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A love bathed in fire. A destiny sealed with blood. In a world ravaged by war, half blood fae Diamond Gillon must fight to survive. Becoming a magical weapon for the fae queen is the only way to save her friends from execution, and the people of Valentia from the Wraith Lord and his army of the dead. Commander Hugo Casimir has been ordered to train her, but Diamond struggles A love bathed in fire. A destiny sealed with blood. In a world ravaged by war, half blood fae Diamond Gillon must fight to survive. Becoming a magical weapon for the fae queen is the only way to save her friends from execution, and the people of Valentia from the Wraith Lord and his army of the dead. Commander Hugo Casimir has been ordered to train her, but Diamond struggles to trust him, and master the force of her own powerful magic. To complicate matters, the two share a rare, magical connection, a bond that will shape their fates and their hearts. Love and loyalty will be tested as Diamond battles giants, shifters and an army of monsters in her quest to save Valentia. But will she defeat the Wraith Lord to avenge those she has lost, and triumph to save those she loves? Or will the Eight Kingdoms descend into chaos?


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A love bathed in fire. A destiny sealed with blood. In a world ravaged by war, half blood fae Diamond Gillon must fight to survive. Becoming a magical weapon for the fae queen is the only way to save her friends from execution, and the people of Valentia from the Wraith Lord and his army of the dead. Commander Hugo Casimir has been ordered to train her, but Diamond struggles A love bathed in fire. A destiny sealed with blood. In a world ravaged by war, half blood fae Diamond Gillon must fight to survive. Becoming a magical weapon for the fae queen is the only way to save her friends from execution, and the people of Valentia from the Wraith Lord and his army of the dead. Commander Hugo Casimir has been ordered to train her, but Diamond struggles to trust him, and master the force of her own powerful magic. To complicate matters, the two share a rare, magical connection, a bond that will shape their fates and their hearts. Love and loyalty will be tested as Diamond battles giants, shifters and an army of monsters in her quest to save Valentia. But will she defeat the Wraith Lord to avenge those she has lost, and triumph to save those she loves? Or will the Eight Kingdoms descend into chaos?

30 review for A Bond Of Blood and Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Mercedes

    Book 2 opens with Diamond and Hugo in a seemingly hopeless situation, captives to the cruel Queen. To make matters worse, the Wraith Lord is closing in, and Diamond is the only one who can stop him. So the enslaved Diamond trains, and Hugo oversees her progress and things are super tense between them and . . . yeah, I’m living for all the angst, trust me! I thoroughly enjoyed this second offering in the Goddess and the Guardian series. Everything I enjoyed in book 1 was cranked up a few notches, Book 2 opens with Diamond and Hugo in a seemingly hopeless situation, captives to the cruel Queen. To make matters worse, the Wraith Lord is closing in, and Diamond is the only one who can stop him. So the enslaved Diamond trains, and Hugo oversees her progress and things are super tense between them and . . . yeah, I’m living for all the angst, trust me! I thoroughly enjoyed this second offering in the Goddess and the Guardian series. Everything I enjoyed in book 1 was cranked up a few notches, making for a wild ride. Diamond in particular has really grown into her role as a heroine, becoming stronger and more take-charge as her situation worsens. She’s still herself . . . she still gets panic attacks. But she bravely works to overcome her disability and to be the best version of herself. Her journey is fascinating and unusual in this genre. And I liked watching Hugo slowly warming up the more he interacts with Diamond . . . I’m really loving the dynamic between those two! Can’t wait to keep reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily Sarah

    Karen has got some interesting things happening in this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    ... How am I even expected to open up this review?!? I absolutely LOVED this book! It had me even more hooked than the first book, and that is saying something because ABOVAM was a complete page turner! I think my favourite aspect of this book was Diamonds character development. In the first book, she is extremely mild and naive because she was extremely sheltered from the world through her upbringing. I loved the change that training brought about in her and her resolve to remain strong, despit ... How am I even expected to open up this review?!? I absolutely LOVED this book! It had me even more hooked than the first book, and that is saying something because ABOVAM was a complete page turner! I think my favourite aspect of this book was Diamonds character development. In the first book, she is extremely mild and naive because she was extremely sheltered from the world through her upbringing. I loved the change that training brought about in her and her resolve to remain strong, despite everything that happens to her. She has a certain stubbornness about her and, when she sets her mind to something, she doesn't give up. I enjoyed watching her open up more and more to the people around her and becoming stronger, both physically and mentally. She is still naive in some areas, but that is another aspect of growing up that I am looking forward to reading more of later in the series! I also loved the fact that we got to see Hugo's POV. I loved getting into the mind behind the mask he was showing the rest of the characters because it made him and his reasons for what he was doing more realistic. I felt extremely sorry for him most of the time because he was constantly being put into these horrible situations and there was nothing he could do about it. There were times when I wanted to slap him, but thats because he's a man and they do stupid and unnecessary things sometimes! Like not share his feelings... Hugo and Diamond. I loved them, they bugged me, but all together I was completely rooting for them to get there stuff together. They bugged me in the sense that there was a lot of roll your eyes kinda moments, but I feel like they needed to be there because that is what love is all about right at the beginning with the uncertainty of the other person or whether they like you and what is going to happen next! I cannot wait to follow this ship even further... I do want Jack to find someone, though. Feeling kind of sorry for him at this point - but he was a great friend to both of them... even if he was in the middle a bit! The plot had me all :-O ... I feel like there was even more going on in this book compared to ABOVAM and it kept me completely hooked! I loved the fact that Tomlinson did not sugar coat Diamonds training and we as readers saw everything that happened to her and the bruises etc. This made it all the more realistic and I felt sorry for Diamond throughout that! Also... THE QUEEN!!! She needs to be killed dead in the most horrific way possible because she is just an awful (fictional) being and I just... ugh. Death. DEATH!!! Also, can we mention that ending!! Now, I obviously don't want to go into too much detail because spoilers ... but WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK!!! :-O I was left completely on the edge of my seat, heart in my throat and I just HAD to know what was going to happen next... even though I already knew because I beta read the book before Christmas. I was left in tears all over again and I cannot even believe that I had to suffer that cliff hanger ending all over again because I just need the next book already. Can I have it now?? Pretty please... All in all, I absolutely ADORED this book and I cannot even wait for the next instalment! I need more from all of these characters and I just NEED the next book right about now. I gave this book 5/5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mihlean

