Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE FORESTS
Jasper awakens to find himself captive. The cell that surrounds him is unbreakable. The man who holds the key is evil to his core. There is only one way out of this prison, and it is to do the unthinkable. Return with a person whom the villain desires above all else. To break free and return to Haven, Jasper agrees. But he never expected to find a woman at the center of an enchanted forest, who captures his heart.
IN THE MIDDLE, THERE WAS FIRE
She is a regular Sleeping Beauty. For hundreds of years, she has been captive in her own body. Roots tangled in her hair and leaves were her clothing. The years passed. Time turned on its end. And still, no one came for her. Until a Fairy walked into her prison and gathered her into his arms. The time had come for her awaken, but the years wore away at her sanity like water dripping upon a stone. She must fight against herself to be the person she should be.
IN THE END, THERE WAS MAGIC
Darkness brews in the center of the city. Jasper and Mercy must return home in one piece to prevent the evil from spreading. Together, they become a force of elements that cannot be stopped. They will travel from prisons, to enchanted forests, and across Giants territories to find the truth about their world. Whether they succeed or not, means life or death for everyone.
Aaand I’m hooked.
I realize that book three in a series is a little late to get hooked, but that’s not Emma Hamm’s fault. I guess maybe it just took me a little while to really immerse myself in this world, since I’m not generally a fantasy fan and this series leans toward the more fantastical side of urban fantasy, more and more with each addition. But hey, it’s good fantasy.
Each book in this series has caught my interest in its own way. I loved the world-building in Silver Blood and the romance in Red Blood. I wasn’t totally tuned into the romance in Blue Blood tbh, mostly because I don’t really like Jasper as a character. I didn’t like him in Red Blood, and I didn’t like him here. I like my heroes to have a little more… I don’t know. I guess backbone? He was just too nice. I don’t like nice. But that’s just me.
The thing I loved most about Blue Blood was Mercy and Ignes. Mercy was an amazing heroine with complex inner turmoil. I loved her story and I was fascinated by her abilities and her relationship with Ignes. Honestly, I’d read a book just about them any day of the week. And Pitch. Love me some Pitch. He’s probably my favourite character in the series, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’ll be the next character to get his own book.
The writing was good, though didn’t flow as well as it could have in some sections, especially during dialogue. That being said, the prose was filled with vivid descriptions that really brought each scene to life.
Overall, a great addition to the series! I can’t wait to see what comes next!