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Ever had ex-housemates you can’t get rid of? When Killian and the rest of the Drake vampires kicked me out of their mansion without any explanation, I felt beyond betrayed… I was livid! But I refused to waste my energy thinking about them. Thanks to all the free training I got while living with vampires, I had the skills I needed to finally free my family. I even got my house Ever had ex-housemates you can’t get rid of? When Killian and the rest of the Drake vampires kicked me out of their mansion without any explanation, I felt beyond betrayed… I was livid! But I refused to waste my energy thinking about them. Thanks to all the free training I got while living with vampires, I had the skills I needed to finally free my family. I even got my house back! Best yet, I can pass on the magic techniques and fighting skills I’ve learned to all the wizards in our group. As long as I ignore the rotating vampires standing watch on the corner across the street, life is normal again…until the fae risk injuring hundreds of supernaturals just to stage a surprise attack on Killian. There’s no way I’m going to let the fae get away with this. I may be furious with Killian, but I hate bullies even more. But, big surprise, my good deed won’t go unpunished. I knew I’d face a fallout for saving the most feared and lethal vampire in the Midwest—I just never imaged the lengths Killian would go through to protect me and win me back… Magic Unleashed is the final book in the Hall of Blood and Mercy trilogy, which features vampires, wizards, fae, and werewolves. It's packed with humor, adventure, and a sweet, slow burn romance between a vertically challenged wizard and the deadliest vampire in town. This will be the final book in the Hall of Blood and Mercy trilogy, and will be available to purchase on Amazon, or read on KU.


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Ever had ex-housemates you can’t get rid of? When Killian and the rest of the Drake vampires kicked me out of their mansion without any explanation, I felt beyond betrayed… I was livid! But I refused to waste my energy thinking about them. Thanks to all the free training I got while living with vampires, I had the skills I needed to finally free my family. I even got my house Ever had ex-housemates you can’t get rid of? When Killian and the rest of the Drake vampires kicked me out of their mansion without any explanation, I felt beyond betrayed… I was livid! But I refused to waste my energy thinking about them. Thanks to all the free training I got while living with vampires, I had the skills I needed to finally free my family. I even got my house back! Best yet, I can pass on the magic techniques and fighting skills I’ve learned to all the wizards in our group. As long as I ignore the rotating vampires standing watch on the corner across the street, life is normal again…until the fae risk injuring hundreds of supernaturals just to stage a surprise attack on Killian. There’s no way I’m going to let the fae get away with this. I may be furious with Killian, but I hate bullies even more. But, big surprise, my good deed won’t go unpunished. I knew I’d face a fallout for saving the most feared and lethal vampire in the Midwest—I just never imaged the lengths Killian would go through to protect me and win me back… Magic Unleashed is the final book in the Hall of Blood and Mercy trilogy, which features vampires, wizards, fae, and werewolves. It's packed with humor, adventure, and a sweet, slow burn romance between a vertically challenged wizard and the deadliest vampire in town. This will be the final book in the Hall of Blood and Mercy trilogy, and will be available to purchase on Amazon, or read on KU.

