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Blood Magic [Format Kindle]

Jennifer Lyon

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Saturday: Day One of the Death Mark

The whispers were nothing new.

Darcy MacAlister followed behind her mother’s graceful white casket with the elegant raised scrolls as they left the MacAlister Funeral Home to process to the cemetery next door. Being the funeral director eased the knot of grief and sorrow in her throat. She was honored to oversee every detail of the service that celebrated Eileen MacAlister’s life, and show the community how well-loved her mother had been. She would not let the whispers affect her.

“They used to call her Dark Mac in high school.”

“Some say her father was afraid of her.”

“. . . Drove him to drink.”

“Hush! Darcy took care of your grandfather when he passed. She’s been nothing but kind to us.”

“She found my cat for me when he got lost. Just knew where he was.”

“There’s something strange about that one . . .”

Darcy stiffened her back, her black sheath dress sliding around her legs. She focused on the coffin and inhaled the briny, damp ocean air.

Joe’s arm slid around her shoulder, pulling her close to his side.

She looked up at her cousin. Joe hovered around six feet and weighed in at one eighty, and he knew how to kill, thanks to his years in the Special Forces. And right now, his jaw was so tight, she knew he wanted to hit someone. “Ignore them,” she said softly.

He barely nodded.

Not a promise, but the best she’d get from him. It had been almost nine years since Joe had left the seaside town of Glassbreakers, California, full of excitement about changing the world. When he returned a few months ago, he was a different man, grim and disconnected, like he didn’t care if he lived or died. Yet once he found out that her mom, his aunt, was terminally ill with a complication from lupus, he would show up at the house to do chores, barbeque, or take care of anything else that needed to be done. Any thanks just irritated him.

They stopped at the grave. The base of the casket was surrounded by flower arrangements; fresh greenery and baby’s breath was woven around the poles of the canopy under which the guests sat or stood.

Darcy cleared her throat, feeling the weight of her mother’s last gift; a silver Celtic knot pendant of loops and swirls that spread out like wings at her throat. “Thank you all for coming today. My mother asked me to tell you that she cherished each of you. That you all brought joy and happiness to her life. And now, she’s asked that you don’t grieve for her, but instead celebrate each of your days, and embrace your families and loved ones.” She looked out over all the mourners, warmed to see so many that truly cared about Eileen MacAlister. “Once we do the final prayers, we will have a reception back inside. We would be pleased if you would join us.”

She took her seat, grateful that she didn’t have to worry about the reception. Her best friend, Carla Fisk, and her newest employee, Morgan Reed, were inside the mortuary right now setting up the sandwiches, salads, and cookies. Instead, she concentrated on the prayers and closing words that would send her mom to her final rest. For the last time, people streamed by the casket, cried, and hugged her. The day was nearly over.

“You’ve done your mom proud, darling,” Reverend Jack Masters said, leaning down and kissing her cheek.

Darcy rose and walked with the minister to stand by her mom’s casket. “Thank you, Jack. We planned this ceremony together. I just followed her wishes.” Those last months had been a blessing and a nightmare. Eileen had struggled with lupus since her early twenties, but in the last year her lungs had given out.

Words from two stragglers floated to them. “Strange that she doesn’t even cry for her mother.”

Jack’s face tightened, then he shook his head in disgust. “Eileen knew you loved her, Darcy. And I have worked with you on dozens of funerals. You’re a professional through and through. This is your final gift to your mother.”

She almost cried then, but hugged him instead. “Thanks, Jack. That really helps.”

“Can I walk you in?”

She shook her head. “I want to stay here for a few more minutes.”

He nodded and headed inside.

Darcy was finally alone. She inhaled the sea breeze mixed with the scent of recently cut grass and freshly turned dirt. Jack was right, she had done her mom proud. That felt good; it felt right. Her mom had adopted Darcy when she was only a few weeks old, and no matter how odd a child Darcy had turned out to be, Eileen’s love had remained rock steady. Always.

Turning slightly, she swept her hand across the glossy surface of the casket. “I’m going to give the house to Joe, Mom. I’ve thought about this a lot. He needs something, an anchor. I can’t live there, I just . . . can’t. But Joe . . .”

The warmth she felt vanished, replaced by a deep chill. She snapped her head up and caught sight of a young couple walking along one of the sidewalk pathways directly in front of her. Sweeping her eyes left, she saw three people: two men and a woman standing by a headstone.

