Hello, fellow urban fantasy fans. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Thicker Than Blood by Annie Bellet. Book six in her urban fantasy series, The Twenty-Sided Sorceress.
What’s Thicker Than Blood about?
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Title: Thicker Than Blood by Annie Bellet
Series: Twenty-Sided Sorceress #6
Published by Doomed Muse Press on 11 November, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Folly Blaine
Length: 4 hours 14 minutes
No. of Pages: 117
If you are going through hell… keep going…
Wounded, defeated, and flung across the wilderness, Jade Crow and her peeps faced their worst enemy and not all have escaped… or survived.
Separated from her friends, their fates unknown, and without her magic, Jade must discover her own heritage and unlock her true powers… or else her next fight with Samir will be her last.
For Jade, life has come down to two choices...Level up. Or die.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible*
What did I like about it?
I’m already a fan of Annie’s writing style and this urban fantasy series. Thicker Than Blood is the 6th book.
I should stress that the books in this series need to be read in order to understand the plotline.
I downloaded the narration by Folly Blaine for my Kindle. However, I ended up listening to most of the story through Audible rather than reading it. I like the way Folly reads the narrative, it’s good. The majority of this story is told from Jade Crow’s perspective and Folly’s performance mirrors our protagonist’s personality. There are also fly-on-the-wall sections showing us what Harper and Alek are up too. Folly has a very limited number of accents or voices, and none of them are overtly distinctive. Many of the characters sound the same, making scenes with more dialogue than narrative harder to follow.
The plot in this book is pivotal to the series.
However, it definitely feels like a middle book – Empire Strikes Back vibes. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the unfurling mystery, tension or being introduced to a host of new characters. Annie is really good at writing dynamic fight scenes and this book had its fair share of those to keep my adrenaline pumping. I also liked the soul searching that certain situations forced Jade into.
Thicker Than Blood has left me with a million questions.
Although there’s no perilous cliffhanger, the ending leaves us in a kind of limbo which is why I’ve sulkily rated this one 4-stars not 5. However, it’s still a good story that I really enjoyed reading. I loved all the geeky references and nerdish quotes sprinkled throughout – they warmed my heart and put a smile on my face.
Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series by Annie Bellet
This series is about comic store owner, Jade Crow. A native American sorceress who loves gaming but has escaped to the quiet little town of Wylde, Idaho, to hide from her murderous ex. Hiding in plain sight amongst Wylde’s shifters, paranormal community and unique magical landscape.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of these stories yet, what are you waiting for? Click the links below to read my reviews or buy them yourself.
- Justice Calling (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1) (2014)
- Murder of Crows (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #2) (2014)
- Pack of Lies (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #3) (2014)
- Hunting Season (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #4) (2014)
- Heartache (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #5) (2015)
- Thicker Than Blood (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #6) (2015)
- Magic to the Bone (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #7) (2016)
- Harper’s Tale: Tribes (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #7.5) (Expected Dec 2020)
- Dungeon Crawl (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #8) (2017)
- River of No Return (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #9) (2018)
- Balancing the Scales (Twenty-Sided Sorceress #10) (2020)
The series also has a few box set editions:
- Twenty-Sided Sorceress: Books 1-3 (Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies)
- Level Grind: Twenty-Sided Sorceress Volume One (Books 1-4: Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies; Hunting Season)
- Boss Fight: Twenty-Sided Sorceress Volume Two (Books 5-7: Heartache; Thicker Than Blood; Magic to the Bone)
Buy any of the above titles in print, audio and ebook formats:
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And as I listened to the audiobook, here’s Folly’s bio too.
Thank you for taking to read my thoughts today. I hope you buy Thicker Than Blood for yourself.
I really enjoy Annie Bellet’s stories, she’s earned her place on my Favourite Authors’ Page. Before you go, check out all the amazing authors I’ve listed.
Bye for now,