When Lissa Nevsky’s grandmother passes away rather suddenly from a heart attack Lissa is left on her own trying to learn the family trade, magic. The community is now relying on Lissa to give them their remedies and be their koldun’ia.
Maksim Volkov comes looking for Lissa grandmother, she had helped him deal with being a Kin and controlling his urges. After her passing Maksim finds that the protective spell that she had put on him has failed so now he needs Lissa to help him before his violent nature returns full force.
Spells of Blood and Kin is one of those books that when I was finished reading I wasn’t quite sure on how I wanted to rate this one. I really didn’t mind reading it at all and was somewhat into the story all throughout but it really lacked in some things. The story changes the point of view with the two major characters being Maksim and Lissa. Lissa is a witch and learning her trade while Maksim is what is known as Kin.
Lissa being left to figure out what her grandmother would have been teaching her had she not passed suddenly is an intriguing idea. The magic involved was fun to read about and follow along. Pretty sure the idea of passing out spells in eggs is a completely new one so that part takes on an angle of it’s own.
However, with Maksim being this new thing called a Kin I was left the entire book wishing that there was a better explanation of what exactly that was. In the beginning it sounded a bit like a vampire but the bits and pieces given throughout gives the impression it’s different but it’s never really fully explained. I think I would have enjoyed this more if only I could understand a major character in the book better along with a few secondary characters.
In the end the story wasn’t too bad overall. The pace could get a bit slow for me here and there but I questioned whether if that was due to the lack of explanation of a huge part of the story, the Kin. I felt it would probably grab readers more if they had a better understanding about what they were reading about.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.