30 review for Magic Unleashed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is the third in a trilogy, so it's best if you read them in order. This fulfills all the promises of the other two books and does so very well. If you read those, you know what to expect and Shea does a good job delivering. So this review will be short. Some notes: * The copy editing remains an issue. Sadly. * I still absolutely love the moral framework and Hazel and Killian working out their differences while still each appreciating the other was a treat. * Shea does a great job delivering on This is the third in a trilogy, so it's best if you read them in order. This fulfills all the promises of the other two books and does so very well. If you read those, you know what to expect and Shea does a good job delivering. So this review will be short. Some notes: * The copy editing remains an issue. Sadly. * I still absolutely love the moral framework and Hazel and Killian working out their differences while still each appreciating the other was a treat. * Shea does a great job delivering on the trust thread that has permeated the series. Seriously, well done. * There's a chapter that flashes back and I thought it sloppy at first (as we already knew the important part of what happened). But after getting a bit in, I changed my mind about it being sloppy. It was the only way to preserve the core surprise (though most readers wouldn't really be surprised, the narrative worked well having one) and still get the emotional resonance delivered in it. I can't see any other way to have that happen without stealing the climax from the plot and diluting impact as a result. Tough choice, but I think it works. There are some minor issues I have with the culmination, (view spoiler)[mainly the overall mystery of who/what might be undermining supernatural unity and secondarily what truly happened with the elves (I had speculated that these might be one and the same) (hide spoiler)] . But those really are minor. Everything I actually cared about worked out better than I had hoped. So this is another solid five stars and I'd rate the series as a whole five stars as well. A note about Chaste: While the trust and intimacy resolve, and the relationship alongside, there are no explicit sex scenes and the kissing is kept to chaste standards as well. So I consider the whole series to be very chaste and expect most would agree. There isn't even any hint of extra-marital sex, though contemporary readers might assume such in the background near the end. The actual plot/action puts enough pressure that certainly nothing happens before and the climax is past so there wasn't any need or impetus to go to the bedroom after. Well done, I think.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    I should write a review for this series, but I’m not in the mood to do anything beside reading lately. So, yeah, I just wanted to say, I highly recommend and read this series if you love PNR/Fantasy. I already read it twice! That’s right! Lol. The first time I read it too fast and enjoyed it more in the second time around. Seriously, I don’t expected a series like this from KU. There is a depth in the story, the world building is awesome and the characters development is absolutely delightful! Aaaan I should write a review for this series, but I’m not in the mood to do anything beside reading lately. So, yeah, I just wanted to say, I highly recommend and read this series if you love PNR/Fantasy. I already read it twice! That’s right! Lol. The first time I read it too fast and enjoyed it more in the second time around. Seriously, I don’t expected a series like this from KU. There is a depth in the story, the world building is awesome and the characters development is absolutely delightful! Aaaand there isn’t any steamy scene here, at all! Lol 😘 While the romance is sweet, our H and h only have few kisses in the whole series. So, if smut is a must for you, this book definitely NOT for you! But I don’t care! I pick a series with fantastic story like this anytime than those silly storyline with too much badly written smut scenes 😬. Oh well, I probably will add more later on. Now though, read this series! 😘 ❤️❤️❤️

  3. 4 out of 5

    Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

    ALL HAIL K.M. SHEA! I have been stuck in this funk since before this year even started. And I'll be honest, I was losing hope that I'd ever get out of it. Reading just wasn't fun any more. It was almost a chore, something I had to cross-off my to-do list and not being able to read for so long, the guilt kept piling and piling. And that's what would force me pick up a book every now and then and while I did manage to get through a book or two, the funk didn't go away. Until. This. Book! I know for a ALL HAIL K.M. SHEA! I have been stuck in this funk since before this year even started. And I'll be honest, I was losing hope that I'd ever get out of it. Reading just wasn't fun any more. It was almost a chore, something I had to cross-off my to-do list and not being able to read for so long, the guilt kept piling and piling. And that's what would force me pick up a book every now and then and while I did manage to get through a book or two, the funk didn't go away. Until. This. Book! I know for a fact I've said this a bajillion times but this book too was nothing new. I can list a ton of other books that were all pretty similar but I had an absolute blast reading this entire trilogy. It was light with a plot and romance that was kinda slow-burn but oh so snippy and snarky and wonderful! *le sigh* Our MCs had Nevada and Rogan vibes except like I said it was a lot more light-hearted, there weren't any stupid angst ridden misunderstandings which I was deathly afraid of amongst other things when I found out our h Hazel was a twenty-two year old. I loved how yes, in the beginning she was a naive new fowl but when life knocks her on her ass one too many times, she grew up. And while she kept her morales, didn't grit her teeth at being called a virtuous idiot, she wasn't a Mary-Sue. Now of course I adored Killian, I mean how could you not?! Rofl! He was so unapologetic in his manipulations it was a breath of fresh air. And the fact that Hazel didn't try to "reform" him, 4 stars for the book and 1 extra special star for funk debunking! xD K.M. Shea, you have a new fan! P.S. This was a very clean/chaste trilogy :p

