A-format edition of the second title in The Castings Trilogy, set in a pre-industrial northern European-style landscape, this page-turner revolves around main characters Bramble - an independent and endearing young woman - and Ash - a most surprising leading man.
Saker is raising ghosts from their graves to attack anyone who is not a Traveller, and towns are falling as the armies of ghosts move through them violently and ruthlessly. Bramble must find the bones of the long-dead warlord Acton, to put the ghosts at rest. But first she has to live through Acton s life with the help of Ash and the Well of Secrets. For his part, Ash can only quieten the spirits by singing to them - singing one of the songs his Traveller father refused to teach him. In order to learn the song he must journey to the Deeps and prove he is worthy of this knowledge. Bramble and Ash discover feelings that they never would have expected, and nor would we, the readers
[will] appeal to fans of Robin Hobb, as like Hobb's books it is a work on a large canvas - Australian Bookseller & Publisher of Blood Ties
an impressively different fantasy novel - Sydney Morning Herald of Blood Ties
a satisfying diversion from formula-based fantasy. Freedman's characters have real depth - Adelaide Advertiser of Blood Ties
intriguing - Daily Telegraph of Blood Ties
BLOOD TIES has the feel of Ursula le Guin's fantasy novels...if you are weary of sword battles with sorcerers and intrigued by dark motivations, this is a wonderfully satisfying series to read. - aurealisXpress