Hi! Today brings the second installment in my reviews of the Blood Like Magic duology. I’d definitely recommend reading my first post, which you can find here. Today’s hot jam is “Boyfriend” by Dove Cameron. I heard this song randomly while flipping through stations on my radio and I really liked it!
This book contains some potentially triggering topics such as but not limited to: bloodletting (for the purpose of casting magic), mention of disordered eating, murder, and others. Take care of yourself first, Beloved.
Voya Thomas may have passed her Calling to become a full-fledged witch, but the cost was higher than she’d ever imagined.
Her grandmother is gone.
Her cousin hates her.
And her family doesn’t believe that she has what it takes to lead them.
What’s more, Voya can’t let go of her feelings for Luc, sponsor son of the genius billionaire Justin Tremblay—the man that Luc believes Voya killed. Consequently, Luc wants nothing to do with her. Even her own ancestors seem to have lost faith in her. Every day Voya begs for their guidance, but her calls go unanswered.
As Voya struggles to convince everyone—herself included—that she can be a good Matriarch, she has a vision of a terrifying, deadly future. A vision that would spell the end of the Toronto witches. With a newfound sense of purpose, Voya must do whatever it takes to bring her shattered community together and stop what’s coming for them before it’s too late.
Even if it means taking down the boy she loves—who might be the mastermind behind the coming devastationSynopsis from publishers website
Blood like Fate picks up right where Magic leaves off. Voya’s the new Matriarch and she’s struggling to figure out how to use her gift and how to get the adults to see her as more than just a child. She’s their leader.
Initially, V tries ruling with an iron fist. I. The process of trying to force her family to see things her way, she lashes out at them all and seems to have more enemies than allies both at home and outside.
But then Voya has an amazing idea: what if there was a council of witches? The Matriarch of each family: Bailey, Huang, Davis, Thomas, and James would keep the various families close and share pain and help each other when needed. This plan seems perfect. Foolproof. Except it’s been done before and did NOT end well, as everyone seems pressed to continuously bring up.
Suddenly, witches in different families are all coming down with some sort of mystery sickness and Voya’s gotta get to the bottom of things before she loses her family or someone else she cares about. this mystery illness leads her to Luc & NuGune and he’s not being kind about talking to V.
Blood Like Fate sees Voya really come into her own as a person and as a leader. She has to make difficult decisions and sometimes bite her tongue even when it’s hard.
The actual villain in this book came completely out of left field for me but was also so well set up that I’m kicking myself for not seeing it sooner! Eli becomes a new ally (or something else…?) and friends turn tail on each other. Is V strong enough and smart enough to heed the warnings if her ancestors or will the entire Toronto with community be just another footnote in history?
There is a giveaway for this book from the publisher! Go to this rafflecopter link to enter!
Blood Like Fate is the closing book in a duology by Trinidadian-Canadian author Liselle Sambury and is set for release in August 9th from McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Publishing. Any and all quotes I have given are from the uncorrected ARC edition of the book. For more information about upcoming works from Liselle, including a really cool spooky book she just announced, visit her website at lisellesambury.ca.