It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.
Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.
When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
Blood & Magic #1
Publication Date: January 28th, 2015
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Quick Reasons: entertaining, awesome paranormal read; love the magic built into this world; vampires and shifters and magic, oh my!; the MC is stubborn, fiercely independent, and just a bit naive; fast-paced, action-filled read
Huge thanks to Danielle Annett and the crew at Bookmarks & Tours for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
First and foremost: this was SUCH an entertaining, magic-filled read. Our main character, Aria, made for one stubbornly loyal and fiercely independent woman, and I adored everything about her. She is a bit naive about certain things, but overall, she is endearing, easy to connect with, and SO full of snark–I couldn’t help but love her. Of course, the rest of the crew we meet in this book are just as individualized and fun to read! Melody, the harpy, is another of my personal favorites, though I wish we saw a bit more of her in this book. She seems like an important character, but she takes a back seat to the story being built.
And what a story this is! There is SO MUCH to the magical aspect of this world, I feel like we’ve only just brushed the surface of a very long and complex history. I’m still not sure I fully understand all of the backstory or pertinent information–what they call The Awakening seems a bit vague overall. I wish we were given more information on how the magic in this world works, instead of being expected to just accept it up-front as we are.
The plot is fast-paced and seemingly never slows down; we hit the ground running from page one, and are expected to keep the pace as Aria and those surrounding her rush headlong into danger and darkness unknown. The blending of lore–vampires, shifters, and “psykers”–is both interesting and entertaining, though at times feels like a bit TOO much magic for one world.
In the end, I had a ton of fun stepping into this world, and will be immediately jumping into the next book in this series. Danielle Annett built a world of magic and mayhem in these pages, and kept me enthralled throughout. I definitely recommend to lovers of paranormal fantasies, power struggles, and a mishmash of supernatural lores. This is going to be a fun series to read, I can tell–and I’m super excited about it!