The Blood Spell (Ravenspire, #4)
Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating tension among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts. When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

The Blood Spell (Ravenspire, #4) Details

TitleThe Blood Spell (Ravenspire, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062653017
Rating
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

The Blood Spell (Ravenspire, #4) Review

  • C.J.
    January 1, 1970
    Book Four! I'm so excited to be able to keep writing dark epic fantasies inspired by fairy tales. I grew up in a public library, checking out at least one volume of fairy tales every week, so this series feels like coming home. <3
  • rachel • typed truths
    January 1, 1970
    i was hoping we'd see more of kellan
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever read a book that has a lot of potential and doesn't really fail but doesn't really succeed, either? This is how I feel about The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwing. I'm not sure if this book tried to do too much at one time or if it was simply not executed as well as it could have been. And yet, I did genuinely enjoy reading it.The Blood Spell is a Cinderella retelling with quite the twist, telling the story of a young girl called Blue who works as an apothecary while simultaneously hiding Do you ever read a book that has a lot of potential and doesn't really fail but doesn't really succeed, either? This is how I feel about The Blood Spell by C. J. Redwing. I'm not sure if this book tried to do too much at one time or if it was simply not executed as well as it could have been. And yet, I did genuinely enjoy reading it.The Blood Spell is a Cinderella retelling with quite the twist, telling the story of a young girl called Blue who works as an apothecary while simultaneously hiding her magic from the world. Magic, in fact, is illegal after the actions of an evil witch. When street children begin disappearing, Blue investigates the situation with the help of the crown Prince, Kellan, whom she has "hated" her entire life. When her father dies, however, she is thrown into turmoil when her guardianship shifts to a rather cruel woman who is determined to use Blue's alchemic abilities to force her to make gold in order to resolve her recent financial ruin.There's a lot to the plot of this book that makes it exceedingly unique. Were it not for the well developed and interesting plot, I don't imagine I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did. In fact, it is the mystery and the truth of the villains that made this book so worth reading. Readers find themselves immersed in the events of the story, questioning and making predictions about what happened in the past and what is currently happening with the wraith whose been locked away to prevent it from wreaking havoc upon the kingdom as it once did. The characters, unfortunately, are just okay.Despite the fact that I utterly abhorred her name, I liked Blue the best. She was the only character who had a POV that actually felt reasonably well written. Prince Kellan was difficult to read, his portrayal feeling vaguely unrealistic at times. Unfortunate Blue's guardian, Dinah, was a believable villain but I felt that the way she was written took a lot away from the cruelty that she was supposed to embody.This is one of those instances in which the author gives far too much insight into the villain. I'm not sure if Redwing was trying to build sympathy for the stepmother or if she was merely trying to build the reader's hatred. Either way, I feel that the story would have been much better had Dinah's point of view been left out of it. There was no mystery to Dinah, no question about what she was doing, and while the ultimate plot twist was unique and exciting, it was somewhat predictable as a result of reading her portion of the story.I think, ultimately, while I did really enjoy this novel, the writing was subpar. The ideas themselves were fantastic, leaving me with a story that I found true joy in reading. The characters showed great development through the course of the novel, which I loved and appreciated. But the in the moment writing of the story made the characters feel very unreal in their actions and words, the romance feel quite cheesy, and Redwing had moments of laying ideas and comments on so thickly that they quickly got annoying.And then there was the characters of Hansel and Grettle who were majorly random and didn't add anything even though they misled the reader into feeling as though they would soon be exceptionally important. It’s a small spoiler, I guess, because they played absolutely no part in the story at all. Even know I have no clue what the point of their inclusion was. It wasn’t painfully long, but it felt like such a waste of a chapter.So, at the end, I'm left unsure how to feel about The Blood Spell. I certainly enjoyed it a lot and it's not a bad book by any means. But various pieces of the writing really annoyed and frustrated me. Kellan never really felt like a real person not because he didn’t have a well thought out personality but because the author didn’t seem to know how to write it, the book was too predictable at times, and there were far too many moments when I found myself rolling my eyes at the writing. Also, I’m still a little annoyed that I didn’t get to know the little girl who worked for Blue because it made everything surrounding her less emotional than it should have been.This is a hard book for me, since I feel so conflicted. For anyone who reads it, you’ll have to figure it out for yourself.I was provided a free copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.| Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Instagram | 
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  • Beth (YA Books Central)
    January 1, 1970
    ....cannot believe that I finally have this gorgeous book in my hands! I have been waiting FOREVER....and it is just as amazing as I knew it would be.....first chapter devoured and cannot put this book down.......cannot wait to see where this story goes....
