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Beth's Review: In the Blood (The Witchbreed Series #1) by Robin L. Martinez

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Publisher: Lakewater Press

Released: March 21, 2016

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Length: 356 pages

Format: ebook

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The Warrior The war between Dosalyn and Roanaan has ended, but a new battle begins for prisoner-of-war, Ottilde Dominax. Dreams of her witchbreed twin sister are visions of death and betrayal. Driven by their grim warning, she escapes her captors and races across nations to save her sister. But she may arrive too late… The Witch Oriabel Dominax has kept her healing magic secret while she cares for her family's struggling estate. But the arrival of a new lord with secrets of his own, the discovery of a dark and addictive magic, and threats from a cruel blackmailer push Oriabel closer to disaster. Through it all, the Witch’s Tree calls…

Five Boundles Stars (4.5)

In the Blood is the first book of The Witchbreed Series, and it starts off in an absolutely entertaining way. The magic creates fantasy, the shifters add action, and characters’ beliefs express cultural diversity while adding adventure. This combination gives readers a suspenseful story of sisterly love, like none other. I found the characters to be introduced perfectly and easily related to all of them; I quickly loved some, and hated others, I also loved, hated, and loved a few. The suspense made it hard to put down, making it a quick read; however, the unusual dialect used for most of the characters created several “bumps” in the story, so it was not a smooth read. I understand the need to share the social status of the characters when writing a story like this one, but, toning the “backwoods-type” language down just a little would make it easier to read. Despite that, I still loved the book; the story was so good, it’s hard not to love it. I rated In the Blood with 4.5 Boundless stars.

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