Flesh and Bone is the second novel in the Blood and Darkness Series by Melissa Sercia.
Finished on: 19.1.2019
[Here’s my review of the first novel.]
[I won the third novel in the series in a librarything Early Reviewer give-away and received a complementary copy of the first two novels.]
A few months have passed and Gray the Dhampir keeps struggling more and more with her dark magic. But when her partner Aldric goes missing, she has to tap into those powers to find him. Her search leads her not only to an old family secret, but also back to her ex-lover-now-enemy Dragos whose help she needs to save Aldric.
I was hoping that Sercia would grow as a writer between the first and the second novel in series and she did, although not enough to not make me wish that an editor would have held her hand a little more.
Flesh and Bone has definitely a better, more melodious language than Blood and Magic and the plotting is much clearer, too. So there is definitely a growth from the first novel to the second, although character motivations were still a guessing game a lot of the times and particularly the allegiance switching that happens here wasn’t really understandable to. Generally it still felt more amateurish than I would expect from a published novel. Not hopelessly so, but still.
It doesn’t help that this book really goes for the love triangle with Dragos and Aldric. I don’t like love triangles to begin with because they are mostly exectued in a very annoying and/or toxic way – and it definitely annoyed me here. And to make things even worse: it would have worked just as well if the triangle hadn’t been there at all.
If I hadn’t promised a review of the third book, I probably wouldn’t have continued reading after the first, and the second didn’t really change my mind on that. Let’s see if the third one fares any better, but after the first two, I doubt it.
Summarizing: If you didn’t like the first one, leave this one be, too.