    I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book. Rating: 2,5 stars I'm not quite sure what to write, to be completely honest. There were things I really liked very much, and some just left me with the desire to bang my head against the nearest wall. Repeatedly. THINGS I LIKED: I flew right through this book, Tomlinson's writing style is one I like. It's easy to read through, and I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book. Rating: 2,5 stars I'm not quite sure what to write, to be completely honest. There were things I really liked very much, and some just left me with the desire to bang my head against the nearest wall. Repeatedly. THINGS I LIKED: I flew right through this book, Tomlinson's writing style is one I like. It's easy to read through, and has some sort of balance between that and still consisting great discriptions which can still make 300 pages enjoyable to read. I also liked the extra background info we got about some characters which gave you insight of why they act they way they do. I felt like Tomlinson made sure to point out that not everything is as it seems, and I appreciated that but I also think that there could've been more of those moments. (Does that make any sense?) And also, even though Diamond is not my favourite protagonist and probably will never be, I really liked her character development. She's getting stronger and stronger, not only physically but mentally as well and that I could very much appreciate here. THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: The romance. Don't get me wrong, I did like Hugo. Sometimes. Which was probably the point, because in the beginning of the book, Diamond and Hugo are still kind of fighting their attraction + bond because of the evil fae queen and all but it got on my nerves. Not in the good, fangirl way, where your heart is SCREAMING at your OTP to just make up and tell the other how much he/she cares about the other. It was in that kind of way, that made me roll my eyes so much I feared my eyeballs would actually get stuck in the back of my head. Also, what also annoyed the crap out of me were those 'fae male instincts'. GAH so infuriating! And then, when Diamond finally gets the guts to stand up for herself, SHE APOLOGISES! And what I just said about Tomlinson's writing style being enjoyable for 300 pages or so? I meant it, but ABOBAF was 500 pages long. So yeah you've probably already guessed what I'm about to say next.. I felt like it was way too dragged out, I kind of lost interest in the last few chapters and I could not bring myself to actually scream inwardly or anything at the last few dramatic turns in the plot which was kind of disappointing because I REALLY should have! But overall I did like A Bond of Blood and Fire and I am looking forward to the third book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    What an amazing and full sequel to A Bond Of Venom and Magic! This one has even more adventure, more emotion, more fulfillment of the characters. I am amazed at how breathtaking this book was! I found myself overwhelmed at times with the emotion that was wrung out of me. Even when I wanted to smack both Hugo and Diamond on their respective noggins I was unable to put this down. Karen gave us characters to love, hate, laugh over, cry for and enjoy as they moved along through the terrible trials t What an amazing and full sequel to A Bond Of Venom and Magic! This one has even more adventure, more emotion, more fulfillment of the characters. I am amazed at how breathtaking this book was! I found myself overwhelmed at times with the emotion that was wrung out of me. Even when I wanted to smack both Hugo and Diamond on their respective noggins I was unable to put this down. Karen gave us characters to love, hate, laugh over, cry for and enjoy as they moved along through the terrible trials they were put through. I can't wait for the next one...and am so very glad there will be a next one! Don't hurry on our account, Karen! Your books are so worth waiting for!

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Hunt

    Fantastic! This story is powerful, gritty, and terrifying! Hugo has one overriding concern, protect Diamond from the Queen at all costs! At the same time he has to turn her into the ultimate weapon! Diamond for her part must be the best or fail at her test and watch her friends die in horrible ways! Forced to train and fight day after day being battered and bruised to the limits of endurance, she must cope with her magic as well! She must also deal with her connection to Hugo who is also trainin Fantastic! This story is powerful, gritty, and terrifying! Hugo has one overriding concern, protect Diamond from the Queen at all costs! At the same time he has to turn her into the ultimate weapon! Diamond for her part must be the best or fail at her test and watch her friends die in horrible ways! Forced to train and fight day after day being battered and bruised to the limits of endurance, she must cope with her magic as well! She must also deal with her connection to Hugo who is also training her magic! Hugo must regain her trust because she is his soul mate and he has already started the mating blood bond that makes them a nexus! Ms. Tomlinson gives the reader full value for the money in her books! They are packed cover to cover with action, adventure, and villains galore!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite

