Bloods Revolution by Angus Donald – Book Review

Bloods Revolution by Angus Donald – Book Review

Bloods Revolution by angus Donald

Bloods Revolution
Holcroft Blood Book Two

Author – Angus Donald
Publisher – Zaffre
Pages – 365
Released – 18th October 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1785764042
Format – ebook, hardcover, audio
Reviewer – Mike
Rating – 2.5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book



Newly returned from years of secret work in Paris, Lieutenant Holcroft Blood, a brilliant but unusual gunnery officer in His Majesty’s Ordnance, must now face King James II’s enemies on the gore-drenched battlefields of the British Isles.

But after the victory at Sedgemoor -and its cruel aftermath, the Bloody Assizes, in which the Duke of Monmouth’s rebellion was ruthlessly crushed – many powerful men have grown tired of Catholic James’s brutal, autocratic rule and seek to invite William, the Protestant Prince of Orange, to seize the thrones of the Three Kingdoms.

While revolution brews in the gentlemen’s clubs of London, Holcroft discovers that a sinister French agent, known only by his code name Narrey, has followed him across the Channel and intends to murder him. Worse, Holcroft must decide whether to join the conspirators, including his old friend Jack Churchill, now Lord Marlborough, and support Dutch William’s invasion – or remain loyal to his unpopular king.

Review 2017

Blood’s Revolution is about Holcroft Blood, a Lieutenant in the King’s Ordinance, and his race to prevent a plot to destroy the monarchy, whilst also facing an adversary from the past.

I have read a few books based around the same era and I found the settings and author’s historical knowledge in this book a joy. His passion for that period in history clearly shows.

However, I found the characters under-developed. This could be because many of them were based on actual people (which I only found out about in the historical note at the end) and maybe the author felt he didn’t need to go into too much detail, or perhaps he had covered that in his first novel in the series, but this meant I didn’t care much for them. This was very apparent with his protagonist: it felt like the author was unsure of how he wanted him to be; anti-hero, coward or gentleman, although it was nice to have a few subtle touches in his character such as his attention to detail and love of numbers and patterns.

The story itself starts very fast, which can be a positive, but there were so many characters and things to digest I found it difficult to take in. The chapters dart from one month to the next and although the author uses the chapter headings to explain the time of year and setting, I found myself turning back and fourth to check the timeline as it feels like you’ve missed a huge piece of information.

The story picked up, for me, when it got to part three, but by then I felt like so little had happened prior to this, that the reveal was a let down and each loose end remained untied and therefore irrelevant.

I possibly would have enjoyed the book more had I read the historical note first, and I would recommend anyone who wishes to read this to do so but as I did not, it sadly doesn’t make me want to read the first in the series or wait for the next and as such I give Blood’s Revolution 2.5 stars.

Reviewed by Mike

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About the Author

Angus Donald

Angus Donald was educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For many years he was a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is married to Mary, with whom he has two children, and he now writes full time from a medieval farmhouse in Kent.

He is the author of the bestselling Outlaw Chronicles, a series of eight books set in the 12th/13th centuries and featuring a gangster-ish Robin Hood and his loyal lieutenant Sir Alan Dale. His new Holcroft Blood series stars a mildly autistic artillery officer who was the son of notorious 17th-century Crown Jewel thief Colonel Thomas Blood. The series begins with Blood’s Game and continues with Blood’s Revolution and Blood’s Campaign (out October 2019).

The author has also written an epic Asian fantasy novel Gates of Stone (out February 2019) under the pseudonym Angus Macallan. He is always happy to chat to readers on Facebook, Twitter and via his website.

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2 Responses

  1. Emma Mane says:

    Such a shame when you don’t get on with the book.

  2. It happens sometimes.