  4. 5 out of 5

    Treece

    Loads of Fun Rating 4 stars Never a dull moment. I enjoyed Hazel and Killian from start to finish. The unique take on vampires , wizards and other creatures kept things very entertaining. I laughed and snickered at everyone's antics. Nice world building with bits of action and plenty of snark. Loads of Fun Rating 4 stars Never a dull moment. I enjoyed Hazel and Killian from start to finish. The unique take on vampires , wizards and other creatures kept things very entertaining. I laughed and snickered at everyone's antics. Nice world building with bits of action and plenty of snark.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    I can't even properly convey how much I love this book. (I'm very thankful it wasn't immediately available at 12:30 am on Friday (4/17), or else I wouldn't have gone to bed.) This book was everything - I certainly got the resolution I desperately wanted (I'm a sucker for happy endings - spoiler-free, promise), and I felt like how Killian and Hazel came to terms not only with each other, but their relationship... it was awesome. And it felt natural, especially with how book 2 ended. Plus, the hum I can't even properly convey how much I love this book. (I'm very thankful it wasn't immediately available at 12:30 am on Friday (4/17), or else I wouldn't have gone to bed.) This book was everything - I certainly got the resolution I desperately wanted (I'm a sucker for happy endings - spoiler-free, promise), and I felt like how Killian and Hazel came to terms not only with each other, but their relationship... it was awesome. And it felt natural, especially with how book 2 ended. Plus, the humor packed a punch in this book - there were three specific instances where I laughed so hard, I wheezed. This book was so good that I honestly don't know what to do with my life now. I'm in this weird period after finishing a power-house of a book where I'm just a total space cadet. That being said, there are one or two questions from side plots (points?) that I feel weren't answered (for me), but while I'd like to know the answers, they don't detract from me loving this book to pieces. This book is by far my favorite out of the trilogy - but I'm also just a huge fan of Killian and Hazel's relationship. <3 I would love to see more side stories, kind of like the Snowflakes: Short Story Collection from the Snow Queen duology. One, because I want more of the world, and Killian and Hazel; two, because I'm just not ready for the series to be over. T-T

