|Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon - I want to read the book this could have been
||[Dec. 10th, 2015|12:00 am]
Julius Caesar's great-great-granddaughter
This book has some really great concepts, and it had the potential to be not just a good romance, but a good fantasy novel. But ... nope. It fails, by relying on some of the more annoying romance tropes. This is one of those books where I want to regularly slap sense into the characters, and show them the obvious solution to the problems they run into!
The heroines are witches, and the heroes are witch hunters - I would have called them something else, because they're supposed to only hunt witches that have gone to the dark side, so to speak.
It has an interesting magic system (although not as realized as some I've read), and a very creative curse with a catch-22 loophole, and the opportunity for some realistic conflict. And while it is the first book in the series, the author does resolve the primary conflict and doesn't dangle too many loose plot lines at the end.
But every time I was really enjoying the story, the author would go back to moving the romantic plot along with Poor Communications Kills and passing the idiot ball, and maybe even a little bit of soap opera asshole. Honestly, if someone endangers their life to save your much loved little sister, you owe them anything and everything, and you don't get pissed if they need you. And in regard to Poor Communications Kills if someone tells you that spell A could affect the person, but not force them to do something, for og's sake, tell the person about it. (of course, there's at least two chapters that just wouldn't exist if your people are halfway intelligent about things)
Bottom line - If you like magic users and hot sex, and don't mind authors who use the idiot ball to move the plot along, you'll probably enjoy it. I might read the remaining books if they show up for free, but I probably won't pay for them.