Author: Liselle Sambury
Narrator: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Audiobook Length: 15 hours 48 minutes
In the spellbinding sequel to “breath of fresh air for the genre” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) Blood Like Magic, Voya fights to save her witch community from a terrible future, perfect for fans of Legendborn and Cemetery Boys.
Voya Thomas may have passed her Calling to become a full-fledged witch, but the cost was higher than she’d ever imagined.
Her grandmother is gone.
Her cousin hates her.
And her family doesn’t believe that she has what it takes to lead them.
What’s more, Voya can’t let go of her feelings for Luc, sponsor son of the genius billionaire Justin Tremblay—the man that Luc believes Voya killed. Consequently, Luc wants nothing to do with her. Even her own ancestors seem to have lost faith in her. Every day Voya begs for their guidance, but her calls go unanswered.
As Voya struggles to convince everyone—herself included—that she can be a good Matriarch, she has a vision of a terrifying, deadly future. A vision that would spell the end of the Toronto witches. With a newfound sense of purpose, Voya must do whatever it takes to bring her shattered community together and stop what’s coming for them before it’s too late.
Even if it means taking down the boy she loves—who might be the mastermind behind the coming devastation.
Blood Like Fate is the concluding novel in the Blood Like Magic duology and picks up where the previous novel left off. It takes place about six months later as the characters deal with the aftermath of decisions in the previous novels. As Voya learns to adapt to her role as Matriarch, she is dealing with her feelings for Luc, who is now CEO of NuGene, and a threat to the witch community. The portrayal of family dynamics continues to play a large role in this story. Some members disapprove of her becoming the Matriarch and others step up and help her more, so there is a wide variety in the story.
Voya’s struggles were relatable as she wants to be strong and capable, but she does not always make choices others will agree with and this causes some tension with those around her. At the novel’s surface, Voya falls under the “chosen one” category, so I enjoyed how the writing made her enjoyable and relatable with her mistakes and triumphs. She has many moments of doubt, which do get a little wearing as they come up a lot, but I do appreciate her growth throughout both novels.
The pacing of the story does start slowly where it takes awhile for things to get going in terms of action. The beginning is more of Voya picking up the pieces and learning her new role. There are parts of this that are greatly needed to make the story feel well-rounded, but, for me, there were a few moments where it was a bit too long and did not feel necessary. The writing continues to give twists and turns with lots of foreshadowing. This style may not be for every reader as I can see some feel the foreshadowing is too much and/or too obvious and others who feel it is just right. There were moments throughout where I thought both at once point or another, but, as a whole, I thought it was well done. Overall, this was an interesting duology and introduction to this author. I look forward to reading more