Bastions of Blood

Kremlins, Volume 2
Narrated by: Cathy Burnham Martin
Series: Kremlins, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The winter winds blow cold in Russia. On the heels of triumph comes tragedy. 

After a decisive victory, Tsar Ivan falls ill, followed by his beloved wife. As the Tsarina's condition worsens, Inga glimpses the sadistic creature Ivan was before he married. As the Tsar's madness grows, he lashes out, and all of Russia feels the sting. 

As Inga fears the future, Taras looks to the past, searching for the elusive answers to his mother’s death. Mystery piles upon mystery, and everyone refuses to talk. Taras wonders if he’ll ever truly understand the event that has plagued him since childhood. The Kremlin darkens, and the countryside fills with blood. 

Inga and Taras cling to one another for survival. Inga finds herself at an epic crossroads, with her heart beckoning her one way and her fear tugging her in another. 

Find out what Inga chooses in the second installment of this medieval historical romance series.

©2017 Liesel Hill (P)2018 Liesel Hill

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Fabulous historical fiction

This series is fantastic! I love the history, the characters, the real events. I love that it follows a few central characters, makes it easy to follow and really get to know them. So many emotions. I would not say this book is a romance. While there are a couple romances, that really does seem to be the least part of the story. The real life events and dealing with daily life during horrid times is far more interesting to me. Fabulous historical fiction! I received a free copy for review.

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the name so fitting

The name is soooo fitting! Takes you thru the actions of the time of Ivan the Terrible as awful as it was. It was true to form again she brought the reading to life where your imagination can visualize the scenes even if you didnt want to. But, still loving (or hating pending who they are) the characters. Action from start to finish. As strange as it is to say im ready to start the 3rd part...gluten for punishment or interest held due to excellent writing of an author. i think the latter ive had other audios from LK Hill and also enjoyed them greatly!!! Thanks again...

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Way to much blood and gore for me.

Lots more detailed descriptions of blood and gore, and beautiful scenery.
I enjoyed the narrator's way of narrating. The story it's self not so much; I don't do lots of blood and gore, whether in books or movies.
I know it was probably necessary for the history behind it. I haven't really done research into Ivan the Terrible; but, I have heard of him and I wouldn't be to surprised that this is what and how it happened. That doesn't mean I have to enjoy it at all, even if it is interesting due to being historically base.
I do look forward to the last part of Inga and Taras' story. Hopefully it is better as in less blood and gore, although I'm not going to get my hopes up to much. It is still a mad, blood thirsty, terror enjoying Tsar still ruling Russia after all.

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Intense, terrible and wonderful

This book continues the story that began in Citadels of Fire. I have found these to be very intense books. The author has managed to keep very relatable human characteristics in the main characters while not holding back on the pure evil some humans carry within their souls. Ivan the Terrible and the people that supported him are presented in these books and counterbalanced by people that don’t agree with the evil perpetrated by Ivan. The terror and destruction during this period of history had to have been immense. I appreciate the way this author has incorporated her love of Russian history into a story compelling enough for me to not only listen to, but truly enjoy.

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Loved it

Loved it, wanted the story to go on for a bit longer even though it was a long story I wanted more, I was so into the story, great book.

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Wow

Another Wow! The second book in this epic love story is awesome. I admit it is a bit gory, and I cried more than once feeling the pain of the characters. You could feel the emotions in the narrator’s voice. The story is well written and for that time in history mostly accurate. The wanton disregard for human life is horrible. I would advise if you have a weak stomach you don’t listen to or read this book. It is very, very graphic.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from StoryOrigin for an honest review

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Not for the faint of heart.

I'll start this review by saying THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Bastions of Blood is filled with terror, torture, and sadism. Unfortunately these events truly took place under Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible's reign. If you can stomach the Gore and cruelty Bastions of Blood is a great book. Some of the decisions made by the characters we cannot fathom today. I think the author did an excellent job of showing what life was like. I look forward to seeing what happens in the final book.

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Ivan the Terrible lives up to his name

I read Bastions of Blood. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to see what happened in book 2. It is very dark and it took me a few days to finish the audiobook. I will read book 3 to see what happens but I cannot recommend this book because of the abuses to minor children, factual or not.

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Difference in Class

A Servant and a Aristocrat relation and how it can not ever come to fruitation in Russia. I like learning about other cultures and though this is getting quite bloody I continued on to find out how it progresses. This is during the Reign of Ivan the Terrible and how things happen during his reign.

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Not for the weak

I received this as an audiobook free in exchange for an honest review. So after reading book one i wanted to continue the series. Im not much of a history person but wow the author had me falling in love with these books. Yes this story is dark and not for the weak. But it is worth it.