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Heart's Blood

(Blood Magic #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Master conjurer Grey Carteret regains consciousness in a London gutter next to a concerned street urchin and not far from the body of a man murdered by magic. Some fool is hoping to use murder to raise a demon. Arrested for the crime, Grey must rely on the street urchin for help. But the lad turns out to be a comely lass, and she wants something in exchange.

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Paperback, 418 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Tor Books
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K. Lincoln
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Gail Dayton's world of sorcerypunk. It's like steampunk without the steam. Her women are strong characters, yet vulnerable, and her men struggle with giving up their "authority" to the women along with their love.

If you liked "New Blood", the first in the series, you'll also enjoy this one. While it's true that the romantic relationship at the middle of the story is very similiar in that the lady is finding her powers and the man is struggling against being in a relationship that doesn't
Cid Tyer
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books, favorites
The second book in the Blood Magic series, Heart’s Blood in my eyes had a hard road to follow. I loved New Blood. To date I’ve reread it twice – and I don’t reread a whole lot of books. I found myself loving Heart’s Blood for many of the same reasons I loved New Blood.

The Setting – is a magical, slightly steampunk Victorian England. The world embraces three of the four branches of magic – and the fourth has just resurfaced after a few hundred years. There are also mysterious areas sprouting up a
Laura Morrigan
This gets about a 4.9, rounded up to a 5. I loved the characters, the setting, the intuitive understanding she had of the way they dressed and human nature. I was just a little unsure if I liked the final battle, and a little disappointed that it ended up in the air with no future book date for the third novel. I want to know what happens next!

Despite what others have said, I think this works well if you haven't read the original, although I have now read that one as well. It's not so punky, not
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nice mix of romance and paranormal mystery. I liked that the heroine was willing to graciously let the hero go when he was freaking out. But the ending between the 2 was a bit forced
Paranormal Romance
Sad as it is, waking up hung over, dirty and lying the gutter is not an unknown occurrence but after giving up drinking, the hero hoped to be past such behavior. But, yet here he is. Strangely he doesn’t remember even getting drunk, though. But he’s finds himself guarded by a dirty little creature, a homeless boy who followed him and stood vigil over him all night. This boy actually turns out to be a girl, a very dirty, small and unassuming girl, who requests him to take her on as his apprentice ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Grey Carteret is the most powerful conjurer in all of England. This well respected magician finds himself face down in a gutter one day. He has no idea how he got there and feels as if he's suffering from a bad hangover. When he comes to, a young lad interrupts him. The boy, who goes by the name of Parkin, has been keeping watch over a very grumpy Grey. He finds out to his surprise that this boy is actually a miss who can work magic. She is Pearl Parkin and is disguised as a boy because she is a ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like their romance with a dash of fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, romance
First read:

I grabbed this book not realising that it was book 2 in a series but decided that I couldn't be bothered to wait another 5 - 10 days for the first book to be delivered. In hindsight, it might have been a better idea to wait and read the first book first as I suspect that I now know things about certain characters from that book that may put me off reading it. This book manages to pretty much stand on its own without knowledge from the previous book, though. Or, at least, I wasn't com
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
What you think you want more than anything may not be what your heart really needs.
Master conjurer Grey Carteret stumbles around drunk one evening and finds himself awakening the next morning face down in a muddy alley. He knows he didn't drink the night before so he is really confused. Even more confusing is the lad beside him whom watched over him all evening. The lad wants to be Grey's apprentice, but Grey doesn't take on apprentices. When the dirty urchin reveals himself to be a young woman
Liz B
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this second installment in the Blood Magic series better than the first.

I think Dayton is one of the best authors I've encountered at combining romance and non-romance plot. The romance between Grey and Pearl is at the heart of the story--but so is the magic/ murder mystery/ continuing saga of the "dead zones." I tend to prefer straight romance (when reading romance) because suspense, etc. plots are often done so poorly. And while I'm enjoying the heck out of the Mercy Thompson and Sooki
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A new sorceress, Pearl Parkin, searches for a teacher and finds a mentor named Grey Carteret who is the head of the conjurer's guild. Their association begins during a murder investigation and the rapport that they establish immediately only intensifies as they search for the being who has attempted to summon a demon. Pearl starts learning how to utilize her powers but the mysteries continue to mount and she will need help from Amanusa who is struggling to change many of the preconceptions about ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I’m going to confess that I purchased this book solely because I thought it had an interesting/eye-catching cover. Sometimes, you score really good books that way. That’s how I found “Wizard’s First Rule.” Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time.

