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Blue Magic

(Astrid Lethewood #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The sequel to Indigo Springs, "A psychologically astute, highly original debut—complex, eerie, and utterly believable." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

This powerful sequel to the A.M. Dellamonica's Sunburst Award–winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid—Vitagua—that
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Tor Books (first published October 1st 2011)
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
I’m sad to say that the sequel to Indigo Springs, and the second book in the Astrid Lethewood duology, was a bit of a disappointment to me. I was looking forward to immerging myself back into this world and to see how Astrid’s story would unfold. But the spark that was in the first book, was completely lost to me.

The book felt incredibly messy. I’m not sure what my expectations was about Astrid reshaping the world, but this certainly wasn’t it. The operation she had, carried so many characters
Book Review originally published here:

I didn’t read the first book in the series – I thought this was the first one, so I was at a loss at the start. I quickly figured out what was going on though. The plot was interesting, but I couldn’t connect to the characters. They all felt flat and dull. Could be because I missed out on the first book though.
Ria Bridges
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The sequel to A M Dellamonica’s Indigo Springs, Blue Magic picks up right where the previous novel left off, with almost no gap in time between one book to the next. Magic is still loose in the world, Sahara is still head of a goddess cult that worships her, Astrid is trying to hold onto reality enough to make things right, and Will has found his world turned upside down by the implications of all that’s happening.

Add to that the fact that people transformed and held within the previously frozen
Kelsey Brennan
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"You're going to fall in love today, she'd said when they first met, but how could he love the end of the world, the bringer of so much destruction."

I don't often prefer sequels to the original, but Blue Magic proved the exception, and blew Indigo Springs out of the water. A.M. Dellamonica really brings these characters to life - every person, no matter how peripheral they are to the story, feels like they have their own motivation and story. Even the ones I don't like, I can understand. The new
Nicole Luiken
I had some trouble getting through this one, I think mostly because of the big difference in tone with book one. Book one had the whole joy-wonder-discovery of magic as a main plot thread and the mystery of Astrid's living with one foot in the future and who is Patience. The plot for book two absolutely follows the events of book one: magic contamination, fighting, various disasters, but lacked that joy-wonder feel. Also, I never really invested in the romantic subplot. ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
(originally reviewed on Starmetal Oak Reviews)

Spoiler alert: there won’t be spoilers for Blue Magic but incidentally there will be some for Indigo Springs. If you want the spoiler free version, read my conclusion under “Rating” below!

If there’s a new release this year that would cause me to fangirl squee, it’s this one. I’ve been dying to read it. I absolutely loved Indigo Springs and wanted to see where Dellamonica took the story. We left off with magic finally being revealed to exist in the w
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
BLUE MAGIC is the second book in a duet. I didn't have trouble getting into the story despite not having read book one (INDIGO SPRINGS). Dellamonica brings us up to date quickly without burdening the novel with tedious infodumps. If anything, Dellamonica seems incapable of writing a word more than is necessary.

The story revolves around Astrid, enchantress, witch--and now refugee camp leader and potential savior of the world. She's doing her darnedest to keep the vitagua well--the physical source
Lelia Taylor
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
There are many things that can be said in a book review and many aspects of the book that can be covered. For me, the most relevant are the quality of the writing, the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s character and plot developments, and, most of all, whether I liked the book and why or why not. In the end, my “job” is to give an honest opinion that will help other readers decide if the book in question is one they’re likely to want to read for their own reasons. Blue Magic has thrown me ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Indigo Springs and I believe the final book in the Astrid Lethewood series. This was a much more linear and well-thought out book than Indigo Springs. I enjoyed the creative ideas in this book, even though at times the writing was still a bit ambiguous.

This book details the story of how Astrid is trying to control the release of magic from the well so that it doesn't destroy the world. It also focuses on Sahara's trial and her followers. In addition to that Will’s children
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read the first book in this series back when it was first published late 2009. I loved it when I read it. I remember thinking it was original and magical. So when the sequel popped up on NetGalley, I didn't hesitate to request it. I started Blue Magic and realized there were many things I had forgotten about Indigo Springs. It took about a quarter of the book for me to keep characters straight and to remember who did what and what had actually happened in the previous book. But I kept at it an ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
The premise: ganked from This powerful sequel to the A.M. Dellamonica's Sunburst Award -- winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid -- vitagua -- that is pure magic. Everything it touches is changed. The secret is out -- and the world will never be the same. Astrid’s best friend, Sahara, has been corrupted by the blue magic, and now leads a cult that seeks to rule the world. Astrid, ...more
Lynette Aspey
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
PLEASE NOTE: the following is an excerpt from my blog. For the full review (which includes Indigo Springs), please go to:

"Morning arrived in Indigo Springs, but it did not bring the dawn.”

Blue Magic follows seamlessly from where Indigo Springs leaves off. The crumbling powerbase still pretends that they’re in control, while the flow of Vitagua threatens to flood the real — to catastrophic effect. This is the apocalypse that Astrid Lethewood is trying to re
May 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I absolutely loved Indigo Springs with it's interesting set of characters and unique plot, but I did not like Blue Magic. I guess character development wasn't needed since the characters are already established, but every character in this story felt flat. The entire novel is comprised of short clipped sentences and it failed to draw me in. There are tasks to complete, people work on completing the tasks. That's it. At first I enjoyed the descriptions of how the magic ooze was being used, but if ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading Indigo Springs and loving the world created by Dellamonica (though that book only scratched the surface), I was apprehensive about reading Blue Magic. I was worried that my enjoyment of the first book would be dashed if I read a sub par sequel. I didn't have to worry, if anything Blue Magic is better than the first book.

