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Title:Blood magic
Authors:Tessa Gratton
Info:Piemme (2012), Hardcover
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Pretty good story. Not what I was expecting.

There was a lot more blood and death then I thought there would be. But with a title like, Blood Magic, I don't really know what I was expecting.

I feel so bad for these kids. No child should have to go through what they went through. Crazyness.

If this was a movie, it'd be rated R for all the ridiculous amounts of blood and walking corpses everywhere. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
Blood Magic di Tessa Gratton è il primo romanzo, fortunatamente autoconclusivo, della serie “Blood Journals” in cui la protagonista assoluta è la Magia, o meglio la Magia di Sangue.

Le tinte gotiche di questo romanzo hanno caratterizzato Blood Magic fin dalle prime pagine, catturando l’attenzione del lettore e trascinandolo in un mondo oscuro, avviluppandolo nelle spire di una trama in grado di emozionare ed affascinare.

Protagonisti di questo romanzo sono Drusilla Kennicot, detta Silla, e Nicolas Pardee, Nick. Due adolescenti che, seguendo forze ben più grandi di loro, finiranno per incontrarsi e vedere le loro esistenze intrecciarsi fra le righe di un diario di incantesimi del passato che sembra non volerli liberare dal suo inquietante sortilegio.

Silla era una ragazza popolare, allegra e amata da tutti fino a quando, un anno prima, il padre non decide di uccidere sua madre per poi suicidarsi. La spirale di dolore in cui Silla precipita, benché aiutata dal fratello e dalla matrigna di suo padre, la porta ad isolarsi da tutti, perdere peso e tagliarsi i capelli. Non è rimasto molto della Drusilla di un anno prima, o forse è rimasto tutto ciò che è la “vera Drusilla”.

Il cambiamento sembra aver attirato le malelingue del paese che la vede come la prossima vittima della follia ereditaria che sembra aver colpito il padre un anno prima, e nulla valgono le proteste della ragazza che ancora non crede nella colpevolezza del genitore. Perfino il fratello, che ama profondamente, si preoccupa per lei, dopotutto è stata lei a ritrovare i genitori immersi in un lago di sangue. Perché avrebbe ancora dovuto dubitare della follia del padre?

Il sangue è per lei una vera e propria fobia ma, quando a casa viene recapitato uno strano pacchetto da parte di un anonimo Diacono, nulla la ferma di fronte alla scarica di pura energia che l’attraversa di fronte alle misteriose parole tracciate nel diario ereditato da suo padre.

Un cimitero, un diario, un incantesimo ed il sangue di Silla. La magia avviene e la sua vita si incrocia inesorabilmente con quella di Nick che, casualmente, assiste alla scena rimanendone impietrito.

Tutto ciò che per Silla è novità, vita, potere e magia, per Nick è storia vecchia, già conosciuta e in tutti i modi dimenticata. Il calore del sorriso di sua madre quando, giocando con la magia di sangue assieme a lui, gli pungeva il dito e tutto intorno a lui prendeva vita, ha un sapore troppo amaro, il sapore dell’abbandono.

Silla, Nick e Reese – nonostante la titubanza iniziale – iniziano a condividere il segreto della Magia di Sangue mentre, intorno a loro, i segni di incantesimi di protezione iniziano ad apparire come l’ultima disperata frontiera prima della resa. Da chi voleva realmente proteggerli suo padre? Perché la loro casa è stata protetta da un cerchio? Chi ha veramente ucciso la famiglia di Silla? E perché la madre di Nick, in passato, ha cercato di esorcizzare il padre di Silla e Reese arrivando addirittura ad utilizzare suo figlio come canale di potere?

Qualcuno sembra interessato ad avere il diario e, l’autrice, ci accompagna nella scoperta grazie a delle pagine di diario inserite saltuariamente all’interno nel romanzo, pagine che partono dal lontano 1904. Cosa può aver attraversato i decenni del passato per arrivare ad avvolgere i propri artigli intorno alla famiglia dei giovani Kennicot?

In Blood Magic, nonostante si tratti di uno young adult, ritroviamo finalmente lo spessore, l’accuratezza e la poesia di un romanzo fantasy gothic ben lontano dagli stucchevoli urban fantasy in cui l’unico elemento di interesse sembra sempre essere il fantomatico triangolo amoroso fra i personaggi.

In Blood Magic ci sono sentimenti, sangue, disperazione ma anche magia, potere e speranza. C’è il sinistro battito di ali dei corvi nella notte, c’è l’inebriante potere della magia… E c’è la dolce tenerezza di un giovane amore che, però, grazie all’abilità della scrittrice, assume i toni cupi di un amore attentato dalla dura e dolorosa realtà.

Oltre ad una trama intrigante e diversa dal solito, Tessa Gratton ci delizia con i suoi personaggi, tutti interessanti e perfettamente caratterizzati. Non ci sono forzature, non ci sono macchinazioni per mandare avanti la trama e non ci sono incongruenze.