    4 Stars! *I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book.* A Bond of Blood and Fire was a stunning installment in the series and world created by Karen Tomlinson. I liked the first book, A Bond of Venom and Magic, but I did have a few issues with it (check out my review to find out why!). Did some of these issues continue in the sequel? A resounding no! I'll break it down belo 4 Stars! *I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book.* A Bond of Blood and Fire was a stunning installment in the series and world created by Karen Tomlinson. I liked the first book, A Bond of Venom and Magic, but I did have a few issues with it (check out my review to find out why!). Did some of these issues continue in the sequel? A resounding no! I'll break it down below, but to keep it short and sweet, I would certainly recommend this series if you're looking for an epic fae adventure! The real strength of A Bond of Blood and Fire is the plot. The start (for me) felt a little slow in parts, but once the story hits its stride, the action just doesn't stop! One of my complaints with the first book was the slow patches, which is not the case for this one. Especially in part 2, it was completely fantastic!!! Also, another issue I found with the first book was the fight scenes (there was so much choking) but in A Bond of Blood and Fire, the fight scenes were clearly well researched, immersive and great to read. Thumbs up all round :) Character wise, I will continue to say that this series will be the Diamond and Hugo show. Starting with our leading lady, Diamond had a lot of growth in this book and I really admired her strength and resilience. Her character arc is truly wonderful and I can't praise it enough. I felt more connected to her voice this time around and look forward to find out how she deals with future challenges in the next few books. Hugo *sigh* To be honest, I have no idea how I feel about this guy. I was alright towards him at the end of A Bond of Venom and Magic, but at the start of this book, I have to say it - he was a total jerk. I actually started to hate him. I didn't feel like he dealt with the problems presented to him very well at all, and his treatment of Diamond was beyond despicable. Even though this is worked out throughout the rest of the story of the book and he certainly improved in my opinion, he never fully recovered. I understand why he made the choices he did, but I felt that with some scenes in particular, he went way too far and I just couldn't explain it away like Diamond. I'll discuss this a little more when I talk about the romance below. The secondary characters were fleshed out a little better this time, but I still feel that Tom's potential is really overlooked, Jack as well in this book. I liked the new characters introduced, but as I mentioned above, this is the Diamond and Hugo show and for me, the secondary characters just don't have the room to spread their wings and fly. I can't grow attached to characters I never read about or see interacting in the story at all. Now, to the romance. Overall, yes, I felt it was very well done, but I can't find myself totally shipping Diamond and Hugo because of the stuff that happened at the start of this book. I know why Hugo made the decisions he did, but I felt that Diamond let him off the hook way too easily. She didn't seem to hold onto her betrayal for very long at all and blushed the second he wasn't a total jerk to her. If I had been in her situation, I wouldn't want to be near the guy, if I had to be, I would the the Ice Queen incarnate and until her proved himself, which would involve a genuine apology, I wouldn't begin contemplating opening up and trusting him again. I know that is just me, but because I couldn't fully understand how Diamond responded to Hugo, I did find it hard to connect to their romance. In part 2, I felt more invested in what happened between them, and I'm very interested to see what happens next, but I'm not quite up to the point of swooning over every encounter they have like other couples I totally ship. The author's writing style is absolutely fantastic - easy to read and the pages just whizz past! The world, magic and mythology felt really fleshed out and easy to follow. So, if you're looking for a fun fantasy read, involving an intense plot, a heroine that goes through an incredible journey of growth and self-discovery, anything fae plus a side serving of magic, then A Bond of Blood and Fire, and this series, is certainly for you!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm so torn with this book. I loved certain things but this book had a big big problem that I'm not sure I can look past. What I liked- Diamonds character growth. I'm the first book Diamond is a scared innocent girl who suffers from panic attacks. It was very nice to see a female character who does get scared. There are so many strong women right now in ya, no complaints there. Diamond watched her father murdered in front of her and she's fragile. In typical ya this would have been given as a tra I'm so torn with this book. I loved certain things but this book had a big big problem that I'm not sure I can look past. What I liked- Diamonds character growth. I'm the first book Diamond is a scared innocent girl who suffers from panic attacks. It was very nice to see a female character who does get scared. There are so many strong women right now in ya, no complaints there. Diamond watched her father murdered in front of her and she's fragile. In typical ya this would have been given as a tragic backstory and Diamond would be a badass from the start of the series. It is so nice to see her go from scared of her own power to mastering it. The world building is excellent. The author does a great job of showing and not telling the cultures of the world. Jack is my favorite secondary character. He's the obvious Jacob if this was a love triangle. He's flirty, fun, and not brooding. I love his character and I hope he's more involved in later books. What I didn't like (big spoilers) - Hugo. We need to talk about Hugo. His actions in this book seriously pissed me off. He's a guard of the evil queen and is trying to protect Diamond by hiding his obvious interest in her. There's a lot of angst that goes on for far too long. I actually like angsty books. The breaking point for me is when the queen is going to test Diamond's combat skills that she has learned in the first half of the book. While holding Diamond's friends hostage, she has her guard beat Diamond to a pulp. Diamond holds her own until Hugo gets there. Hugo beats Diamond unconscious. Yep. That's the love interest. It's later explained that Hugo's first girlfriend was in a similar situation and when Hugo refused to hurt her, she was raped and murdered in front of Hugo. So he learned from his mistake and knocked her unconscious until they could get away. I just don't know. Diamond was rightfully pissed, but she does end up forgiving him. And even though it's portrayed as the better of two horrible scenarios, it left me feeling very uncomfortable. More spoilers and it's a big one At the end of the book Hugo dies saving Diamond's life. And I thought wow, that's a bold but clever move. Hugo may have physically hurt Diamond to keep her out of a worse situation, but that still doesn't excuse all the other crap he's pulled. His sacrifice redeems himself, and it gives Diamond strength to go on and finish fighting. It's also gives Diamond a chance to go on in later books to find strength within her self. And since this has romance, maybe not find a love interest that's not so questionable. But it turns out it was a Disney death and Hugo is alive. Gah. It just felt so predictable when it could have been so much more. I really did enjoy this book even with my issues. It's got excellent world building, and intriguing plot, and Diamond's character development is exactly what I was hoping for. I did not like Hugo's actions and was hoping Diamond would pull a Feyre and get the hell out. Maybe she will in later books. I plan to continue this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jemimah Zafoune

