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Destiny's Blood

(Destiny #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Layela Delamores wants nothing more than to settle into a quiet, peaceful life, running a small flower shop with her twin sister, Yoma. But Layela is tormented each night by terrifying visions that she cannot remember when she wakes. When Yoma vanishes, Layela is certain that her nightly visions hold the key - but only her sister's thieving friend, one of the last survivor ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 25th 2010 by Dragon Moon Press (first published July 2010)
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Karen Force
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Destiny's Blood took me on a fantastic journey, one that I didn't quickly want to walk away from! Marie Bilodeau does a phenomenal job of tightly and intricately weaving this story with a world and set of characters that carry you along.
S.M. Carrière
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read Science Fiction. I met the author at last year's (2012) Can-Con, a speculative fiction convention in Ottawa. We traded books.

I really enjoyed this book. It had some really wonderful, refreshing ideas (I'm particularly fond of the sentient plant-life (Berganda) friend of the twins. Nice idea). The pacing was very well done.

The language, for me, as well as the characters would put this book firmly in the Y.A. category for me, though... what would I know? I was alw
K.l. Gerow
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Destiny's Blood is a compelling, exciting, adventure story that doesn't
give the reader or the characters time to catch their breaths. The
story follows Layela on her run from the law and her search for answers
- answers she believes her twin sister Yoma holds. On the way she is
both helped and hindered on her quest by friends who strive to protect
her from the dangers she faces and the destiny she would rather avoid.

Although Destiny's Blood is a departure from Bilodeau's other books
(the Heirs
Timothy Carter
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A terrific read. Sci/fi and spirituality combined perfectly in a story of destiny. And blood. It begins so unassumingly in a flower shop, and ends with a closing line that is both reassuring and foreboding.

Marie knows how to tell a story: pace, check; interestingly real characters, check; suspense, you better believe that's a check; wit, check; tar monsters... TAR monsters? YES, TAR MONSTERS! And space battles. And gold-hearted rogues. And twins with visions. And plant-people. And did I mention
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
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4 Roses

Fantasy has always been a hit or miss genre to me. It's a difficult area to write in, and takes a great deal of effort and creativity to make a great fantasy. Marie Bilodeau certainly has a knack for this genre, and this book is a great example of her talent.

This story is filled with action, suspense, and adventure. It is well written, with worlds and details all very alluring and well developed. The attention to detail is impressive, with a plot deep enough to submerse yourself in completely.
Derek Newman-Stille
Destiny’s Blood asks whether home can be a place one has no memory of, whether a distant star can call to one’s blood and stir up a restlessness that can’t find a home no matter how much one tries to create one. Marie Bilodeau’s space fantasy maps out ideas of destiny and the longing for home that shapes people, propels them into the void, searching for something constantly and unable to settle. She charts the way that that need to belong lets people react with extremes: willing to sacrifice the ...more
Dellani Oakes
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Layela and Yoma Delamares have not lived exemplary lives. Struggling to survive without their parents, the two girls turned to theft. Yoma, more than her sister, has led a life as a thief for so long, it's all she wants. For Layela, that life wasn't enough. They save their money and buy a flower shop on the world of Collar.

Unfortunately, their dream falls apart when Yoma leaves the authorities start harassing Layela. With the help of Avienne and Ardin Malavant, Layela escapes. She and Josmere, Y
May 11, 2014 added it
Marie Bilodeau's rhythmic narrative is what drives this story. Her strong, inventive narrative pulls you in, and creates an engaging story.
She has a way of telling us stories that enables us see how and why each character behaves the way they do. She gives us the full scope of each character which is something I enjoy about this book.

Each character is very human in the way they make decisions and react to what comes their way. But at the same time, in many cases her characters are stubborn and
Frank Yao
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best sci-fi books I've read in a very long time. This was a book that left me with pins and needles, and not just because I sat on the toilet way to long, reading chapter after chapter, almost unable to stop. It was like walking around a maze that you knew how to navigate and then finding a wall suddenly dropped in front of you, or the floor suddenly opening up beneath you. And, despite all these bumps and bruises, all these twists and turns, all you wanted was to keep going in the ma ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I gotta hand it to her, Marie Bilodeau isn't afraid to kill characters she's made us care for. Which makes for an utterly heartbreaking and refreshing read.


The story is entirely too heteronormative, white, and sexist. Not to mention the plotholes and convenient use of "ether".

Which is too bad because the first half is captivating and, although I found the writing oftentimes too conventionally contemporary, promises a good story with an intricately rich plot and world, and a deep characteriza
Leo Valiquette
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marie Bilodeau has crafted an exciting, action-packed sci-fi adventure, filled with surprising plot twists and revelations. But it's very much a character-driven story, centred around twin sisters and the rogues, heroes and villains drawn into their orbit as they find themselves holding the fate of countless worlds in their hands.

The story is told from the point of view of a variety of characters, proving you don't have to write a brick in the mould of A Song of Ice and Fire to give a story epi
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book and its sequel a while ago, but just got around to reading it now. This book really sucked me in with it's unique characters and unique world. Toward the end I found myself skimming pages to get to the end faster because I *had* to know how it ended for Layela and Yoma! I don't know how to explain what I liked about this book without giving away spoilers/plot details except to say that this book has everything - space travel, space battles, mystical powers, prophecy, political in ...more
Karen Dales
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marie Bilodeau's book, Destiny's Blood, is a fantastic adventure that never lets down the pace. This Aurora Award Nominee (2011) is fast paced as we are introduced to Yoma and Layela, twins who have had a sorrid past. It is Layela who wishes to settle down to a nice quiet life as a florist while her sister continues the theive's lifestyle. The twins are searched for by both evil and friendly forces to bring back life to the First Star. Throughout their adventures they are knocked down and rise u ...more
Kate Hearn
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sarah Foscarini wilkes
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was fun, bloody and funny, Marie Bilodeau has written a wonderful book, sci-fi in nature but also so much more, following two sisters who are on a search for their destiny.
There are lovers, space fights, swords and magic. GO READ IT.
I met Marie at AdAstra 2014, she is such a fun inspiring writer, and funny to boot. Well written, the right amount of sass, and great characters.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I received this book directly from the author and she signed it! I was so happy to get it after entering to win books for a long time and not ever winning. I must say it was worth the wait! Marie Bilodeau is an amazing author. There is mystery upon mystery inside of this book and it is action packed! I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more of her books!
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway.

Marie Bilodeu wrote a great beginning to this new trilogy. The tale of two twins, one night, one day, was well formed, and I enjoyed how descriptive the creatures, surroundings, and overall story line was. I am already enjoying the second book!
Florence Lyon
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first science fiction novel I have read in a long time. The author came highly recommended by Robert J. Sawyer. I liked the twins, their shady past and strange visions, the Berganda (plant people), space ships and twists in the plot. Very engaging and enjoyable. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

Raeanne G. Roy
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Destiny's Blood was an intense read filled with challenges and cliffhangers! Marie is not afraid to kill her darlings. A thrilling tale of twins, blood, death, life, love, destiny, and loyalty. I'm excited to see what the rest of the series has in store for me.
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Laurie Stewart
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent romp through a universe where Destiny is a thing, and a thing as well.
Twins, police states, a prophecy, a new world! What more can you ask for?
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Marie Bilodeau is an award-winning science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer. She has been nominated four times for Canada's most prestigious science-fiction literary award, the Aurora Award, for both her novels and her short stories.

Marie is also a performing storyteller. She's told stories to a wide variety of audiences in theatre houses, tea shops, schools, bars and under disco balls. Find out

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