The first book in an urban fantasy series about loyalty, power, and the rules of survival.
Vampires are the only guardians Vance Ehecatl has ever known since he was abandoned by his shapeshifter family. He is grateful to them for generously providing for all of his needs and for offering him a home in the powerful empire of Midnight. But when an act of violence forces Vance from his sheltered life, he’s startled to meet Malachi Obsidian, a fellow shapeshifter with conflicting ideas about Midnight and its leader, Mistress Jeshickah.
Malachi claims Vance is a bloodwitch, who Jeshickah and her trainers, Jaguar and Taro, are trying to control. Vance doesn't know anything about the rare and destructive magic Malachi says he possesses, and he can't believe Jeshickah would use it to hurt others. But when his friends begin falling ill, Vance starts to realize his perfect world may not be as flawless as it seems. Now Vance must decide who to trust—the vampires he's always relied upon, or the shapeshifters who despise them.
Praise for Bloodwitch, Book 1 in the Maeve’ra trilogy:
"Edgy world building, with cultures and societies based loosely on real history, is compelling. This book is highly recommended for Atwater-Rhodes fans and urban fantasy or alternate reality readers." —VOYA
"A satisfying read." —SLJ
"Plenty of fun ahead for the author’s many fans." —Kirkus
"Atwater-Rhodes made a splash with her first novel, In the Forests of the Night (1999). Since then she has continued writing lush fantasies of fully realized, well conceived worlds, and the first volume in the new Maeve’ra series is no exception." —Booklist
About the Author
AMELIA ATWATER-RHODES wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was thirteen. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, Persistence of Memory, Token of Darkness, and All Just Glass. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha'ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry, an IRA-CBC Young Adults' Choice; and Wyvernhail. Her most recent novels are Poison Tree and Promises to Keep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2.5 stars Abandoned by his parents at birth, Vance Ehecatl has been raised by powerful vampires at Midnight, a vampire empire ruled by Lady Jeshickah. Vance is a shape-shifter who transforms into a quetzal, a colorful bird, and for as long as he can remember, he has been protected from the outside world and given all the comforts he could want. He is completely loyal to Midnight until he meets Malachi Obsidian, a shape-shifter who hates the vampire empire. Malachi reveals to Vance that he is a bloodwitch with dangerous, unpredictable magic and why Midnight wants him around. Vance is extremely naïve. He's always lived life in a bubble, ignorant to the brutal realities of the world. As Midnight desires his powers, they've treated him to a luxurious, sheltered life. When he finally learns the truth about how Midnight society works, however, he finds himself questioning the life that he has led and speculating what the truth is and who he can trust. Vance needs to differentiate friends from foe and determine what his identity will be from here on out. Other than Vance, however, there is little character development. I never quite understood who the vampires are. The vampire characters fell flat, and I never really got to know any of them and what their motivations are. It would have helped if there was more world building. Outside of Vance's story, all we know about Midnight is that it has conquered most of the shape-shifter tribes except for a few independent, powerful groups. I would have enjoyed the book more if there were more details dedicated to world building and character development. As it is, it doesn't feel like there is much going on in Bloodwitch. Bloodwitch is crafts a mysterious paranormal world of shape-shifters, vampires, and witches in creative ways. While Bloodwitch fell flat for me, I have hopes that the second book will greatly expand Vance's world and develop the plot more. I will be giving it a try to see if it will prove to be better than the first book. Review by Alice