    This is the second book in The Goddess and the Guardians series. I'm a big fan of the first book and fell in love with the characters and the whole story when it was first released last year. The end of the first book actually lefy me with a massive book hangover so to say I was impatiently awaiting the release of book two is putting it mildly! A Bond of Blood and Fire lived up to all my expectations. In this book we finally get to see Diamond grow and blossom into the woman she's destined to be. This is the second book in The Goddess and the Guardians series. I'm a big fan of the first book and fell in love with the characters and the whole story when it was first released last year. The end of the first book actually lefy me with a massive book hangover so to say I was impatiently awaiting the release of book two is putting it mildly! A Bond of Blood and Fire lived up to all my expectations. In this book we finally get to see Diamond grow and blossom into the woman she's destined to be. She's no longer as scared and whiny as she was in book one. She's starting to accept the s*** life is throwing at her and working on how she can start to combat that and become a force to be reckoned with. I was cheering her on at several places in this book and I can't wait for her to finally, fully come into her magic and hopefully beat the Queen. Now the Queen is as nasty as she was in book one, if not more. It's been a long time since I've disliked a character in a book quite as much as I do her. I can't wait, and I mean that as I'd like it to happen sooner rather than later, for her to get her comeuppance from both Diamond amd Hugo as I feel they both need to dispose of her together. Hugo, a character who in book one gave many other readers some ambivalent feelings but who I already liked has shown me in this book just why I like him. I understand why there are so many mixed feelings towards him as there are times throughout this book where he may deserve some hate, however you need to understand why Hugo is behaving the way he is and a lot of it is to protect Diamond as she is the one he really cares about. I really loved that the relationship between Diamond and Hugo is amped up a notch in this book and the way it's developing. I can't wait for it to go further in the next book as I feel that they are reaching that point. A Bond of Blood and Fire gets five stars from me for many reasons. Karen Tomlinson seems to be master of making you feel many, varied emotions towards her characters whilst reading her book, sometimes all in just one page. The world building in book two is just as good as it was in book one and I'm looking forward to seeing more of this world in future books. The character development is spot on, it's not rushed but it also isn't going at too slow a rate. We see that the characters have flaws but we see how they learn to love with those flaws and use them to their advantage. The best thing about this book though was the excitement, nerves and tension I felt whilst reading it. Certainly towards the end of the book it's real edge of your seat gripping action. I can't wait to see what will happen next and I can't wait to read the next book. It really was an enjoyable read that has stayed in my mind long after I've finished reading it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Smith

    I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book. All I can say is this: Wow! The MCs are finally growing up and understanding each other and the action, steamy and intense (in multiple ways). The Evil Queen is still just as vile as ever. I just want to punch her in the face. Lol Prince Jack really needs a side story to find his love. If Diamond wasn't pinning for Hugo, I'd want I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book. All I can say is this: Wow! The MCs are finally growing up and understanding each other and the action, steamy and intense (in multiple ways). The Evil Queen is still just as vile as ever. I just want to punch her in the face. Lol Prince Jack really needs a side story to find his love. If Diamond wasn't pinning for Hugo, I'd want her to be with Jack instead. He has really grown and I have high hopes for him. Hugo: Nooooooooooooooo!!!!! But yet, YESSSSSSSS!!! Then Noooooooooooooooooo and YESSSSS again!!! (lol you'll understand once you read it) Diamond: FINALLY works on herself and her goals without the "all about a man" mentality. I like it. She has to save everyone and anyone she has ever cared about. Can she master her magic or will it control her and destroy everything? The ending just makes me demand the next book. I can't wait for it. I NEED to know what happens!! I highly recommend reading this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Princess of the Midnight Stars

    You will need two things to read this: tissues and a stomach for violence, and I don't mead that badly. Few YA fantasy books go into the depth that this does with the battles, cruelty and brutality of war, having said that, it doesn't cross the line into purely adult making this a book that can be enjoyed by older teens and adults alike. Diamond grew beautifully in this book, the softer unchallenged half-fae from the previous books becomes strong and tempered, yet loses none of her kindness and You will need two things to read this: tissues and a stomach for violence, and I don't mead that badly. Few YA fantasy books go into the depth that this does with the battles, cruelty and brutality of war, having said that, it doesn't cross the line into purely adult making this a book that can be enjoyed by older teens and adults alike. Diamond grew beautifully in this book, the softer unchallenged half-fae from the previous books becomes strong and tempered, yet loses none of her kindness and other things that make her who she is. There's some pretty horrid scenes between her and Hugo before the halfway point and, judging by some peoples reviews, it pushed too far for some readers. Not for me. Given the context and other factors in the book, his actions make sense. There seems to be a split opinion on it. I loved Hugo in this, despite the earlier brutality and rigidness, you get to see a different side of him and it's amazing :) The ending is awesome though a bit of a cliff-hanger, which is annoying considering I have to wait until June for the next in the series. I never really pre-order, but I have for the next book! Really hoping for a HEA for Hugo and Diamond.

