any friend, even if Dax s idealistic view of life and Alys wishes it was different And to show his worry is real, Marek even offers a contingent of bodyguards to guard his little brother though Dax refuses, declaring that he has everything under control everything is strictly business.Once returned to Lowside though, Alys quickly asks Dax to help her deal with her personal problem with the Cinderman and get to the bottom of who is framing her Why she wants or needs Dax s help for her plan isn t clear His position as Justicar not seeming to help her at all in this endeavor But the rather star struck Dax has it bad for her, even if he tries to hide it Justicar doesn t ask any questions, just heads off into the unknown to help a woman he might not be able to trust completely.What follows is a lightning quick story of criminal confrontations, old feelings, and rousing fights, which never slows down and never stops surprising The masterful glimpses of this couples history and their current feelings toward each other and their world transforming what appeared, at first glance, to be a simple rekindling of a forbidden relationship into a complex narrative filled with treachery and dark motives Each side of this partnership unsure of the other, dealing with remorse about the past, but filled with deep conviction, ready and willing to die in their own personal crusades.Wow That was my feelings when I finished this second installment of the Best Left in the Shadows series My mind trying to come to grips with the noir like atmosphere, the growing webs of lies and secret choices, the treachery which simmers just beneath the surface, and the growing understanding that Gelineau and King have so muchto reveal before this mesmerizing tale is done.The only thing which sucks about Civil Blood is that I have to wait months for the next volume of this tale, which pains me almost as bad as having to wait however manyyears before George R.R Martin finishes The Winds of Winter.I received this book from the authors and Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review I d like to thank both of them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone


  3. Terence Terence says:

    Someone is attacking one of Pious Black s Captains and setting up Alys in the process Civil Blood like it s predecessor Best Left in the Shadows is a mystery Someone is setting Alys up and of course she won t tolerate such foolishness Who could it be and what does this individual want Oh Alys will find out.Civil Blood delves into what led to the rift between Alys and Dax I have to imagine if they each were honest with one another it would change things, but they each hold back which appears Someone is attacking one of Pious Black s Captains and setting up Alys in the process Civil Blood like it s predecessor Best Left in the Shadows is a mystery Someone is setting Alys up and of course she won t tolerate such foolishness Who could it be and what does this individual want Oh Alys will find out.Civil Blood delves into what led to the rift between Alys and Dax I have to imagine if they each were honest with one another it would change things, but they each hold back which appears likely to lead to misery That being said their relationship seemed much better in Civil Blood than it did in the duos previous novella.The hints of the largely story of Echoes of the Ascended are driving me nuts I really wish the authors chose afleshed out format than novellas There is so much I need to know, but the novellas stick to their single storythan anything.Civil Blood was a solid mystery and addition to the larger Echoes of the Ascended series


  4. Mark Gelineau Mark Gelineau says:

    Howdy everyone,Joe and I are back with another trip into Lowside Civil Blood is novella 2 of Best Left in the Shadows It ups the stakes for Alys and Dax as they re on the hunt once again together We exploreof the two worlds that tore them apart, while also digging deeper into their past We ve got some new and familiar faces among the shade folk And there are plenty of new twists and fun to be had The series Best Left in the Shadows follows Alys, our tough, streetwise, quick witted, Howdy everyone,Joe and I are back with another trip into Lowside Civil Blood is novella 2 of Best Left in the Shadows It ups the stakes for Alys and Dax as they re on the hunt once again together We exploreof the two worlds that tore them apart, while also digging deeper into their past We ve got some new and familiar faces among the shade folk And there are plenty of new twists and fun to be had The series Best Left in the Shadows follows Alys, our tough, streetwise, quick witted, and quick tongued thief and assassin She s paired with Daxton Ellis, a nobleman and justicar They once were lovers It cost them dearly and they separated, but now they are brought back together again.They re not ready to fall in love again, but not willing to be separated again either, even as their two worlds pull them apart.The world of Lowside, and all of the capital city Resa, is a deep, complicated place, and our two protagonists are caught in the middle It s our version of a bloodier, bigger Romeo and Juliet in a fantasy, crime noir setting.The complete story is told through a series of novellas Think of it like your favorite episode based TV show Each novella can stand on its own, but when read together, it tells the fuller story.Best Left in the Shadows is one of the four series in Echoes of the Ascended.Echoes of the Ascended is a series of series.It follows the lives of five orphans Each series features different characters Each is a different kind of tale.Read one, two, three, or all the series to customize your own unique, personal experience into the grander story of Aedaron.We hope you enjoy Civil Blood and all the rest of the Echoes of the Ascended novellas We d love to hear your thoughts, so please check us out at www.gelineauandking.com


