In London, I have my dream job: stacking books in a University Library. Even though I’m a mage, I have a quiet life these days. At least, until Levi shows up. Immediately, I know he’s trouble. He’s too sexy by half, and I can tell he’s dangerous. Worse, he wants a forbidden book in my library. No way in hell am I going to give it to him. It’s my job to protect it.
But now, Levi won’t let it go. And it turns out, he’s not the only person who wants the book. All of a sudden, enemies are closing in on me, trying to get the book.
I need to figure out what the hell is going on if I want to live. I’m about to head right into a storm, I think the only way out, is to fight through it.
Review: (Video review)
The quirky, weird and wicked have their presence and are equally fascinating in this 1st instalment of the Magic Blood The Warlock Series: Demons and Deception by Katerina Martinez and Tansey Morgan. Having read other books by Katerina Martinez I had expected full fledged magic and imaginative creatures – and she delivered. Her feisty female protagonists are always inspiring, and this time it is Hailey Matthews who after having escaped her old life in the US is reluctantly pulled back into the London dilemmas of mage rivalry. Although being a hopeless romantic myself I do find Katerina’s work refreshing, where the crime cases are in focus, but there is also that slight element of love. So, a secret involving a children’s book, a mysterious sexy man called Levi and multiple mage villans who want to get to her, bringing uncertainty about Levi’s intentions is a good concoction for an exciting urban fantasy story. The chase, the hidden identities and the suspense around who lives or dies kept me turning the pages.
Message & Moral
Hailey is trying to make the right choices to keep the non-mages safe from the evil mages who want the almighty powers to control people. She keeps fighting the bad guys who want to hurt the good guys. In a way it is a bit of a superhero fantasy element to the story, where saving the world is at the forefront. This book focuses more on the action and the imaginative suspense than a deep analytical message.
Creatures & Environment
The creatures that are described are very imaginative, however the book left me wanting more of the weird and wonderful. The variety of characters was good though, and you weren’t overwhelmed or confused. I liked Hailey who was a strong female lead, who had gone through plenty of hardship and I hope that this element is explored more in the sequels. Loving to read myself, I could see how she was enjoying her new life in London as a Librarian; a quiet place in a peaceful job…well that was until Levi showed up of course. That Hailey was trying to suppress her magical side, trying to leave her old life behind made the story feel more relatable than if there would have been an invincible hero that ran the show. Hopefully Levi can make her see past what she fears and move on to be free from her guilt.
Captivation & Continuity
Book 1 finishes before the mission is completed and it obviously leaves you wanting to read on to see what will happen. Due to the imaginative skills of the authors it kept me intrigued on what creatures and events would appear next. With her first rescue mission not going as planned, it instantly made my curiosity rise as I understood that this wasn’t going to be a book where the protagonist had everything go her way. Having to lick blood, having loved ones die and being kicked about in the underground just makes a perfect storyline for a fighting adventure.
Language & Flow
I liked the banter the characters share and the pace of the book takes you through the pivotal moments one after the other. The characters and scenes were described to satisfaction. At no point in time did I feel stuck reading, as the book flowed well. I enjoyed reading Demons and Deception.
T.M. Caruana’s Grimoire Award