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Blood and Magic

(Blood and Darkness #1)

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Meet Gray. Dhampir. Undead. Cursed.

With supernatural powers and an insatiable need for blood, her existence is cursed.

When Gray awakens from a three-year spell induced coma, she not only discovers her lover as the one responsible, but that he has joined with a dangerous organization known as the Consilium to help them create a new breed of hybrid demons. Humans an

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by City Owl Press
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Sydney Ashcroft
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Melissa weaves a tale involving dhampirs and witches that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you root for the characters. The story is action packed and full of emotional depth that draws the reader in and makes them want more. The mythology she creates is unique and complex, adding depth and a vibrancy to the story and characters. The second book can't come soon enough!
Samantha Heuwagen
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I was able to get an ARC*

If you like a new take on vampires and gothic literature, look no further! Good world building and interesting premise. Not to be missed!
Elena Mikalsen
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read from a debut author who might be my new favorite. Excellent characters, magical happenings. Great plot, couldn't put it down.
Carolyn Walker
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! There is great worldbuilding and the magical system is fascinating. I love how it is based on mythology. It really adds depth to the story. We get an immediate sense of the characters and Gray is very likable, despite her struggles with the past and her own abilities. I also loved Valentina's character as well. I hope to see more of these characters and I can't wait to get started on the second book! This is my newest favorite series right now! I am so excited ...more
Penny
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a debut book, and I see great things ahead for this author. Gray is a very unique character who is full of revenge and wants to get back at the people responsible for her Dhampir status and her three-year sleep. What follows is a wild ride full of action, intrigue, and downright good writing. I did find the beginning just a little confusing as I kept feeling I’d missed something like a prequel or another book as the action started with not much explanation. But, I soon just went wit ...more
Luna Joya
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hooks you in the first few chapters and keeps on delivering. Vampires, witches, shifters, pirates--what's not to love. It's got adventures and revenge plots, mystery and a little love. Great world building, well-developed suspense and plot, and a sense of travel that takes the reader with the characters for a ride that's worth the read. Highly recommend.
Literary Soirée
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
BLOOD AND MAGIC!

Life prevented my timely review of author Melissa Sercia’s fantastic Blood and Magic, her debut urban-gothic novel. Now that months have passed, I find that not only is she a magnificent writer, but an utterly kind one at that, patient and understanding.

Her genre is one I typically don’t read but I am so glad I did! For her novel is a winner, compelling, beautifully written, with engaging characters and a fully intriguing plot line.

Her protagonist is Gray, a 400-yea
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Rachel Pudelek
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great dark urban fantasy from a debut author. This is a quick read with a fast-paced story and a fun new take on vampires.
Neg Dardashti
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! The author weaves a complex story around the main character, a Dhampir named Gray, who's determined to make those responsible for turning her, her mother included, pay for what they've done. In a love and hate relationship with who she's been forced to become, the author's strong world-building and unique take on mythical creatures created a story I couldn't put down. Face-paced, action-packed, emotional, and interesting, this book has everything a reader can ask for. ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“Blood and Magic” is a fast-paced, suspenseful urban fantasy with solid world-building.

Read full review in the 2018 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Denise Hixon Blevins
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting. It kept me engaged and the story flowed well. At times it seemed to move to fast but at the same time the overall suspense was great. This is book one and I will definitely read the others. I downloaded a copy of this book on Booksprout...
Suanne
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Blood and Magic is Melissa Sercia’s debut novel. Her main character, Gray (love the name), was forced to become a Dhampir (witch and vampire) against her will, then was placed into a three-year coma by her lover. As a result, she is out for vengeance. The book follows her and her sidekick, Valentina, as they fight the Consortium, a group of evil doers bent on creating hybrid demons. The world building, particularly in the Underworld and the Hall of Secrets. Some of the concepts were interesting. ...more
Scarolet Ellis
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood and Magic by Melissa Sercia is a wonderful story I was able to read about magic but not just reagular magic it is blood magic. I loved reading this story it is book number one in this wonderful brand new series by a brand new author for me to read. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves to read about magic as much as I do.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jamie Sterling
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Passionate Battle Between Good and Evil

This book is dark. Mischievous. An undercurrent of evil flows through every scene, emotion, and action, and it makes for a very good read.

I’ll admit this is my first paranormal book. Early on, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, as there seemed to be a little too much going on. After having finished it, I realized that this setup was necessary and that my initial concerns were more about my inexperience with the genre than with
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Philleys Peters
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing storyline steeped in magic and supernaturals. Gray is dhampir, a vengeful one, looking for answers and revenge. With her fellow dhampir and bff Valentina, they travel the streets of London to the haunts of New Orleans and even to the dangerous depths of Hell for the knowledge they need to overcome the very ones responsible for what is happening. Each will find the other half of themselves, the one to link and bind to, becoming the first ever hybrids. A witch hybrid pair and a wolf ...more
Michelle Shemon
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blood and Magic
Blood and Darkness Book 1
Melissa Sercia

I thought this book was great. Full of action and adventure. I thought Gray was great as a 400 year old Damphir. She was an amazing character in the book. With all the other people revolving around her trying to take the Consilium down, as they want to rule the world. The magical pirate ship was pretty cool too. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what comes!
Adena Lee
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great read - I started and hated putting it down. Strong badass heroine with lots of personal issues - check. Multiple love interests, past and present - check. Mission: to save the world as she knows it - check. If you like Mercedes Thompson's and Anita Blake's adventures, read this.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Rizkallah
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Gray

Poor Gray wants up to a world she's not used to. Being a half vampire has changed her view on life but when things start tho change, nothing is safe
Tanya
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She has been in a spell coma and now she has woken. Now she is after revenge even against the one she thought was with her. She may just learn a.dark family secret which could ruin her. She will.She blood magic to get her revenge. What is that secret? Can she start a war? See if she can

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Kristin Kelley
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good book. Really like Gray and Aldric.
Lisa
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Potential unmet.

I had to put the story aside when I was1/3 done. This story could be fierce and awesome. Instead, it's choppy with details not well thought out. The overarching story is great but the author missed the boat on the content needed to complete the story's vision. If I remember, I'll check this author out again in a few years. I'm guessing this is her first or one of her first books and it shows too much for me to enjoy. That said, Sercia imagined something original with incredibl
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Steph
This was the first book I've read by this author and I liked her writing style. Bonus - the book was free at Amazon. I did feel like the characters' stories moved rather quickly considering this is a series not a stand alone. I feel bad marking that down as a type of complaint because more times than not I'm wishing stories would move faster. This time, however, so much took place in this intro that little focus was spent on what I would've thought were major events in the characters' lives. I l ...more
Tina
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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Melissa Sercia writes all things Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is the author of Blood and Magic, Flesh and Bone, and Gods and Demons in the Blood and Darkness series. Melissa lives in California with her man and her cat. When she's not building whimsical fantasy worlds and slaying demons, you can find her in the kitchen cooking with a glass of wine in her hand.

Other books in the series

Blood and Darkness (3 books)
  • Flesh and Bone (Blood and Darkness Book 2)
  • Gods and Demons (Blood and Darkness Book 3)