Book Review: THE WITCH’S BLOOD by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Title in white on a red heart surrounded by thorns dripping blood
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 3.5 stars
Series: yes - final book of trilogy

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for THE WITCH’S KISS and THE WITCH’S TEARS*

Synopsis:

Book title for THE WITCH'S BLOOD: title in read surrounded by holly branches making a heart

Just who can you trust when no one around you is who they seem?

Life as a teenage witch just got harder for Merry when her brother, Leo is captured and taken into an alternative reality by evil witch Ronan. Determined to get him back, Merry needs to use blood magic to outwit her arch-rival and get Leo back.

Merry is more powerful than ever now, but she is also more dangerous and within the coven, loyalties are split on her use of the magic. In trying to save Leo, Merry will have to confront evil from her past and present and risk the lives of everyone she’s ever loved. Given the chaos she’s created, just what will she sacrifice to make things right? 

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Review:

My favourite part of this book was the first half. Merry and Finn have followed Ronan into an alternative reality of 7th century England. There’s a clear, strong goal at this point (rescue Leo), which helps drive the book forwards. This section is what’s made it the highest rated book of the series, in my opinion.

Alongside the obvious plot, there’s also a lot of world building in there. It’s subtle, but the world felt more carefully thought through than the modern day (in part because the modern day bit felt a little like it was relying on the reader to know what the modern day is). There’s some really nice details tossed in about clothing too.

The different setting invigorated the book, as did meeting Meredith, her sisters, and a non-evil version of Jack. It was nice to meet them properly, as they’ve been important characters (but largely off page) for the series. Plus, that section of the book read like a quest, complete with evil elves and a wizard’s tower.

The second half, back in modern day Surrey, was more like the rest of the series – it took a while for anything to happen, in short. There’s squabbles with the coven, relationship drama, and a lot of worrying as things slowly happen, and then bam! there’s a villain and a show down. There are a few new concepts dropped in, which felt underdeveloped (like the Stewards, who I would have liked to see in person, as they were a nebulous threat made against Merry, and then it all comes to nothing).

Overall, it’s been an easy series to read but I probably would have enjoyed this more had I read it when I was younger.


Read my reviews of other books by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr:

The Witch’s Kiss (this series):

A Throne of Swans:

House of Shadows:

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