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Blood Magic (Wing Slayer Hunter) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 24, 2009
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"Witchcraft, magic and dark curses take on a new twist in Lyon's action-packed series launch." * Romantic Times * " Imaginative and entertaining! BLOOD MAGIC brims with passion, adventure and paranormal intrigue. Jennifer Lyon's sexy, immortal slayers will get your pulse racing! " * Lara Adrian, NYT Bestselling Author * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Apodaca. Jen lives in Southern California where she continually plots ways to convince her husband that they should get a dog. After all, they met at the dog pound, fell in love, married and had three wonderful sons. So far, however, she has failed in her doggy endeavor. She consoles herself by pouring her passion into writing books. To date, Jen has published more than fifteen books and novellas, including a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances under the name Jennifer Apodaca. As Jennifer Lyon she created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and The Plus Once Chronicles, an emotionally sensual adult contemporary series. Jen’s won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages, but she still hasn’t come up with a way to persuade her husband that they need a dog.
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The story drags a bit in places, but the world-building is intriguing. There are a couple of reactions from characters that are illogical given their situations, and the plot is a little predictable. The conflicts add excitement while the passion brings the steam. This is a likeable bunch that would be better served by more complete character development, so I'm hoping for the best with Book Two.
I started out confused with the plot. I had to read a couple of pages a few times trying to figure out the hunters and the witches. Then, before I knew it things got intense. I was still confused, but I was so enthralled I couldn't have cared less.
Darcy... Another paranormal heroine that as a child was abused by an adult. She felt isolated, she felt like a freak because she didn't understand what, or why she was different. But, Darcy was also another selfless sweet girl, Umm, I mean witch.
Axel... Our hero was very likable because of his love for his mom, baby sister, and finally his little witch. This was a man that had to control not only his sexual lust, but also his lust to kill. And, his strength of character won out.
The story... I really liked the way this story started out, even though I was somewhat confused, it took off at high speed then slowed down. I caught my breath then it sped up again. I came to understand what the curse was, and I thought it was very thought out and original. As the story evolved, I enjoyed it more and more.
Moral to the story.... Make the right choice.
The novel was very well written; my first story by this author, and I will be looking for more stories from Jennifer Lyon. In my reviews I've used words like intense, intriguing, and gripping. And, this paranormal story was all of that plus rich in depth, and complexity. Darcy and I had something in common throughout the story we both were confused. This amazing author didn't leave us hanging waiting for book 2, it was all made clear in the end. This novel will definitely be a re-read for me, so I can take it in more slowly. I can only hope someone decides it needs an audio added, that would make it perfect. Excellent storytelling, Excellent read!
Publication Date: October 5, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated 5 Stars
Love this series! It's been fun doing a reread and recinencted with all my favorite characters. Axel started my Wing Slayer obsession! I'm want everyone else to read the book and understand my obsession. The Wing Slayer series is a hot paranormal romance series with protective alpha males and their witches. I'm so excited Jennifer Lyon picked up the series again and decided to self publish it. If you're a fan of the series you can tell all your friends about the re-release! They're cheaper and have all new covers. I've been gifting copies of book 1 to friends because it's only $0.99. New books are releasing as well so fans can read the stories they've been waiting for. It's awesome! I sound fangirlish in this review but it's fangirl worthy. Trust me! Go get it!
I dont think I've read this author before but I have to say I was really impressed with her writing. Her story was so very interesting and intriguing and kept me reading it. I was rooting for this couple from the start. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Well...thats not true. I put it down only to pick it back up a few minutes later. :) It was very well developed and flowed right. Secondary characters were awesome too.
The book starts with Darcy burying her adopted mother. She's had a rough childhood always knowing she was different and perhaps evil if she believed others and her step-father who hated her. Things get really scary and weird quickly for Darcy. Someone tries to kill her and is saved by Axel who is a Wing Slayer. They are Witch Slayers but hunt and kill Demon Witches who cater to demons. They are protectors of Earth Witches and that happens to be Darcy. He needs her though to cure his little sisters Death Mark. Problem is Darcy doesnt know shes a witch.
The Slayers crave witch blood. Its a curse and its fought everyday by his fellow slayers. Not all slayers do though and are known as rogues and his father has been a rogue for a long time and has tried to turn Axel but he refuses. He orders Axel to kill her and thats how he even found out about Darcy. Axel leads his men in protecting the witches and he refuses to hurt her. He's got his own adgenda of course but he also craves Darcy. Once they start to bond his craving for her blood goes away. Could they be soul mirrors? Due to the curse against the Slayers and Earth Witches their souls are all split. Could they be each others?
Axel isn't the sweetest guy. He's grown up rough and he kills demon witches and rogues. He's not hearts and flowers and there were times he treated her like crap. He was a bastard through a lot of the book. He had his moments though. Thats why I had the love/hate thing for him. Hes trying to save his 4 year old sister and keep Darcy safe too. He's got trust issues in regards to witches and pretty much anything else. He's got suspicions and he sorta lets that lead him a lot.
Darcy desperately wants to help cure Hannah. She's got a lot to learn in very little time. There's a lot of pressure on her. Shes also trying to fight her attraction to Axel because of what shes been through. She doesnt feel anyone could truly accept her. There are times Axel is awesome but then times he doesnt trust her and its a problem for her as it should be. Axel's been a bastard and acts like an idiot especially at the end. Ugh men!
I really liked Darcy because she showed immense strength and her cousin Joe was her rock. He always cared for her and stood up for her when she needed it. He was a good character.
I'll tell you this book was a ride! Kept me interesting the whole time. It's not over though. Its not a cliffhanger but the story does continue. I highly recommend this read. Great book and I will be reading others.