Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



The time is the not-too-distant future. London is in ruins. A bombed-out shell. A picked-over carcass where the only rule of law is might makes right. What remains of the city is being fought over by two ruthless gangs of warlords. In an effort to create peace, however, a truce between the two families is suggested by Val, patriarch of the Volson clan. His collateral? The hand of his fourteen-year-old daughter, Signy, in marriage to his blood rival, Conor. A rebellious, headstrong teenager who has dreamed all her life of joining her father's forces as a soldier in the war against Conor, Signy is stunned by the announcement. To agree to such a plan is unthinkable! Conor is her mortal enemy. To live as his wife is no better than to live as a slave...for the rest of her life.

But what of the alternative? Does she dare defy her father? And what of the consequences of her rebellion? Her decision will set in motion a series of events--events both horrifying and tragic--that will change her life forever.

Melvin Burgess has fashioned a powerfully dystopian vision of a young woman's coming of age against the backdrop of war that is shocking, harrowing, and compelling.

About Melvin Burgess

See more books from this Author
Melvin Burgess has produced a body of work that is both challenging and thrilling, including the seminal teen drug and love novels "Smack" and "Doing It". His books have been adapted for film, stage, and television.
Published November 10, 2001 by Tor Books. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Bloodtide

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Burgess won the Carnegie Medal for Smack (1998), his searing fiction about adolescent drug addiction, but his perhaps best-known work is the novel (made into the recent film) Billy Elliot.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Bloodtide

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Careening into civilized sensibilities like a wild boar in rut, this dystopian vision takes its cue from the fierce opening of the Old Norse Volsunga saga, a tale of betrayed trust and love, twiste

Sep 24 2001 | Read Full Review of Bloodtide

The Best Reviews

Though tagged a children's novel, fans of all ages of epic fantasy will fully enjoy Melvin Burgess' powerful story of a horrific future that makes the world feel as if it has gone full circle.

Oct 21 2001 | Read Full Review of Bloodtide

Reader Rating for Bloodtide

An aggregated and normalized score based on 10 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review