Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review- In the Blood by R.L. Martinez

Book Blurb:
The Warrior 
The war may have ended, but a new battle begins for disgraced prisoner-of-war, Ottilde Dominax. Dreams of her witchbreed twin are visions of death and betrayal. Driven by their grim 
warning, she escapes her captors and races across nations to save her sister. 

But she may arrive too late… 

The Witch 
Lady Oriabel Dominax has kept her healing magic secret while she cares for her family’s struggling estate. But the arrival of a new lord hiding secrets of his own, the discovery of a dark and addictive magic and threats from a cruel blackmailer push her closer to disaster. 

Through it all, the Witch’s Tree calls

My Review

I received an e ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

I'm a huge lover of the fantasy genre. I read the blurb for In The Blood and I could not wait to start reading. From the opening sentence, I was entranced. The author did a wonderful job with the main characters. The relationship between the twins Ottilde and Oriabel was well written. Ottilde is an ill-treated prisoner accused of killing the prince heir and Oriabel lives life as a healer, while trying to hide that she is a witch. A crime punishable by death. Although they were separated for a majority of the book, the author showed the strength of their bond through shared memories and visions. l loved the lengths that Ottilde was willing to go, in order to save her sister. Hito is intriguing, but I would have liked a little more of his back story. How did he become the "man" that he is? I can't delve deeper into this without giving spoilers. I enjoyed the relationship between Wilder the prison chief and Ottilde and can't wait to see how it develops. The pacing was great and there were no lull moments. It took me a little over a day to finish the story.

pros: interesting characters, fast paced, a prison escape, magic, wild beasts, twists and turns, evil villains, witchcraft
cons: The character Hito seemed to lack vital background information and the ending felt abrupt. 

I would recommend this story and look forward to reading the next book in The Witchbreed Series.

4/5 Stars

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