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Posted August 28, 2012
After reading Blood Magic last year I was super excited about re
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The Blood Keeper. This is a companion novel, not a sequel. I was hoping
to love this as much as I loved The Blood Keeper, but unfortunately I
didn't. I did still like this, but I didn't really feel the characters
and it took a long time to get into. I liked the creepiness and the
magical aspect of it, but I felt really distracted by a lot of the other
things going on in the book. This book goes from present day in Mab and
Will to a letter that Evelyn had written to Arthur. It was pretty
disorienting at first. I did eventually get used to it, and the story
picked up, but honestly it was about 200 pages into the book before I
really started to get into the story. We get to know Mab a little bit
first. The book starts with her bringing a doll made out of the earth in
the rose garden to life with her blood and a crows sacrifice. Awesome
way to start out the book. She is the Deacon since Arthur is gone. She
is very talented with her blood magic, but still young. As the story
progresses we learn a bit more about her and her background. I did like
Mab, but I never connected with her. She is smart, brave, and wise
beyond her years, but she still does have some typical teenager traits.
I liked her interactions with Will, but they weren't convincing to me.
Will was interesting, but kind of boring. His family is a military
family. His father, and both of his brothers. That is not the path he
wants to choose though. Losing his brother Adam really made him realize
that he wants to make his own choices and do what he wants. He doesn't
want to join the Marines or the Navy or whatever just because he's
expected to. He ends up getting linked to Mab in a crazy sort of way and
they actually help each other besides the whole magic thing. I never
felt like we got to know Will though. He was there, and we knew what he
was going through, but I never felt like we got to know the real him.
So don't get me wrong, the writing is good and there is all sorts of
stuff going on in this book, but I felt like so much of it was dragged
out and the important things weren't really pushed enough. I felt bored
reading a lot of this book and though I was interested to see where
everything was going, it wasn't a page turner for me. I wanted to love
this, I really did. It just didn't grab me the way that Blood Magic did.
There is still some really cool and dark magic that I really enjoyed
reading, but the characters were bland and the story was slow. Perhaps
at a different time I might like it more