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- Print Length: 271 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0781Z96VY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blood and Magic: Book I of the Mage Tales Prequels Kindle Edition
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The story jumps right in to the action and never lets up. Titus reluctantly joins forces with Abigail and doesn't understand why he is working with her but he can't seem to stop. She is smart and feisty and doesn't take any crap from him. They have to fight vampires, witches and the human agency that deals with supernaturals, all the while running around London and fighting their growing feelings for each other.
I loved their story and so will you. This book is obviously part of a series but it can be enjoyed as it stands on it's own but I envy you if you haven't read all the other books as you still have those treats to come! I recommend this series to anyone who loves vampires, magic, supernatural shenanigans, sarcasm, gorgeous Roman Generals and is just looking for a great read.
This story moves very fast from the beginning, and it requires a focused mind to keep up. I liked that. Even when the pace slows down, and it didn't happen often, there was a lot of things going on or information to be digested to keep up.
Despite the pace of the story, the plot is not complicated, and the subplots do not overtake nor dominate the main plot line. Given the pace of the main story, the lack of strong subplots was a good thing.
The two main characters' first meeting set off sparks that supported the entire story and their motivations for their actions.
Their interactions sometimes made me laugh, and the author did well to establish the kind of rapport that supported the pace of the story and the high action scenes.
Both Abigail and Titus' characters worked well in the setting and the action scenes. Although both main characters, and several of the other characters, had supernatural abilities, the author didn't use their powers as quick fixes to help get them out of trouble. The scene with the uncontrollable flying metal disc quickly drew the reader into understanding that while magic might be involved in action scenes, it was not going to be an easy answer to every problem the two main characters were going to encounter in the rest of the story.
The underlying tension of romantic interest between the two main characters remained subtle and was not distracting of the main plot, which remains the action, fantasy setting of the book.
Since prequels are invariably written after the first book of a series, the author made sure that were no assumptions needed to be made by the reader based on the progress of books that came before it in real time, and yet after it in the timeline of the story.
Overall a lovely read and the story will fall into the recommended category for readers of both witch and vampire genres. Readers who don't like romance will also enjoy this book.
We follow Titus Aurelius and Abigail Silver as they reluctantly form a team to stop a sinister scheme. All of this occurs as Abigail develops her powers as a witch. The story takes place in London and it is another character in the story.
Ilana interweaves an exciting story with the development of the characters. By the time the story ends, we feel like we've known Titus and Abigail for a long time.
Although this is a prequel, it can be read as your introduction to the Mage Tales. The story stands by itself. If you like witches and vampires, British bureaucracy, evil plots, plenty of action, and a bit of romance, this is the book for you.