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Schwartz

    I love this trilogy! Fun, plays a bit with the tropes of the genre, a strong heroine, some neat twists to the plot. Perfect weekend reading - if you can wait till the weekend to read it! I couldn't. I love this trilogy! Fun, plays a bit with the tropes of the genre, a strong heroine, some neat twists to the plot. Perfect weekend reading - if you can wait till the weekend to read it! I couldn't.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I mean the start was fucking awesome epic etc. I felt like this book overall however was a little rushed and light overall and she defs forgave them hoes too quick. ALSO ALSO ALSO. Seriously i knew it was slow burn but i didnt realise it was just gonna fizzle without some sorta bang pun intended. Like excuse me are they not adults!? Like their was a lot lacking for me in this book especially given its the final the shadow whatever thing the elves stuff the entire lack of like protecting the weak I mean the start was fucking awesome epic etc. I felt like this book overall however was a little rushed and light overall and she defs forgave them hoes too quick. ALSO ALSO ALSO. Seriously i knew it was slow burn but i didnt realise it was just gonna fizzle without some sorta bang pun intended. Like excuse me are they not adults!? Like their was a lot lacking for me in this book especially given its the final the shadow whatever thing the elves stuff the entire lack of like protecting the weaker houses there was so much more that couldve been done i mean did that law go through what about her parents they gonna end up finding out who the big bads are like this WORLD and this couple have so much more to offer like im seriously hoping we get some fae and dragon couple or elf and something couple who end up being friends with the house of blood and mercy and have their own series so we can at least find out news on the drake meidis fam via them ffs. I mean come on ita fine if there no adult scenes or in depth romance in more chill cosy type books you expect that frm the book equiv of a hallmark or disney movie AND i dont expect adult scenes from teens or whatever but an ancient af powerful vamp lord and a young full of life magical badarse adept together power couple like who are trying to create the fture of magic and save the supes and all that like your telling me theyre isnt at least like an epilogue about their miracle future kid being vamp and wizard i mean idk im unclear on the vamp stuff but at least in this book they seem made but i mean hello game changer i figured from the lack of love scenes that we were headed for that sort of shock epilogue or a book about them dealing with that and there one status for eachother or at the very least i figured the feeding part would hold a friggen love scene after or idk after the friggen battle idk their relationship chemistey whatever was there but its like the author didnt know what to do with it without the will they wont they sexual tension and guarded hearts game. So when they finally are togethers these two badarse bitches become what fucking hallmark all of a sudden? Like you could argue theyre both from certain times societies whatever that theyd wait til marriage even though itd be a weak af argument but if you were doing that then the honeymoon etc shouldve been detailed and not just the random proposal i mean it was cute and all but it felt like biting into a cookie you expected to be rocky road chocolate with chips and nasically the holy grail of cookies and getting a plain oat raisin cookie like if i wanted that id pick up a cosy mystery book homie i wanted a devilish rogue vamp lord to act like a god damn lord of vamps who found his one and a magic heart of gold who suddenly became the powerhouse who couls smoosh the slimy bugs into the dirt and robin hood up the place like what. What. What. Im honestly like i loved the universe and this couple and this series really but for fuck sakes the ending was so unsatisfying and this book waa a let down conpared to the others. This either shouldve had 2 more books minimum OR should have been much longer and given us a solid finish and reward at the end of it all. Like i got neither im disappointed i feel sad the couple didnt get the treatment they deserved and like even with the short story supplements it was meh. I mean sighhh. If this is another annette marie author who writes this level of awesome who drags us kicking and screaming into a romance and never takes it above fkn hand holding and throws us a kiss once in a while if where lucky and not even a good one but a bloody disney kiss while writing murder and adult plots and whatnot im going to be so fkn disappointed. Like the fucking mages and also the demons series annette maries doing like i read her piperel series first and that was teenagers so even though i was like fml and it was pretty messy overall i figured theyre minors fine but shes writing now about adults but keeping it PG af. And like no. Adult main characters especially when it includes romance in its deal do asult romantic things ffs. Its like as gross and unreal as when they make adult badarse magic mercs say fudge or jerk instead of actually swearing like they abosolutely would like if your honna including killing and death and all other adult things then wtf is so dirty or wrong or scary or in a fucking propriate about incluing two people doing something natural and usually full of love. like the double standard bs like oh sure killing weapons is fine but god forbid they sleep together AGHHHHH

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    Yep, this was another fantastic, read-in-a-single-day book by K.M. Shea. Good thing I set aside a day to read it because I would have gotten nothing done until I was finished! This book is a smashing conclusion to this trilogy while still leaving enough openness in this world for more spin-off stories (please let there be spin-off stories!!!). Hazel really comes into her strength magically, emotionally, politically, etc. She becomes the leader House Medeis needs her to be in this difficult time. Yep, this was another fantastic, read-in-a-single-day book by K.M. Shea. Good thing I set aside a day to read it because I would have gotten nothing done until I was finished! This book is a smashing conclusion to this trilogy while still leaving enough openness in this world for more spin-off stories (please let there be spin-off stories!!!). Hazel really comes into her strength magically, emotionally, politically, etc. She becomes the leader House Medeis needs her to be in this difficult time. Killian goes through a lot of growth in this book. The smaller character arcs he had in the first two books really start to show in this book, setting up the bigger change he has here in forming healthier relationships, and not just with Hazel. I liked how he really started bonding with his whole Family in a new way. And the ending....ah! So, so, so good! I guessed the twist, but it was the kind of twist that it was incredibly satisfying to be right. The trilogy had been hinting and building at this ending for so long that it was incredibly satisfying to see it play out. I may have gone back and re-read the ending because it was so good. K.M. Shea even managed to make the vampire-human romance thing far less creepy than it usually is. Top notch book as always. Plenty of laughs and fun and adventure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katyana

