Book Review: Blood Ties by Hazel West


Title: Blood Ties (The Modern Tales of Na Fianna #1)

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Alternate History


In an Ireland that mixes high kings, faeries, and modern warriors who drive fast cars, Ciran, a descendant from the famous warrior Fionn Mac Cool, bands together with a company of young warriors to go on a quest to recover their missing family members who were captured on patrol by the Goblins during a shaky peace between the two kingdoms. Ciran and his companions must figure out not only how they are going to rescue the prisoners, but how they are going to complete their mission without killing each other. This first book in the new urban fantasy series by Hazel West is a story of brotherhood and friendship against all odds, that mixes the ancient Irish legends with a modern setting for an action-packed read.


Blood Ties is a novel where you would love to live with the characters. It is a novel where you want to put yourself into. The world building, the friendships, the amazing relationships of the characters put me into a delightful, fascinating, interesting and adventurous journey. The novel focuses on urban fantasy where the ancient and modern era collides. It’s unique and it will spar fantasy novels out there.

I find this book amusing. The friendship and loyalty are so strong on this one that sometimes, I don’t know if I am reading a fictional story or is it a reality. The trust and faith of the characters are overwhelming. You could feel that they want to believe in a glimpse of hope when they are on the verge of letting go. You could feel their longing and anger that you can imagine yourself if you are on their shoes.

This novel is outstanding and magnificent and a combination of brilliance. I was new with the Irish Legends and I think, the author gave justice on introducing us to the world that she created and to the world that was unknown to us. Figuratively, this book is one of those gems hiding out there that definitely needed to be read. A book that we need on our shelf, a book that we love to stare upon and have another journey with the characters.

Aside from this book having a good foundation with its character’s personality, the book also has the dark side. The emotions are lurking, hiding in the depths of the novel. You’ll feel strong emotions – betrayal, rage, and distrust. With the epic expedition, with unexpected twists, with compelling battles and with remarkable characters, this book brings us into a different realm where we will fall in love with the fast-paced writing style of the author with its distinctive feelings.

This one is definitely recommended! I like it and for sure, definitely anticipating the release of Book 2. I’m expecting more blood bath, goblins, of course, and more incoming twist!

Ratings: 4 stars


Purchase Links: Createspace Paperback | Amazon | Kindle | Smashwords

About the Author

Hazel West lives in Purgatory, er, Florida, with her books and her hedgehog Horatio.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading other people’s books, studying folklore, or binge-

watching something on Netflix—drinking coffee is also a given.


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