First Blood, by J.D. Glass
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: orig. 2014, revised Feb. 17, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Samantha Cray has a secret hidden in her blood: she is the Wielder, destined to become one of the Circle—a group dedicated to the Light, who fight the Dark in all its manifest forms.
After a tragedy, Samantha decides to stay in Europe where she learns not only the secrets of her blood, but of the world as we know it, and when her best friend, Fran, visits her in London, she not only joins the Circle, too, she becomes so much more than a friend.
Together they must learn and learn fast, not just who to fight, but how to fight, because the Dark will stop at nothing…
Urban Fantasy/Magical Realism
Good vs. Evil
JD Glass has a really interesting writing style, which I alternate between really enjoying and being really confused by. That held true with First Blood, which was a fascinating story, but with some moments were I completely lost track of what was going on.
The beginning was the most confusing part. It starts with an attempted suicide (TRIGGER WARNING!) and then suddenly transitions into a magical story. Samantha changes her name, and starts to heal. Sounds straight-forward, but the story really starts mid-emotional crisis, and I never quite recovered enough to figure out what was going on.
But the story does eventually pick up. Now going by Ann, she starts learning about her powers, and the world-building was really fascinating. It felt very mythological, and if the light vs. dark ongoing battle was a little predictable… well, that’s what I enjoy about fantasy novels!
The romance was again hit or miss. I did really like Fran, especially the way she integrates herself into Ann’s new life. The relationship was very well done. But again the writing style had me pausing on occasion.
This is a really enjoyable novel, but one that you may have to work a bit to become absorbed in. It’s worth the effort in the end though!
(After reading the book, I learned that this is apparently part of an on-going series, which may explain a lot of the confusion I faced!)
J.D. Glass is the author of several novels, including the contemporary Lesbian romance/thriller Red Light. She also writes the Punk series, and many others!
You can find her on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/JDGlass
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.