Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge: Book Five
A single drop of blood might hold the key to the fate of the magical world, and Aiden Teine must choose between his bond of love and embracing the power to defeat his enemies.
Aiden’s adjustment to being the first vampyre fae hasn’t been easy, but his ties to warlock Thad Blackmoor prevent him from becoming a monster. With Thad, Aiden has a new family, a new purpose, and a new reason to live—though he’s technically undead. There’s one problem: Aiden’s control over his vampyre is weakening. He must learn what’s triggering his violent reactions before he surrenders to the creature within. To complicate matters, Aiden discovers his transformation might not be complete, and he fears what he will become.
Aiden’s search for answers thrusts him into a frightening world filled with deception, new dangers, and apocalyptic visions. The part destiny intends Aiden to play could alter his relationship with Thad forever. If Aiden, Thad, and the entire magical community are to survive Icarian’s latest scheme, Aiden must interpret the meaning of the prophetic blood drop before it falls and ushers in the destruction of all creation—and the warlock he loves.
Review: Aiden Teine and Thad Blackmoor are still together in spite of all the problems they face. Aiden isn’t exactly well liked by the local paranormal community what with being a vampyre and all. And maybe he’s some kind of super powered vampyre? Great. Just great. And of course not everything is stable in Havenbridge. There are still killers out there. Magic still needs to be protected, and something is still very off with the Conclave. Actually, things are way more off with the Conclave than was previously suspected. What was up is now down and Aiden and Thad have to resolve the problems and save the day.
This book was a mix of things I liked and things I didn’t like and mostly it’s spoilers in one way or another. I have to be purposely vague, but I am crazy proud of myself for seeing a couple of these things coming. Other things were major surprises. I don’t want to spoil either the book or the whole series, but I really had a lot of fun reading about all the… stuff.
I’m really eager for the next book, as there’s some significant emotional drama and clean up that needs to happen in the Blackmoor family. Of course I can’t say why that’s necessary. It’s totally necessary though. Because reasons.
I can actually talk about some things. In terms of the romance I was a little underwhelmed. I feel like Thad and Aiden started out a stable couple and ended a stabler couple. There wasn’t a lot of “there” there. I greatly preferred the overall story and series arcs, the reveal of the baddies and the not so baddies and the you thought they were baddies but they’re goodies. And some of the goodies I don’t know how I feel about it. This may make me incredibly morbid but I liked a lot of the tragedy and loss in this series. I like how that forces character growth. I liked the way certain characters grew. Now it’s sort of moot in some instances. I’m left feeling a little stymied.
Wow, I’m sorry this is just a big vague ramble, but there are so many spoilers that will ruin everything in this book. If you’re a fan of this series this book is it. Read it! If you need to know you will get answers. Now I need to see how the fallout of those answers gets handled.
And I still want that Proctor boy to get his own book. For reals.