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Of Blood, Earth, and Magic


Loved it! 😍

A satisfying adventure of magic, mayhem, and young love that moves, breathes and sighs through the pages. I wish I had a Cilemar. ♥

They come for the magic.

Of Blood, Earth, and Magic presented quite an intriguing teaser, hooked me further with an engaging opening and never let me go. It has been quite an immersive reading experience, each scene described with just the right amount of details to spark the imagination without overwhelming the mind. I felt more than saw the world of Iamar unfolding through the eyes of Elea and Ashe, as both of them explored and discovered the hidden mysteries of the world surrounding them, uncovering lies and finding their deepest truths along the way.

Every emotion that hangs above them, between them, and all around them were all thoughtfully described and felt naturally occurring, never going overboard and overwrought with words. And I really loved the way Elea and Ashe processed their thoughts and feelings, both of them showing a sense of maturity I dare say is way beyond their age. They may be rebellious and felt oppressed by the adults in their lives, but I loved that this, too, was eventually addressed and worked out in a rather satisfying way - for now.

Another thing that I really loved about this novel is the way it made every action scene move: with urgency for the life-and-death battles, and a tenderness that just makes you sigh for the quieter interactions between its characters, humans and horses alike. ♥

I also really loved how magic is described as part of the earth, having scent like the earth, moving and springing from the earth. It is as much a part of the story as its characters, playing both a destructive and a healing role.

My only complaint is that the "circus of outcasts" didn't really play a more significant role as I had hoped it would. The novel opened quite astoundingly at the circus, but it soon became apparent that the circus was really just a backdrop to a much larger narrative that it was never meant to be a part of. Or is it too early to tell?

Aside from that, I love everything about this novel and I really hope to read more about Elea and Ashe's journey to spread peace across Iamar. ^^

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About the author

Alexia lives in Florida with her son and a menagerie of animals. When she's not writing or reading, she can be found playing with horses, drinking wine, traveling to the next place on her global wish list, or maybe doing yoga. Dr. Who, unicorns, and katanas make her very happy. view profile

Published on October 08, 2019

70000 words

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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