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5 stars for Blood Ties: Steel and Magic by @maleon_author #yafantasy #medieval #bookreview

Title: Blood Ties: Steel and Magic Book Two

Author: M. A. Leon

Genre: YA Fantasy, Medieval Fiction

Book Blurb:

Dretlon Valley has been conquered, but now the city of Maldra has caught wind of a new threat stirring in southern Elabrium. Rumors tell of not just adepts being possessed by the dreaded wraiths, but essentia, the common people, are turning against one another. Behaviour that was once only characteristic of necrom is revealing itself in them too. Has the world gone wrong? Have the laws of elemental magic broken, or is there something more? Jake and Louie have to not only find out, but face more danger than ever to get to the bottom of it. All the while they struggle to learn who among their friends have turned... and if they can bring them back.

My Review:

There’s a new threat in southern Elabrium and no one is sure what is going on, least of all brothers Jake and Louie. Essentia, also known as the common people, are behaving like the necrom, turning against one another and spreading evil. Rumors circle the city of Maldra speaking of wraiths possessing the common folk. Not knowing how to conquer this new threat, Jake and Louie wonder if the world has gone mad. Can they defeat the wraiths invasion and turn their friends back before it’s too late or will they succumb to the wraiths?

Blood Ties picks up where Elemental Links left off and brings the same level of fantasy world-building narration I thoroughly enjoyed in book one. The stakes, this time, are much greater for Jake, Louie, and their circle of friends. The plot moves at a quick pace and I found myself staying up late reading. The more I read, the more I needed to know what would happen next. The action blended nicely with the dramatic tension to make this an unputdownable read. Fantasy readers will love this story, hopefully just as much as I did. Highly recommend!

Favorite Quote or Character: If I had to pick a favorite character, it would have to be Jake. He’s a wonderful character with a personality I can relate to.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Melanie has been in love with medieval fantasy all of her life. Dreams of magic, dragons, maidens, and knights have enthralled her since a young age. ​ Medieval literature university classes were among her favourites, as was art history from the medieval to the classical periods. Together, along with her excitement of reading anything written about the medieval period, Melanie has gained a realistic view of the medieval age, and how to tweak it into something new.

Action, peril, strategy, and determination fill her books. Determination for life, for friends, and for doing what no one else dares to do.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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