Silla, con il suo dolore, la sua forza e la sua testardaggine, figlia anche dell’immenso potere ereditato dal padre. Silla con la sua fragilità.

Reese, affascinante fratello maggiore che si prende cura della sorella senza strafare, una forzata gelosia o aria da martire. Reese che ama Silla più della sua stessa vita.

Nick, uno dei personaggi maschili meglio delineati degli ultimi tempi, soprattutto contando che non è stato creato con l’intento di conquistare il cuore delle lettrici ma solo quello di Silla. Un ragazzo che proviene dalla grande città, che non comprende il bigottismo del paese e che è abituato a pensare con la sua testa. Nick che trova la sua anima gemella in Silla, ragazza di cui vuole prendersi cura nonostante, a volte, finisca quasi per spaventarla con l’immenso carico di dolore e fragilità che si porta dietro.

Anche il “cattivo” della situazione ha sicuramente un fascino tutto da scoprire. Un personaggio inquietante, anche se non troppo difficile da individuare; sicuramente d’effetto.

Vincente anche la scelta dell’autrice di dare una duplice voce al libro, nelle persone di Silla di Nick… Ma anche del cattivo stesso che ci allieterà con le pagine di un diario che ci narrerà dell’immortalità, del sangue e del morboso amore per vita di una donna, Josephine.

Un romanzo che non potrà che conquistarvi e trascinarvi con estrema facilità all’interno della sua magia, un romanzo da leggere e gustare, lentamente, pagina dopo pagina. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
** spoiler alert ** This is the first Tessa Gratton book I've read, but it won't be the last. I liked the magic, Silla and her family, and Nicholas and his family--the connection there was interesting. None of the older magicians were really _innocent_, which was an intriguing twist. Josephine definitely not, but not even Silla's father, who for all other purposes was. Longevity carries a heavy price. Still thinking about this one. ( )
  waclements7 | Oct 14, 2016 |
fast pace, murder, mystery that blends in blood magic and eternal life. Grabs your attention and wont let you go ( )
  TeamDewey | Mar 16, 2014 |
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. I almost gave this three stars despite my problems with it, because for a debut novel it has some promise, but the "ending" was just "WTF, that's it?". ( )
  Crowinator | Sep 23, 2013 |
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This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality. Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla.

Amazon Exclusive: Maggie Stiefvater Interviews Tessa Gratton

Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Wolves of Mercy Falls series for young adults, which includes Shiver, Linger, and Forever. Her newest book, The Scorpio Races, will be out in October 2011. She is also an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and plays several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes.

Maggie Stiefvater: So, Tessa. Your nickname in our writing group is “Blood Bunny.” I cannot remember whether this delightful moniker pre-dates Blood Magic, but it’s irrelevant; it’s apt regardless. There is much blood in your debut. If I recall correctly, we begin with a double murder, proceed to a blood-stained journal, observe as our narrator spills blood in a cemetery, and go from there. The question that this begs is: Are you a fan of bloody novels? And is Band-Aid your sponsor?

Tessa Gratton: Considering The Scorpio Races is my favorite of all your books, and it’s also your most bloody by far, I’m going to have to plead guilty here. I’m a huge fan of fictional violence, especially the medieval kind. Though in my defense, my Band-Aids are all Hello Kitty– decorated. Speaking of cute things gone bloody, how long have you been wanting to write a novel about flesh-eating horses? Is this some kind of childhood trauma thing? Because all the horses I want to write about are shiny and magical and take me—I mean my characters—to castles in the sky.

Stiefvater: I grew out of my My Little Pony stage (and yes, I had one) very young. I never grew out of horses, though, and I actually attempted to write several novels about water horses before I landed on The Scorpio Races. The thing is, telling a pleasant story about horses that live under the ocean for part of the year and want to eat you for the rest of it is a sort of difficult task, and it took me quite a few years to figure out how to manage it. Somewhere along the way, I realized their fearsome nature would be more tolerated in a society that kind of needed them, too. Which is how I ended up with the vaguely historical Thisby, a tiny island that relies on the water horses for much of their income.

While we’re on the topic of historical stuff, I should talk about Josephine, one of your characters from Blood Magic. Some of my favorite chapters in Blood Magic are the ones from her point of view. They’re historical, vain, and certain of immortality. So, in other words, eerily similar to my college experience. Where did Josephine come from? Are you Josephine?

Gratton: Josephine is one of the few characters whose core remained essentially intact from the first draft to the last—I wanted a character who loved the blood magic as much as I do, and who was merrily free of the moral constraints I grew up with. She’s fun to write because of her gleeful disregard for silly things like consequences, which makes her the perfect vehicle for bringing up the darker side of magic.

One of my favorite characters in The Scorpio Races is the American, a.k.a. George Holly. He’s a charming, virile Californian dandy, and not quite like anybody in your other books. Where did you dig him up?