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  • Caitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    The premise reminds me of LONG MAY SHE REIGNS' but I'll read this as I enjoyed THE TRAITOR PRINCE?
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Cinderella may be my least favorite fairy tale but this reimagining is hands down my favorite book in the series. “The Blood Spell” tells the story of Blue, a young alchemist with magical talents she tries to keep secret as she works to turn lead into gold while also trying to keep her childhood friend the crowned Prince out of trouble. As his coronation approaches eligible young women start arriving seeking his hand in marriage but something sinister is lurking in the shadows and hungry for pow Cinderella may be my least favorite fairy tale but this reimagining is hands down my favorite book in the series. “The Blood Spell” tells the story of Blue, a young alchemist with magical talents she tries to keep secret as she works to turn lead into gold while also trying to keep her childhood friend the crowned Prince out of trouble. As his coronation approaches eligible young women start arriving seeking his hand in marriage but something sinister is lurking in the shadows and hungry for power stopping at nothing in order to reach the throne. The Ravenspire series isn’t afraid to get dark with its retellings and this was no exception. On top of the mystery concerning the wraith and the missing children there’s also the murders threatening the Prince’s betrothal. Both of these obstacles are compelling in their own right but put together it really helps create this atmosphere of time running out where the stakes have never been higher. I really enjoyed the connection between Kellan, Blue and Nessa, the crowned princess who speaks using sign language something I’ve only read one other time so it’s nice to see the representation. Their bond established in childhood and carried through all this years really helped round the characters out and made them more real in the sense that you cared about their individual struggles and motivations instead of just those involved in the main arc of the story. I really enjoyed this book and tore through it in two hours because I just couldn’t stop! If you’re a fan of the series get ready this one is about to blow you away and if you haven’t picked up one of the books before and want to give it a shot you’re in luck because like all the others before it ‘The Blood Spell’ is an isolated story in an expanded world that’s explored in the other works and I can’t recommend it enough! **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    I received and ARC of this book from the publisher but this doesn't influence my opinion of it. The Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine is one of my all time favourite YA Fantasy series, I love the way she tweaks these fairytales and make them come to life with each book.I was excited to begin a new journey into this world with The Blood Spell and I was once again entranced. I am never disappointed in these books and The Blood Spell is no different.It's about Bernadina 'Blue' de La Cour and the I received and ARC of this book from the publisher but this doesn't influence my opinion of it. The Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine is one of my all time favourite YA Fantasy series, I love the way she tweaks these fairytales and make them come to life with each book.I was excited to begin a new journey into this world with The Blood Spell and I was once again entranced. I am never disappointed in these books and The Blood Spell is no different.It's about Bernadina 'Blue' de La Cour and the Prince of Balavata, Kellan Renard.First of I want to commend the author for how unique each differing kingdoms in the series is, they share the same world but their culture, manners and everything is so different.Blue is an Alchemist. She is the daughter of the Alchemist of the Gaillard quarter in Falaise de la Mer, the capital city of Balavata. Blue learned from her father all that she knows about alchemy but she is able to reach greater heights because of the hidden magic that runs in her veins -passed down from her maternal line- is one that helps with mixing of certain ingredients into the formation of things that cannot be done without extra help. Her affinity for tuning into the frequency of herbs, minerals and materials helped her not only become a brilliant alchemy but made her dream big.Her main dream being creating a method that turns metal into gold. Not for her