The books starts off with Will Forrest preparing with the US Government for the trial of Sahara and her followers. The Government isn't being as helpful in finding
Won this book off of Giveaways and only then found out it was a sequel. So, naturally, I had to request it at the library and spend nearly a month waiting to get my hands on the first book, Indigo Springs. In the end, however, I think it was still worth the wait.

Blue Magic was a decent sequel to Indigo Springs. I think, like many people, I preferred the first over the second. The writing was still enjoyable and I loved how Dellamonica continued to create this fantastical world for Astrid and he
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I love stories with multiple lines converging on a point, and many characters with conflicting agendas, Blue Magic sometimes felt too tightly controlled, not messy enough. It was smart of Dellamonica to add so many secondary characters with action agendas, since Astrid’s stance was largely inactive; she maneuvered others subtly rather than dramatically as the plot progressed. Astrid’s glimpses of the future reveal the end at the beginning, which can help add a layer of tension to a story, ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Blue Magic was an exciting, magical story. I think it would be best read shortly after Indigo Springs, in order to have the rules of the world and the major characters still close in mind. It was a much larger story than Indigo Springs, with many characters and locations, and lots of wide-scale action. The story was told through four point of view characters, each with a unique position or perspective. Though I still enjoyed the idea of the magic system, I’m not sure if I liked how close to all- ...more
William Bentrim
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blue Magic by A. M. Dellamonica

This is a tale of a small town, Indigo Springs, and the residents who discover magic, deal with demented social guardians, a frightened government and displaced native Americans.

This is the sequel to Indigo Springs. I was not overly thrilled with Indigo Springs. I didn’t find the characters likeable, not even those who might conceivably be called the “good guys”. Astrid, the main protagonist, and Will, who occupies a some what distant co-star role, become more lik
Fantasy Literature
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Blue Magic is the second book in a duology by A.M. Dellamonica that began with Indigo Springs. I gave the first book three stars and while Blue Magic improves on book one in several ways, it also takes some steps back as well.

The first book introduces us to Astrid, who upon returning to her hometown of Indigo Springs discovered a powerful source of magic with which she can enchant objects and people. Her longtime friends Jacks (who loves her) and Sahara (whom Astrid loves, but Sahara’s true love
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I kept on reading even when I realized it isn't very well written, I was hoping it got better. One of the things that annoyed me is that enchantments are called chantments. Really? You included a really hokey magic vs the U.S. Government aspect, using the real world but you needed to change the word enchantment? The U.S. Gov't vs magic aspect of this story is terrible. The characters don't seem to have any depth, instead we get pages and pages of descriptions a ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I absolutely love the first book in this two-book series, Indigo Springs, so Dellamonica had a lot to live up to for me. And I think she did it. I devoured this sequel and couldn't wait to find out how the people that I was so invested in resolved all of the enormous issues they had to deal with. The resolutions were unique and imaginative and not easy and I love that about Dellamonica's writing. Things don't always end up easy for her characters, but they come through and embrace the result the ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I remembered the premise of the first book when I read the blurb on this one. I loved the initial premise: girl returns to childhood home and inherits magic. What I had forgotten was how crazy ands complex the book became. This sequel was simply living in that fruit basket upset trying to right the world. If Dellamonica had created a world with clearer ties to our own or set the book on another planet or in a made-up society, I would have found her writing more palatable.

And yet I was caught up
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It was a little slow in the beginning, but I blame that more on my not reading the first book first. Thankfully, Dellamonica provided enough detail to allow me to enter the world of Blue Magic and quickly learn the characters. After that, I couldn't put it down. The last 2/3 of the book just flew by. Very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the first book and learning more about how it all began. ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
The only problem with this book, and it's predecessor, is how ignorant the characters are about most things. It may make sense as the author says the protagonist didn't finish highschool. If this is the tie in to slow and poor decision making, then i get it, otherwise it's just an annoyance that makes the author seem lazy as full on reasoning would've resolved some plot arcs quickly.

The overall concept of magic and lore is pretty good. Seemed like a few leaps to close up the story.
Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk
3.5 stars. I liked Indigo Springs a bit better.
Craig Sieracki
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fast becoming one of my favorite Authors, A. M. Dellamonica is writing fantastic fiction and creating incredible worlds. The sequel to "Indigo Springs", "Blue Magic" advances the story in a fantastic way, fleshing out both characters and world and leaving me wanting more. There is tons of mythology yet to delve into in this new Earth, and I cannot wait for another installment. ...more
Paula Lyle
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
There's just a little too much in this book. Too many villains, too many ways to make magic, too much uncertainty about the point of it all, and too many "happy" endings. By the end it just seemed a little pointless. ...more
Dawn Marie
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A very satisfying conclusion to the two book series!
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good, ties up a bit too neatly at the end, but a good read if you enjoy fantasy.
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