    I enjoyed it. I also have to say that I don't know if I have ever self-identified with a character to the degree I did with Hazel. She made exactly the same decisions I think I would have. There were several points where I was like O_O because she said something that I have literally said to someone - like her comment that forgiving him just means she isn't angry anymore, it doesn't mean his actions have no consequences. I feel like there were a lot of loose ends though. Like, what was the Parago I enjoyed it. I also have to say that I don't know if I have ever self-identified with a character to the degree I did with Hazel. She made exactly the same decisions I think I would have. There were several points where I was like O_O because she said something that I have literally said to someone - like her comment that forgiving him just means she isn't angry anymore, it doesn't mean his actions have no consequences. I feel like there were a lot of loose ends though. Like, what was the Paragon looking for? Why were Hazel's parents really killed? Like, who? And why was it necessary, especially at that moment? And was magic dying because of how segregated the supes had gotten? It seems that way, based on how they flourish when they work together. Also, the battle tactic surprise wasn't in any way a surprise. I mean, it had been foreshadowed nearly from the outset. So I didn't need the time jump forward to battle to do the surprise, and then flash back to see it happening. I'd rather those just played in order, so I could really enjoy the moment with Killian and Hazel. And my last point of criticism ... this series is SUPER chaste. We barely get a kiss. Is that the norm for this author? Because oof. The build-up of their relationship was wonderful, the tension as they sort their shit out ... but I feel like the payoff was pretty nonexistent. But I really like the characters... like, all of them. Great main cast, awesome secondary cast. I wish we'd gotten to see the continuing intertwining of House Madeis and the Drake Family - (view spoiler)[I'd love to see how Celestina and Josh react to the offer of wizard blood, for example (hide spoiler)] , but it was cool to get the bits that we did get in the epilogue. I just enjoyed how well they folded together that I greedily want more of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Lighthearted, super fun, and adorable, this was a nice ending to the series. As always, I love how clean K.M. Shea's stories are, and I appreciate the lack of OP drama. Thanks for a very fun couple of hours during this crazy time. :) Lighthearted, super fun, and adorable, this was a nice ending to the series. As always, I love how clean K.M. Shea's stories are, and I appreciate the lack of OP drama. Thanks for a very fun couple of hours during this crazy time. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    One of the funnest series I have read in a long while. K.M Shea is a fun author. Her books are geared to younger readers but I enjoy them. I just read this whole series in a couple days. Her books just suck you in. You just have so much fun and care about her characters. This is the final book but she does leave it open to write more if she wanted to. The triumphant ending was not a disappointment:} I thought I might kill this author after waiting for three books for the main characters to final One of the funnest series I have read in a long while. K.M Shea is a fun author. Her books are geared to younger readers but I enjoy them. I just read this whole series in a couple days. Her books just suck you in. You just have so much fun and care about her characters. This is the final book but she does leave it open to write more if she wanted to. The triumphant ending was not a disappointment:} I thought I might kill this author after waiting for three books for the main characters to finally have their MOMENT! And then she delivered:} It was great. She keeps it very tame so I could hand this to my 11 year old and have no problems with them reading the kissing scene. Lots of heavy moments with light banter right after. I almost wished there would have been more of a serious romantic feel because I am older but it wouldn't have fit with her writing style. I enjoyed the whole series. Some violence but nothing overly described and people heal. 12 and up