personal use per say but to build a home/school for the too many homeless children in Balavata.These poor children were made orphans by a devastating attack on the kingdom by a Blood Wraith 16 years ago. A Blood Wraith is a witch turned mad and powerful after dabbling into the dangerous arts of drinking children's blood for power. A Blood Wraith is uber powerful, supernaturally strong and almost impossible to kill.The particular one that plagued Balavata was imprisoned with the help of Blue's late mom through mysterious ways that were never revealed. The deadly woods on the outskirts of Balavata where the Wraith was contained was named the Wilds. Thus magic was banned in Balavata on the consequence of Death if found guilty.Blue has always been a champion for justice and welfare as she was raised right by her father and her loving Grandmere.Because of her brilliance in alchemy along with the friendship between her father and the King before his demise, Blue is chosen to tutor the Princess Nessa in the arts of alchemy. Unfortunately her brilliant experiment with gold soon brings trouble landing on their peaceful doorstep.The Crown Prince Kellan Renard has finally left the boarding school he has attend since he was a child. Kellan longs to be away from Balavata and the drowning responsibilities awaiting him along with some bad memories. But the time has come for him to ascend to the throne and take on the duty of king, one of them being picking a bride from one of the twelve ruling Houses. Life at the palace is a whirlwind of deceit, lies, facades and careful maneuvering.One bright spot in Kellan's life is his little sister Nessa who mute and utterly adorable. But along with his sister comes the thorn in his side Blue who is a stickler for rules which is the complete opposite of himself.They've clashed ever since they were kids with Blue being the ever obedient tattletale and Kellan the ever mischievous instigator.But beyond their bickering this time lay a simmering inferno that begins to burst forth between them.Pushed by circumstances and dire situations that place the fate of the kingdom in both their hands, Blue and Kellan have to race against time if they're going to save Balavata and avoid falling for each other because they can never be together, after all, it's against the law.Seeing as this is a Cinderella retelling, there's quite a lot of callbacks to the original. A situation that places Blue into the hands of a cruel caretaker and her two daughters, A Ball where the Prince shall choose a bride, A magical godmother etc. But there is so many crazy, brilliant and original twists and tweaks along the way that turns everything around.One of the things I love about this book is the little tidbits here and there that hint at the main web of mystery but it'll take a super vigilant mind to piece it all together. There is truly no way that I can really give justice to just how amazing this book is.The Blood Spell builds further into the Ravenspire world adding so many new exciting things to this vast and addicting series.There is no shortage of things to love, the sweet magic that's beautiful yet devastating, the build up of a romance that feels fleshed out rather than rushed and also has valid reasons to be kinda drawn out, avidly descriptive POV's that let's one into the minds of not only the characters but the villain -I LOVE a book that I get to understand the villain's motive and drive not just something basic like being evil simply because.-, mounting tension that crests with each revelation etc.Fans of the Ravenspire series will also be pleased with the appearance of some characters from earlier books in the series along with some honorable mentions.I happily recommend this book to YA readers of all kind even those new to the series, it's a tightly self contained story that can as well be read alone.The ending was just as phenomenal as the book, the road towards it filled with so many twists and shocking moments.I can't wait to have a physical copy of this book because that cover is inciting major lust.Thanks to C.J. Redwine for writing another amazing book that keeps me happy!!!!!.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    So far of the series I've only read The Wish Granter, but this one sounds promising so maybe I'll check it out
  • Silje Bell Børresen
    January 1, 1970
    Arc received from the publisher through Edelweiss+ AHHHH this book was soooo goood! I loved the characters so much. I really love retellings and this was a really good retelling of Cinderella, which is one of my favorites.
