23 March, 2018

{ ARC Review } The Blood Curse by Annette Marie


about the book }


The Blood Curse by Annette Marie
Spell Weaver, book 3
Publishes March 30, 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
e-ARC received via the author
When Clio conned her way into the Underworld to steal magic from the notorious spell weavers of Chrysalis, she thought she was helping protect her homeland.

Instead, she exposed Lyre's most calamitous spell, and now her half-brother Bastian plans to wield it against the powerful Ra family. Clio and Lyre have to stop him before he can unleash it, but Bastian isn't their only adversary.

Chrysalis wants the shadow weave—and they want Lyre dead. And this time, they aren’t trusting mercenaries to get the job done. Lyre's father is coming for him, and no magic can defeat the most lethal weaver in the three realms.

From the scorching deserts of Ra to the darkest corner of the Underworld, Clio and Lyre must chase the shadow weave as both the hunters and the hunted. To make it out alive, they'll need magic more devious and dangerous than either of them alone possesses, and if they fail, the realms will pay the price.

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my review }

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Oh my god. I love this book. It’s easily my favourite book in the series, and maybe even my favourite of all of Marie’s books? IT IS SO GOOD, GUYS. So, so good. Perfect action, romance, and humour—I laughed so much while reading this because so many scenes were absolute gold. 

The Blood Curse does not disappoint and I am over the moon.

I want to begin with Lyre because I adore him. Lyre is hilarious and in this book, he just shines. Most of his scenes with other characters are just literal perfection and I like to think Annette Marie had a lot of fun writing them because I had a lot of just reading them. But not only that, Lyre just has so much more of a presence here, if that makes sense? I felt like a lot of the scenes were from his point of view, and with all those scenes, we just got to know Lyre—all his insecurities and strengths and feelings. It gave a lot more insight not just to him, but also to incubi in general, which I really loved! I love that Annette Marie always delves deeper into castes to make them seem more than what they are!

I loved Clio’s growth throughout the series. In The Blood Curse, she’s growing to be her own support and strength and I will just always root for this girl. She has been through a lot and she hasn’t given up despite the odds. I just have so much love and respect for her and I’m glad we got her story!

And speaking of these two—oh, their relationship is just amazing. Like most everything else in the book, I adore it. Not only theirs, but the other ones throughout the book, too. There are some fun surprises along the way! That’s all I’m saying about that.

I feel like with each new book in the Steel & Stone universe, the world just grows and grows. The Blood Curse is no exception. We see new territories, learn more about old castes, and meet new ones. It’s so exciting—I love learning about different Overworld and Underworld castes!

Another cool part about this book is the weaving. Unlike the original S&S books, magic is seen a bit differently due to Clio’s unique power and Lyre’s history as a master weaver. The intricacies behind their magic—their weaving—is so fascinating and I honestly loved reading more about it.

Whew. I adore this book, guys. Just adore it. You’re in for a ride with this finale and in for a lot of laughs. You’ll swoon and be on the edge of your sweet and you’ll laugh multiple times throughout. The entire Spell Weaver series was fantastic and The Blood Curse is just the perfect finale. Easy 5 stars!


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