  12. 5 out of 5

    anjuli

    ***I received an arc. I volunteered to review this book.*** ***Spoiler Free*** I had the rare opportunity to beta read this book last year. I was really excited to find where Diamond and Hugo's story would lead. AND, I wasn't disappointed. Then, I got lucky and got an arc. So, my friends if you read A Bond of Venom and Magic you know how it ended?Our girl Diamond is in a crappy situation. Well, the story continues right after. I actually like that about this series. Why delay the fun? ;) They say ci ***I received an arc. I volunteered to review this book.*** ***Spoiler Free*** I had the rare opportunity to beta read this book last year. I was really excited to find where Diamond and Hugo's story would lead. AND, I wasn't disappointed. Then, I got lucky and got an arc. So, my friends if you read A Bond of Venom and Magic you know how it ended?Our girl Diamond is in a crappy situation. Well, the story continues right after. I actually like that about this series. Why delay the fun? ;) They say circumstances can make or break a person in different ways. I know, I've been there many times. I, for one, can never let the circumstance get the better of me. I am a fighter through and through. And, so is Diamond, it seems. To put it mildly, she is in a shitty situation. Her life changed drastically - from being an ordinary half-breed to a magic wielder, to become an evil queen's puppet. The queen wants her to fight Ragor, the wraith lord. Her choices are limited - Fight OR to die painfully or see your friends suffer/die. Diamond could have chosen the easy way out and be done with it. However, she didn't and chose something of an impossible task - to become the weapon that the evil queen wanted her to be. She trained, failed, trained harder and became something else. I enjoyed her growth to a stronger person instead of being a whiny snit & playing the victim. Yes, she had her moments of feeling helpless, despair etc. but, who wouldn't considering the impossible situation she was thrust into? She still has a lot of growing up to do, I feel. Maybe, stop apologizing too much or blushing, lol. But, I get it....considering her background she did come a long way. She fought every step of the way to become a force to be reckon with. In short, she kicked some wraith ass.... Hugo, dude definitely has issues. I get it but I don't have to like it. Being under the queen's thumb is not easy. But, I felt he was a bit weak in a way struggling to figure out between what is right and wrong. I guess each person needs to get there on his/her own pace. There were times I wanted to smack him. BUT, as the story progressed we got to see a different side of him. He started to realize what's more important to him or rather who. That what is worth fighting, defying for. We got insight into Hugo, the man. His background about how he ended up becoming who he was. Not to mention, who he ends up being by the time the book ended. The background information put in perspective of who Hugo was. (view spoiler)[It was interesting to see that he's a guardian and an heir after all. I was not expecting that. I want to see how he develops in book 3 as a character. I feel he needs his growth now and ABOBAF was just a start for him. I want him to command and not cower. I want him to lead and be able to unite people. (hide spoiler)] Jack, he cracked me up. I love the mortal prince. I want to know more about him, his struggles, needs and wants. I enjoyed his camaraderie with Diamond. I loved how he riled Hugo every time he saw him. Jack was like that mischievous, annoying little brother (I'm assuming here, I don't have siblings lol) who would do anything for you when the need arises. BUT would cause chaos otherwise. He needs his moment to shine and I hope he gets it in the next book. One of the best things about this series - NO love triangle or any kind of weird geometry. Friends are just that - friends. Loyal, there for you, friends. So thank you Karen for that. It is refreshing to read a book once in a while where friends are just that and no awkward moments with suppressed feelings or anger. Ugh. Zane and Tom, I want to know more. Zane made me laugh with his brief appearance. Evil Queen - die already. I want to see her long and wonderful torture in future :D Romance, well, there is definitely some development. Hugo and Diamond are in this together and they have come to this point (view spoiler)[they are mates and nexus - their magic syncs (hide spoiler)] the hard way. Their situation is not easy and there are lot of risks for them and others involved with them. However, it seems they are at a good place right now. Both of them have a lot to process. Seriously. There's a lot going on in the second half of the book. A war is going on with the wraith lord, queen's overbearing presence and threats, new powers, some revelations. Not to mention, unexpected and hidden allies. I am looking forward to book 3 as I feel there's going to be a lot to explain regarding what happened towards the end. Not to mention, the goddess and guardians part needs to be explored & shown more. I was a tad confused by it at the end and felt I needed more explanation. Overall, this is a great story and I want to see how things follow next. So much more to explore. (view spoiler)[I want to know how does Sulphurious (the scary dragon) fit in all this? He seems to end up showing at random times....BUT, is it really random? There were claims that he is somewhat protecting Jack...but, I didn't seem to see that. Also, his part when he captured Diamond and Hugo ended up finally changing into his true form - that sort of felt like helping in a misguided, dragonesque way. Maybe, I am reaching here, lol. I hope to find out. I'm sure the queen is on the lookout for Hugo and Diamond. Did they really manage to thwart her and get to the fire mountain? I want to know more about the red warriors. Rose, my heart hurts. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is not the typical genre that I read. I am really enjoying this series. The chemistry between Hugo and Diamond is amazing. I cannot wait to continue reading this series. I am glad I ventured out of my comfort zone and tried something new!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The first book was not my favorite, but left me intrigued enough to try book two, a Bond of Blood & Fire. I have to say, this second book was waaaay better than the first book! Everything the first book lacked, this book had. The end left me dying to read the next book! I hope it comes out soon! Very unique fantasy setting & world building. Lots of action, adventure, twists & turns & romance. Really enjoyed this second book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    I.A. Cintron

    This book is simply amazing and even more awesome than the last one, Go Diamond you will slay on the next book and at last Hugo stop with the BS!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)

    An emotional rollercoaster full of so many ups and downs I couldn't put the book down even if I tried. I loved how the characters grew in this sequel. They were strong, determined and caring. The depth of emotional the characters had and felt leapt off the pages and I felt like it was my own; as if I was going on this journey with them. The story was fast-paced and thrilling. There was never a dull moment and it's guaranteed to keep you entertained and reading all through the night. I definitely a An emotional rollercoaster full of so many ups and downs I couldn't put the book down even if I tried. I loved how the characters grew in this sequel. They were strong, determined and caring. The depth of emotional the characters had and felt leapt off the pages and I felt like it was my own; as if I was going on this journey with them. The story was fast-paced and thrilling. There was never a dull moment and it's guaranteed to keep you entertained and reading all through the night. I definitely am dying to know what happens next! Ah! I can't wait for the next book! I voluntarily reviewed an arc from the author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Cameron

