Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gail Dayton - Heart's Blood

Heart's Blood
by Gail Dayton

December, 2009


I love when I have high expectations for a book, and when I finally read it, it's as good if not better than what I had hoped for. And that was the case with Heart's Blood.

Grey Carteret, magister of the conjurer's guild, the most powerful conjurer in all of England, awakens face down in a stinky gutter, feeling as though his entire body has been badly beaten. The voice of a young lad interrupts his confused thoughts, claiming he's watched over him through the night, protecting him with his magic.

It doesn't take long before it's revealed that the lad named Parkin, is actually a young woman, Pearl Parkin. You see, she wants Mr. Carteret to apprentice her. As Grey adamantly denies Pearl, a commotion catches their attention. A murder has been discovered. The next thing Grey knows, he's being arrested for said murder. Determined to become Grey's apprentice, Pearl blackmails Grey into accepting her as his apprentice.

Amidst trying to solve the mysterious murders, a friendship forms between Grey and Pearl, along with a yearning for contact from the other that neither of them can explain...Another mystery to be solved. The romance between Grey and Pearl was slow, yet a burning build between them. The simplicity of it really impacted me; the holding of hands. Grey, without thought, licking the blood from Pearl's finger when it was necessary for her to draw blood for her magic. It all blended so amazingly well with the mysterious murder plot and the further explorations of the Dead Zones.

This is one of those series I find myself craving more of. I can't think of one single fault with this series. It's a unique, vivid world with amazing characters...A true magical Keeper!


I just so happen to have an extra copy of book one in this awesome Magical series...New Blood! And I'd like to give it away to one of you :). It's been a long while since I've done a give-away, and I feel like this is the perfect book to offer for the new year! I think it's a pretty amazing series. It's so vivid and well-described with amazing characters!

So simply leave me a comment with an email address if one's not available in your profile and I'll pick someone by Friday! And it's open
to everyone.

You can read my review here for New Blood.


Leontine said...

*raises hand* Me, me, me. I have this author on the radar since I read Elizabeth Vaughan but never bought a book from her hand :)

I just love it that a book lives up to all you expect it and perhaps a bit more. May I win or not...I think this novel will be bought this month *grin*

host said...

Great review! Isn't it nice to read about simple romance these days? To remind yourself of simple acts of love and that everything isn't about sex (don't get me wrong, I don't mind sex scenes but it's really good to read something else, too).
Thanks for the giveaway, count me in please :)

azteclady said...

Oh yes, please, pretty please!

I have been coveting this book for ages--though I confess I don't know how it has so far escaped my greedy clutches *scratches head*--so I'd love to get it!

Happy Monday, Amy!

Blodeuedd said...

Oh cool, steampunk. Well since you introduced me to the genre then yes I would love to read this book :D

I am so in!

Amy C said...

Hi Leontine!
I like your thinking! I can't imagine you being disappointed with this series :).

Hi Host,
I couldn't agree with you more. While I love the books that start off with a lustful bang, I think I gravitate more to the ones that build slowly.

Azteclady! You've begged so sweetly, I'll toss your name in the old hat!

Hey Blodeuedd,
That's kinda funny that I introduced you to Steampunk and I really have only read one other book that was labeled in that genre. This series has the little machine creatures in the Dead Zones, however the magical world is definitely more prevalent. And it is really good! I do have another steampunk book on the shelf to read, and I'm looking forward to it too :).

Christine said...

Amy, I would LOVE to win your extra copy of the first book! I have been curious about New Blood since you reviewed it a while back and never got around to ordering it for myself. I haven't seen it at the bookstore, either. You never go wrong with your book recommendations... I know I'll love it!

Thanks for the chance!

Brooke Reviews said...

I'd love to read this! Please enter me :)

bacarleton at gmail dot com

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

randee_talks said...

id love to read it!

Genella deGrey said...

It really is a great cover. Totally caught my eye.

throuthehaze said...

I love the cover of this book

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

I love steampunk, put my name in the hat! It's one I've been meaning to pick up.

Thanks for the giveaway Amy!

Dottie :)

kalynnick said...

Wold love to enter!

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Bethie said...

Please count me in. Thanks for the chance.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

sherry said...

Sounds like a great book please count me in the contest.


Amy said...

Please count me in -- I didn't realize that Heart's Blood was a sequel!

thsouthern1 AT aol DOT com

donnas said...

I would love to be included. Sounds like a interesting new series.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
You always have a good choice in books, I'm glad to see you having a giveaway. How did your bank interview go? Great, I hope.


Judy H said...

It has taken me a few months, but I finally got back into my blog! Sorry about the anonymous message before....:)

Amanda said...

Ooooo I remember you raving about this series add me please!!

Happy New Year to you Amy!!

mindy said...

this sounds wonderful thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Cybercliper said...

Great review!!! I've heard a lot about New Blood but I haven't had a chance to read it yet - don't know how I missed it - but I did. I'm glad to see Heart's Blood is getting some really great reviews as well. A lot of the time, I fall in love with the first book in any series and after that I can't quite catch the magic that was found in the first. Someone earlier mentioned Elizabeth Vaughan and I agree - I've read her Borderlands triology 3 times already! annhonATaolDOTcom

Bonnie M. said...

Great review! This series looks very interesting. Would love to read it. Count me in the giveaway for this book. :)

wakeupangel at gmail dot com

Sassy Brit said...

I enjoyed your review and would love to be entered into the comp please. I'm really interested in this author's series.

Sassy dot Brit at gmail dot com



Deedles said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great series.

Spav said...

It sound like an interesting book. Count me in!


susan said...

this book looks great! I would love to read it!

LittleEagle said...

I would really like to win this book. I need some romance in my reading.

Brenda said...

Loved your review. I have not read any of Gail Dayton's work but I do love romance.
Heart's Blood sound like a great read. I would love to win. Thanks for great giveaway.

Sassy Brit said...

Just a quickie! I was so taken by this book I mentioned it on my Friday Find today! here! and you!

bookaholic said...

Sorry my entry is late but I so so do want to win a copy of this book!! Thanks for making it international!