The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander Review

The Secrets of Blood and Bone is the second installment in the Jackdaw Hammond series. While I have not read the first installment, I was able to follow this novel without any issues. It was a solid enough book that it could almost be a stand alone novel. I enjoyed the novel, however it was not enough to blow me away. At times, the pacing of the novel was incredibly slow. The plot was choked with unnecessary discussions and drivel, that had no point in the over-all novel. This detracted some from my enjoyment as a whole.

The plot centered around Jackdaw Hammond and her life as a "borrowed timer". By flipping through various points of view, as well as different time periods, the reader was allowed to glimpse and slowly put together the events that were unfolding in Jack's life. We learn what effect drinking blood has on a borrowed timer. I found it interesting how this was told (and barely shown) in the novel. We primarily learn of it through various character's research. At various points, we can see the first hand effects of drinking blood in the change in Jack's personality. While I did not read the first novel, and thusly do not know what her original personality was like, multiple characters mention her "change" as well as she herself becoming concerned about it towards the end of the novel. I am interested to see how this plays out in the third installment, as the novel was left as a cliffhanger.

Both the British and the Italian antagonists of the novel did not feel "evil" enough to me. We see infinitely more of the British ones, and hear more of their escapades, but as a whole they see very little page time. Same for the Italians. We see them behaving in a civilized manner but being accompanied by warnings than we see them actually behaving badly. As a result, the climax of the novel was not as thrilling as it potentially could have been. I do have hope for Callum, a member of the British family, and hope to see him in later novels. It will be interesting to see how he progresses, and could potentially (hopefully) be a love interest for Sadie.

Speaking of Sadie, I feel like she did not get enough character development that she deserved. Her "witchy" side was glossed over and only came to play for a few pages. I believe it should have been hashed out more, versus her being relegated to a child needing saving yet again. I am also interested in seeing how she progresses in later novels due to her struggling and being sickly.

In all, this was a light read that was entertaining although not substantial. If you enjoy historical fiction or paranormal fiction, I would give it a try.

(I received this novel for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review)