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come February 4, 2019
  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I would end up loving this book. And I'm so thrilled to say that I was completely right. This new fantasy fairytale retelling by CJ is based on Cinderella. And it is written so well. It was such a stunning story. And I adored these two characters beyond words. There was not a single thing about this book I did not love. Sigh.This book tells the story of Blue and Kellan. It's written from both point of views, which I loved so. Writing was stunning, as always with books by CJ. This story wa I knew I would end up loving this book. And I'm so thrilled to say that I was completely right. This new fantasy fairytale retelling by CJ is based on Cinderella. And it is written so well. It was such a stunning story. And I adored these two characters beyond words. There was not a single thing about this book I did not love. Sigh.This book tells the story of Blue and Kellan. It's written from both point of views, which I loved so. Writing was stunning, as always with books by CJ. This story was all kinds of heartbreaking and stunning and so much fun too. I loved reading every moment of this book. Five stars. I have very much to share, but no spoilers.I don't know where to even begin. My mind feels blank. Probably because of how very awesome this book was. And trying to write down all that I love about it will not be easy. Because there was a lot. But I will try my very best to convince you all why you need to read this precious book when it comes out months from now. It is worth all heartbreak. This is the story of two amazing characters. Blue and Kellan. About how they slowly start to be friends, after having known each other since they were little. It tells the story of Kellan having to become king, and all he has to deal with because of that. It tells a story of grief. And how Blue is dealing with it. Both beautiful and heartbreaking to read about. This book is sad. Yet full of hope. And friendship. Then something more.There is so much that I adore about both Blue and Kellan. They have known each other since childhood. Their fathers were best friends. Kellan got into all kinds of trouble as a child. And Blue always told on him. They were not really friends back then. Kellan has also been to a school far away for years, only home in the summers. Now he is finally back home for good. But he is also about to become king. And he has to choose a bride from one of the head families. There was a whole lot of expectations for Kellan. Poor boy.But he deals with all of it so well. Sure, he was a pretty wild boy for years. But he knows what he must do, and he will do it. He cares deeply for his family. His mother, the queen, was all kinds of awesome. I loved reading about her. His little sister, Nessa, was super adorable. She speaks with sign language, which is personal for this author, and I loved that beyond words. Their sibling relationship was the very best thing. Although Kellan has the very best family, he is also so broken. Because of his father's death years back.Then there was Blue. I loved this girl so so very much. She lost her mother when she was four years old, and she is still traumatized by it. Because it was pretty brutal and heartbreaking. This girl is broken. Yet all kinds of strong and loving and so very kind. She wants to help everyone. And I so loved that about her. She goes through so much in this book, with the death of her father as well, and she handles it all so well. I adored Blue. Her grandmother was also amazing. Blue has the most precious cat. So beyond adorable.There is also magic in this book. Which Blue has. Though that has to be kept hidden, because witches in this town gets killed if discovered. The reason for why magic is not allowed in this town was pretty good, though. There is a history. Of a blood wraith. And it was creepy and scary and I loved every moment of it. It is history but also present. And reading about all of it was so much fun. Yet also pretty awful. I loved all the twists and surprises. Getting to know more about this huge world is always the best. Very well written.There is so much happening in this book. I will not mention most of it. Only a few parts that I loved. In the beginning of the book we get to know Blue and her father. And their small but happy life living together at a farm house. They are both alchemists and own a shop. I loved reading about all of that, the spells they could create and such. But oh, it was heartbreaking to get to know Blue's father for so long. Because like the summary mentions, he ends up getting killed. And having gotten to know him first made it hurt more.This story is about Blue having to deal with her father's death. And then having to deal with this unknown woman and her two daughters moving into her house and taking over her whole life. It was all so so very complicated. Yet written so well. But gosh, this woman. Dinah. There is a lot of point of view from her too. I could not fully decide if I completely hated her or felt sorry for her as well. Probably both. We learn a lot about her. But the way she treats Blue in this book was completely not okay at all. Hmph. Did not like her.This book also tells the story of Blue and Kellan. How they start hanging out again, this time starting to become real friends. Maybe something more. But she is no one important. And he is a prince. It cannot be. Yet that does not stop them from spending time together. And slowly growing to care more for each other. They help each other with grieving. And I loved that so very much. Ahh. I loved reading about their growing friendship. It was the very best. They were just adorable together. And I shipped them so much.So much happens in this book. And I have not even told most of it. There is a villain. There are children going missing. And all of it was so incredible to read about. I simply loved this story and this world. And I love how all the books is set in the same world, around the same time. Getting to know Blue and Kellan and their story was the very best. I love them to pieces. I have not said much about this book at all. Just that I loved it beyond words. So good. And you all need to read this book too, in February. Do not miss it.Getting to read this lovely six months before it is published just about killed me. So thrilled to have gotten the chance to read The Blood Spell so very early. Huge thank you to the publisher, Balzer + Bray, for the auto-approval on Edelweiss. Shall have to hunt down the print ARC too, to complete my collection by this very awesome author. But gosh, how I'm happy to have gotten to read it. The Blood Spell was everything I wished it would be. And so much more. Stunning world, amazing characters, such a heartbreaking plot.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: http://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2018/...
