Of Wicked Blood by Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz (The Quatrefoil Chronicles #1)

of wicked blood

Of Wicked Blood
by Olivia Wildenstein

Young Adult/New Adult/Urban Fantasy

424 Pages

Published by Twig Publishing (2nd February 2021)

Book #1 of The Quatrefoil Chronicles

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Twig Publishing, and the author via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Slate looks after himself. He always has. Him and his younger brother whom he met in foster care. It’s always been the two of them. He is good at what he does, pocketing the pricey baubles of the wealthy and turning a nice profit. When he receives a strange letter stating that he is the lost son from a family that once lived in out of the way Brume, he is skeptical. When the letter invites him to Brume to learn more, a free ride at their university and an inheritance, he almost says no, but with little brother’s insistence, he goes along. What he finds is something more than he bargained for when he pilfers the ring off a dead woman. It will change his life forever, and not necessarily for the better…
Cadence has lived in Brume her whole life, dreaming of the legends that surround the town, and what would be different in her life if the tales of magic were true. Her father is wheelchair bound, and her mother passed away, that wouldn’t have happened if magic were real, right? When Slate wanders into her life wearing her dead mother’s ring, Cadence thinks the worst of him, until she learns things about her world that she never thought possible. Through trials and torments, Slate and Cadence are thrown together to battle out something they never thought possible, their bond deepening along the way. Will they be able to defeat the monsters and explore these new found feelings? Or are they destined for another tragic love story?

I absolutely adored Wildenstein’s other series that follows the Boulder Wolves, so when I saw this one available for request, I jumped on it as quick as I could. While I feel like I enjoyed the wolf series more, this one didn’t disappoint and really put a nice new spin on the whole magic thing, which was great.

The story is told from alternating points of view between Cadence and Slate. As this is a co-written book between two authors, this makes total sense. I would assume that each author writes for one of the main characters. I find that this also worked great because it meant that both characters had such distinct voices and personalities, really helping to separate them from each other.

I found the characters to be likeable and I didn’t really want to punch any of them which is always a bonus, annoying characters are the pits. The supporting characters were also well written and stayed very linear even though two different authors were writing together.

The story line was well thought out and executed. I loved that there is an overarching mystery that will obviously be solved as the series progresses, and that this mystery didn’t actually come to light until over halfway through. I was thoroughly played by a certain character and surprised when I realised they might not be as kind and genuine as I first thought them to be. So much emphasis was placed on the shadiness of another character from the word go, which I think helped this plot line a lot.

The race against the clock thing is always a winner and that this one includes local lore and it all happens in one town worked well for it. It gave the authors a chance to really flesh out the surrounding scenery and create vivid imagery that made me feel like I was standing on the cobblestones of Brume in the freezing cold. I don’t want to go into the main crux of the story too much because I think it was fun finding out about it along with the characters.

So while this one was a short and sweet review, I’ll leave you with this. This was a lovely, fresh take on the urban fantasy/magic genre of Young/New Adult that keeps you wondering what will befall the characters next and who is really the good guy.

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