    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Couldn't put it down! By Gem - 14 Aug. 2017 I can't begin to describe how exciting this book is! I literally got heart palpitations and anxiety reading it. Following on with Diamonds story we continue the roller coaster of what will happen between her Hugo. I went from hating him to respecting him in one breath. We see the story develop towards the wraith God battle that the evil queen has her set up to fight in. Diamonds strength and will comes into its own and her charact 5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Couldn't put it down! By Gem - 14 Aug. 2017 I can't begin to describe how exciting this book is! I literally got heart palpitations and anxiety reading it. Following on with Diamonds story we continue the roller coaster of what will happen between her Hugo. I went from hating him to respecting him in one breath. We see the story develop towards the wraith God battle that the evil queen has her set up to fight in. Diamonds strength and will comes into its own and her character is developed in a very well written way. There are so many twists and turns the adventure is an thrilling one. My only issue is that I have to wait on the next book. One of my favourite young adult series of the year!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla Gray

    DNF 25% I really, really wanted to love this book. The first had such potential, but I just couldn't stomach the vomit-inducing "love interest" this time around. Diamond had a pretty tumultuous relationship with Hugo in book one while he tried to untangle his feelings for her and conflicting loyalty to his queen, but here he's just a bastard. He physically assaults Diamond, talks to her like crap, pulls her hair, makes her cry...and worst of all, pretends that he's doing these things for her own DNF 25% I really, really wanted to love this book. The first had such potential, but I just couldn't stomach the vomit-inducing "love interest" this time around. Diamond had a pretty tumultuous relationship with Hugo in book one while he tried to untangle his feelings for her and conflicting loyalty to his queen, but here he's just a bastard. He physically assaults Diamond, talks to her like crap, pulls her hair, makes her cry...and worst of all, pretends that he's doing these things for her own good. Sure, he needs to train her to hone her magic and coddling her won't help, but an abusive relationship being framed as for the heroine's own good didn't sit right with me. And what's worse, it works. Battering and insulting her does indeed turn out to benefit Diamond and she ends up thanking Hugo for her beating, and then apologising to him that she made him do it in the first place by not being good enough. I'm pretty sure my skin just crawled off my bones writing that! I don't know...this book has a whole bunch of 4 and 5 star reviews so I'm obviously not reading things the same way as most people, but once it got in my head it was impossible to read the story without that shadow hanging over it. I had the same issues with Pestilence by Laura Thalassa which I DNF'd for the same reasons. I'm sure all will come good in the end, as it probably did in that book, but I really dislike stories where the protagonist is assaulted and abused by the love interest, only for it to all work out for the best in the end. It's a bit too close to the uncomfortable suggestion that if you stay with a piece of shit partner long enough, you can change them. I don't want to see people treated that way in real life, and I don't want to see it in the books I read, so I unfortunately had to give up on this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura (acquariusgb)

    I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book. I really like the first book and I’m glad the second one continues right where we left our characters. Diamond must train with Hugo and the other guards. The training is hard, but Diamond gets stronger through it which is something I liked, it was something I was looking forward to and I really enjoyed the evolution she went thr I received an ARC version of this book from the author. The gifting does not influence the rating or this voluntary review, which reflects my honest opinion of this book. I really like the first book and I’m glad the second one continues right where we left our characters. Diamond must train with Hugo and the other guards. The training is hard, but Diamond gets stronger through it which is something I liked, it was something I was looking forward to and I really enjoyed the evolution she went through. The first part might have been longer than necessary, I think it made it a bit slow. I like that we got Hugo’s point of view besides Diamond’s. It is great to see how they both feel with their attraction towards each other and how magic can influence it. I admit I’m not very interested in the romantic part of the book but I liked finding out more about Diamond’s history and about the land and its magic. Tomlinson’s writing style is very good, great. She has an exceptional way with details and words that you can really imagine the scene in your head so you were suffering with Diamond when she was hurt, I felt every punch and every kick. The second part quickly picked up and it was exactly what I was looking for in the novel. I knew things were going to change once the Queen showed up. She’s a great evil character and nemesis. You hate her, but you’re still glad she’s there because her cruelty is so charismatic even though she makes your beloved characters suffer. I wouldn’t mind reading a novella centered around her. Hope the author would consider it. And I’d also you love to read a novella about Prince Jack because he’s a character easy to love and I’ve missed him a bit in this second book. Overall, I can’t wait for the next book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessa Julian

    I finished this book two days ago and I'm still trying to catch my breath. I both love and loathe Tomlinson for her ability to pick up all of my emotions, put them into a tiny bag, and practice her mad kickboxing skills with her homemade punching bag. I was definitely destroyed at the hands of this book. After reading the first book, I was in love with Commander Hugo Casimir! However, in ABOBAF Tomlinson spends the time to explain his past. This adds a whole new layer of depth to him and it becom I finished this book two days ago and I'm still trying to catch my breath. I both love and loathe Tomlinson for her ability to pick up all of my emotions, put them into a tiny bag, and practice her mad kickboxing skills with her homemade punching bag. I was definitely destroyed at the hands of this book. After reading the first book, I was in love with Commander Hugo Casimir! However, in ABOBAF Tomlinson spends the time to explain his past. This adds a whole new layer of depth to him and it becomes very obvious why he has taken certain actions. I love that no matter what he does, he puts Diamond before himself. Even when whatever he's doing is going to hurt her. He has a bigger goal in mind and definitely always tries to do the right thing. Diamond herself grows a lot in this book. She moves from being a very confused, and somewhat whiny, individual to being a headstrong warrior. Her strength shines out in this book as she begins to make choices for herself that may, or may not, be what are expected of her. Despite the amazing character development, I was amazed by Tomlinson's description of each battle. I was a bit afraid that the focus of this book would be on the romantic aspects and that the battles would simply be skimmed over. I am so glad that I was wrong! Tomlinson showed a new side of her artistic skills as each battle explodes into life. Each scene was so well-written and included so much description that I felt like I was really there. At one particularly heart-wrenching scene, I was crying so hard that my guy had to reach over and hold my hand. The sooner book 3 gets here, the better.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Madison Merrill

