Of Blood and Magic
Months after their brutal victory over the villainous Aiden and his hierarchy of Vampire-hunting Wizards, Charlotte and Valek have returned from Prague to their home in the Bohemian Occult City. This time, however, they are accompanied by their new band of magical misfits. By daylight, all seems peaceful since they've toppled the Regime, and the coven of rogue yet lovable monsters has finally found freedom. But Charlotte soon discovers that, much like her adopted Vampire family, she has developed a strange addiction of her own, and it's steadily destroying her from the inside out. Valek defies all odds, trying to save his love, but to no avail. With danger lurking around every corner, the couple begins to realize that their happily-ever-after might not end so happily after all. Will they conquer Charlotte's strange new disease...or will she drown in her own blood? Prepare for another epic quest amidst the monsters that hide in plain sight in this highly-anticipated sequel in the Of Light and Darkness series.

Of Blood and Magic Details

TitleOf Blood and Magic
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2016
PublisherThe Parliament House
Rating
GenreParanormal, Vampires, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Of Blood and Magic Review

  • Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?In The Vampire's Reflection, things are getting a little darker for the lives of the characters in this series. They are dealing with unusual addictions, new dangers, new challenges, and feelings that are unfamiliar to them. Not to mention the new characters, who I'm not so sure which are good or bad yet, but I'm enjoying them all the same. With a topic like vampires, that's been written about so much, it's hard to find something that presents you with new ide Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?In The Vampire's Reflection, things are getting a little darker for the lives of the characters in this series. They are dealing with unusual addictions, new dangers, new challenges, and feelings that are unfamiliar to them. Not to mention the new characters, who I'm not so sure which are good or bad yet, but I'm enjoying them all the same. With a topic like vampires, that's been written about so much, it's hard to find something that presents you with new ideas. Shayne Leighton gives you originality in her stories, and she does it well!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    The above review is the book was available to the public. I have been waiting for book 2 to come out. I just seen on Shayne's page that the date is very soon. My poor kindle is going to be going from me reading it, then passing onto my mother who has been waiting for the book as well. Shayne Leighton,I know you have been doing a lot of work to get this book ready for your fans to read. It take a lot of time a patients for books to be published. I can't wait to get this downloaded onto my kindle The above review is the book was available to the public. I have been waiting for book 2 to come out. I just seen on Shayne's page that the date is very soon. My poor kindle is going to be going from me reading it, then passing onto my mother who has been waiting for the book as well. Shayne Leighton,I know you have been doing a lot of work to get this book ready for your fans to read. It take a lot of time a patients for books to be published. I can't wait to get this downloaded onto my kindle and reading it about as many times as I read book 1.This is my review for after reading the book.The Vampire’s Reflection stars off with us finding out what has happen to Aiden. He was bitten by Valek and in order for him to not be killed by his kind his mother hides him so that he can complete the process. He wakes and go to find out why he was not dead and who put him into hiding. He makes his way to the Regime to find that everyone he has care about is either dead or long gone. As he searches he hears someone call his name from someplace. He looks and see that his mother is alive and she informs him of what she had done to save.As we catch up with Valek and Charlotte they are out hunting for since they have found out that Elf and Fae give the Vampire’s the ability to be out in daylight. This was something that Charlotte has wanted for a while. They are out hunting with Charlotte as bate, She does everything in her power to keep herself calm as he father tries to explain. All the rogue vampires that helped with the take down of the Regime are living in Valek house with Charlotte. As we read we find out that Lottie has a problem but Valek is not sure how dangerous thing are for her. After they all feed from her, she is addicted to them needing to feed from her as Vampire’s need her blood. Valek did not realize how bad things are until things it starts to get worse. We get to meet a new character named Nikolai. He is a college student with a mystery of where he comes from. He has trouble with someone in class while he is trying to finish he paper for his professor. One of the guys in class was told to gather all the work from everyone. The guy and Nikolai are not friends and he decides to