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The Bitter Seed of Magic ( #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  836 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss and -- well, Genny's not sure what else she wants him to be -- has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the ferti ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Gollancz
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Jan 19, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Up until this point, reading Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcrackers series has often been an exercise in frustration. The novels were frequently confusing, but were well-written enough that I couldn’t dismiss them and always felt there was huge potential for the series. With book three, The Bitter Seed of Magic, McLeod finally strikes the right balance between clarity and obfuscation.

The Bitter Seed of Magic focuses on the curse laid on the lesser fae of London by the sidhe queen Cliona. The curse is in
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

Warning: This is a spoiler-free review for this book. But I make some references to the previous books which can be a little bit spoilery.

The Bitter Seed of Magic is the 3rd book in the series, and it's now my favorite! I couldn't wait to start reading it when I finished the previous book. The story takes place a few months after the end of The Cold Kiss of Death. Genny's life is still very complicated. To sum it up, there is a fer
Feb 15, 2011 Mardel rated it it was amazing
Really, I'm afraid I'm not going to do the book justice. I never really analyze books, characterization and plot points, etc. Frankly, I wouldn't know the first thing about this type of reviewing. I do know whether I like a book or not though. Mainly I focus on whether I enjoyed reading the book, if the dialogue was good, great or lame and how the story flows....
for me, this means The Bitter Seed of Magic scored high on all three points. The dialogue was great, the enjoyment factor was high and
Jun 29, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
Life is never easy when the fate of London fae society rests in your womb . . . it has been months since sidhe Genny learnt that her ability to conceive would unlock an ages-old infertility curse. Since then she’s had dryads and kelpies on her dance card and some less-than-subtle advances on her person.

Genny is busy looking for an alternative curse-breaker that doesn’t involve a bun in her oven. Meanwhile, a dead girl turns up in the river Thames and Genny is dragged into a police investigation
Aug 10, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing
Please note that there are slight spoilers for the first book The Sweet Scent of Blood and the second book The Cold Kiss Of Death.

This is the second time that I have read The Bitter Seed of Magic and it is as good as the first time that I read it. However this isn’t my favourite book out of the three, but don’t get me wrong it is still a fantastic book. All of the Fae are trying to get Genny pregnant in the hopes that the fertility curse will be broken but our Genny is not too keen to get knocke
Jul 22, 2012 Yaz rated it it was amazing
I wasn't too sure where the series was headed with the fertility issue in book 2. I admit I did think that that this one wasn't going to be as good as the previous books. But boy was I wrong! It was amazing, and the shocks kept coming, I had no idea what was going to happen next. I practically had to force myself to put the book down and pull my head out of Genny's world. I gave up fighting it in the end and finished the rest, lol. Now I'm sitting down, biting my fingernails, thinking how I'm go ...more
Michelle Cummings
Mar 01, 2011 Michelle Cummings rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the third book in the urban fantasy series. Our MC is Ginny, a full-blooded sidhe fae who has no magic of her own, but is capable of cracking (breaking) other peoples magic.

There is a major continuation here from events in the previous books, but essentially, a fertility curse has been placed on the fae, and they have been unable to conceive any full-blooded fae children for a while. They are able to have faelings (half fae/half human). Ginny has been viewed as the hope
Feb 22, 2011 Joanne rated it it was amazing
On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss, has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London's fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm. Then a faeling - a teenage girl - is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magi ...more
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
Book three in the Series and things got a little confusing for me. I found this instalment a lot harder to follow and did not like the prominent fey storyline. It wasn't until the vampires reappeared that things made a little more sense. But on the whole, a bit of a hard slog this one.

I'm still liking the overall storyline and enjoying the interaction between Genny & Malik in particular. Although both Tarvish and Finn are interesting as well. I'm hoping in the next instalme
Apr 25, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fae, vampires, witches
This was a fascinating book, filled with so many twists and surprises that it felt more like firecrackers than Spellcasters.

That being said, it is definitely not a stand-alone book - even having just read books 1 & 2, I had to really concentrate to follow the many characters and fact, that sense of almost confusion cost it that 5th star.

Now that the fertility issue has been resolved, how about an actual relationship for Gen? I love the main characters in this series and ther
Jan 16, 2016 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are so comlpicated but real fun
Brittany Wouters
Jul 15, 2015 Brittany Wouters rated it did not like it
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Mar 02, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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Mar 10, 2011 LadyTechie rated it really liked it
Just as the other books in the Spellcrackers series were good, The Bitter Seeds of Magic continued that winning streak. There was a huge mystery, well several huge mysteries, and some serious surprises along with a bit of mystery left unanswered. There are a ton of magical beings and I was confused a bit for a while with all the twists and turns. But, by the end I had things figured out. Good read!
Dorothea Müller
Genny Leben ist wieder normal. Doch jetzt soll sie den Fluch brechen, doch schwanger werden will sie nicht. Jeder männlicher Fee von London scheint hinter ihr her zu sein. Auch Göttinnen wollen etwas von ihr. Finn scheint auch Geheimnisse vor ihr zu haben. Dann tauchen auch Leichen auf und sie macht sich auf die Jagd.

