Dang, this was good!!! I can’t stop smiling.
Voya Thomas is initially excited for her Calling. It’s a task each witch in her family must complete before they are able to come into their powers.
The tasks are assigned by different ancestors and over the years have varied in detail and difficulty.
The ancestor who assigns her task, however, is known to be tough, as she should be. Her life was extremely tough, parts of which are shown to Voya through visions.
After Voya fails, she is given an unprecedented second chance, but her task seems impossible. Not only does the task seem impossible, the stakes are higher than ever.
Generally, if a witch fails in her Calling, she doesn’t gain her powers. Yeah, that sucks, but you can overcome that. You just have to live like any other person without magical abilities.
For Voya, if she fails, her entire family will lose their powers. Every single one of them! Their livelihoods are based on their powers, and most importantly, her little sister’s life depends on their powers.
Her task is to destroy her first love. Problems, Voya has never been in love, not even close, and she’s a little against killing someone.
The task seems clear, there is no way around it, so in order to save her family, Voya must make the ultimate decision. Can she take a life?
I loved this book from the very start. Sambury created such an intricate and addictive story with Blood Like Magic.
I absolutely adored the mix of Sci-Fi and Fantasy elements. A lot of the story is based around a corporation that has created a genetic match-making program; I love those sort of futuristic tech elements added to a story. They definitely make my nerd heart soar.
Additionally, I quickly became attached to Voya. She’s a very likable character. She drew me in and had me feeling everything she was feeling.
The Thomas family itself, is full of drama, but also love and support. Voya had many special connections within her family and I think those relationships really provided her with the strength she needed to progress with her Calling.
The love interest, Luc, was fun to learn about as well. He’s had an interesting life up until the time he meets Voya and is frequently misunderstood.
In Voya, he found someone he could open up to and watching their relationship evolve made me swoon. Somewhat enemies to lovers; so, if you’re into that…
This did not end how I thought it would end. There were so many twists that I never could have predicted. My jaw spent the last quarter of the book on the floor!
I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Liselle Sambury is amazing and I predict a long, successful career ahead of her.
I fully expect this will end up as one of my top books of the year. An absolutely phenomenal debut!
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