On Tulare Island where Nicole grew up, Magick has always been a way of life—one she’s determined to avoid at all costs.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Series: The Blood & Sacrifice Chronicles
Author: C. Vonzale Lewis
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton
My Rating: DNF - no rating
Smart-mouthed Nicole Fontane has a way of getting herself into trouble. She’s been fired from every job she’s had but still refuses to work in her father’s apothecary shop because of his practice of Earth Magick. On Tulare Island where Nicole grew up, Magick has always been a way of life—one she’s determined to avoid at all costs.
With less than two hundred dollars in the bank and rent due, Nicole is forced to take a job at Tribec Insurance as a last resort. Little does she realize, the moment she sets foot inside the building, she becomes a pawn. A sinister force has set its sights on her and will stop at nothing to use her in a sadistic game.
Tribec’s proprietors, the Stewart family, are curiously preoccupied with the Naqada, the mysterious pre-dynastic Egyptian society. Nicole finds it creepy, but on the bright side, the job reconnects her with her estranged friend, Marta. Yet the eerie atmosphere, disappearing Magick wards, and the smell of blood inside Tribec bring Nicole to a startling conclusion—the Stewarts are practicing Blood Magick, the deadliest of the Five Principles. By the time Nicole uncovers the truth, Marta and her four children have gone missing, and all signs implicate the Stewarts and an archaic blood ritual to an Old One, a Naqada god imprisoned on Tulare Island.
Battling the evil of Blood Magick will demand Nicole to confront a hidden past and unlock the Magick buried within. But can she set aside her deep-rooted fears to work with a team of vigilante Mages? Or will the clock run out on Marta and her children—and on Nicole?
I received a copy of this book via The Parliament House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
DNFing at 40%
Lineage is one of those books that immediately peaked my interest by reading the synopsis. I love the idea of incorporating Egyptian Mythology into a story, and wish to see it more! From the first few pages, I had a sinking feeling as to what path this story would follow. To clarify, that “sinking feeling” wasn’t because the premise was bad. It was the main character, Nicole Fontaine, that I really didn’t care for. I like some snark in my characters, for sure, but Nicole was all wrong for me.
The main issue for me was that most of Nicole’s story focused around sex. I don’t know how many times she said that she didn’t want to be in a relationship because it was too much work, or that she didn’t want to be tied down, or she plainly liked sleeping around. I’m not sex-shaming, but this is something that I really don’t care for in a character. Reading almost to the halfway point of the book, Nicole had already made her intentions known with her new employer. Explicit sex-scenes were front and center to the plot, and totally overshadowed other elements in the story. It was just too much for me.
Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.
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