    Two words: character development! Synopsis: Diamond and Hugo are captives of the Queen in her capital city, Diamond as a prisoner and Hugo as her abused servant and guard. The Queen has plans for Diamond and her powers that will undoubtedly lead to her death, but should Hugo be caught trying to help her escape it could spell doom for both of them. Meanwhile, the Wraith Lord draws near and only Diamond stands a chance at halting his forces—as Diamond trains with the army and Hugo oversees her phys Two words: character development! Synopsis: Diamond and Hugo are captives of the Queen in her capital city, Diamond as a prisoner and Hugo as her abused servant and guard. The Queen has plans for Diamond and her powers that will undoubtedly lead to her death, but should Hugo be caught trying to help her escape it could spell doom for both of them. Meanwhile, the Wraith Lord draws near and only Diamond stands a chance at halting his forces—as Diamond trains with the army and Hugo oversees her physical and magical progress, will the rift between them heal? And more importantly, how will they escape their prisons? I LOVED this book—more intrigue, more romance, more magic and combat. And the emotional roller coaster at the end? My jaw was on the floor, along with my heart. But what made this book so much better than its predecessor was Diamond’s character development. No longer is she the wimpy, whiny child of the last book—now she’s taking her destiny into her own hands and stepping up to her responsibility to herself and others. She still has her panic attacks—I’d be disappointed if she didn’t, there are so few heroines with this disorder—but she learns to cope with them and overcome them. Diamond becomes an absolute weapon while learning her worth. I love it. Furthermore, Hugo has his own growth from the brooding warrior to reveal more of a playful and soft side that was somewhat lacking in the last book. In short, A Bond of Blood and Fire fixed most gripes I had with the first book and then some! I cannot wait for the third to release!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    I have to say that this is better then book one. The first book we get to know the characters, Get a feel for the kingdom and it's politics. The second book we see the main heroine Diamond grow and mature to become more of an independent women. She doesn't rely on Hugo as much as she did in the previous book. There are two sections in this book. The first half is about Diamond training to become a solider and we see her getting to know Hugo more in this story. However I did find her really annoy I have to say that this is better then book one. The first book we get to know the characters, Get a feel for the kingdom and it's politics. The second book we see the main heroine Diamond grow and mature to become more of an independent women. She doesn't rely on Hugo as much as she did in the previous book. There are two sections in this book. The first half is about Diamond training to become a solider and we see her getting to know Hugo more in this story. However I did find her really annoying at times. She tends to go back to her old self and acts immature. I felt towards the end of the first half that she doesn't have empathy when it comes to Hugo. She is quick to judge. I found she lets her emotions rule her at times. I honestly felt like slapping her. I am glad to say that in the second half I liked her a lot better. She tends to think (not always) before she says or does things. We also get to know why Hugo acts the way he does when the queen is around. The second half (Called the Wall) is action packed and we also find out a lot of things about Hugo and Diamond. There are things that I guessed and others that I did not see coming. The author had me turning the page from beginning to end. There were moments where I felt like screaming at some of the characters and she had me in tears at other times (I recommend you have a box of tissues near by). I would definitely recommend this book. I can't wait for book three!!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    I thought the first book in this series was powerful but I had not read this 2nd book yet!! This book grips the reader and carries them through the extreme torture Diamond endured during her training where she learned to harness her physical and magical powers to be honed into the weapon the Immortal Queen needed in order to fight the Wraight Lord, it also wrenched our hearts every time Hugo had to act callously against Diamond and made our hearts soar when their amazing nexus bond made them sha I thought the first book in this series was powerful but I had not read this 2nd book yet!! This book grips the reader and carries them through the extreme torture Diamond endured during her training where she learned to harness her physical and magical powers to be honed into the weapon the Immortal Queen needed in order to fight the Wraight Lord, it also wrenched our hearts every time Hugo had to act callously against Diamond and made our hearts soar when their amazing nexus bond made them share something more than simple love for one another. The Immortal Queen was a mistress of manipulation however she was not as all knowing as she thought she was, and she was also unable to leave the city of Valentia which she ruled over! Through their bond Diamond and Hugo could become insurmountable in the strength of magic they wielded, but could they escape the evil Queen's hold over them? They needed to win the war to save their friends lives first and foremost and to see Jack take his rightful place as King, and if anyone could save the people the descendant of the Goddess of creation definitely could but at what cost! Wow could not ask for more in a book, this series is stupendous.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan Hunt

    Ok so firstly this book was addictive and i was able to understand and like, love and hate characters, i found book one a little hard in the beginning to get into, but after reading book 2 I'm even more happy i stuck it out. Who doesn't like Dragons, evil queens, secret groups, Princes, Fae and magic? Diamond and Hugo go through ups and down as his loyalty to the queen is wavering. Hugo must pull away from diamond to truely keep her safe, but can he? I like Jack and Hugos friendship within this bo Ok so firstly this book was addictive and i was able to understand and like, love and hate characters, i found book one a little hard in the beginning to get into, but after reading book 2 I'm even more happy i stuck it out. Who doesn't like Dragons, evil queens, secret groups, Princes, Fae and magic? Diamond and Hugo go through ups and down as his loyalty to the queen is wavering. Hugo must pull away from diamond to truely keep her safe, but can he? I like Jack and Hugos friendship within this book, as we understand them both more. Diamond and Hugo both grow within this book and we see that as they grow in both maturity and understanding to allow themselves to become great weapons for not only the evil queen, but jack, his people and the people around them. <3 a good read with an exciting yet terrifying set of events, I'm looking forward to reading book 3. Love, heartache, loyality and fierce determination

