Book Title: Magic Forged
(Hall of Blood and Mercy #1)
Author: K.M Shea
Published Date: February 28th 2020
Number of Pages: 263
Book Rating: 4 stars
I'm one scrappy wizard. As someone with barely a flicker of magic, I've spent my life being mocked and surviving fights with bullies. But when my parents die in an accident, and I find myself responsible for our whole wizard house and family, I know my usual tactics aren't going to cut it.
The situation veers from bad to catastrophic when my backstabbing cousin stages a coup and takes my family hostage. I barely manage to flee, but the only supernatural willing to help me is Killian Drake - the most feared vampire in the region, and a far more deadly villain than the jerk threatening my family.
Is Killian sexy and charismatic? Heck yeah.
He's also so powerful that my flight or fight instincts kick in every time our eyes meet. And he's definitely using me as his personal magic detector in his feud against the local fae.
But Killian is also the first person to believe I might have more than just a scrap of magic. And if I can convince him to train me, I might get strong enough to free my family and get my house back.
I'm not sure what happens when a scrappy wizard is taught how to fight by a hall of deadly vampires, but I'm about to find out.
Magic Forged is the first book in the Hall of Blood and Mercy trilogy, which features vampires, wizards, fae, and werewolves. It's packed with humor, adventure, and a sweet, slow burn romance between a vertically challenged wizard and the most lethal vampire in town.
Let's jump right in! This was another one I was not 100% sure about. I had trouble connecting and it took maybe halfway for me to "care" about any of the characters. When I did get there though I just needed to see what would happen.
I love how the vampires in this book are kind of evil but also nice? It's hard to explain but basically they are more evil killer vampires than sparkly ones. At first the "coldness" the vampire characters had threw me off, but as the book progressed it was great to see more emotions and layers to their personalities. I actually read this a little while back so I don't remember too too much other that what I previously wrote. I do know I liked it, I do know the romance was fun and I enjoyed it and I do know it had some fun twists and takes on magic I hadn't seen before!
The politics were kind of interesting. Not super complex but enough so that you need to guess what is right, what is wrong, and who is telling the truth.
It will be interesting to see where the next book goes. I think there is a lot of potential when it comes to the romance and now that certain things are resolved some more solid friendships will maybe appear which I would love to see.
I would recommend this book for a quick and fun read with just the right about of politics as to make it interesting but not take away from the "quick and light" feel of it.
That's it for this review! I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading.