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The Dragon Portal #2

By Blood and Magic

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A priceless treasure is hidden within the ocean's depths...

Sabine barely managed to escape from Akros with her life.

But the ocean isn't safe for someone whose power stems from the forests.

When their ship is attacked on the high seas and one of Sabine's companions is taken hostage, only an agreement forged by blood and magic may save her friend's life.

The pearl of the sea is also the key to the gods' revenge...

With the dragon portal failing and the gods' magic threatening to destroy their world, Sabine must choose between following her heart or upholding a sacred oath.

The cost of ending a centuries-old feud may be higher than anyone expected.

All magic demands a sacrifice--even if it's hers.


Published March 26, 2020

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April 6, 2020
By Blood and Magic (The Dragon Portal Series Book 2) by Jamie A. Waters

ARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours and Jamie A. Waters. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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03-06: I'm going to be completely honest with you here, I was interested in 'By Blood and Magic (The Dragon Portal Book 2)' by Jamie A. Waters when I read the summary, but it was the cover that kept recurring in my thoughts before I started it.

It's crazy.. but it reminded me so much of World of Warcraft's Jaina Proudmoore look from the most recent game expansion, that even though I'm not a huge fan of the character, I was constantly thinking about this title. There's something to be said for familiarity.. I suppose.. and it really is a gorgeous cover.

All that aside, I found myself surprised by exactly how much I loved the story.

"What's your plan, little one?"
"To bring the memory of life to a place of death."

Sabine is the main character, a fae on the run trying to stay ahead of those who would see her dead, and trying to help protect the world she lives in by sealing a dangerous dragon portal. As she flees across the ocean, the ship is viciously attacked and her companion and several crew members are taken hostage. To save them, she forges a pact bound by blood and magic, and the bulk of the story is about the journey she must take to uphold that agreement.

The ship's captain is a.. wow.. steamy, self-sacrificing dragon shifter.. named Malek.. who I can't get enough of (though her companions aren't entiredly trusting of him). His best friend is also captured with the crew, which sets him up to accompany her and the rest of her group in a bid to free the others.

"I don't know what he needs or what we can do for him. Do you think he's hurt?"
"Well, if we can't figure it out, I could always use a pair of dragonskin boots..."

There's a great deal of traveling throughout the adventure and along the way they meet some other interesting characters. Sabine is a really sweet, kind natured woman who seems to constantly be adding to her own worries, by trying to look out for others. And Malek is a great match for that. He's powerful, if a bit possessive (but really, he makes that work) and at times he's stubborn, but so is she.

Truthfully, they both seem to have more inner conflict than conflict between each other and it's kind of a nice change. At times, he's a little too easy going.. too perfect. He's the most rational male on the planet and she's every bit his equal in that regard as well. If it weren't for all the chaos going on around them, they might also be the most boring couple ever to exist. But there's plenty of drama to keep things spicy and their chemistry is undeniable from the get-go.

"In a word, she was exquisite. And he was well and truly screwed."

I really enjoyed the author's perspective on Faerie and those connected with it. This is also one of the few times I've seen a story with so many wide ranging fantasy races that felt natural. It didn't feel like they were just fodder being paraded out in front of the reader to add words to the page. They were important parts of the people of this world and they each had their roles to play.

My favorite supporting character had to be Blossom. She's this adorable pixie that's part of Sabine's traveling group and if I'm being honest, she reminded me of a less thirsty version of Lehabah from Crescent City. She's super cute, feisty as can be, and very funny.. one hilarious little drama queen. She's also capable of much greater things than pixies typically are in most fantasy stories I've read.

"Blossom's eyes widened, and she shoved the entire piece of cake in her mouth. Her cheeks bulged as she chewed. She held out her hand in a silent gesture for more.."
"I suppose there's no use in telling you to pace yourself..."
"Blossom shook her head and held out both hands, her eyes pleading..."

In fact, the dialogue is definitely punctuated with humor and it doesn't feel overdone at all. There were several times I caught myself laughing aloud.. or smiling in response to something that amused me.

If you're looking for a very solid new series to add to your TBR, this is the one. There's a ton of backstory referenced in this one about her family and her role within the Fae, and something called the Wild Hunt.. which of course made me think of Witcher as well. I'm absolutely going back to get book one, as I'm curious to see if the two are both derived from the folklore of ancient Northern and Central Europe. Plus.. book three is already on the way and I want to be ready!



04-04: Finally got back around to focusing on this once I had a short break between other deadlines! Yay! Review to come Monday!

03-27: I'm really enjoying this actually. Lovely characters.. tough odds all around.. and enjoyable dialogue for the most part. Mmm.. Malek..

03-26: Next! I'm not gonna lie, not only did the synopsis sound interesting, the cover looks like Jaina Proudmoore in the most recent WoW expansion. It was kind of hard to resist.
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2,629 reviews194 followers
March 11, 2020
I loved being back with Sabine and Malek and of course the amazing Pixie Blossom ! This started so strongly with an epic battle at sea involving Merpeople and it only continues to delight as the couple go on a quest hoping to save their captured friends . Along the way they encounter tribes that are anything but friendly on their journey towards a settlement that has nasty plans for magic users. Getting out alive is going to be a tricky thing but with a deal struck with the Merpeople not to mention a Goddess to appease the couple are still to face their hardest challenge yet. With their time sensitive task our favourite Fae Sabine and her Dragon ally Malek face constant danger but never fear because there's still time for romance !
This started with a bang and constantly surprised me so I can definitely say it was very entertaining and full of surprises. A lot less from the Demons compared to the first book but Blossom more than made up for that, plus who doesn't want to read about Mermaids ?
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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413 reviews59 followers
July 20, 2021
I absolutely loved reading this book. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. It was a book that I couldn’t put down and I enjoyed reading it.
939 reviews2 followers
March 11, 2020
I was captivated by this book as soon as I started reading it. Sabine is different than the others of her kind, and is willing to help others that are not her kind. I think that is why others like her. She has managed to form some strange alliances in this book and the first book. I love the fact that even though in the past, Fae and dragons were enemies,
Sabine has managed to fall in love with one. Even though Sabine and Malek have not said it, I think those two have fallen in love with each other. I Have loved Blossom from the first time she was introduced in To Kill a Fae. She is even more fun in this book. It seems like the more I reed, the more friends and allies Sabine is making. I am excited to see who and what Sabine makes friends within the next book in this series.
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August 9, 2020
By blood and magic is the second book in a series by author Jamie A. Waters. I read both, the first one was really good, a solid 4.5 stars.

The second book, by blood and magic is one of my rare 5 star books. I really enjoyed this book. It had everything a fantasy book should have, and even threw in more than you would expect. As in the first book, there was Fae, dragons, demons, humans, and pixies. Introduced in this book were also Mer-people and a few other surprises.

The romance was red hot! The chemistry between Sabine and Malek is unimaginable. They often get distracted on their adventures by it, and for the most part it’s very charming.

The story seems to be unfolding pretty naturally, nothing seems forced. Details and whatnot was my big complaint about book one. In the first book it feels like the author is throwing things at you as you need it, and felt somewhat unnatural, and didn’t seem to flow well. It felt like it was rectified in this book.

The settings were eerie and beautiful, and exotic and exciting.

The female is lead character is strong, regal, independent, and everything you want to see in a heroine.

I cried, i laughed, and I fell in love with the Fae city, and their journey. This series has become a must read, and I would highly recommend it!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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88 reviews
August 31, 2020
Thank you Book Sirens and Jamie A. Waters for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

Wow. This book is even more exciting than the first. I would absolutely love to see this series as a movie. The imagery the author creates is incredible. I feel immersed in theses places. Her descriptions are so vivid and breathtaking. I love the characters and her relationships with them. I also love Sabine's innocence and heart that help shape her. I am so excited to read the next book. Absolutely Incredible detail and fascinating storyline. Well done.
961 reviews13 followers
February 27, 2020
This. Was. Glorious! Rich worldbuilding, magic, otherworldly characters, a time sensitive trade, the story flows effortlessly from the sea voyage to an epic road trip where an escape just in time leads to a desert caravan with time running out. Sabine and Malek will rely on one another to complete the search to make the trade, while growing closer. So very entertaining, I couldn't put it down. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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578 reviews14 followers
March 27, 2020
I loved the first book in this series and this second installment was also a great read. Although we’re continuing with Sabine and Malek’s quest to locate the relics that will prevent a war of epic proportion, this book works just as well as a standalone story.

The inclusion of multiple magical creatures, including faeries, dragons, demons, witches, dwarves and, in this book, Merfolk, is what makes this such an enjoyable and addictive series for me. There’s plenty of action and adventure to keep the reader entertained.

I will continue reading until the conclusion of the series.
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884 reviews13 followers
March 27, 2020
Wow. Just wow. This intricate story will make your mind revel in this authors mind with every turn of the page. So many layers of amazing, jaw dropping ohhh’s and ahh’s, it’s impossible to keep up! I cannot wait for book three! #greedyfan!
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October 27, 2020
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"By blood and magic and by the rights of both, what once was solely ours shall be no longer. By will and might, we merge our purposes and intents. As I will it, so mote it be."

Do you know that feeling of watching a movie in your head when reading? It usually takes me a few chapters in a book to get to that point, in some it never gets as "clear". This time it was as if I had pressed "Play" the moment I opened the book, even without remembering much of the previous one.

Sabine, Malek and their companions left Akros on Malek's ship, heading for the Dwarven city.

In the middle of the ocean they are attacked by the Merfolk, aquatic creatures similar to faeries (like mermaids). Who capture much of the crew, including Esme and Levin, Sabine and Malek's best friends respectively.
Her magic was ancient in origin, for the Fae were the first children of the gods. Her power was the same as what originally shaped this world, creating forests and lakes where none previously existed. While the Merfolk were the caretakers of the sea, the Fae would always be the victors in commanding the heavens and earth to obey.

Sabine manages to make a deal with the Merfolk to rescue her friends, which consists of finding Pearl, a Merfolk who disappeared in the desert in her human form.

As if this mission was not complex enough, things in Karga, the city where they disembark, are upside down. Annually they carry out a "burning festival" in which the city is completely closed and a purge of all demonic magic is carried out. This year they have advanced the date and it has become even more dangerous as they now have a magic detector.

Tired and having used much of their magic, Sabine, Malek and Blossom must find a way to complete their mission, without dying in the attempt. But, above all, without falling in love (Although they should already give up on this, they already fell in love 🤣).
Her hand started vibrating, and she laughed in delight. "Are you purring?"
Bane snorted and walked away, circling the dragon and studying him from all sides. "A dragon who purrs. Fearsome, indeed."

And of course, the Wild Hunt is still trying to murder Sabine…

I completely fell in love with the first book in this series. I can't understand how I missed the release of the second installment, but here we are.

Honestly I had almost no memories of the first part. I just remembered how much I liked it. Thank god Jamie does an excellent job putting up little reminders that allow you to follow the story without rereading. Except for Sabine's connection to the goddess Lachlina. I really didn't remember this and had to reread the end of the first one 😑.

Like the first book, the story grabs you from the beginning and you start to have a million questions, which are answered veeeery slowly.

We get to know Sabine so much better and I love her. This time we get to know a little more about her past, along with the real reason for her escape from Faerie. She has a horrible past, but she never allowed that to define her. She is different from all other Fae, she does not feel superior to any race, and she cares about everyone. Which is ironic because she is probably the most powerful of them.
You're not like the rest of the Fae," Blossom said and patted Sabine's hair. "That's why we follow you, Sabine. You're different."

I find it very sad that Sabine, with Malek, knows for the first time what it is for someone to love you without expecting anything in return. The fact that Malek doesn't want her magic puzzles her and makes her fall even more for him.
Sabine nodded. She managed a weak smile and brushed away her tears. "I'm sorry. I normally don't fall apart like this."
Malek arched his brow. "In the short time we've known each other, you've proven to be one of the strongest people I've ever met. Most would have given up after experiencing a fraction of the challenges you've faced." He chuckled. "I don't think anyone would begrudge you a few tears, and if so, to hell with them. I'd like to see them try to walk in your footsteps."

I love Malek because he is very strong and overprotective, yet he knows that he cannot protect Sabine against her will, and he respects that. I find it very funny that they spend the whole book saying "damn, I will fall in love with him / her" when it is clear that they are totally damned already 😂. They are an adorable couple, but with impressive sexual tension even just by looking at each other. We know that Sabine is a Fae and Malek a dragon, and both races are mortal enemies. However, Sabine begins to trust Malek and their relationship evolves into more than just attraction.

However, the best character ever is definitely Blossom. The little pixie who proves to be a loyal friend and hilarious companion, as well as an ally full of surprising resources.
Blossom flew toward them, her wings sending a smattering of pixie dust everywhere. It seemed to happen more often when she was overly excited. I want Blossom to send pixie dust all over my room 🤩

My only critic is that I felt some very repetitive phrases, like that they were falling in love, or Malek putting Sabine's hair behind her ear. But this is just for criticizing something.

And … again I overdid this post but it's worth it. I highly recommend this series. One thing I really like is that these books don't end in cliff-hangers. Each one is a part of an incredible story with a medieval air and full of magic.
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August 19, 2021
Before I start my review I have to apologize to BookSirens and the author for the delay of this review. I had some problems with my eyesight that made me choose books to read with my eyes really difficult, so I have been choosing to only listen to audiobooks.


This book starts pretty much where the first one ended.
Sabine, Malek, Blossom, Esmelle, Levin, Bane and the crew of Malek's ship are sailing towards Dwarven city, following a clue that an artifact will be there, when the ship is attacked by Merfolk.
Esmelle, Levin and some of the crew end up being taken prisoner by the Merfolk and in return the Merfolk tell them that Sabine and Malek must find Pearl, one of the Merfolk, within a week.
Without much information about where Pearl might be and with a ship to fix Malek, Sabine and Blossom travel to Karga to get possible clues to Pearl's whereabouts and to get supplies. But Karga sees them as outsiders and a ritual that could put their lives in danger looms.
Fighting against time to save their friends and over a series of obstacles, they try their best not to fail, while the attraction and feelings between Malek and Sabine become more and more intense.

WOW, is the first thing that comes to my mind after reading this book. There is no doubt that I loved the first book, but this one was even better.
As with the first book the two things that captivated me the most were the characters and the wealth of magical beings. The settings were also quite interesting, I must say more so than in the first book.
Malek is just fantastic, I adore him with all my heart and the way he loves and cares for Sabine fills my heart. The interactions between him and Blossom were pretty fun too.
Sabine is the queen of the whole thing, she is so powerful and so empathetic to everyone and always tries to help even if it puts her life at risk. You can tell that unlike Malek she's more reticent to open up, but I guess that's understandable, especially given everything she's been through. I was very sad to hear how she ran away from Faerie.
Blossom was given an even bigger spotlight in this book and I loved it. She is just hilarious and I want her as a friend. Without her, things would be 100X more complicated.
Throughout the book we meet several different people, but unfortunately not for very long. There is one group of people in particular, that they traveled with for a very short period of time, that sparked a great deal of interest. It would be quite interesting to see them again in future books.
There is also a character who appeared very little, but who will probably become a more prominent character in the next book. Curious to see how her dynamic will be with the whole group.
Pearl even though she didn't show up until the end, was a character that I liked.
One of the things that made me a little bit sad, was that I expected to see more of Esmelle and Levin, and also the demons, which ended up not happening. And there was no news about Dax, will we know more in the next book?

I will definitely continue this series of books and follow the group through their adventures, which I am sure will be many.

I wonder how there aren't more people talking about these books. I will recommend them to everyone!

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*
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951 reviews12 followers
March 25, 2020
This is book two of the Dragon Portal series and sees Sabine and Malek and their friends having escaped from Akros and now travelling on his ship, seeking another artifact needed to hopefully close the Portal and avoid a war between the gods and the various fae and supernatural beings. She is accompanied by Bane, a demon, and this causes problems when their ship is attacked by the merfolk. Loads of the crew and both Sabine and Malek’s best friends are taken and a deal is made to get them back.

To do so, Sabine and Malek must find a merwoman called Pearl who has disappeared in the desert wastelands, whilst on an important mission for the merfolk. Malek’s ship needs repairs and Sabine and Malek go to the nearest town to sort out repairs and to get information on Pearl’s possible location, but they have ended up in a town with an evil and perverted tradition, that the locals are bringing forward to ward off what they see as against their beliefs. That tradition calls for burning alive any with magic tendencies! A perversion of an old tradition of blood sacrifice to the old gods. They need to escape this town before their true identities are discovered or they may be the next sacrifice!

Travelling through the desert to find Pearl sees them meeting some more supernatural beings in a touring troupe and they even manage to assist some with their shapeshifting woes. Sabine and Malek are getting closer to each other and the romance is ramping up, whilst Bane is left on the ship.

Events are revealing her Fae magic and this could bring the Hunt back onto her trail again. Her father wants her dead and now her location has been broadcast all over and that means danger is following her closely. She has to decide how much trust she should place in those around her and whether she should follow her heart and think about what she truly wants or to follow the demands of tradition and sacred oaths made years ago. Expectations or love? Finding allies for the fight to close the portal, leads them to some unexpected company and ancient tales of differences and conflict.

Different people will have to come together and forget their differences of old, if their futures are to be saved. Sabine is key to the closing of the dragon portal, but they must track down the ancient relics needed and the pearl of the sea is the next target. Sacrifices need to be made, but not the type some are misrepresenting them as. A great second instalment of the series, giving more adventures for the main characters to experience, but also great danger as well. We get to hear of why massive distrust exists between each different type of being, those on land vs under the sea or up in the skies. Bonding and binding agreements are more important than first thought and could cause problems in the near future. Loving this series and can’t wait for yet more in this series. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
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581 reviews14 followers
August 1, 2020
Sabine is a Fae trying to stay alive by alluding her family. She must find and collect certain artifacts to keep the dragon portal from re-opening. Sabine’s travels bring her and her friends to the high seas. When their ship is attacked by Merfolk, and her friends taken prisoner, she agrees to find their missing kinswomen. However, Sabine’s latest mission comes with a time limit. She travels to the desert with only a shape-changing dragon and pixie. Will Sabine find the Merfolk’s missing kinswoman?

Malek is a shape-changing dragon. He assists Sabine in collecting the artifacts needed to keep the portal closed. When his ship is waylaid by hostile Merpeople, Malek has no other choice but to accompany Sabine on her newest mission. The trio stumble upon dark and dangerous secrets in the desert. Will Malek be strong enough to keep Sabine safe?

I found Sabine fascinating! She is a Fae being hunted by her people. I admire how Sabine’s quick to educate others on Fae’s practices. She does not give away their secrets; instead, she imparts helpful ways for non-Faes to protect themselves against her people. I love how Sabine is able to admit her shortcomings and vulnerabilities. She is well aware of her strengths and weaknesses. What I like the most about Sabine is her protectiveness towards her friends. She refuses to allow any of them to suffer. If she could help, even sacrifice something, Sabine will do it to help or protect her friends.

Malek is such a dream. But, then again, I have a thing for dragons! I cannot wait to learn more about his secrets. I adore Malek’s consideration and patience with Sabine. He may be curious about her and her secrets, but he never once pried into her privacy. Instead, Malek patiently waited for Sabine to feel comfortable enough to confide in him.

BY BLOOD AND MAGIC is book two in Jamie A. Waters’ fantasy series, THE DRAGON PORTAL. I have not read the first book, so I have missed a great deal of the world-building and backstory. However, that did not hinder my ability to follow the story’s plot or the characters’ dynamics. The author does a great job of summarizing the important parts of the first story.

I have to say this story totally satisfied my high-fantasy needs. I wish there were more books in this genre. The characters kind of reminds me of my old role playing characters – the diversity of species races and such.
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227 reviews21 followers
May 28, 2020
Book 2 picks up right where the first one ends. Sabine, Malek, Bane, Blossom and Esme have escaped Akros and are on their way to finding the missing artifacts to seal the portal for good. When a fight with the Merfolk occurs Sabine must help them find their missing Pearl in order to save her friends. By Blood and Magic is non-stop action with lots of interesting new characters to meet.

Sabine continues to shine as our main character. We learn more about her background and her powers and get to see her grow and mature. She continues to have her golden heart and wanting to help as many as she can, which is always a great trait to read about.

Bane isn't in the story as much as I would have like. I've grown to really like his character and his relationship with Sabine and was slightly disappointed that he was absent for most of the book.

Blossom is her constant witty and fun self and an absolute delight to read about.

Esme is also not in the story as much which is a real shame because I would love to know more about her and Sabine's relationship.

I know we are supposed to love Malek as he is Sabine's new main love interest but I'm honestly getting annoyed with him. He claims he's not pressuring Sabine into wanting to be with him or loving him but he constantly defies what she says and asks. Sabine wants to save her people and his response is that they have done nothing for her and he would rather they leave and he can protect her. His possessiveness is a turn off (I get it's suppose to be a dragon thing but it's boarding on controlling). He constantly wants her to choose being with him over helping others and questions her every move. Even when she tells them her plan and explicitly states that he needs to do something in order for them all to survive he says "No, I won't do that because I can't protect you." I really hope his controlling nature goes away because seeing our tough Sabine fall for this every time is slightly irritating.

I received a review copy from Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review.
462 reviews15 followers
October 22, 2020
Seriously, though, this is a wonderful romp around a complex Casablanca-like world. In an author’s email, Jamie Waters mentioned that she pulls ideas from many popular sources, and it does feel a little like a D&D game...a good one. It started with Sabine and her friends stranded at the edge of a desert. Sabine and Malik head off into the desert to find Pearl in order to get their own crew back from the seafolk. Since I am a former belly dancer, I really like the silk road markets, and the closed minds they meet. In a nutshell, the plot actually revolves around this exchange of captives, with the added desperation of ultimately needing objects of power to stop a portal from opening and destroying the world.

Sabine seems to be the ultimate battery source, and she is constantly recharging her battery to give her magic to those who need it, which I found amusing. Malek is the perfect dragon shifter, fighting his need to take her away (like, where? Your boat and people are stranded....) and constantly proving he is not what people expect. And Blossom, the tiny pixy, really shines in this novel. I believe Jamie that Blossom was a favorite. Blossom is the tiny yappy dog that everyone is afraid of until you become friends. She is the voice of a Goddess; she is the spy and the socialite. Woo!

I know epic fantasy is less prevalent nowadays, but sometimes we just want to return to books that include complex world-building, great plots, and rounded characters who all contribute. This story is wonderful, long enough to make you feel like you got a great bargain, and complete in its story arc while still leaving elements to explore in the next novel. I loved it!

I received a review copy, but as usual, my feelings are my own. This is not a summer or sleepy-time read, so prepare for immersion!
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154 reviews2 followers
March 25, 2021
This is the second book in the Dragon Portal Series.. I found the second book to be more enjoyable as the plot and character lines were clearer from the start. Even though more characters became involved, a lot of them were from book one, and others such as the Merfolk, who mostly live in the sea, the reader has likely heard of before. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you engaged without losing you as a reader.

Malik continues to search for the powerful magical objects that were used to originally seal the Dragon portal and stop the wars with Sabine at his side. Sabine is the high priestess of the Unseelies as her mother’s heir who had strong Unseelie magic and has Seelie magic from her father. With her powers she can help locate and validate these ancient powerful objects as she has done with the chalice so far.

That is IF they can get to the locations that whispers have hinted at. They have crisis after crisis trying to stop them from getting to the Dwarven city which is rumored to have one or more of the artifacts. The first problem starts right after they launch Malek’s ship through the sea. The Merfolk take great umbrage to this, most specifically due to having a passenger from the Underworld, Bane, and attack the ship from above and below. It looks like they may not make it out of this alive! Several crew members and some of Sabine’s traveling companions are thrown overboard.

Will they be able to stop the Merfolk from attacking long enough to find out why they are doing so and is there anything they can do to receive safe passage?

Can they save their friends and crew members? What do the Merfolk want? Can they find and return what the Merfolk is demanding?
Time to start reading!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
August 3, 2023
This was yet another fantastic installment of Jamie A Waters's series, The Dragon Portal. Book 2 served as more proof that it's probably the best series I've read all year and maybe even last year. I've always been a fan of fantasy, and this true epic fantasy has me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Sabine, Blossom, and Malek are all characters I adore. My heart breaks for Sabine & Malek, knowing that their future together doesn't look promising, but I'm eager to see how it unfolds. I crank up the audio speed because I'm desperate to find out what happens next. Thank The Goddess I already have book 3 ready to go! But I already know I'll be incredibly sad waiting for the subsequent books. I hope Jamie keeps up this series for a while.

