Judgment of Blood
by Timothy Black
File Size: 5812 KB
Print Length: 241 pages
Publisher: Blysster Press; 1 edition (February 23, 2017)
Publication Date: February 23, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.
Twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Elijah Kelly, an infected Thunder Train crewman exiled to the ground, ranges ahead of his beloved home, determined to keep it safe no matter the cost. But a telluric deadzone has caught Wardenclyffe in its riptide, forcing it toward airspace where its miraculous machinery will no longer function. Desperate to neutralize the deadzone before the flying city crashes, Eli discovers a brutal truth: humanity still exists on the ground, paying a terrible vampiric price for their survival.
Faced with an impossible choice between sacrificing thousands of innocent lives or betraying the rebels fighting for their freedom against an oppressive regime, Eli will be forced to rely on an unlikely ally lurking deep within his own blood to defy the inevitable.
I gave the first book in the series 4 stars out of 5 (link) — and this book is better. Black has an easy-to-read style that makes for an entertaining book. That being said, “Judgment of Blood” falls firmly into the pulpy dystopian genre. His trilogy is very steampunk/dieselpunk with some gory horror elements — werewolves.
The series has a Clay Griffith or Cherie Priest vibe to it. I think that if you like those Authors you will really enjoy Timothy Black.
“Takes time to nurture hate and stupidity, eh? I like that kid. Got a good head on his shoulders.”
All in all, it is pulpy storytelling at it’s best. I give Timothy Black’s “Judgment of Blood” 5 stars out of 5 and I hope that part 3 in the trilogy doesn’t take years to finish.
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