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.
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton was one of my favorite books of last year. It was so full of atmosphere and the writing was gorgeous. It just had everything I love in a book. I knew going into The Blood Keeper that it was a companion and not a direct sequel. I was a little disappointed by that but I was excited to meet some new characters in this amazing world that Tessa Gratton has created.
I can’t say that I liked The Blood Keeper nearly as much as the first book. It just didn’t have the same feel for me. Plus, I was a little lost for most of the book. I’m not sure if that was because it’s been more than a year since I read Blood Magic or just that there wasn’t much explanation. You are kind of thrown into the story without any back story on who the characters are. Will’s character was fine because he was new and you learned most of his story fairly early on. With Mab, I was lost. She’s part of a large blood witch family. I spent a lot of time trying the make the connection between her, Silla, and Nick. Being so preoccupied with that took away from the story a little.
Other than that I really enjoyed The Blood Keeper. I’m still very enthralled with this magic that Tessa Gratton has created. It’s dark and gritty. I really love the uniqueness of it. The Blood Keeper is also filled with Gratton’s beautiful prose.
Overall, The Blood Keeper wasn’t everything that I wanted it to be, but it was still an enjoyable and worthy followup. I’m very anxious to see what Tessa Gratton has in store for us next.