Stiefvater: I remember I was having problems getting Sean Kendrick, the taciturn hero, to open up to anyone, and I decided someone from off the island, someone new to the culture, might do the trick. I remember that he didn’t have a name at first; I just had Sean refer to him as “the American.” I was trying to think of something to call him, and this absolutely ridiculous and larger-than-life name—George Holly—came rolling out of the keyboard, and this huge personality with it. I remember wailing to you, “This man is taking over my novel!” So, no, I do not know where he came from, but he is hands down one of the favorite characters I’ve ever written. Some of my favorite parts of The Scorpio Races are his scenes with Sean. They provide a lot of levity.

In fact, I am a fan of witty repartee in general, which is why one of the other things I really enjoy about Blood Magic is Nick’s relationship with his stepmother. He calls her Lilith, the mother of all demons, but really, she mostly reminds me of Delia Deetz from Beetle Juice. You know, the sort of evil that can only come from an upper-middle-class upbringing and too many pottery classes. Do you have a method to writing witty dialogue? Or does it just come out of the faucet that snappy?

Gratton: Now that you mention it, I’m thinking of several disturbing parallels to Beetle Juice. So I’m going to avoid that and say that witty banter requires daily practice, I’ve found. Fortunately, you’re always there waiting on the Internet, so we can exercise our banter muscles. Not that I’m suggesting I call you Lilith behind your back. (It’s actually just flat out Satan for you. Only the best.)

Stiefvater: I expect no less.

Gratton: Let’s talk about the opposite of witty banter: I remember when you were writing The Scorpio Races, and the dialogue was a focus. It’s very toned down and reserved and beautifully realistic, because of the characters, so what was it like being unable to let your funny bone have its way with your dialogue?

Stiefvater: Horrid. Absolutely horrid. I never realized how much I use humor as a crutch until I had scene after scene where I needed to measure it out like a precious metal. Actually, that’s really true of nearly every component of The Scorpio Races. Everything was very, very calculated. Everything in moderation.

Okay... but seriously. You’re Josephine, right?

Gratton: No, I’m George Holly.

Stiefvater: Ha. Double ha. So. In Blood Magic, I cannot help but notice that there are no creatures. By which I mean werewolves, vampires, fairies, kraken, mermaids, or elves. I believe there are some raccoons, but that’s it. There is just this: Blood. And Magic. And body switching. And a few possums. Why body-switching? If you could swap bodies, would you? (You may not have mine.)

Gratton: There are possums because possums are nastier and scarier than vampires and kraken— or even vampiric kraken. The body-switching was actually the genesis of the entire plot of Blood Magic, back when it was just about a brother and sister who could jump bodies, and the proto-Josephine went around stealing other people’s lives. If I could swap bodies, I’d definitely go the bird route—because all of my schemes to acquire magical power have just one goal in mind: flight. It’s a simple dream, but it’s mine.

The Scorpio Races is going to be one of those books where people talk about the setting being its own character—it takes place on Thisby, a pastoral, old-fashioned little island where everybody knows everybody, and it just happens to be the only place the water horses come for breeding and snacks. What drew you to that setting? Was it only an excuse to visit cliffs across half the world? I know you like to do hands-on research, so tell us about The Tea Experiment.

Stiefvater: Oh, you want to know about Benjamin Malvern’s tea. Malvern, a rich landowner, plays bogeyman and mentor in the novel. He’s well traveled—Thisby’s not his first home—and I wanted to hint at that with some exotic habits. I thought an interesting one would be to have him drink his tea in a Tibetan style, with butter and salt. Proper Tibetan Butter Tea requires a bit of work to prepare, and I can assure you, it tastes precisely like drinking a biscuit after you’ve dropped it on the carpet.

And why Thisby? I love miserable bits of rock jutting from the ocean. Call me sentimental. I also love it when it rains.

So, right back at you, Gratton. Your book is set in Yaleylah, which I can only assume is in the same part of the world you live in. I know you love the prairie. Was there ever a time when you thought the book would take place anywhere else?

Gratton: I know that on the East Coast it’s hard to remember that there are differences between Missouri and Kansas, but I promise it’s true. I do live in and love the prairie, and the companion novel to Blood Magic takes place right here in Kansas. But Yaleylah is in the more forested area of Southeastern Missouri on the edges of the Ozarks. I set it there mainly because I couldn’t think of a book I’d read that took place in Missouri other than in St. Louis, and I also drive through Cape Girardeau (the real city very near where I pretend Yaleylah exists) frequently and have camped out in that area. It’s got a flavor that’s part Southern Gothic, part Midwest, so it seemed perfect.

My final question: How did you manage to write a book with no musicians in it?

Stiefvater: An iron will. I never thought it would happen, but it turns out that I can have either musicians or horses in my novels, and The Scorpio Races has plenty of the latter.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:08 -0400)

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In Yaleylah, Missouri, teens Silla and Nick, drawn together by loss and a shared family history of blood magic practitioners, are plunged into a world of dark magic as they try to unravel the mystery of Silla's parents' apparent murder suicide.

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