By Jennifer Lyon
Published in: 2009
Book #: 1st in the series (Woo!)
Brought in: KL from the closing down Borders book sale, September 2010
Time taken to read: 1 day (Because I couldn’t put it down!)
In the days when powerful witches used their magic to shield humanity from demons, their allies and guardians were a group of men gifted with preternatural abilities of their own- the witch guardians. But when a band of witches traded their humanity for demonic power, the ancient bond was broken, and the guardians became the hunters.
Darcy MacAlister knows nothing of demons or magic. But this beautiful young woman is about to discover the truth about her past… and her future. For she is a witch- not just any witch, but the key to breaking the curse that has plagued witches and the men who hunt them. For if a hunter kills an innocent witch by mistake, he price is no less than a piece of his soul.
Axel Locke, gorgeous leader of the Wing Slayer Hunters, has sworn never to shed the blood of the earth witches who have resisted the temptation of demonic power. But when his sister is cursed by a demon witch, he discovers that Darcy MacAlister may hold the cure- if she can master her newfound powers in time. When the chase begins and Axel and Darcy come face-to-face, this huner must weigh his soul against his honour- and against his heart.
I loved it. Absolutely.
Darcy kinda annoyed me a little, and I really dislike the name Axel (Honestly, who names their kid Axel?) but other than that, I really enjoyed it. The blossoming love between Axel and Darcy is often frustrating, but in the way that you keep on rooting for the pair to get it together, cause you know they are meant to be. And Axel’s little sister Hannah is just so cute!
The story revolves around Darcy discovering her powers, trying to figure out her attraction to Axel, and learning about her long-lost mother, and it’s pretty addictive. The best part about it is that the rest of Axel’s little crew is introduced, and you just know that there’s gonna be a series from it, focusing on each of the other guys.
It kinda reminded me of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, or Deidre Knight’s Gods Of Midnight series. It features a kick-ass female, the strong delicious male that is her soul-mate, and a decent storyline.
Blood magic rating: I give it a 9/10. Decent, a good introduction into the series. As it’s in the same vein as my beloved Black Dagger Brothehood series, I think I shall end up loving this series just as much.
Would I re-read it? Yeah I would. It was a fun book to read.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the above mentioned BDB series by Ward, or Knight’s God’s of Midnight series. Fans of paranormal romance stories, featuring strong females and stronger males.
Author’s site: jenniferlyonbooks.com/books/blood-magic/