The premise is interesting. Victorian London – magicians and sorceresses are part of the ruling class. They have an investigation guild … they talk to spirits … all good stuff. What made me roll my eyes was the addition of a romance storyline. I’m
Holly Lau
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't know if I would classify this as a love story primarily. There is a love story but it's woven within a great world of magic,rivalry and a murder investigation........ but it isn't the only thing going on. The rules and background of this universe are interesting and complex, a different way to look at magical systems.
This is the second book in this world and if you haven't read the first one, don't worry, it is a story that stands on its' own. I really enjoyed Pearl and the other charac
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bodice ripper. That is the best description I can think of for this book. Gail Dayton's never leaves ANYTHING to the imagination in that department. I had never heard the term steampunk before I read the first book in this series. That means Magick in turn of the century England. Throw in murder, intrigue, angels and demons for the makings of a great book. I could not put my nook down.(except to charge the battery) Unfortunately, it seems that it has sequel written all over it. I give it a 5 o ...more
Ahrcadia the Duck Tamer
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really good book! Especially at the end. Similar descriptions of demons to her One Rose trilogy, but horrific and terrifying all the same, and that's how demons are supposed to be, isn't it.

This book is a bit darker than the first, but, seeing as I'm a big fan of Lilith Saintcrow, the darker the better. If you're looking for a light, fluffy romance, maybe you should stick with your Julia Quinn.

Since my internet's down, I don't have much time to write this, so that's all I'll say for now. Maybe I
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Victorian England setting except with wizards, sorceresses, alchemists and conjurers. I thought the world building and magical elements were really interesting and the mystery held my attention. The romance portion of the book was a bit weak however. I liked the characters quite a bit but just felt like too much happened in too short of a time period. I will, however, definitely pick up her next book.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Loved the dialogue, but I think Pearl gave in way too easily in the end. I also liked that the series continued not with Jax and Amanusa but with Pearl and Grey, these new characters took nothing away from the vitality of the story and the world that Gail Drayton created, if anything they enhanced it. I look forward to the next book.
Margaret Kearney
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
An excellent sequel.Loved it.I really hope that a third book comes out.And soon.As with the 1st book,excellent characters,gripping storyline and a good mystery.Didnt pick the bad guy until the end.Really loved the hero and heroine in this one.And how characters from the previous book were the same.Thouroghly recommend.
Nicola Pike
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
a fantastic steam punk style story. set in an alternative history where there is magic. over time men have taken over but it is now time for the women to shine. throw in ghosts demons and crazy wizards you have a recipe for a love story that makes your heart skip a beat
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not as good as the first one. Which was disappointing since Grey was one of my favorite characters in the first book (New Blood)
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Victorian and a bit rambling. The scene in the police morgue is confusing and meanders all over the place. So does the fight with the big baddie. It's a cross between a romance and a fantasy.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Anna by: btc
Shelves: sweet-nothings
this story reminded me so much of Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters books ... this story is pretty good but it lacks some style and needs some editing
This picks up where 1 leaves off, and I cannot wait for 3!
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Stayed up way too late reading it. The romance was entertaining and warm and fuzzy. I didn't figure out the mystery until near the big reveal.
Loved it!
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance, witchy
"She feared her hand smelled of bacon, but he didn’t seem to care."
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Sadly I haven't been able to locate the first in the series or the third. The first would definitely help me fill in some holes in the story.
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“I mean it today. And tomorrow, it will be today again, and I will mean it for that today. It's always today, Pearl. Don't worry about tomorrow, because it's always today, and every today we have, I will mean it. I will not leave you. Not willingly. Dont't make my mistake. Let me unmake it. Don't throw me away.” 4 likes
“The warmth in his eyes flared to heat and he captured her hand in both of his, bending over it to hold his lips against the back a long moment. He did not exactly kiss it so much as breathe her in. She feared her hand smelled of bacon, but he didn't seem to care.” 1 likes
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