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gwessie Tee

    Received as an arc in return for an hones review, naughtiness scale 4, I had the honour of reading this book as an arc, the author Karen is new to me but I am thrilled that I was able to read this book I do own already its predecessor and will be reading it as soon as possible, every emotion possible I felt reading this amazing book, the story the characters everything, you find your self fully captivated as the story and characters reveal more and more you love the hero's and utterly loath said Received as an arc in return for an hones review, naughtiness scale 4, I had the honour of reading this book as an arc, the author Karen is new to me but I am thrilled that I was able to read this book I do own already its predecessor and will be reading it as soon as possible, every emotion possible I felt reading this amazing book, the story the characters everything, you find your self fully captivated as the story and characters reveal more and more you love the hero's and utterly loath said villans ( deliberately not giving spoilers), There were times throughout this book where I laughed, wept with relief, became enraged, sobbed even but I completely adore the book and its contents to anyone.loving fantasy adventure and love will adore this book and I am honoured to have been able to read it as an arc, Thank you Karen for writing it it's truly an amazing read

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reviewer King

    I'm pretty sure everyone knows that I am the biggest fan of the first book. This one, on the other hand, did not disappoint! The same amount of swoon, epicness, brilliant portrayal of characters development. I love this series so much and wish I could just go ahead and get it in hardcopy. I still wanted to slap Hugo, sometimes. Ugh he could be so infuriating at times. But his POV was nice though. Diamond was kick ass. The queen was a ***** The author's writing is flawless and just so enjoyable to I'm pretty sure everyone knows that I am the biggest fan of the first book. This one, on the other hand, did not disappoint! The same amount of swoon, epicness, brilliant portrayal of characters development. I love this series so much and wish I could just go ahead and get it in hardcopy. I still wanted to slap Hugo, sometimes. Ugh he could be so infuriating at times. But his POV was nice though. Diamond was kick ass. The queen was a ***** The author's writing is flawless and just so enjoyable to read. I couldn't stop myself from turning the pages to continue to know what was happening. And again the Queen? Like I said for the last book, she's the real package of pure evilness. How soon can she get kicked out from the book? That ending *screams* I will say nothing more. I highly recommend you get this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    *I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book* I had a really hard time getting into this book. My first problem was that when I got the book I didn't realize it was a book 2 so I didn't read book 1 first. I had to push myself thru the book and it took several days to read when normally I could have read a book this size in one day. That being said, the book did improve later which held my attention a bit more. Overall, the book is ok but by the time I actually got interested, it was almost over. F *I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book* I had a really hard time getting into this book. My first problem was that when I got the book I didn't realize it was a book 2 so I didn't read book 1 first. I had to push myself thru the book and it took several days to read when normally I could have read a book this size in one day. That being said, the book did improve later which held my attention a bit more. Overall, the book is ok but by the time I actually got interested, it was almost over. For a good chunk of the book, I thought I was going to rate this book with 2 stars but the ending actually bumped it up to 3. I don't know if I want to go back & read book 1 or continue with the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Karn

    This is an excellent continuation from the first book in the series. It had me on my toes the entire time, waiting to find out what would happen. The dynamics between Hugo and Diamond were as amazing as ever, and once you add in the rest of the characters, it made for a great combination. The character growth was on point, and learning far more about the world’s history and its characters left you wanting more even up until the very end. I would give this book six stars if I could. If you’re loo This is an excellent continuation from the first book in the series. It had me on my toes the entire time, waiting to find out what would happen. The dynamics between Hugo and Diamond were as amazing as ever, and once you add in the rest of the characters, it made for a great combination. The character growth was on point, and learning far more about the world’s history and its characters left you wanting more even up until the very end. I would give this book six stars if I could. If you’re looking for your next book boyfriend, look no further. Hugo is it. Dark, mysterious, and a whole lot more! Now to find my own fae warrior…

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Vitela

    Sometimes, when you want to save everyone. When you have been pushed down and made into an emotional roller coaster of things you don't want to do. But you have a sexy fae warrior next to you. "Helping" you along. You can't stop because, you know if you do, they will have all died in vane. And all your friends are going to die. But you can't let anyone know your secret. One that would destroy lots of people if they found out. This book is written by an amazing author who kept me engaged the whol Sometimes, when you want to save everyone. When you have been pushed down and made into an emotional roller coaster of things you don't want to do. But you have a sexy fae warrior next to you. "Helping" you along. You can't stop because, you know if you do, they will have all died in vane. And all your friends are going to die. But you can't let anyone know your secret. One that would destroy lots of people if they found out. This book is written by an amazing author who kept me engaged the whole book. I can not wait until the next book. And i hope there is some prequels for this also. There is a lot that i have questions on. So KAREN, thank you, and I can not wait til the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    What an amazing and full sequel to A Bond Of Venom and Magic! This one has even more adventure, more emotion, more fulfillment of the characters. I am amazed at how breathtaking this book was! I found myself overwhelmed at times with the emotion that was wrung out of me. Even when I wanted to smack both Hugo and Diamond on their respective noggins I was unable to put this down. Karen gave us characters to love, hate, laugh over, cry for and enjoy as they moved along through the terrible trials t What an amazing and full sequel to A Bond Of Venom and Magic! This one has even more adventure, more emotion, more fulfillment of the characters. I am amazed at how breathtaking this book was! I found myself overwhelmed at times with the emotion that was wrung out of me. Even when I wanted to smack both Hugo and Diamond on their respective noggins I was unable to put this down. Karen gave us characters to love, hate, laugh over, cry for and enjoy as they moved along through the terrible trials they were put through. I can't wait for the next one...and am so very glad there will be a next one! Don't hurry on our account, Karen! Your books are so worth waiting for!

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