Book Reviews

#BookReview – Veins of Magic by Emma Hamm

Blurb

“Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opportunity arises to return to her beloved Fae Prince, she makes a questionable deal. Dark magic, druidic curses, and a witch open a portal and send her tumbling into the middle of a war she must end for the sake of all who dwell in the Otherworld.

Saving the faeries will not be easy when she has become a woman they fear.

The once banished king battles his way through the Otherworld, freeing the Lesser Fae with each swing of his sword. Each attack turns Eamonn into something far more beastly than before. Geodes multiply and hinder his movements, harden his heart, and crystalize his resolve.

Together, they face the King of the Seelie Fae and his golden army to end the war that will change the fate of the Otherworld forever.”

 

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Five stars!

 

 

Who’s driving this thing?

Sorcha of Ui Neill, a red-headed healer who has spent her life tending to the wounds of others, but neglects her own broken heart. After being forcibly returned to the human world during the battle of Hy-Brasil, Sorcha reunites with her family while longing for her lover, Eammon, and the fairies of Hy-Brasil.

Veins of Magic is book two in the Otherworld series and concludes the story of Sorcha, Eammon and the Otherworld. Yup, we have ourselves a sequel. If you’re interested to know what I thought about book one: Heart of the Fae, have a look at The Secret Library book review to see what me and Fin thought. Spoiler alert, it’s awesome!

Sorcha is one of my favourite characters. While she is tiny and not physically imposing, her resolve is solid, which doesn’t translate into blind stubbornness. Her concern for others is unstoppable and conceals hidden ambition that she ignores in favour of selflessness.

While in book one, Sorcha thought herself perfectly human and not at all special apart from her affinity with fairies, she learns that her ancestry is rife with druids and that she wields a rare and special power that could help end the war between the Seelie and Unseelie fae for good.

 

What’s this all about?

After being approached by the spirit of her grandfather and gifted an ancient artefact, Sorcha heals her family and people of the blood beetles plague that threatened to kill them all and finds a way back to the Otherworld to find Eammon, in the hope he is still alive.

With the help of a witch, Sorcha arrives to a world torn apart. Eammon and several other fae from Hy-Brasil escaped the battle and Eammon is determined to take the crown of the Unseelie fae from his brother, Fionn.

After re-uniting and creating a new society for the fairies that don’t wish to live under Fionn’s tyranny in a castle inhabited with druid ghosts, Sorcha learns more about her new powers. Eammon, who is cursed with a crystallising body with each new wound he sustains, is hell-bent on self-destruction in his pursuit of the crown and Sorcha is determined to find a bloodless way to end the war.

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What’s so great about it?

The character development is huge for Sorcha and Eammon, and this leads to a lot of critical decisions that make the plot so dynamic and immersive. While they are both trying to grow into their new identities, their love is strong, but Sorcha and Eammon clash a great deal.

The stakes in this book were significantly higher than in book one and while Heart of the Fae was a real page-turner, my fingers were burning up flicking through the pages in Veins of Magic. I would have finished it all in one go if it weren’t for work *grumble*.

 

What’s not so great about it?

Not a darn thing! The story was so well wound up, plenty of twists and heartache with a satisfying ending. Plus, our female protagonist got a whole lot more bad-ass. Veins of Magic is a fantastic, five-star book and has definitely earned The Secret Library’s recommended reads seal.

 

Should I buy it?

I couldn’t recommend it more – BUT – definitely get book one: Heart of the Fae first, because Veins of Magic is a sequel and while it’ll still be entertaining, you might reach a few head-scratching moments.

Veins of Magic is available in e-book, paperback and audio-book formats. 

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Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this book? Let me know what you think!

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