One thing I truly appreciate about this series is that it's not like many other fantasy books out there. Seriously, some fantasy authors write one good novel and split it up into 3 or 4 books, calling it a series. But these novels have real substance to them. Each book is over 400 pages—I believe—though I didn't check them all. On audio, at the normal speed, it's a good 14-15 hours. The author's world-building skills are frickin' amazing! Moreover, the narrator chosen for this series is doing a fantastic job! She embodies all the characters with unique voices, and her performance with all parts-male, female, pixie, and demon roles, were all superb. If I could give this book another 50 stars, I absolutely would. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy with an incredible world and lovable yet distinct characters. I can't wait to see what unfolds in book 3! And it's safe to say I'll be heartbroken when the series concludes. Jamie Waters, in case you happen to read this, please never stop writing Sabine's story! Thanks!
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791 reviews102 followers
June 25, 2021
I absolutely loved the story again! This is perfect fantasy, fantasy that transports you into a whole different world until you forget you’re actually lying on your bed reading.

I must say that I liked book 1 a tiiiny bit more, but not by much! (So, this one is probably "only" 4.5 stars instead of 5. lol)

I was positively surprised by the turn the storyline took, because I expected to meet a whole bunch of dwarves in this one, but I loved it! The writing was wonderful and vivid again, I could picture everything perfectly in my head, I loved the new characters we met along the way, enjoyed watching the old characters banter and was entranced by the development in relationships!😍

So many things happened and it felt like this whole epic journey the characters had to venture on, but while there were quite a few detours in this book, the story never lost its silver lining which probably isn’t super easy with a storyline as intricate as this one and with as many things happening as in this book.

And while book 2 doesn't end on as big a cliffhanger as book 1 there are still so many questions that need to be answered. Especially the ending was full of things that left me 😱 😨 😰…

All in all, I don’t want to say much more, because spoilers.🙈

Just let me say this one thing: If you haven’t read book 1 #ToKillAFae yet and you like Fae, dragons, demons and all the supernatural creatures? Go and give it a chance. It’s worth it!!!

And if you’ve read book 1 already? What are you waiting for? Go and read #ByBloodAndMagic right now and if you remember, hit me up so we can discuss.😂❤️

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
501 reviews18 followers
March 14, 2020
I really enjoyed reading this novel. I have not read the first book in the series, and I think it would have helped to have done so in terms of grasping more of the nuances in the references to characters and events from prior to the current story, but it really wasn't that much of a hindrance.

The pacing really stood out as excellent to me, with a lot of action packed in. Description was carefully woven throughout, enhancing rather than slowing the pace.

The world-building was also very well executed. Set in a medieval-age fantasy world involving many Fae races, it was fairly easy to understand the role of magic, the interplay between cultural groups, and how the world politics work. The cultures are particularly well-developed. There is a spiritual system (which seems to be universally accepted). I wish there had been more background on this element, especially how spiritual observances are part of everyday life. (It's possible this was laid out in Book 1).

The character building was also very well executed. Each of the primary characters demonstrated different personality elements. My personal preference would have been for greater complexity in virtually all cases (they read to me as a little bit black and white - I prefer more grey), but this didn't negatively affect my enjoyment of the book. Blossom is a stand-out character and was probably my favourite.

There were a few small errors in the edition that I read, but these didn't interfere with the novel, so they were easy to overlook.

This was a fast read, but a very enjoyable one, and it's a solid entry in the genre. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I received an ARC via the author.
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633 reviews22 followers
March 15, 2020
*I received this book as a gift in exchange for my honest opinion.

Yes!!!!!! I've been waiting for this book ever since I read the last sentence in the first one. Gosh...it was SOOOOO worth the wait. Just know in advance that this is NOT a standalone to a series. You'll need to pick up the first one for this to make sense.

Book two picks up right where book one left off, on a boat sailing to collect more artifacts to close the portal. But plans take a detour when the ship is attacked by the sea. Yep, you heard me, the sea. Ok, more like the creatures of the sea, but still, you get the idea. In order to make it to land and save members of the crew and her family, Sabine has no choice but to make a deal with the Merfolk. The deal sends them on an adventure through unknown territory that causes more headache than not. But they meet new people and find more answers along the way. And boy oh boy are the adventures amazing!

If you fell in love with the potential story between Sabine and Malek in the first book, then you'll be very happy with this one. As their connection deepens, so does the magic within both of them. The things these two experience together is more than an experience, it's life changing.

If you're looking for old characters to keep you entertained, don't. The only returning characters that have a "solid" roll are Sabine, Malek and Blossom. Although the other characters make an appearance, you'll most likely have to wait until the next book to see more of their stories. But let's talk about Blossom for a second. I'm absolutely in love with this pixie!!!!!! And I'm so happy she finally got her wish :)
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303 reviews7 followers
February 27, 2020
Wow! Seriously WOW! I received an advance copy of this amazing book and now I can't wait for Book #3 in this series. From the very first page there was action and adventure and mystery and all things wonderful in a book.

By Blood and Magic starts where Book #1 of this series left off, but with a whole new location and a whole new adventure. As much as I love to read, I don't tend to get this excited about a series. I'm so glad to see there are more upcoming books in the works! This Dragon Portal series is everything I want and love in a book series. The characters are amazing and there is magic, demons, dragons, merfolk, mystery, adventure, romance and a touch of humor with the pixie, Blossom. I love the worlds this author has created and how new alliances are being formed with each new adventure. And I loved how the different cultures were shown to the reader, and how these characters came to be as they are. Fascinating how I could visualize it all!