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this dark re-imagining of Cinderella. Some of the same story elements are there - the evil 'stepmother' figure, the prince set to choose a bride, and yes, even the mice and pumpkin that transform into horse and carriage. But there is a much stronger creep factor in this tale (without being gory or violent) and I love that the central character, Blue, is much more independent and brave. This is the first novel of CJ Redwine's I've read, and now I plan to go back to read the other I really enjoyed this dark re-imagining of Cinderella. Some of the same story elements are there - the evil 'stepmother' figure, the prince set to choose a bride, and yes, even the mice and pumpkin that transform into horse and carriage. But there is a much stronger creep factor in this tale (without being gory or violent) and I love that the central character, Blue, is much more independent and brave. This is the first novel of CJ Redwine's I've read, and now I plan to go back to read the others!
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  • Shery Werbelo
    January 1, 1970
    With every Ravenspire book I read I think that "this is the best one"....The Blood Spell is no different. It is such a great story! A Cinderella re-telling like no other! The new characters are wonderful and you get to "see" other characters from the other Ravenspire books again here (so much fun!). The story is paced perfectly, mixing in small bits from the original story to give a slight nod but giving you a whole new story to love. I can't wait to add this one to the others and look forward t With every Ravenspire book I read I think that "this is the best one"....The Blood Spell is no different. It is such a great story! A Cinderella re-telling like no other! The new characters are wonderful and you get to "see" other characters from the other Ravenspire books again here (so much fun!). The story is paced perfectly, mixing in small bits from the original story to give a slight nod but giving you a whole new story to love. I can't wait to add this one to the others and look forward to what Redwine has to offer next!
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    This out of the box Cinderella re-telling includes diverse characters, alchemy, French aristocracy, blood wraiths, and sweet pastries. Alchemist Blue is no meek and humble housemaid and Prince Kellan is much more than the charming facade he puts on. The way they come together is filled with genuine compassion and character growth, something the original story lacks.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #TheBloodSpell #EdelweissThank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-Arc copy of this novel.A great addition to the Ravenspire series. Well written and lovely retelling.
  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    This was really lovely. The relationship in particular was my favorite part - they start out adversaries in a way, but slowly come to realize they understand each other and they can be themselves with each other. I really liked how they slowly became friends and the romantic elements proceed from there. The Blood Spell feels a little like Cinderella mixed with Rumpelstiltskin - a big part of the plot is Blue, our Cinderella character, trying to use alchemy and magic to turn metal into gold. I en This was really lovely. The relationship in particular was my favorite part - they start out adversaries in a way, but slowly come to realize they understand each other and they can be themselves with each other. I really liked how they slowly became friends and the romantic elements proceed from there. The Blood Spell feels a little like Cinderella mixed with Rumpelstiltskin - a big part of the plot is Blue, our Cinderella character, trying to use alchemy and magic to turn metal into gold. I enjoyed the expansion on the Cinderella character and the relationship, so I definitely recommend this retelling!I was provided a free copy of this on Edelweiss.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the Ravenspire Series and other works by C.J. Redwine are very popular amongst our young adult readers. I am obsessed with this series after reading the first installment "The Shadow Queen" and falling in love with the stories and series and finding out what will happen to the prince and Blue and the adventures and troubles ahead for them. But the fourth installment took an interesting new and different direction that in my opinion changed I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the Ravenspire Series and other works by C.J. Redwine are very popular amongst our young adult readers. I am obsessed with this series after reading the first installment "The Shadow Queen" and falling in love with the stories and series and finding out what will happen to the prince and Blue and the adventures and troubles ahead for them. But the fourth installment took an interesting new and different direction that in my opinion changed the initial direction completely making it better and more compelling which our readers will appreciate. I am always a fan of books that transport me int their kingdoms and feeling that I am following along with them rooting them on hoping to see some love and action and this book did not fail on that aspect. That is why we are giving it 5 stars!
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  • Angie Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher Harper Collins, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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