They all looked like normal visitors to the cemetery.

Dropping her gaze, she said, “Guess I’m tired. Anyway, about Joe and—”

She felt it again. This time chills raced down her back and the hair stood up on her arms. Her heart rate increased quickly. Dropping her hand, she whirled to look toward the canopy.

A man was suddenly there, standing by the chair she’d sat in earlier.

Her heart swelled and banged against her rib cage. The man was extremely tall and wore a long, black suede coat. But something was off, his face was too soft, almost feminine, yet his build was huge. Pull yourself together, he’s probably just a late mourner. Taking a deep breath, she noticed a coppery smell then said, “You startled me. Are you here for my mom?” Perhaps he was an acquaintance of her mom’s that she hadn’t met.

Staring at her, he said, “I’m here for you, Darcy.”

His eyes were a vacant and cruel green. She broke into a cold sweat. A voice in her head screamed, Run! Darcy shivered once, then turned and ran. The heels of her black pumps caught in the thick grass. She stopped, turned, and saw that the man was still standing there watching her, a nasty smirk on his full lips.

Fear washed up the back of her throat. She yanked off her shoes and looked back. The man was gone.



Unnamed terror pulsed deep inside of her and she ran, heading toward the mortuary. It was too far! At least thirty or forty yards . . .


It was Joe, striding toward her from the left, Morgan at his side. Darcy turned and raced to him, her thighs burning. She couldn’t get the metallic taste of fear out of her mouth.

Joe caught her in his arms, lifting her off the ground and turning with the momentum. “What’s wrong?” He set her down and whipped back around, keeping her at his back.

Tears burned behind her eyes at the gesture. He had always protected her.

“Darcy, are you okay?” Morgan looked at her, her huge blue eyes full of worry.

Warm embarrassment began in the center of Darcy’s chest and spread like a bad rash. What exactly had she panicked over? “I think I might have just made a fool of myself.”

Joe did one more scan then turned to look down at her; both of his dark eyebrows raised over vivid blue eyes. “You looked terrified. What happened?”

She shrugged, then leaned down to slide one pump onto her damp foot. “This guy just freaked me out.”

“That’s a switch. Usually it’s you freaking people out.”

She rolled her eyes as she balanced on one high heel, brushed a couple blades of grass from her foot, and slid on the other shoe. Then she stood and said, “He startled me. I didn’t hear him walk up, he was just . . . there. I asked him if he was here for mom, and he said ‘I’m here for you, Darcy.’?” Now that she said it out loud, she realized the man might have meant that he was there to support her at her mother’s funeral.

Morgan jerked her head around to stare at Darcy. “What did he look like?”

The fear coming off Morgan prickled her skin and nearly made her step back. In high school, Morgan had been popular and sure of herself while Darcy had been awkward; always trying to figure out how to fit in. Something had changed Morgan. She tried to answer, “Black hair, really weird green eyes, and his face was . . . well, it seemed almost delicate.”

“A small guy?” asked Joe.

“No. Big. Taller than you. He wore a black suede coat that went to his knees and black slacks under that.”

Morgan’s gaze darted around the cemetery, then she reached out and put her icy cold hand on Darcy’s arm. She opened her mouth, then grimaced before saying, “I need to tell you something. But I can’t seem to remember exactly . . .” She snatched her hand from Darcy’s arm and started rubbing her temples.

“Morgan, you need to eat. You’ve been working since this morning,” Joe said.

That was true, Darcy silently agreed. But she had felt the cold fear in Morgan’s hand. After being gone from town for a few years, the woman had returned scared and troubled by something. But then again, Darcy herself had just raced across the cemetery grounds like something out of a horror movie was after her, so who was she to judge? “Let’s all go inside. I’m acting like a nut house...

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In the days when powerful witches used their magic to shield humanity from demons, their allies and guardians were a group of men gifted with preternatural abilities of their own–the witch guardians. But when a band of witches traded their humanity for demonic power, the ancient bond was broken, and the guardians became the hunters.

Darcy MacAlister knows nothing of demons or magic. But this beautiful young woman is about to discover the truth about her past . . . and her future. For she is a witch–not just any witch, but the key to breaking the curse that has plagued witches and the men who hunt them. For if a hunter kills an innocent witch by mistake, the price is no less than a piece of his soul.