The story starts off with the ship they are traveling on coming under attack with prisoners being taken and a trade being negotiated, all the while keeping the main objective to seal the portal in sight. Without giving away any spoilers, let me tell you that as soon as you think Sabine and Malek are safe, another danger is thrown at them. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what happens but at the same time not wanting it to end! I can't wait for more! Pre-ordering Book #3 now!
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3,439 reviews32 followers
November 13, 2020
Sabine is a royal Fae with both Seelie and Unseelie blood. She has been in hiding since her father and his people killed her mother and tried to kill her. She is Queen of the Unseelie but must remain hidden until she is ready to claim her throne.

Malek Rish'dan is a dragon shifter on a mission to save their world by permanently closing the dragon portal, to prevent another all out war.

These two have joined forces along with Sabine and Malek's allies. Normally enemies, their crew makes up, Bane the demon, Esme the witch, Levin the wyvern and Blossom the pixie. Their quest takes a detour when the Merfolk attack their ship and takes hostages. To save their friends they must find a missing Mer woman in a desert land, with people hostile to magic wielders.

I loved the first book in the series 'To Kill a Fae' and I loved this one too. There's never a dull moment as they continue on their quest to find the artifacts to close the portal and save their world.

I loved seeing Malek and Sabine's relationship evolve. They are both powerful by themselves but together they are stronger. They also can't do it themselves as little pixie Blossom helps save the day more than once.

Magical, page turning read. Filled with danger and magic, wonderful world building and relationship building. Doing the right thing isn't always easy but creates powerful allies.

LOVE this series, highly recommend.

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427 reviews3 followers
November 29, 2021
Loved it!!! This is Book 2 in the Dragon Portal series by Jamie A Waters.
We pick up where book 1 left us so you need to read that in order to see where this awesome story has evolved from.
After barely escaping the Wild Hunt. Sabine and the gang leave Akros on Malek’s ship. They need to find the other artefacts to ensure the dragon portal remains sealed. Not long into the voyage across the ocean they are attacked, unprovoked by the True Folk who live in the sea. After capturing some of the gang Sabine, Blossom and Malek are given a mission to locate one of the female true folk who has disappeared. In return they will be reunited with their missing friends but the have little time to complete the task or lose them forever. What an epic and dangerous adventure they must go on.
The world building is truly amazing as are these characters who you really bond with. Sabine is one of my favourite MC’s she is beautiful, kind and kick ass. The bond that’s growing between her and the Faes sworn enemy, Dragon Malek is beautiful and it’s ever growing.
The loyalty Sabine inspires wherever she goes is breathtaking and puts a smile on your face.
We see more of Sabine’s sad back story and how she came to be on the run and it’s heartbreaking. This has all the stress, love and feels and a really great in depth story that can’t be missed. The pace constantly has you on your toes.
Thank you BookSirens for the opportunity to read in return for a non biased review. I will be continuing with the story as I can’t wait to see where this goes. 5/5 top marks
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374 reviews5 followers
September 25, 2020
This book is just as amazing as the first one!
This book picks up pretty much from where To Kill a Fae left off and introduces a whole bunch of new, exciting, interesting characters. I want to know more about all of them!!!

Seriously though, gushing aside, the plot of this book is so well written. It has so many twists that you have no idea where you are going to end up. I also like that Sabine has to think on her feet and doesn't always know what to do. Don't you hate when you have a character that always just seems to know what to do, no matter what the situation? This is so much more realistic and it lets you see Sabine grow, not only magically, but as a person. And I love the consistency she keeps with her supporting characters...they stay true to who you met in the first book, but you get to see more of them and their complexities. I really want my own Blossom!!

The writing is really well done too. The author manages to build the world, something completely different from the current world, so smoothly that it's easy to picture being there and she doesn't bog down the pace at all. The only thing I struggle with sometimes is all the rules that go with magic. They seem to be consistent, but they are complex (as I imagine they should be).
Wonderful book! I'm going to go find the next one, because I NEED to know what happens next.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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103 reviews1 follower
December 7, 2020
This story keeps getting better, more thrilling and utterly intense as the series continues. Sabine's story has captivated me and kept me on the edge of my seat with utter anticipation of what adventures and trouble she is going to to find herself and her amazing crew of unique individuals on next.

Each character in this story is unique and provides an interesting and fascinating view into their world. Sabine seems to run into new challenges with each place she stops on her journey. In this story, other magical races join into the world and continue to build this world up in captivating ways. On their travels Sabine and her friends encounter Merfolk and things don't quite go as planned. Along the way Sabine and Malek forge a bond like no other and their chemistry is intense! Malek still does not have the trust of everyone as they are constantly doubting his motives but Sabine seems to see the real him. They compliment each other quite well and even though we have our cast of magical creatures they really do feel like the central arc. These two characters together are going to change their world for the better.

