The Blood Witch Saga Book 2

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
280 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2022
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Determined to reunite her family, Alana travels through a portal with her eldest daughter Thana into the world of Vaneesh, where her other daughter Daria lived with her husband and son. However, all they find in the once vibrant cities of Vaneesh are ruins. The native inhabitants of Vaneesh − the Kabeshi − had declared war on all the outworlders. They had consequently destroyed the cities with magic, taking outworlder witches as prisoners. While Daria’s husband Habros and their son had survived the attacks, Daria −a blood witch − had been taken as a prisoner. Neither did the Kabeshi troops torturing their prisoners, nor them having every city under high surveillance make things any better for Thana and her family. Thana − who barely knew how to use her magic − joins Habros and his friends on a mission to rescue Daria. Will they succeed? Find out more in Natalie J Case’s Morderin.

Natalie J Case whisked me away from reality and dropped me right in the middle of a world of fantasy. If you are looking for a fantasy and science fiction novel laced with action, adventure, tension, and suspense, you will love Morderin. Natalie forges an intriguing plot, which unfolds through short and twisted sentences. I was on edge with the spell-binding plot twists. The author captures the mood and setting of the scenes with vivid depictions. This made me feel like I was right there beside the characters, closely and helplessly watching their every move. The cast was wonderfully developed. The sentiment in the words made me experience the characters’ agony, terror, melancholy, loathing, joy, rage, and fear, among other emotions. Although it is the second installment of The Blood Witch saga series, Morderin is an engrossing stand-alone read.

Delene Vrey

Mörderin: The Blood Witch Saga Book 2 by Natalie J Case continues the story of Thána Alizon. As a blood witch, she has been hunted down over the last six months and reunited with her mother. Now she and her mother are set on reuniting with Daria, Thána's younger sister, who is living in yet another world. On leaving the portal to Daria's world, they discover that war has ravaged the city and the country. With Daria's husband, Thána and some friends undertake a rescue mission to free Daria from a prison camp. Thána discovers that she is capable of magic that can either be an asset or make her a target in this new world. Thána has one goal: to bring her sister back to her mother and get away from war. Through all this, she meets friends, lovers, and enemies who will come back and haunt her.

Natalie J Case writes an intriguing fantasy with magic, mythical creatures, and multiple worlds. This latest book in the series is filled with much more action, new personal relationships, and more growth in the characters. I am not an LGBTQ+ fan, but the way that the author integrates gender fluidity into the fantasy world makes sense. The use of they/them pronouns fit in with the fantastical characters she has created. So much so that for me it does not need the LGBTQ+ tag. The story takes precedence, and the relationships that enhance the plot and the characters' actions are clever and well thought through. This has the makings of a good series that can bring reading pleasure to the more mature fantasy readers who do not want to read the YA or New Adult Urban fantasies on the market. Mörderin is worth the read.

K.C. Finn

Mörderin is a work of fiction in the fantasy subgenre and forms the second novel in the Blood Witch Saga series. It is best suited to mature readers owing to scenes of violence, some sexual situations, and moderately strong language, and was penned by Natalie J Case. In this next magical adventure, we see protagonist Thána once more struggling to connect with the family she hardly knows, but a trip to seek out Daria leads to an unexpected rescue mission. With her magical skills still in their earliest stage of development, Thána undergoes many personal, emotional, and dangerous challenges to free Daria from the army that has invaded her city.

Natalie J Case writes with a strong visual and atmospheric sense that is perfect for this kind of fantasy novel, filled with far-flung locations, inventive magic, and danger lurking in every shadowy corner. One of the standout features of the work for me was the emotional bond that protagonist Thána develops with the companions who aid her in her mission, and how the different skills that she acquires help her to develop into a better hero in her own right. It made me more deeply invested in the success of her mission, but also in her journey to develop her magic and discover more about herself along the way. When you combine this core emotional narrative with all the exciting plot twists and dangerous calls our hero must make, Mörderin is a superb sequel that comes highly recommended for fantasy fans everywhere.