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Blood for Magic

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Twenty-year-old Tarquin is smart, tactless, and braver than he knows. He’s also been Mage of the Realm of Kelor for two years, taking the title from his mother after she died protecting Kelor from a terrible threat.

While on a quest to heal his dying brother, Tarquin is attacked by a horrific, flesh-eating monster. He’s saved by an enigmatic and mute young soldier, cursed w
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Published November 23rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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This was a 2 star read for me.

WARNING! NOT a spoiler (people need to know about this, before they get into the book. Granted, the scene was short): Jerk off session with a man-lizard (and not a Cardassian kind). Half shifted form.

Among crazy amount of magical species (what the hell is wosu?), lectures on magic and local history, we follow pain and suffering of Tarquin the Prince, his man-lizard, his brother, his cousin, his sister-in-law... wash and repeat 3-4 times. Tarquin is constantly injur
Jun 05, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
Great fantasy/magic tale, it's quite different from the norm and I really liked the originality of the plot, it was excellent and the MC's were really intense but also playful and fun. It was also really well written too and had a great way of balancing out the sadder and rather darker side of the storyline, simply having other character by just being very accepting of others for the merit in their actions and not their looks, faults or disabilities. Even though bad things happen, it gi
A Hearts On Fire Review

3.75 Hearts--Mages, Haldur and Vyr...Oh My!

Aundrea Singer's "Blood For Magic" is a high fantasy, action packed tale that reads like it was written by a gamer. There is so much magic, blood and violence in this novel. It wasn't necessarily dark but it got brutal in some sections.

Tarquin is the Mage of the Realm in a fantasy land called Kelor. He's only twenty and is the top mage due to his mother's death. Mages have to sacrifice their blood as payment to wield their magic.
Jan 02, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok
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Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich

total momo book...serious heart eyes.
Very low steam, but hit me in the feels several times. Love Tarquin and Five!!!
Great characters!
High fantasy, will be reading more from this author
Mar 09, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
3.75 Rounded up.
Mar 10, 2016 Borderstar rated it really liked it
3.5 stars I can't decide whether to round up or down - may change rating... :/
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, as it was a new to me author and nobody I know/follow has reviewed this yet, but it was actually pretty good. I liked the characters straight away and the non-typical gender roles (a number of women were the royal shields/knights etc, there was a warrior queen) and the way it was implied that same sex partnerships were common (i.e. Tarquin's blood mother & the queen) was intr
Elaine White
Apr 12, 2017 Elaine White rated it really liked it
** Deals with death, blood magic, suicide, self harm, and incest (though I'm still not sure if that's right or not) **

So, this book dealt with a lot. It had fantasy, golem's, dragons, mages, even some steampunk elements in there. Overall, it was a little too much and too confusing to follow. So I've marked it a 3.5, rounded up to a 4, because of the potential and the overall storyline.

I liked the characters; Tarquin is the only POV and he's a great character to choose for that, because he's youn
Joyfully Jay
Dec 28, 2015 Joyfully Jay rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Blood for Magic was an excellent, quick-paced fantasy that stumbled a few times, but overall did a good job of balancing characterization with plot and world building. Tarquin is a royal Mage and as such is considered a rare and extremely powerful form of magician. But his power comes from the sacrifice of his own blood, which means he perpetually risking himself to save those around him. Tarquin is brave, but young, and some of his actions read as filled with th
Dec 21, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and the world this author created was awesome!

Tarquin is a blood mage who is very smart but also very reckless. He meets Five while fighting the haldur and trying to save his brother who is Turing into a Golem.

There was just so much action in this book I was on the edge of my seat until the end. This author did a amazing job with these characters and this story! I can't even tell you how much I loved this world this author created. I loved Tarquin's character but I also r
This was great and I really enjoyed the world that Singer created! Tarquin was such a great character: kind, brave, and intelligent. He's a Mage who uses magic by "paying for it" with his blood. Blood for magic...hence the title. All I could think of the entire time was the anime Full Metal Alchemist and "Equivalent Exchange" can't get something for nothing. I really loved the end when Tarquin discovers that maybe he doesn't know everything about magic that he thought he did. There are sti ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Tenny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, weird, dragons, gay
What... just what.
Honestly, the best description for this book would be "confusing as hell". Too many foreign names and races and titles and I got kinda lost in it. Wasn't sure who is who and how the hell they are related.
Not that it's bad, per se, but it could use some polishing. Main character is nice and the romance is okay, though I hoped it would be more slow burn. And the explanation for the reason why the other main character was a weird lizard guy felt kinda lacking.
I liked the system of
May 29, 2016 theghostlysigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really REALLY enjoyed this book! I wish more m/m romance was written like this. That being with more focus on the plot and not just the two leads getting together. Yes, it's light on the sex, but it felt like a breath of fresh air because I feel like too much of m/m is just about that. It's nice to have an actual plot. Also this is a very short read and doesn't feel dragged out at all.

