Blood and Ink
Author: Holly Evans
Title: Blood and Ink
Series: Ink Born 2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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It turns out that saving the day comes at a cost. In this case, my home in Wildrun. Oh, and my freedom.
Keirn called in a few favours with his friend, Fein. In return for a new life and some help hiding the fact that I’m an ink magician, we belong to the elf that runs half of Prague. Some rumours say he runs half the continent.
There’s an art thief in town, and Fein’s decided it’s my job to find and stop them. I didn’t dare point out that I’m a tattoo magician, not a detective.
The real problem is, I’m terrified that this is a slippery slope, and I don’t like where it’s going.
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dacian's magical abilities as more than just an tattoo mage means he and his friends had to run from their home. They've settled into a new home in Prague, but they've become indebted to the ruler of their new home and repaying that debt just might cost them their lives.
This story definitely kept my interest. Like I said in my review for the first book, this series has some of the most unique magic I've ever read. The ink magic and the magical networks as a whole are incredibly interesting and I loved every little bit of extra information given throughout this story. Dacian's use of and fight against the ink network was exciting and definitely the best part of the book.
That said, the rest of the descriptions were completely lacking in this story. It's been a while since I read the first book in this series and I found that I've forgotten basic descriptions of how things work, what the characters look like, and even some of the minor characters from book one. Unfortunately, none of that was provided in this book. Old characters reappeared without any sort of reminder of who they were and why they were important. Even when Dacian and Keirn were introduced living in their new home there wasn't a single mention of why they had needed to move. I'm not asking for a complete retelling of the first book, but a couple reminders here and there to jog my memory would have been very helpful.
I was also curious about Dacian's complete lack of actual secrecy about his magic. It's mentioned a number of times how careful he has to be about keeping the truth secret, yet over and over again he opens his mouth and tells people all of it. I thought he didn't want Fein to know the truth, yet he indiscriminately told two people who will absolutely go tell Fein. I found this to be a very odd plot hole and can't help wondering what it means for book three.
The magic in this series is some of the most unique I've ever read and that is the main reason I really enjoyed reading this book. While I do recommend it, I have to warn that you will need to have recently read book one in the series for this book two to make much sense as very little detail or description is provided as a reminder.
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