I struggled hard with just how to rate “Blood Magic” by Jennifer Lyon. On the plus side, she managed to come up with a new twist on witches using a fusion of mythology, lore, and witchcraft. On the minus side, the writing wasn’t as tight as I like and the story seemed to ‘hop and jump’ for me. So I decided to round up in the hope that the next in this series, which I DO intend to read, will sharpen and smooth out some of the rough edges I found here.
Darcy has just buried her adoptive mother when a strange man threatens her life. Twenty four hours later, she’s been assaulted by two men, only to be rescued by a third and then held hostage until she agrees to heal his little sister by casting a spell??? OOO-kay.
Axel is the leader of what’s left of the witch guardians. Unfortunately, since they were cursed as a group thirty years ago, they now crave the blood of the very witches they are supposed to protect. More and more guardians are killing witches which turns them rogue where they live to kill more and more witches for the blood high and Axel’s father is leading those rogues. Then he comes home to find his sister has been cursed by a demon blood witch. That means he only has less than a month to either find a witch to cure her, kill the witch who cursed her which will turn him rogue, or watch his sister die. Alex has no intention of watching his sister die.
Loved the concept and the back story which was revealed in bits and pieces throughout the novel. The heat factor is pretty high and Lyon does a great job writing the growing tension and eventual sex scenes. The only thing I wanted more of was answers. Okay, and smoother shifting of scenes and relationship building and just general plot unfolding. I do plan to buy “Soul Magic” which is scheduled to release in Nov2009 as I’m interested to see where Jennifer Lyon’s goes next with this world and if she can sustain my interest.