Whats up with all the blood?
I just finished reading Bloodleaf and if you saw my twitter realized that half the books I am reading have blood magic in them. So I asked everyone what books they could think that had a type of bloodmagic in them. I will list them below.
Thank you to everyone who helped, I will be tagging everyone below.
Books with the Blood
- Bloodleaf – Crystal Smith (out March 12th)
- Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan (out April 2nd)
- Bloodwitch – Susan Dennard
- Cat’s Eye Chronicles – T.L. Schreffler
- Magicians – Lev Grossman
- Blood Magic – Tessa Gratton (thanks @jennzahling)
- Everless – Sara Holland (thanks @thebookwormslib)
- Falling Kingdoms – Morgan Rhodes
- The Queens of Innis Lear – Tessa Gratton
- Half Bad Trilogy – Sally Green
- Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
- The Black Magician – Trudi Canavan (all above thanks to @bookishexpat)
- A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab (thanks @bookdragonism, @Zovkomatea)
- Rule – Ellen Goodlett
- Children of Blood & Bone – Tomi Adeyemi (both thanks to @emcat92)
- Iron Cast – Destiny Soria (thanks @readonthebeach)
- Avatar the Last Airbender Graphic Novel (thanks @sconesandtomes)
- Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard (thanks @dapherneener)
- Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta (thanks @sam_watson3)
- Enchantee – Gita Trelease
- Bad Blood –
- Empire of Sand – Tasha Suri
- Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (all of above thanks @phscrill)
Holy oly everyone! That is a lot of blood magic. It is like the vampires died off but in its place everyone wanted the blood still. So the next step – BLOOD MAGIC! – keep the blood lose the vampires.
While I am all for the magic and the blood. I am not for the cutting and such. I am squeamish on the best day and even reading about cutting yourself multiple times (see wicked saints with razors in their coats) gets me. But some of these books are so well written that the blood magic isn’t cringy (see everless or bloodwitch).
I will readily admit that I have not read a lot of these books. I am just starting into Falling Kingdoms but maybe I will venture down the bloodwitch rabbit hole and see what happens.
What are your thoughts on blood magic? Are you all for the craze or do you wish they found other ways to bring in magic to books? It seems a lot of authors are relying on the blood being the key to all magic unless you are all powerful.