If you are a regular reader of my reviews, then you know that historical fiction is one of my top three favorite genres to read. So I was super excited when I was able to get my hands on three C.R. Dempsey books. As of the writing of this I have read Bad Blood with Uprising currently being read. And I have to say, despite honestly having no idea who Dempsey was before picking up this book (as is the fact with most of the books I pick up on sites to review) I inhaled the entire novel in a day. Much to the chagrin of my cats and husband as I forgot to feed them. (Don’t worry they got treats later. The cats, not the husband, he can feed himself.)
Anyway, back to the book. Bad Blood is a historical fiction novel taking place in late 1500s Ireland. While the story and characters are fictional, as with many a historical fiction, the setting and the general timeline going on around the characters, who are doing their best to survive it, if rooted in history. The main character Eunan is a trouble young man who we meet at a young age as he does his best to deal with parents who hate him so much that he wishes to be away, but honor keeps him bound. Now I could guess why his parents hated him to some level. Despite this, I was not disappointed by how the story turned out.
Beyond the story, the characters are fitting for the century they take place in as are their struggles and bonds.
I would strongly suggest Bad Blood to fans of historical fiction, you will likely inhale this story as quickly as I did.