The Blood Spell

The Blood Spell

by C. J. Redwine


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A dark and romantic epic fantasy retelling of the Cinderella story, about a girl who must team up with the prince she despises to defeat an evil creature threatening their kingdom. The fourth standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine.

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating violence among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts.

When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062653017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Ravenspire Series , #4
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 40,626
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

C.J. Redwine is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including the Ravenspire series of fairytale retellings and the Defiance trilogy. She’s still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts. Currently, she lives in Nashville with her husband, five children, three pets, and a wardrobe that stubbornly refuses to lead to Narnia, no matter how many times she tries. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at

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The Blood Spell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Ruth Stiles 7 months ago
The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine is one of the best books I have read in a while. C. J. Redwine has woven a tale through her characters, plot, themes, and imagery that took my full attention. Blue, an alchemist, lives with her father on a quiet little farm in a faraway kingdom realm. Her mother died when she was very young, and her father and grandmother have raised her into the wonderful young woman she has become. Through a tale of adventure, treachery, love, and family secrets, The Blood Spell twists fantasy – with a touch of Disney – into a readable work of fiction. Although Blue is the main character, Kellan the prince also play a very critical role. He has come of age to rule the kingdom and must choose a bride from another ruling family through a betrothal process. As fate would hold true, Blue and Kellan fall in love but realize their love is to remain unfulfilled and never to be allowed to come to full bloom. As Kellan struggles to find a suitable match to “settle for”, Blue’s father is killed and strange activities begin to take place more frequently throughout the city and hillsides. Many townspeople believe the blood wraith that was captured and put under a strong binding spell has broken free and is now terrorizing them. Blue, who has special good witch characteristics, catches the eye of a desperate ruling lady who mistreats her in efforts to gain financial stability. As the time for Kellan to announce a bride comes near, Blue find herself in deeper and deeper trouble where only through her death will the town and those she loves be free from fear of witches and wraiths. You will truly enjoy this page turner work of art, which will keep you turning page after page as you grow closer to the characters. With a sprinkling of Disney, a subtle feel of Kiara Cass’s Selection stories, and a magical setting, The Blood Spell will not disappoint!
HugsandKissesforBooks 12 months ago
Purely enjoyable! Thanks to Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwine, book four of the Ravenspire series. The books in this series are more companion books than sequels. Blue works with her father at the family store and she’s in the process of turning lead into gold with alchemy. Blue wants to help the homeless and poverty-stricken people in the kingdom with the gold she hopes to create. Kellan is next in line to rule the kingdom and he doesn’t enjoy the politics or having to watch his back constantly, but he does enjoy a bit of danger and fun. Dinah is losing her empire and needs money since her husband lost everything due to his gambling habit. She’s discovered that Blue is trying to make gold and Dinah wants Blue to work for her so she can claim everything Blue does. Blue’s life has been turned upside down because of Dinah’s actions, making Blue a Cinderella of sorts. Blue overhears Dinah talking loudly with someone she owes money too and she decides to help Dinah’s daughters, so they won’t be taken to pay off their family debt. Little does she know that Dinah planned for Blue to hear the conversation all along. Dinah’s manipulative nature and Blue’s integrity come to fisticuffs as the action and suspense rise. I enjoy Blue’s and Kellan’s relationship and how they’re both very stubborn. Princess Nessa is a young, extremely brave soul. The characters round out this fantasy and I enjoyed every minute reading this book, 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series was THE. BEST. The second and third kinda made me iffy about furthering this series. And this one REMINDED ME WHY I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. I'm not a huge fan of Cinderella period, but this one definitely surprised me. Blue and Kellan have hated each other for as long as they can remember. Funny that Kellan is the crown prince of their town.Their parents have always been good friends, but instead of them becoming friends too, they fought. But the day comes for Kellan to find a bride and just as he begins looking at people, strange things begin to happen all over the town. So they must work together to ensure that they find the truth. All their working together has started to bring out feelings they didn't even know they had. This time, my only problem with this book was the fact that it seemed just really long. It seemed like it was full of exaggerated descriptors and long drawn out scenes. I felt like I was reading it forever. I can normally finish two books in the amount of time it took me to read this one. I found myself putting the book down multiple times and even thinking about reading something else when I still had about half the book left. As for the re-telling, I was really surprised at the twists and turns in this one. As I said, Cinderella has never been my favorite fairy tale. But I have to say, this one was cool. All the elements were there and slipped in at really interesting places. And I have to say, I wasn't at all sure how they were going to do the ending, but it was a funny interesting twist. Not exactly what I was looking for, but it made sense to go with that. But then there was the evil stepmother and let me just say, the villain in this one was so bad she was good! As for the romance, I wasn't that impressed. Like with most fairy tales, they seemed to be not in love in one chapter and then realizing that they love each other by the next. Because its like that for most fairy tales, I let it go. I won't hold it against the book for being a re-telling. This re-telling has its faults, but its still a solid one. I can definitely say this one made me excited to read this story again. I'm super interested in seeing if there's more to this series and what fairy tale she will use next. (I REALLY hope its the "twins!") I hope she doesn't cut this as soon as I get sucked back into it! I still need a Beauty and the Beast one lol I hope everyone else who reads this feels the magic and adventure that I felt while reading this one too!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I’ve enjoyed all of CJ’s books, so I don’t even read the synopsis any longer. It was a bit of a surprise to see this was Cinderella. I loved Blue and Kellan. I loved their history and that they fought so much. I loved how good they were and how loyal they were. I especially enjoined their confusion when the feelings started to change; that may have been the best part. I also really liked Nessa and could easily read a book about her. Plot wise it was good and boring at the same time. I thrive on dialogue and there were so many long passages of inner monologue that it did get a little old. I enjoyed the magic and the imagery of the world. And of course I loved the slowest of slow burns romance. Overall, it was a great story with characters who were easy to root for and a near perfect epilogue. I look forward to reading whatever CJ comes up with next. **Huge thanks to Balzer + Bray for providing the arc free of charge**