Axel Locke, gorgeous leader of the Wing Slayer Hunters, has sworn never to shed the blood of the earth witches who have resisted the temptation of demonic power. But when his sister is cursed by a demon witch, he discovers that Darcy MacAlister may hold the cure–if she can master her newfound powers in time. When the chase begins and Axel and Darcy come face-to-face, this hunter must weigh his soul against his honor–and against his heart.

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  • Editeur : Ballantine Books (10 février 2009)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Black Dagger Brotherhood with wings instead of fangs 9 mars 2009
Par R. Leleux - Publié sur
I really enjoyed Blood Magic. It has startling simularities to JR Wards Black Dagger series: "hunter" finding a mate, tough mortal friend (I really like Joe and of course I loved BDB's Butch), group of super hot/powerful men who are a "brotherhood" and "hunt" the bad guys... You get the picture. I think if you took the fangs out of the TV series Sons of Anarchy added a really cool and well thought out witch element, you would have Blood Magic. None of the silly dialogue that I find distracting in JR Wards series, but also not tons of melt your inside moments either (JR Ward is VERY good at melting your insides). I really liked the Wing Slayer Hunters...all of them and I loved the way tattoos were woven into the storyline and made significant rather than cosmetic. The world/story development was interesting and I am really looking forward to Sutton's story. Axel's and Darcy's supporting characters are great. I loved his mother and her friends are great too. Overall, I am going to stick it on my transitional keeper shelf. Not a full keeper, yet.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyons 3 avril 2009
Par jjmachshev - Publié sur
I struggled hard with just how to rate "Blood Magic" by Jennifer Lyon. On the plus side, she managed to come up with a new twist on witches using a fusion of mythology, lore, and witchcraft. On the minus side, the writing wasn't as tight as I like and the story seemed to 'hop and jump' for me. So I decided to round up in the hope that the next in this series, which I DO intend to read, will sharpen and smooth out some of the rough edges I found here.

Darcy has just buried her adoptive mother when a strange man threatens her life. Twenty four hours later, she's been assaulted by two men, only to be rescued by a third and then held hostage until she agrees to heal his little sister by casting a spell??? OOO-kay.

Axel is the leader of what's left of the witch guardians. Unfortunately, since they were cursed as a group thirty years ago, they now crave the blood of the very witches they are supposed to protect. More and more guardians are killing witches which turns them rogue where they live to kill more and more witches for the blood high and Axel's father is leading those rogues. Then he comes home to find his sister has been cursed by a demon blood witch. That means he only has less than a month to either find a witch to cure her, kill the witch who cursed her which will turn him rogue, or watch his sister die. Alex has no intention of watching his sister die.

Loved the concept and the back story which was revealed in bits and pieces throughout the novel. The heat factor is pretty high and Lyon does a great job writing the growing tension and eventual sex scenes. The only thing I wanted more of was answers. Okay, and smoother shifting of scenes and relationship building and just general plot unfolding. I do plan to buy "Soul Magic" which is scheduled to release in Nov2009 as I'm interested to see where Jennifer Lyon's goes next with this world and if she can sustain my interest.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hot Sexy Wing Slayers -- YAY! 7 mars 2009
Par JHG Leslie - Publié sur
I read romances, and I read paranormals and I am a picky, picky, picky reader. Particularly when it comes to the first book in a series. So many writers get wrapped up their world building they forget to tell a great story. But not Jennifer Lyon. This isn't just a first book in a series, it's a GREAT first book that makes me so impatient for the next. The witches, the demons, the magic, the sex -- and, oh yeah, did I mention AXEL?!?! Quick -- get me a drool-cover so I don't wreck my book! Can't wait for the next one, Ms. Lyon. WRITE QUICKLY, please!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic start of a new paranormal series 14 avril 2009
Par Dannyfiredragon - Publié sur
Darcy has no idea that she is a witch, till some strange events on the day of her foster mother's funeral gets her wondering. Suddenly she is attacked only to be saved by a man who has his own plans for her. Axel hopes that Darcy will be able to lift the curse from his sister, who has the death mark on her. But the problem is that Darcy is a witch and Axel a witch hunter. To make the situation even more complicated there is an undeniable attraction between them and her life is threatened by her real father. Will they be able to find a way to overcome the curse?