Als wäre ich nie weg gewesen, war gleich wieder in dieser Welt und habe mich wohl gefühlt. Obwohl es etwas düster ist. Genny hat mir etwas leid getan, denn irgendwie wollte jeder e
Dharia Scarab
Aug 19, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Ann-Therese Killingmo
Apr 03, 2011 Ann-Therese Killingmo rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! For those of you who have not read this book yet I have only one thing to say. Don't hesitate you will not be disappointed!
Fiona J Mackenzie
Jan 12, 2011 Fiona J Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
Wonderful third book in this fab series. Brilliant characters, excellent story line and a pleasure to read - can't wait for the next one!
Natasha Chowdory
Dec 07, 2015 Natasha Chowdory rated it really liked it
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Jo Burridge
Mar 08, 2011 Jo Burridge rated it it was amazing
FABULOUS.... cannot wait for the next installment!!
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 10, 2011 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I can't believe this, the next book is out first in 2012! How on earth will I make it until then? I seriously need more Genny.

And yes there will be spoilers from previous books here.

Back to business then. Genny needs to crack a certain fertility curse so that she doesn't have to have a baby. The Fae are sending suitors to her, and I must say that I like the two in this book. Then there is the queen of the fairy lands who doesn't want her preggers. But Genny does not give up and she k
Feb 14, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

At the start of reading this book I was lost - this is due to the fact that it was the third in a series and I hadn't read the other two! Once I got past this, though, I got really caught up in the story.

The world as we know it does not exist. In this alternate London of today, Vampires and Fae live alongside and openly with humaniity. Genny, the heroine, is a 'spellcracker' who absorbs and 'cracks' the magic in spells. She is also at
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Aug 31, 2012 Dangerous Romance Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Sabina: Both Laurie and I love this series. I even know we would get into a cat-fight over one of the characters, if it got to that. :-) (Don’t even try to deny it, Laurie!!

Laurie: No denial necessary. I've switched my alliance from Eric Northman to Malik Al Khan. Big time.

Sabina: Suzanne McLeod keeps sweeping me off my feet with her writing and it’s ALWAYS a pleasure to sit down with one of her books. I love the way she can use 5, 6 plots in one book and you’re left looking baffled at the page
All Things Urban Fantasy
This is a difficult book to review, if only because of the conflicting emotions it engenders. On one hand, it is wonderfully complex, with rich mythology and magical theory wrapped around an engaging mystery. On the other hand, THE BITTER SEED OF MAGIC can also be frustratingly complex, to the point where even an"after the action" recap, complete with family trees and a play by play explanation, wasn't quite enough to untangle the snarl of crisscrossing motives and lies at the end.

I'd like to th
Sep 16, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2011. FWFTB: curse, faeling, Thames, vampire, family. This book resolves a lot of the issues raised and investigated in the first two books. It leans heavily on fleshing out the magic and background with the investigation of the murder only starting some 200 odd pages into the story. I get a bit confused with all the familial relationships although there is a family tree put in the book which sort of helped. I am not sure about the Autarch and the Oligarch other than knowing that this is the le ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of this series. It's about a half sidhe/half vampire living in modern-day London named Genny. She's in her early 20s and works for Spellcrackers, a company that fixes magical problems. The public is fully aware of fae, vamps, and other magical creatures in this version of Earth. Genny is at the heart of a curse laid on the fae to make them barren. All signs point to her being the key to breaking the curse. But it's complicated. Some gods are threatening her if she gets preggers too ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Violet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from first reads.

I'm finding it a bit difficult to put my thoughts out there without adding spoilers..if you haven't read the previous two books in the series,then i'd definitely start with the first book,The Sweet Scent of Blood.

The Bitter Seed of Magic,is the third book in the Spellcrackers series, i think it could possibly be my favourite.Suzanne McLeod has created a world so fascinating and action packed,it just sucks you right in, hold on tight,cos you're in for one hell of
Mar 20, 2011 Sarabeth rated it it was amazing
5 stars - I just love Genny - purchased by myself. The Spellcrackers books should be read in order. This is not a series that can really be picked up in the middle and since it is really one of the best ones out there right now, and I belive the best involving Sidhe and the Fae, I don't see why anyone wouldn't want to read them all. This is the third book, following, "The Sweet Scent of Blood" and the "Cold Kiss of Death." But if you haven't read the first two then stop reading now. Spoilers ahe ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 26, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Third in the urban fantasy series revolving around Genny Taylor, a sidhe fae whose pregnancy everyone thinks will break the fertility curse.

My Take
Reading this is like trying to figure out the fae mind. Confusing, bewildering, and leaving you with a headache as you struggle to figure out what's going on. McLeod drops all sorts of information, but rarely includes any hint of a suggestion as to how it may connect. Or, at least, not until the end. I feel like Genny does when Helen
Aug 20, 2011 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
Suzanne McLeod has got her own unique style of writing. It's explosive, layered, intriguing and sometimes confusing as hell, but i absolutely love it!

This is a third installment of, and if you haven't read the first two books you really don't know what you're missing...

Genny's life is not quiet and it's not calm. Finn still wants to have babies with her and coincidentally break the fertility curse which hangs over every fae in the world. Tavish, wickedly charming wylde fa
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