Reviewed by Marieke
SERIES: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Five
AUTHOR: Jacob Z. Flores
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 230 pages
A single drop of blood might hold the key to the fate of the magical world, and Aiden Teine must choose between his bond of love and embracing the power to defeat his enemies.
Aiden’s adjustment to being the first vampyre fae hasn’t been easy, but his ties to warlock Thad Blackmoor prevent him from becoming a monster. With Thad, Aiden has a new family, a new purpose, and a new reason to live, though he’s technically undead. There’s one problem: Aiden’s control over his vampyre is weakening. He must learn what’s triggering his violent reactions before he surrenders to the creature within. To complicate matters, Aiden discovers his transformation might not be complete, and he fears what he will become.
Aiden’s search for answers thrusts him into a frightening world filled with deception, new dangers, and apocalyptic visions. The part destiny intends Aiden to play could alter his relationship with Thad forever. If Aiden, Thad, and the entire magical community are to survive Icarian’s latest scheme, Aiden must interpret the meaning of the prophetic blood drop before it falls and ushers in the destruction of all creation, and the warlock he loves.
Aiden has been fighting his vampyre for a while now, fearing he’ll lose control over it eventually. Thad, the love of his life, or death in his case, knows but has confidence in Aiden’s strength. Together they’re keeping the struggle a secret from everyone, including their family.
When Aiden confronts Drake about the secret he has been keeping, Drake tells him something that might jeopardize everyone and everything. Then Aiden is starting to get unexpected visitors who tell him little pieces of the puzzle. The truth about why Icarian is after the Crests, about the Spell Fall and the change Aiden feels inside of him all hang together with Drake’s secret. Aiden has to fight for Thad, and their bond.
Aiden was never my favorite characters in this series. He has a good heart, that’s for sure, but the way his vampyre needs to kill put me off. His arrogance from the beginning of Blood Tied was also a bit of a turn off, but in the end, he ditched the attitude. His love for Thad made up a lot.
This story is written from Aiden’s POV, which made me hesitate to review this fifth book in the series. But boy, was I wrong. Aiden is all about love. His entire life revolves around Thad and his family. Even though they drive him insane sometimes, he loves them all. He’s smart and unselfish and warm, making him now one of my favorite characters in the entire Havenbridge series. He fights with everything he got, even if it means sacrificing the life as he knows it, to make sure Thad and the others are safe.
Finding out the identity of Icarian was a bit of a shock, though the Warlock Hag wasn’t, well not THAT much. It’s really well written, but I did have a few minor points that were a bit unclear for me. I can’t tell them here without revealing too much, but let’s just say I’ll be bugging the author later with my question.
Jacob Flores build a world full of magic and portals to other worlds. He did this with so much conviction that the most unbelievable things happen, without me blinking an eye about it. Even if a few of these things were either too complicated for me to follow without having to think about it for a bit– therefor losing the thread of the story a little or I accidentally skipped some bits, because I had a few “huh?” moments.
That didn’t take away much of the brilliance of the story, though. The whole series has been planned out very well. Every bit of information is used throughout every book, and every story line comes back together in this one. Well done, indeed!
I recommend this book for everyone who like fantasy, magic and true love.