  5. Daniel Daniel says:

    The setting is interesting, the world is interesting and the story has potential Sadly the characters are the weak link They seem like they could be interesting, we get glimpses but so much is obscure that it s simply getting just frustrating I understand that this was intentional but the knowledge that it ll take a year ortill we get a clear picture oh boy.But the writing is excellent, fast and fluid and is a joy to read so i ll keep up.


  6. Cora Tea Party Princess Cora Tea Party Princess says:

    5 Words Crime, betrayal, loyalty, friendship, war.Damn I needI needso bad.I am addicted I need it all, I need it now I cannot get over how well this series is written, how each of the series within a series in Echoes of the Ascended has a different tone, a different feel to the writing, completely different characters.I really want to find outabout Briar and Alys There s a twist in this installment and I just can t figure out who is telling the truth, and I won t stop rea 5 Words Crime, betrayal, loyalty, friendship, war.Damn I needI needso bad.I am addicted I need it all, I need it now I cannot get over how well this series is written, how each of the series within a series in Echoes of the Ascended has a different tone, a different feel to the writing, completely different characters.I really want to find outabout Briar and Alys There s a twist in this installment and I just can t figure out who is telling the truth, and I won t stop reading until I do.And Pious Black What I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.


  7. proxyfish proxyfish says:

    review to come


  8. Marjolein Marjolein says:

    Read all my reviews on After the first round of The Echoes of the Ascended, Best Left in the Shadows was my favorite of the four storylines Therefore I was eagerly awaiting Civil Blood because I was really looking forward to continuing the story of Alys and Dax.I was not disappointed This proved to be a very interesting and nice short story It was very nice to see the links with the other stories I liked it a lot, to be honest Looking forward to read morRead all my reviews on After the first round of The Echoes of the Ascended, Best Left in the Shadows was my favorite of the four storylines Therefore I was eagerly awaiting Civil Blood because I was really looking forward to continuing the story of Alys and Dax.I was not disappointed This proved to be a very interesting and nice short story It was very nice to see the links with the other stories I liked it a lot, to be honest Looking forward to readof the series Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


  9. Lara Lara says:

    This is the second story and follows Dax and Alys as they work to figure out what is behind certain crimes in the slums where Alys lives They both love each other, but are not exactly on the same side and don t quite trust each other so aren t willing to act on their feelings In this story we learn about the circumstances that tore them apart, as well as secrets each is keeping from the other I was disappointed that Dax, who is so bright and good, is used to such a degree by others And that This is the second story and follows Dax and Alys as they work to figure out what is behind certain crimes in the slums where Alys lives They both love each other, but are not exactly on the same side and don t quite trust each other so aren t willing to act on their feelings In this story we learn about the circumstances that tore them apart, as well as secrets each is keeping from the other I was disappointed that Dax, who is so bright and good, is used to such a degree by others And that he isn t better able to position himself to ensure he has some control over events when everything comes to a head.This story brings in some larger intrigue and I m interested, though anxious, to see how things progress This is a dark world, but the characters have humor and the tone of writing is fairly light It s right up my alley.I received a free copy for review through NetGalley


  10. Rickus Bookshelf Rickus Bookshelf says:

    Loved this Full review over here Loved this Full review over here


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