slam his laptop shut and shatters the laptop which causes him to not be able to turn in his work. Nikolai is so tired of all problems with this person that he doesn’t mean to use his power, but he is able to push this guy who is bigger than him back. He tells the guy that what has happen didn’t happen and he is not to tell anyone. Nikolai grabs his bag and leaves. He heads home to his small loft and decides it’s time to head home and visit him family. When he gets home his families area is attacked my rogue vampires and everyone is killed. Nikolai tried asking the vampire that is in his house to leave his baby sister alone. The vampire doesn’t care and kills her then turns to Nikolai and kills him so we think. Aiden is out for his walk trying to decide what he is going to do to get his Regime back and walks into the area what Nikolai family was killed. He can hear the faint beat of a heart and walks up to Nikolai who is in the door way of his houseI am not going into anymore of the book. Please pick up your copy of The Vampire’s Reflection and continue where Of Light and Darkness finished. You will be surprised with everything that happens. Then end is like wow and I can’t wait to read book three.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I’m going to preface this with I don’t read a lot of YA or NA, unless it’s an author that I know and have followed since I was a YA. I was offered the chance to read this book early in exchange for my honest opinion, and I liked it. I also enjoyed the first one but that’s a different review to come soon, once I can put my thoughts about it together coherently enough to make sense and in a way that expressed correctly how I felt. I will admit that the second was just as good as the first to me, a I’m going to preface this with I don’t read a lot of YA or NA, unless it’s an author that I know and have followed since I was a YA. I was offered the chance to read this book early in exchange for my honest opinion, and I liked it. I also enjoyed the first one but that’s a different review to come soon, once I can put my thoughts about it together coherently enough to make sense and in a way that expressed correctly how I felt. I will admit that the second was just as good as the first to me, and easier for me to read and enjoy. I loved watching the characters of Valek and Charlotte continue to grow. Valek has so much to deal with and Charlotte, wow just wow, the author puts these characters through the wringer but with the interesting new characters coming into play it’s pulled off beautifully. Somehow I found myself more in love with this world and these characters. Overall I love this world, I love these characters, even at times I’m not certain why I do, and Shayne Leighton has made it onto my list of YA/NA authors I’ll pick up just to see what adventure she’ll drag me along for next time. This is a dark series, it's not a light and fluffy romance these are seriously flawed but amazing characters. I hope that this series continues, because I can only see them getting better as they go and this book was excellent, I can only imagine the greatness of the next one. *I was given and early copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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  • Rebecca Royce
    January 1, 1970
    **I was given a copy of The Vampire’s Reflection in return for an early truthful review**My review: 5 starsHaving recently completed reading Ms. Leighton’s very good story Of Light and Darkness, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review the second book in the series, The Vampire’s Refection. As she did with the first book, Ms. Leighton has created a world unlike any other that I have read in popular Young Adult fiction. In the first book, the stakes were high and it was unclear what w **I was given a copy of The Vampire’s Reflection in return for an early truthful review**My review: 5 starsHaving recently completed reading Ms. Leighton’s very good story Of Light and Darkness, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review the second book in the series, The Vampire’s Refection. As she did with the first book, Ms. Leighton has created a world unlike any other that I have read in popular Young Adult fiction. In the first book, the stakes were high and it was unclear what would happen to Charlotte and Valek. The book gave the readers a happy ending and I felt very satisfied that the characters were in good shape. However, this was a false feeling of security as book 2 begins shortly after book 1 left off and the characters were not safe. The stakes are higher in book 2, the evil more intense, and the endings not as neatly wrapped up. The Vampire’s Reflection doesn’t give the reader neat idea of right and wrong, characters who were somewhat dislikable in book 1 are shown to be more a shade of grey than black. The heroine herself grows in such a way that we aren’t entirely certain which way she is going to do certain things.All in all, I was very impressed. I loved the ending. I loved being back in the world. My recommendation? Pick up this series. Right now.Rebecca RoyceAuthor of The Warrior series.
