Review of Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury

Release Date: August 9, 2022
Series: Blood Like Magic #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Voya Thomas may have passed her Calling to become a full-fledged witch, but the cost was higher than she’d ever imagined.Her grandmother is gone.

Her cousin hates her.

And her family doesn’t believe that she has what it takes to lead them.What’s more, Voya can’t let go of her feelings for Luc, sponsor son of the genius billionaire Justin Tremblay–the man that Luc believes Voya killed. Consequently, Luc wants nothing to do with her. Even her own ancestors seem to have lost faith in her. Every day Voya begs for their guidance, but her calls go unanswered.As Voya struggles to convince everyone–herself included–that she can be a good Matriarch, she has a vision of a terrifying, deadly future. A vision that would spell the end of the Toronto witches. With a newfound sense of purpose, Voya must do whatever it takes to bring her shattered community together and stop what’s coming for them before it’s too late.Even if it means taking down the boy she loves–who might be the mastermind behind the coming devastation.

My Thoughts

A young adult fantasy set in the near future that blends technology and magic? Yes ma’am! Liselle Sambury’s Blood Like Magic duol­ogy tells the story of Voya, a teen witch in Toronto in the mid-21st century. Her family, the Thomases, is one of the original founding witch families in Canada. Centuries ago, her ancestors escaped slavery in the US and made their way north, first to Nova Scotia and then to Ontario. In the first book, Blood Like Magic, Voya was presented with an impossible task: in order to pass her Calling she must kill her first love. With some finagling, she spares Luc’s life, but at great cost to his and her families. Now with Blood Like Fate, those consequences come home to roost…

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