If gothic tales of sorcery and creepy graveyards appeal to you, than this recent release, Blood Magic, by Tessa Gratton, is for you. Bloody rituals drip from many pages, but not to overflowing. Reminiscent of classic dark love stories, or favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies, Blood Magic kept me engaged without leaving me disgusted by unnecessary violence and gore. The darkness hung over the book like a fog, the icy tendrils of which seeped in with every word.
Ancient gravestones, menacing black birds, magic books, and secrets from the past, were all woven together to make this book an enjoyable read. The token romance is not overpowering or sickly sweet, which was refreshing. All in all, Blood Magic was a captivating read.