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Friday, November 18, 2016

Book Review: Blood Magic (DarkWorld: Soul Tracker #1) by T.G. Ayer

Blood Magic (DarkWorld: Soul Tracker #1)
by T.G. Ayer
May 3, 2014
272 pages
Infinite Ink Books
In the DarkWorld the things that go bump in the night are most likely true. And the problem is they are probably not sticking to bumping around in the night. They are everywhere. Your work colleagues, your teachers, even your friends. They've been living that way for a long time. And you haven’t noticed because they don’t want you to.
You’re much better off not asking any questions.

Mel Morgan is a Master Teleporter. She can move through the Veil into the otherworldly planes. A handy skill when looking for missing people. It’s a lonely job, but with her gargoyle partner she’s never minded lonely.

Until a certain super-hot Djinn walks into her life. He needs her help to find someone he loves. And Mel can never say no to someone in need. But the road to helping Saleem is fraught with secrets better left uncovered.

Can Mel and Saleem dodge demons and sorcerers long enough to save the ones they love?
Melisande “Mel” Morgan is a soul tracker. Using DNA material, Mel can track anyone anywhere. She also possesses the unique ability to jump, or teleport. Mel uses her powers to rescue people held by evil, supernatural forces. Aided by her friends and roommates, a gargoyle and human computer genius, Mel has built a business using her tracking abilities.

This series is marketed as a companion series to another by the author, DarkWorld: SkinWalker, as characters crossover both series. I read the book as a standalone apart from SkinWalker. I quickly found some controversial accusations surrounding this book and its striking similarities to Shannon Mayer’s Rylee Adamson books. Both series feature strong, kick-ass female leads in the business of rescuing lost souls across various realms. Both Rylee and Mel are seemingly propelled by the abduction/loss of a younger sister. I’ve read Mayer’s series and feel each is distinct enough to avoid the charge of blatant ‘plagiarism’ some have levelled at Blood Magic.

Overall, I found Blood Magic to be a quick, engaging read. I liked the characters and the action-packed plot. At times, however, I felt the book could benefit from a longer format. While some sequences, such as the concocting of a spell, are wildly drawn out, other basic facts, like the appearance of characters, are glossed over or avoided altogether. The action, as well, is quite hurried. Mel accomplishes a lot in such a short period of time. While I appreciate the author’s efficiency, it left me a little baffled.

To supplement the action is a bit of romance between Mel and police investigator/djinn Saleem. Their romance is currently building under a slow simmer that I expect to explode in future installments. There also appears to be some mysterious unfinished business surrounding Mel’s relationship with her mentor, Samuel, as well as the disappearance of Mel’s sister. I expect both plot threads to be picked up at the series progresses.

The author’s website indicates two additional installments in this series slated for release in 2016. I plan to follow this series as it develops.

Four Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Tee is the author of over 25 Contemporary Fantasy, Thriller & Paranormal novels

Tee's Valkyrie Series is a Norse Mythology based Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy

Her Hand of Kali Series is a diverse YA Contemporary Fantasy using Indian Mythology as a setting

Tee's DarkWorld contains two current series:
* The SkinWalker Series, a NA Shifter & Magic Urban Fantasy with a black panther, reluctant alpha tracker who will keep you on your toes.
* The SoulTracker Series, a NA Contemporary Fantasy with a teleporting, astral-projecting kick-ass main character.
Upcoming in the world are:
* The MetalSinger (Tara), * The DeathTalker (Nerina) & * The Stolen Queen of Dracys

Tee also has an Angels & Demons Urban Fantasy series, the Chronicles of the Irin, and if you like strong female leads with wings, and a dreadlocked albino demon side-kick, Evie's story is for you.

Tee also writes Romantic Suspense and Psychological Horror as Toni Vallan. Click on Thrillers on Tee's website to find out more.

And because Tee hardly ever sleeps and loves making stuff up, look out for more books, coming soon.

1 comment:

  1. Thank's for the review. I liked this book too. It was fast-paced and action packed.