- Title: Blood Magic
- Author: Tessa Gratton
- Publisher: Random House
- ISBN: 9780552563772
I’d not heard too much about this series, when I spotted a review of the sequel, The Blood Keeper over on Book Twerps last year, I ended up downloading a copy of Blood Magic to read whilst I was on trip back in October last year. And as I’m still trying to catch up on my outstanding reviews, while trying not to get behind on my more recent reads, I thought it was about time to get around to talking about it!
It was a book I didn’t love, but really enjoyed. The characters of Sila, her brother Reese and a local boy called Nick, are all likeable characters in their own right and weave together nicely as a lead trio (although the story is told from mainly from Sila and Nick’s POV, along with a fair bit of back story, that seems to slow things down in the beginning, but pays off in the end.)
You have to feel for Sila and Reese, still grieving for their parents and the fact that their father supposedly killed their mum, (a fact Sila refuses to believe), they have a lovely relationship which is great to observe, and the mysterious Nick is a great lad, with his own back story. It’s hardly a surprise when Sila and Nick start to fall for each other, but Tessa Gratton builds that part of their story really well.
There’s a dark side to Blood Magic and Tessa Gratton rarely pulls any punches when showing it, as you might expect with the title, there’s a far bit of blood splattered about the pages, both literally and metaphorically.
There’s a number of layers to the story, which build towards a truly gripping finale. I’ll certainly be keeping that sequel I mentioned at the start on my wishlist.
This is a fiery, seductive novel of magic, secrets and love – fans of “Fallen” will be equally spellbound! My whole body shivered. I was about to find out if magic was real. The electric thrill of terror was sharp on my tongue. I cut deep.
The murder of her parents has left Silla damaged and lost, and her insistence that her father is not to blame alienates her from her friends and family. When a mysterious spell book arrives, Silla hopes it will lead to some answers about her parents’ killer.
In her first attempt at magic, in an old graveyard near her home, she is overseen by Nick, the new boy in town who has a chilling past of his own. Together, they must contend with a deadly immortal woman who will stop at nothing to possess the book of spells.