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  • Small Adventures, Full Hearts
    January 1, 1970
    Wow ..this book was incredible! Once again spectacular writing. This book definitely has more angst than book #1. My heart is completely aching for Charlotte.. I felt every tear, broken heart, pain, fear, love and strength...I can't not believe how kick ass strong she is...I can't not wait for book 3 to see more is Charlotte.valek, I love him..I wish he did not fell so guilty..I as a reader knew ever single thing he did was out of love for Charlotte.I absolutely loved this book, this series just Wow ..this book was incredible! Once again spectacular writing. This book definitely has more angst than book #1. My heart is completely aching for Charlotte.. I felt every tear, broken heart, pain, fear, love and strength...I can't not believe how kick ass strong she is...I can't not wait for book 3 to see more is Charlotte.valek, I love him..I wish he did not fell so guilty..I as a reader knew ever single thing he did was out of love for Charlotte.I absolutely loved this book, this series just keeps getting better. This book was a complete thrill ride I don't quite want to get off yet... This book is brilliant.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Charlotte and Valek are back home after their battle with Aiden and the Wizards. They are hoping to settle in and have peace for a while. That doesn't seem like it is going to happen as they brought some misfit friends back with them. Valek has his hands full keeping the vampires he brought back under control and Charlotte keeps becoming sick. She seems to be wasting away and has a bad addiction. An addiction that may just kill her yet. Valek is looking for a cure, trying to keep her safe, the m Charlotte and Valek are back home after their battle with Aiden and the Wizards. They are hoping to settle in and have peace for a while. That doesn't seem like it is going to happen as they brought some misfit friends back with them. Valek has his hands full keeping the vampires he brought back under control and Charlotte keeps becoming sick. She seems to be wasting away and has a bad addiction. An addiction that may just kill her yet. Valek is looking for a cure, trying to keep her safe, the misfits under control and it seems they still have some danger to face yet. A danger that may just separate them. I have always liked Charlotte. She seemed so sure in the first book of how she felt about Valek and she would do anything for him. I have to say she seemed like a different person in this book. She was weak do to her sickness and addiction. She has so much to face in this book and in some ways it is more than she faced in the first. I still liked her and truth be told I probably liked her more in this book. She has such an intense inner drive that keeps her going. Valek also seems different in this book to me. He cares so much for Charlotte and does what he can to help her. His willpower is really tested in this book. I like the first book in this series and I enjoyed this one even more. The author puts these characters thru so much you wonder how they don't go insane. I liked seeing the new characters come into play and was surprised by a few of them. I wondered after the first book were this one would go and I have to say it was nothing like I thought would go in it. It was so much better. There is plenty of action as the misfits cause trouble, sometimes causing lots of damage that I think will have a long term effect, enemies and other people after Valek while all he wants to do is get Charlotte well and plenty of heartbreaking scenes that will leave you surprised. I don't do spoilers but you need to read this book with plenty of different kinds of people that are sure to please anyone. This isn't a light hearted book it is darker and I love it. The author has create a wonderful series that I just know is going to get better. Fans of the first book be ready to be surprised.
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  • Tricia M.S.
    January 1, 1970
    Shayne does it AGAIN!!! Her second book pick right up form the last one without missing a beat and without much of a time jag. She is tenacious with her pen in a way that has me wanting more from her. She has figured out her niche in the vast world of writing and as a reader I am most happy. I just get could not put it down once I got started. The complexity of the story bring in new characters and tells how thing progressed after the great fight scene at the end of the last book. We learn what Shayne does it AGAIN!!! Her second book pick right up form the last one without missing a beat and without much of a time jag. She is tenacious with her pen in a way that has me wanting more from her. She has figured out her niche in the vast world of writing and as a reader I am most happy. I just get could not put it down once I got started. The complexity of the story bring in new characters and tells how thing progressed after the great fight scene at the end of the last book. We learn what it's like when you are hunted down by the Regime. Then there is the vampire "mis-fits" that joins Valek & Charlotte at their home. This one is darker than the first with even more emotions are triggered.I hope that I will get to preview book #3 when it comes out. And I will be recommending this to my reader friends & my local library.I'm rocking this one out at 4.5 out of 5 stars!!***NOTE*** Please know that I received this book from the author in exchange of my honest opinion and has no bearing to anyone in the making of this book. This is just my opinion of what I thought of the book.