So for anyone looking for a fantasy which just so happens to have an m/m romance--this one's for you!
Riina Y.T.
Had a lot of fun with this book! :)
Once again I'm amazed by the author's imagination and captivating writing... *admire*

I love boys doing magic, monsters, action- lots of fighting!- and adventure and yes, you guessed it; this story had a lot of it all :)

Plus there were quite the gory bits, and I cried a few sad tears and happy tears!

Nov 23, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Enjoyed and will probably read again but there was nothing that stood out and made it a special read for me. Writing and characters were great so its just me.
Jan 03, 2017 Withoutwingsx rated it really liked it
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Betti Anderson
Mar 26, 2017 Betti Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book. It was worth the money :p
Jun 21, 2016 Neon rated it liked it
Ahhh there are many good things about this book but also quite a few things that hit me wrong so I was conflicted as hell!!! But I ended up liking it at least, and it was one of those books I wish were way bigger or even divided into two so I could explore it more!

Good things:

The female representation is overall, so intensely great, specially considering this is a MM book, in which mostly the female representation tends to be awful and cringe worthy, so this one was such a nice change! Definitel
Feb 14, 2016 ItsAboutTheBook rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I thought it was worth reading but can’t say I’d recommend it either. The first few pages were very violent and graphic. Lots of death right away. It definitely sets the tone of the book. There some evil creatures coming out of hiding and they’re literally monsters. I liked the premise of the good kingdom of people versus the bad evil creatures from the mountain. I particularly liked how the world create
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Reviewed on The Blogger Girls.

Tarquin’s on a quest to save his dying brother when he’s attacked by horrific monsters. The only way he survives is when another monster shows up to save him. However, this monster is different from the others and Tarquin can’t help but feel a kinship with the guy he now calls Five and is determined to build a friendship with Five. But with a war looming and as Mage of the Realm, Tarquin’s their only hope in winning the war. Unfortunately, to do that Tarquin has to
Oct 25, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book!
From the first page you're transported to another realm, and the action is pretty relentless throughout.
Tarquin is so brave as he faces a fate that has faced him since childhood. Not only is the price he pays to use magic high, but the final cost will be his life. He's always known it and admitted it when those around him couldn't face it.
Five, the creature he finds in the forest that turns out not to be quite what he was expecting, is a great character. As I learned more about him
Nov 29, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! The world and character building was excellent. The couple was so adorable.

To put it roughly it was a beauty and the beast type tale, but this story defiantly had an original plot.

Tarquin is a prince that is desperate to save his kingdom from evil beasts that are quickly invading as well as break the curse that is slowly killing his older brother. He is rescued by Five, a mysteries half man half lizard type creature. I wouldn't call it love at first sight more like-you are adora
Oct 28, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, my-e-things, queer
This is a nice, pleasant, fast-paced fantasy adventure romance. There's magic and epic battles and eeevil and magical creatures and love and it's a very enjoyable and easy book. I liked the main characters, especially Five, and the secondary characters play a pretty big role. It's not a really heavy story or particularly dark or complex, so if you like your fantasy romance on the lighter side, this is worth a look. The writing is good, the story is exciting, the characters are engaging, and it's ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Katatakay rated it it was amazing
First off... I loved this book. I had hoped it would be a good book, but it was so much better.

It did at times instill a fear in me that it would end in some horrible cliffhanger that I would then be frantically waiting on the next book due to long sweeps into topics that at the time did not seem to fit with the story. In the end it all tied together in a fantastic tale that can be expanded on or left be.

I give it a five simply because it was such a great book that I find myself in a "reading fu
Dec 31, 2015 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story. I so wish it had been longer or had a sequel... If the author reads this... PLEASE write a sequel! I need more of this cuteness. <3

It seemed like things were happening fast in the story but it made sense with the pace of the plot itself, but meant that I got through the book a lot faster then I wanted too.

I didn't want to finish the book because I didn't want it to end. lol

A lot romance with some drama, fantasy, romance and some slight angst and a very interesting w
J.J. Carroll
Nov 17, 2015 J.J. Carroll rated it really liked it
I liked a lot of this novel. Five, I adored Five. However, there were a few things that bothered me, for example a few questions take far too long to be answered, and yes, *squirm* the sex between Seven in lizard form and the MC. I tried to put it down to the world, and the fact that characters would be used to 'share-bloods', even so, yep, a bit of squirming and discomfit on my part, sorry.

I will say though for the most part I did enjoy it.
Feb 01, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it
I bought this book instantly, basically when I was three words into the summary and read that the main character was considered tactless I had to read it. I also started reading it right away-a rare occurrence for me lately- and enjoyed it immensely. It was different then what I thought it would be, but it was a fun read.
Blaine Hall
WOW! This is an epic book! So much more than I was expecting.The characters were well fleshed out and engaging. The world building was great and the premise very well done. A wonderful fantasy that I will enjoy reading again and again!
I liked Tarquin but I adored Five. Magic, monsters and world changing around main characters - it was a good story and kept me reading till the end.
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