Review of The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine (digital arc)




The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine


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?


My review:


I am such a fan of the Ravenspire series.  This may be my favorite one so far, but I’m still trying to decide.   I liked everything about it.  I’m a sucker for a fairytale retelling.


You don’t need to read each book in order for the Ravenspire series, but it is best if you do.  There are appearances and mentions of characters from other books.  We do see Hansel and Gretel for a brief moment in this one.


There are multiple things from Cinderella, but for the most part, the story is very different.  When Blue’s father dies, a woman she doesn’t really know comes forward with papers showing that she is to be Blue’s guardian if both her parents die.  She brings her two daughters with her.  So it’s not really her step-mom, but close enough.  Dinah is not nice to Blue at all.  She is abusive and is using Blue.  Dinah’s husband had recently died and he had left her in massive debt.  Not only with the creditor take everything she has, he is also going to choose one of her daughters, too.  While Dinah is a horrible person, it did seem like she loved her daughters in a way.


Kellan is the prince and he must choose a girl to marry.  He can only choose someone that will benefit the kingdom.  Each family brings their daughters to spend time with him.  Kellan and Blue grew up together, but he didn’t like her much.  He thought she was an uptight rule follower and he was always reckless.  Blue is a lower class and he never thought that would matter much.  But Kellan and Blue start spending more time together after her father is killed.  He starts to confide in her and realizes that she is the only girl he could love.  But Kellan knows the kingdom must come first.


Magic has been outlawed.  There was a witch that started drinking the blood of children for power and became a blood wraith.  Blue’s mom was involved in helping capture the blood wraith.  Blue has fae blood, so she has magic that has to be kept hidden.  She is an alchemist and spends her days making potions and creams to sell.  Her grand-mere has a wand, but it’s only used inside.  Grand-mere’s magic is transformative magic, so I’m betting you can guess what part of Cinderella she plays.


Magic starts being used to kill people and children are going missing.  Blue and Kellan work together to try to figure out what is happening and need to see if they can save the kingdom from the witch.


I don’t want to give anything away, so that’s pretty much all I can share.  I absolutely loved Blue.  Kellan was great and I also adored his sister, Nessa.  This was a great addition to the Ravenspire stories and I cannot wait for the next one.


Warning for abuse. 


I gave this book 5 stars.  Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for my copy for review.



Have you read any of the Ravenspire books?  Which one is your favorite?



Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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