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the first book in the series I was glad to have received the second one as well! I wanted to know what was going to happening the lives of Charlotte and Valek! They deal with darker things then ever before and feelings that are hard to figure out. This book still has that old time setting but with a different spin on things then the new age vampires. No sparkling skin here! I know that being a fan of this book most readers would really enjoy the love story going on between the main After reading the first book in the series I was glad to have received the second one as well! I wanted to know what was going to happening the lives of Charlotte and Valek! They deal with darker things then ever before and feelings that are hard to figure out. This book still has that old time setting but with a different spin on things then the new age vampires. No sparkling skin here! I know that being a fan of this book most readers would really enjoy the love story going on between the main characters, but I just don't like that thought of this man raising her as his daughter and then the feelings that come later. It's on the pervy side of things. But I understand that love has no limits and am happy that they have this strong bond.Old characters are there as are new ones, that bring new havoc to the scene. I am quite intrigued by what is happening to Aiden. I think this character could go really far and would love to read more about him. I feel for him and everything that has happened to him. I am drawn to him! Really!!!! Hoping to read more soon!My rating: 4 stars
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    The story line was very well written and I believe this author has a vast array of talent to her. I liked being able to follow all of the story lines, yet they were a bit hard for me to keep straight at first. Still with the flow of the book they were easy to follow very quickly. I like how the plot picked up were the other left off and not much time had changed. There were so many fascinating and interesting plot turners or sifts with this book, I am excited about the development of this story The story line was very well written and I believe this author has a vast array of talent to her. I liked being able to follow all of the story lines, yet they were a bit hard for me to keep straight at first. Still with the flow of the book they were easy to follow very quickly. I like how the plot picked up were the other left off and not much time had changed. There were so many fascinating and interesting plot turners or sifts with this book, I am excited about the development of this story as well as the development of the people in this story. I am excited to see new characters and how they played such a great role in the story. I can't wait to see how the story grows from here this is good work
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  • Camelle
    January 1, 1970
    I fall in love with this book, such a great one. I still want more, there will be a next book right? It will not end here, it shouldn't be. I still want to know more about Charlotte and Valek. I can't wait for the next installment, I'm excited to read what will happen with those two. I wonder what will be the title? View the rest of my review here: http://homeofabooklover.blogspot.com/...
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  • Gigi
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Shayne has sucked me into the world Of Light and Darkness! I quite literally could not put this book down! I read it in 12 hours! I was yelling NOOOO at points where she throws us a curve in the story! You don't have to be a teenager to fall in love with these books! I know what I'll be reading again very very soon... Like in a couple of hours lol!
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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was a crazy whirlwind of emotions. I just wanted all my favorite characters to get a break. It was definitely darker than the first one and that's saying something. There better be a third one very soon.
  • Laura Vanhook
    January 1, 1970
    went along with her, Shayne Leightons', "of light and darkness" book
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    i so love running across these $3 or less gems! This series grabs your attention and doesn't let go. loved this as much as the 1st book. hopefully the next installment will be out soon.
  • DeadsEnergy
    January 1, 1970
    Of Light and Darkness Book 2 is a taut and challenging sequel to Leighton's first novel, and a pitch-black standout of the series. From the beginning it develops an all-engulfing tone of chaos, torment and irreversibly shifting feeling. There is a flaming glimpse into a quickly re-forming and twisting character. The consequences of the previous war play out against a very Gothic backdrop of blackened rubble, night and shadows. Tension abounds on both sides, and much of the heat of the characters Of Light and Darkness Book 2 is a taut and challenging sequel to Leighton's first novel, and a pitch-black standout of the series. From the beginning it develops an all-engulfing tone of chaos, torment and irreversibly shifting feeling. There is a flaming glimpse into a quickly re-forming and twisting character. The consequences of the previous war play out against a very Gothic backdrop of blackened rubble, night and shadows. Tension abounds on both sides, and much of the heat of the characters' committed idealism has gone out, making Of Light and Darkness Book 2 a dark work about the hard truths of relationships in moments and times of conflict, as well as a cautionary tale highlighting the potentially destructive nature of our