Blossom, her sass and her personality are by far the most amusing part of this book. I cannot wait to read what comes next.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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1,084 reviews54 followers
January 16, 2021
After another attempt on her life leaves her magic depleted, Sabin’theoria, rightful queen of the Unseelie, is forced to flee alongside her demon protector Bane, close friend/witch Esmelle, and Blossom the pixie. Together with her allies, she boards the ship of Captain Malek Rish’dan, who promises her safety. But Malek is a dragon, and Sabine still feels some caution. When the Merfolk attack the ship and take some of their companions, Sabine and Malek go off on a quest in order to find a missing woman from the Merfolk tribe in exchange for their friends’ safety. For Sabine, being in close proximity with Malek is both daunting and thrilling. While she has always been attracted to him, as time passes, she finds herself falling in love with him. But with the dragons and Fae on opposite sides, is their romance doomed from the start?

Jamie A Waters continues to amaze me! In book 2 of the Dragon Portal series, we see more of Sabine’s path to reclaiming her throne, and the relationship between her and Malek is more developed. The romance is both sweet and passionate, with few angsty moments, although they are there. Friendship is also an important theme in this novel. I’m excited for book 3!

* I received a free copy of this book via Booksirens and am voluntarily leaving a review. *
664 reviews3 followers
February 10, 2021
Book 2 of the series picks up right where book 1 left off - with Sabine and her collection of supporters sailing on Malek's ship. Already on page one things are starting to go wrong.

We get so much more Sabine and Malek in this story. They do their best to remain at professional distance, but fate keeps drawing them closer. I was astounded at how they were able to find ways through the mound of trouble before them.

The only downside for me was the ending. As it seems they are getting the pieces in place and ready to move on to find another piece to deal with the portal, a bomb is dropped that dramatically ups the ante of what is at stake. What saved them could be the thing that dooms Sabine. This left me with a feeling of uncertainty and fear at how dark and challenging Sabine's world is. This book did not have the same excited to know more ending for me like book 1. This unease stayed with me, so that is my only reason for 4 stars. If you have book 3 ready to read right away, the effect will be short lived.

Once again, I could not put this book down once I picked it up. What was going to be reading for an hour or two before bed turned into stopping at chapter 18 at 2:30 am. Would have kept reading if didn't need to be up at 6am that morning.

I received an advanced copy of this story and am voluntarily leaving my review.
862 reviews38 followers
March 24, 2021
This series truly has it all, Fae, Demons, Dragons, Pixies, Merpeople, Shapeshifters, Witches, Wyvern and even a Goddess! Although this might seem like a lot of magical creatures, the author is a genius! None of them are random, each magical creature has a definite purpose and role in this very exciting series. As in the 1st book of the series, it's a page turner and kept me mesmerised for the start. The story keeps surprising me as Sabine and Malek encounter one challenge after another, as danger seems to find them at every turn. The magnetism between them is beautifully crafted as they realise the extent of their feelings for one another but that comes at great risk to both, after all, they are historically enemies. I love the way the author sprinkles humour throughout, almost as though Blossom was adding her pixie dust to it! It was fascinating to read about the different species and the way it's written, each species is completely unique. The magic is awesome and even the Goddess is growing on me, although her motives are not yet clear, she is a terrific character, who, I'm sure, we'll be seeing more of. The hunt for Sabine is still on and she tries to keep ahead of it, as she and Malek search for the remaining artifacts. Next is a promise of a Dwarven kingdom, which can only add to this awesome story! A captivating, interesting plot, with a promise of more to come.
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Author 5 books19 followers
April 12, 2021
By blood and Magic is the second instalment of a fantasy series. It's basically a love story enriched with magic, dragons, Fae, pixies, and demons. Sabine is travelling to a dwarven city on a special quest as a guest on Malek’s boat. Blossom the pixie and Bane the demon accompany her in this adventure to protect her from the dragon, but Sabine doesn’t need protection. Malek is deeply in love with her, something already clear from the end of the first book of the series. The last thing he wants is to harm her. And he happens to be a valid and brave companion.

What I loved about this book, like the previous one, is the prose. Jamie Waters has the power to make me wanna read more and more even when some parts of the story keep repeating over and over the same concepts. It's also a story packed with action.
Blossom is adorable, definitely still my favourite character. Bane instead becomes the shadow of himself, and his sudden change of heart towards Malek seemed rather out of character.
I read the first book for Readersfavorite but decided to buy this one because I wanted to see how the story proceeded.
I intend to buy the next book too. I’m curious to see how this love story ends up, even though I'm not a romance reader usually. I found this story captivating, probably because the author style is outstanding.
94 reviews
March 28, 2020
Sabine is woken by a loud bang outside the ship. She goes looking for Malek to see what is happening and discovers a storm outside. This is not an ordinary storm, it is to disorient them while the Merfolk attack from below. Several of the crew have been taken as hostages under the sea. She risks using her magic to get them to trade for the hostages. The merman asks for the return of one of them that has disappeared on land. With the severe damage to the ship Malek has no choice but to transform into a dragon and carry the ship to land before they sink. When they arrive near Karga they are captured by a hunting party, Sabine changes the mark between herself and Malek to allow them to share power easier. Unfortunately the goddess uses this against them and destroys the hunters with Maleks dragon fire. Their journey is just beginning and nothing goes to plan.
This is a full length book and took me a couple of days to read. Wonderful story filed with magic and mayhem. Characters that you can immediately love and want to be friends with. Definitely edge of the seat read in places and never predictable.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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