Many of you will remember that Blood Magic was my favourite book last year. I loved it utterly, and I’ve been wanting this one for a while. Initially I was disappointed to see that this book followed new characters and not the ones I had come to know and love. However, I dove in wanting to be back in the world and back in Tessa Gratton’s head. I have found myself dreaming about this world for the better part of a year.
In The Blood Keeper Nick and Silla take a backseat to new characters Will and Mab. Will has been struggling to tell his family a truth about his future plans. Mab lives separate from the regular world in a place steeped in magic and legacy. The two come together early on when Mab’s magic has gotten away from her. Now Will is cursed and his well-being has taken a turn for the worst. Mab has to reach deep into herself to prove herself worthy of the magic that will land her the status as the next Deacon.
The Blood Keeper had its moments… but I didn’t love it as much as Blood Magic. I wanted to, but the love wasn’t as instant as it was with the first book. I missed Nick and Silla and I found myself longing for them. Though I loved the story about Will in this book I found myself skimming the sections with Mab. She was a great character, but the “magic” parts in her narrative was heavy handed. It was all a little too much.
What I did like was watching Tessa Gratton stretch herself with words. This I felt was the real strength of the book. She gave herself a challenge and I felt that she met the challenge with a vengeance. I could tell that she spent a lot of time crafting this new direction and I do appreciate that. I just miss my Nick and Silla.
4 out of 5 stars.
*The Blood Keeper releases August 28th, 2012.