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In The Blood (The Witchbreed Series Book 1) by [Martinez, R.L.]
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  • File Size: 2241 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lakewater Press (March 21, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019X8WCWI
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By Ms. Laurie J. Bell on April 6, 2016
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This is a wonderful read.

A thoroughly engrossing epic fantasy about twin sisters whose lives and experiences are as different as they can be.

Ottilde is the solider and Oriabel is the witch. Identical in appearance these two women are worlds apart in experience. R.L. Martinez draws you into this world from the first page. The author has created a spellbound world full of magic and danger, fierce beasts, proud people and warring nations. Magic and fantastical elements are woven into through the story with skill. Each and every character has surprising depths, motivations, strengths and failures. Each sister is surrounded by both friends and enemies with mysterious needs and deadly intentions. Both suffer love and loss, betrayal and heartache in a land where they cannot trust anyone.

Through magic, fear, war and love these two women must risk everything to be true to their own hearts.

I love this world and the characters within. I didn’t want the book to end but when it did… I am now impatiently waiting on book two!
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Format: Paperback
** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

‘In the Blood’ by American author, R L Martinez is a fantasy novel set in a fictitious pre-industrial civilisation where superstition and fear are prevalent. The story alternates between twin sisters who have lived apart for many years.

The pace is well-balanced, giving the reader a contrast between the action-packed adventures of Ottilde, the warrior, and the threatening menace that surrounds her sister Oriabel, the witch.

The witch’s tree is a sinister ever-present symbol of impending doom, should Oriabel’s secret powers be discovered.

The underlying theme is the unconditional love between the twins and Martinez has cleverly woven in a supporting cast, or foils, for each sister with a variety of twists, turns and surprises along the way.

Her descriptive passages work well and I particularly liked: ‘The approaching winter had half-undressed the trees and bushes of their leaves’.

Whilst there is some violence, it is not excessive and remains relevant to the plot. The alchemy is fascinating and used as a device to allow the author licence to make extraordinary concepts plausible within the context of the story.

This work has been well-conceived but I struggled a bit at the beginning with the unfamiliar names and took a while to differentiate between the various characters and their roles, so I re-read the first few chapters. After this, I was able to suspend reality and became totally immersed in the imaginary world created by Martinez.

I thoroughly recommend ‘In the Blood’ to anyone who enjoys light-hearted fantasy and award it a richly-deserved five stars.

Reviewed by Julie at Whispering Stories Book Blog
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I enjoyed this book through and through. I picked up this book in hopes of reading a decent fantasy novel, but this book pleasantly surprised the hell out of me! It is an epic book with a brilliant plot, stunning characterization, and beautiful writing - all weaved together into a fantastic work that I was lucky enough to read.

This book has everything a fantasy lover craves - A new world to get completely lost into, characters whom you can love and hate forming unbreakable emotional bonds and a story that'll make you forget everything else.
I was completely blown by the simplicity of this book and I'm eagerly waiting for the next part in this wondrous series.

In this book, the author uses realism as her weapon. Not all tales of good witches and helping shapeshifters end happily, and I'm really glad to say, that this book made me realize that the world of magic is not something to play around with.

R.L. Martinez uses her dark imagination to plow the fields of her war-wrought world with realism. It really made the entire witch breed concept interesting and mesmerising. Now, I'm actually afraid of witches (which is something that is always missing in most of the fantasy novels.) The author's writing was really smooth and the pacing was exceptional.

The romance in this book literally swept me off my feet because of its simplicity and subtlety.

At first, the timelines seemed a little jumbled, but once I got in sync with the story I was able to make out the timelines pretty clearly.

In spite of all the raves, there was only one significant negative that stood out while reading this book, and it was the fact that most of the names (both of places and people) were odd and difficult to pronounce.
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In the sense of both the story in this book and the larger story this book’s a part of. Although the middle and end of the story are riveting as well.

The story of twin sisters who have more differences than similarities; In the Blood focuses on their love and need to protect one another, no matter the distance between or the hardships involved.

It’s hard to get into any details without becoming spoilerish, so I’ll try broad-brush strokes. Ms Martinez’ characterizations are spot on. While some may occasionally tend toward cliche, I didn’t find them overly so, but a little more balance, especially in the ‘villains’ might have made the contrast sharper. I liked the descriptions; the scenes were nicely set with enough detail for me to see what the characters saw and at the same time, not overwhelm me. I was allowed to use my imagination to fill in details, and that’s important to me.

For most readers these may be technical things, not of great interest in the buy-move on decision. Let me add one note about the story itself.

While the story ends with “The End” I certainly hope a follow-up book or two is planned. The major story line is resolved, but there are others, and I think it delicious to contemplate where they might lead. I don’t believe a trigger warning: cliffhanger is appropriate, but threads are left unresolved, sufficient to justify at least an additional book. I anxiously await that book.

Part of my interest is the question: how will Ms Martinez resolve the remaining conflicts, important ones in the world she’s created, and of course, what new ones will flare up in the telling? But the other thing I loved about In the Blood: the characters.
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