desires. As Charlotte, Valek and others find out, what they think they want may entail a lot more commitment, pain and personal transmutation than they expected. They may get something vastly different to the ideal they nurtured in their minds and hearts; and in headstrongly fighting for the Shangri La the planned for, they may have to swallow a very bitter pill - and endure physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wounds. After much conscious and unconscious reflection on this book, I feel compelled to even compare it to Steve Biddulph's use of the important psychological concept of "the Ashes." As he writes in his book Manhood: An Action Plan for Saving Mens' Lives, every man (in this case vampire) - in order to grow into a more careful, caring and humble being - must face and learn from an "Ashes" period in his life. The Ashes can be anything that shows him without doubt that he is not all-powerful, infallible and invulnerable. In Leighton's sequel, Valek fails to live up to his promises - even fails to keep his vampire darkness in check. The other characters are also pulled through the flame. All these trials, however, add up to an arresting tour-de-force. Leighton's OLAD moon may well be in full lunar eclipse mode, immersing the reader in some truly confronting material, but her characters' Ashes offer a potent real-life responsibility to both male and female readers. Thanks to Leighton's previous rich, empathetic embodiment of her character Charlotte, the novel supports the realization that men do not and should not believe they have power over women, and that there is a vast difference between being in any kind of relationship with a woman and having genuinely earned and secured it with one's actions. With Charlotte's powerful centrality as intelligent and resourceful heroine of the series, Of Light and Darkness Book 2 convinces empathetic readers of the importance of a positive and resilient inner life - quite apart from exterior beauty. It is a novel about minding the fragility of friends and partners' health, as each day and night passes - and the dangers of not doing so. As a final note, it is not only emotionally fraught and startlingly philosophical. Leighton also retains a sense of quirky play and humor in parts - two standout scenes involving zany misadventures with trolls and horses. These moments are a welcome sliver of comic relief that develop her recognizable writing style, balancing wide-eyed wonder and terror. Of Light and Darkness Book 2 - highly recommended. 5 stars out of 5
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    The Light and Darkness series introduced us to the strange but magical world where vampires, elves, witches, talking spiders and a cloth man struggle for survival all while rallying to the support of one human girl name Charlotte. "Of Blood and Magic" finds Charlotte, Valek and the gang enjoying their reprieve from the oppression of the court. Unfortunately, their joy is short lived.Soon Charlotte begins exhibiting side effects from her treatment her vampire hosts. In short, she is dying. Valek The Light and Darkness series introduced us to the strange but magical world where vampires, elves, witches, talking spiders and a cloth man struggle for survival all while rallying to the support of one human girl name Charlotte. "Of Blood and Magic" finds Charlotte, Valek and the gang enjoying their reprieve from the oppression of the court. Unfortunately, their joy is short lived.Soon Charlotte begins exhibiting side effects from her treatment her vampire hosts. In short, she is dying. Valek and Sarah are desperate to save her and it causes him to make some foolish choices and take even more despicable actions. Lottie gets to see another side of Valek she has never seen.Meanwhile, Aiden Price is a former image of his formidable self in the wake of Valek's victory. Now his Aunt Cinder has decided to rule in his absence and she is about to launch a full scale attack on both Charlotte and Valek. We are also introduced to a new human, Nicholai who has an unusual connection to Valek's past. The question is whether or not it is good or bad. The legendary Baba Yaba makes an appearance in this story as well.This sequel was a much darker read than the first book and I found there to be less action as well. Much time is spent reading about disagreements and pity parties between Charlotte and Valek that bogged down my enjoyment of the story at times. I also can't say I liked Valek very much in this read. He is singular focused to the point of making bad judgments regarding Charlotte time and time again.I found myself asking where is the big bad vampire who took down his enemies in book one? Also, why is Aiden still alive?It will be certainly be interesting to see where this series is headed. I just hope the third book will have a lighter feel to it. Only time will tell.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Loved every minute of this book! Full of action and adventure. Many twists and turns! Characters are well written and very likable. I highly recommend it!! Can't wait to read the next book in this wonderful series.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • jennifer kessler
    January 1, 1970
    I love the series!! :-) I can't wait to read the other books in this series!!!
  • Delaney
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first one and I hope this book comes out soon. It only says Jan. 2012
  • Dagger
    January 1, 1970
    This book could use some serious editing for grammatical errors and missing words. That being said, the story is incredibly compelling and I can't wait to start book 3!
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