Gods and Demons (Melissa Sercia)

Gods and Demons is the third novel in the Blood and Darkness Series by Melissa Sercia.
Finished on: 29.1.2019
[Here are my reviews of the first two novels.]
[I won this book in a librarything Early Reviewer give-away.]

Plot:
Demons have escaped the Underworld and threaten New Orleans. It’s up to Gray to get rid of them – or accept the destruction of the human world. Gray knows that she can’t do it alone. She has to invoke the Hades Protocol, calling the Gods themselves for help. But a God’s help doesn’t come without its price – and there are forces that would like to see the world destroyed in any case.

Gods and Demons is again an improvement compared to the other two novels of the series, but its still far from being good enough for me to really like it. I’m pretty glad that I have reached the end of the series (for now, at least) and don’t think I’ll continue reading it should Sercia choose to continue.

The book cover showing a dark-haired woman with two glowing swords.
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Flesh and Bone (Melissa Sercia)

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.]

Plot:
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.

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Blood and Magic (Melissa Sercia)

Blood and Magic is the first novel in the Blood and Darkness Series by Melissa Sercia.
Finished on: 12.1.2019
[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.]

Content Note: racial slur(s)

Plot:
Gray has been a Dhampir for 400 years now and she still resents that she was turned against her will. The last three years she has spent in a coma – and when she finally wakes from it, she realizes that it was her lover Dragos who put her under. And he is now working with the Consilium to create a new hybrid demon. Gray can’t let that happen. So she and her best friend Valentina gather their allies and prepare to fight back.

Blood and Magic has some nice ideas, but neither the writing style nor the pacing really worked for me. Since this is a debut novel, there is hope that things will be better in the following installments.

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