In the Blood by R. L. Martinez (The Witchbreed Series 1)
I really enjoyed this book. It is a solid 4 stars, original, interesting, and well-paced. While the world built feels, a little too often, like it is built on unstable ground, it is a captivating world nonetheless, filled with great characters that you cannot help but care about. One of my favourite elements is the way Martinez just drops the reader into the end of a conflict and allows us to experience the new reality thus formed alongside her characters.
Ottilde and Oriabel Dominax, identical twin sisters fighting their way back from concurring disasters, enemies and suspect friends on all sides, are great leading characters. The love interests and others that get drawn in their wake (or draw them in theirs), along with these sisters, are the strongest and most engaging part of the book. That said the magical elements and the national behaviours of the kingdoms in this world, also drive a strong narrative voice.
These two factors were so strong that the disruptions I did encounter (suspect character motivation/behaviour, some lapses in internal world-building) were much less disruptive than they might have been. I’m looking forward to reading what happens next to the Dominax twins, and I think this book is definitely worth the read.
Published March 21st 2016 by Lakewater Press