Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: The Blood Keeper

Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance.

For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It's all she's ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she's connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab's magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.(goodreads)

My thoughts...The Blood Keeper is the sequel to Tessa Gratton's novel Blood Divided. It is a  book about love, dedication, family, and magic.

I started this book immediately after finishing book 1, so I expected to walk right into the characters lives. I did not. The story takes place several years later and features several new characters. The original cast still plays a role, especially Reese, but it did take a few chapters to get my bearings.

The new characters were interesting. The Blood Keeper is told from several POV's including and an unidentified character who weaves the story. The characters are strong and nicely written. I easily became attached to all of them.

The Blood Keeper jumped from different POV's. Initially I had a tough time changing gears. Later, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to get back to each character.

My favorite part of the story was the magic. It was beautifully written. I could really feel what the author felt including the magic in spells and in the world around the characters. Additionally was the magic in the characters lives in the form of transformation from loss of love and pain to acceptance. Gratton also did a great job with the use of symbolism. It made the story more memorable for me as a reader.

The story wrapped up nicely with hints of more to come. The characters have the capability of more growth and adventures. I will definitely watch for more from this author.

For more information about Tessa and her books, visit her website!

*This book was provided by Random Buzzers



mamabunny13 said...

Paranormal is not something I usually read but the story does sound interesting. Stopping by from Cym's.
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