Ms. Lyon, has with BLOOD MAGIC written the stunning start of a new series. The story idea of the conflict with the witches and witch hunters is something new and that sets this series apart from the usual paranormal romances. Ms. Lyon gifts her readers with an interesting and intriguing set of characters. Axel is torn between is attraction to Darcy and his loyalty to his family and friends. He is tortured by the death curse that threatens his little sister and the taunting of his father, who plays an important role among the rogue witch hunters, who gave into the bloodlust and lost their souls.

Darcy's life changes within a blink of an eye. She has to deal with the fact she is a witch and that suddenly the life of a small child lies in her hands, as well as the endangerment of her own life from the rogue witch hunters, especially the leader, who is her real father.

I really got caught up in the story as soon as I started reading. I could hardly put the book down and I am so curious about the upcoming sequel Soul Magic, which will be released in December 2009.

Ms. Lyon is definitely an author that you want to keep an eye on. Her book is definitely a keeper and I bet the whole series will find their way to your keeper shelf.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I didn't like the causes of conflict. Some parts were a little slow, too much thinking not enough action. 2 mars 2009
Par Jane - Publié sur
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Some witches wanted more power and linked with demons to get it. They became demon witches. Demon witches harmed humans, so wing slayers were created to kill the demon witches. Thirty years ago, a few demon witches cursed regular witches and wing slayers. The result was that regular witches' powers were reduced because they could not have familiars (their animal helpers). Also, wing slayers became like drug addicts craving witch blood on their skin, but not drinking it like vampires. However, if a wing slayer killed any regular or demon witch, he became a rogue. When a rogue died, his soul would wander eternity in an undesirable place.

A demon witch, Linette, put a curse on Hannah, a human. Hannah will die unless another witch removes the curse or someone kills Linette before the next full moon. Axel is a wing slayer and Hannah's brother. He believes Darcy may be able to remove the curse. If she cannot, Axel is prepared to kill Linette, become a rogue and lose his soul. 26-year old Darcy was adopted as a baby and never knew she was a witch. All of a sudden rogues are attacking her. Axel takes her to his hidden home and tells her she is a witch. She must learn a lifetime of magic in less than two weeks in order to help Hannah.

This book is the first in a series. The second book "Soul Magic" is about Sutton, another wing slayer.

Most of the story is Darcy trying to learn and gain witch powers. She's having difficulty, and it takes a long time. Parts of the story are repetitive, talking about the problems and worrying about solving them. I would have preferred less pondering and more action. A few times, I wanted the story to be over. Every story needs conflict between the hero and heroine, but I didn't enjoy their conflict in this story. It wasn't logical. I describe it in Spoilers below.

The plot reminded me of parts of Harry Potter and Twilight. Darcy the witch was placed with a human family to save her from an evil rogue, and she didn't learn she was a witch until she was an adult. The wing slayers are like the Twilight vampires, craving witch blood but having to restrain themselves. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, it's ok with me to use these ideas. I'm just pointing out that as I read the book, I was thinking about the similarities.

I didn't buy the major conflict between Darcy and Axel. She gains witch powers when she has sex with Axel or when he touches her. This is what happens when she has a familiar, an animal who is bound to her. Since the curse won't let her have a familiar, Axel's presence solves the problem. She lies to Axel by not telling him this. When he is with her, he is choosing to be with her. He is not bound to her. But later, when he learns that she gained power through him, he is angry, and he leaves. He claims she has turned him into a familiar and lied to him. My problem is that his goal was to help Hannah. He wanted Darcy to gain power to save Hannah's life. He was willing to lose his soul for Hannah. Why was he not willing to be a helper (or a type of familiar) to Darcy?

Another scene bothered me as creating artificial conflict. When Hannah was in pain, Darcy was able to use her witch powers to reduce the pain. Hannah then asked to sleep with Darcy, but Darcy said Axel won't allow it. I don't understand. Axel wanted Darcy to save Hannah's life. Why wouldn't he want Darcy to spend time with Hannah if she could help Hannah's pain? I am also confused because I don't recall Axel saying anything about staying away from Hannah.

Story length: 364 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 6. Total number of sex scene pages: 19. Setting: current day Glassbreakers, California. Copyright: 2009. Genre: fantasy romance.
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