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    (4.5 stars) - A stay up all night page-turner! Hazel is still ticked at Killian and the Drake family, but not enough to let the Night Court slaughter them. Killian wants to reconcile & form an alliance since the Night fae are sure to target House Medeis in retaliation for their interference. It's for Hazel's own good - but Killian wouldn't mind it either. However, if there's one thing Killian should know by now, Hazel isn't about to make his life easy. Book 3 of the Hall of Blood and Mercy series (4.5 stars) - A stay up all night page-turner! Hazel is still ticked at Killian and the Drake family, but not enough to let the Night Court slaughter them. Killian wants to reconcile & form an alliance since the Night fae are sure to target House Medeis in retaliation for their interference. It's for Hazel's own good - but Killian wouldn't mind it either. However, if there's one thing Killian should know by now, Hazel isn't about to make his life easy. Book 3 of the Hall of Blood and Mercy series is a fantastic wrap up of Hazel & Killian's story, and was totally worth the sleep loss! You know Hazel and Killian will reconcile, but the reconciliation is sweet and romantic - and of course, amusing. I have enjoyed this series so much and am only disappointed that it's over (definitely on my re-reads list though)! *Clean romance level: passionate kisses

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jana Brown

    This is the third book in a tight trilogy. You need to read them in order as stepping in here would be massively confusing. 3.5 stars, rounded up because it was fun. I'd put the whole series between a 3-4 depending on my mood when you asked. So here I am at the end of the series. I read all three books in about three days, which says something for my experience despite my qualms at the end. I'm gonna break this last review into review for the book and review for the series. For the book it did the t This is the third book in a tight trilogy. You need to read them in order as stepping in here would be massively confusing. 3.5 stars, rounded up because it was fun. I'd put the whole series between a 3-4 depending on my mood when you asked. So here I am at the end of the series. I read all three books in about three days, which says something for my experience despite my qualms at the end. I'm gonna break this last review into review for the book and review for the series. For the book it did the things I expected it to. I pretty much figured out the overall arc by the second scene and it was just about watching it play out and snickering at the Paragon. The balance between bigger plot and romance here is definitely on the side of romance and Killian trying to figure out how to get Hazel to forgive him for doing jerky things and her trying to convince him that the thing he did was wrong. I am glad she called him on it, even though I think he got off pretty light all in all. The characters and secondary characters are still amusing and the family/house dynamics are enjoyable. This is very UF light with very little swearing or intimacy (just a couple of kisses (view spoiler)[The blood drinking scene isn't sexy at all, bucking the general trend for that in vampire books. (hide spoiler)] ), and most of the violence is very lightly written with an emphasis on mercy, healing, and the only folks who die are those who have proven repeatedly that they deserve it. I suspect Lelia is our heroine for the next series given how this one left things with her. So my problems with this book apply to the whole series. 1: Copyediting and tense shifting disrupt the flow of what is otherwise nice writing. 2: I still don't care about the Killian chapters. They feel like a cop out to me versus something I was anxious to read so I could see his side of things. He feels more shallow when I'm reading in his head versus when I'm interpreting him through Hazel. 3: This is obviously a set up for the much broader world and thus there are a lot of big plot hooks which are left unanswered. I can see that the author has other series within this world so I'm guessing that she'll keep adding to this bigger plot through the other series and like Marvel you have to watch all the shows to understand the Endgame. It's an interesting idea, but I'm not sure I'm interested enough to commit to wandering through several series to confirm my suspicions. 4: As I mentioned above I know this is light UF. It's lighter hearted and lighter content, and for the most part that hit the mood I was in when reading. The place where is doesn't is very simply that in the end it feels like everything was way way too easy. Every threat is defeated fairly simply without any lasting injury, pain, or really even inconvenience except maybe to the shrubbery and architecture. Everyone who isn't an obvious threat ends up liking Hazel and by extension either liking or increasing their tolerance for Killian. Even Rupert, who I enjoyed watching snark at her, comes around to the wizards are great club. He's sullen about it, but he was the only outlier and by the end isn't an outlier any more. How do we end up with all the wizards in her House and all the vampires in Drake family all getting along and trusting and loving each other and we're gonna be blood donors, nudge nudge wink wink, cats and dogs living together... blah? And most of the politics end up this way too. I kept watching for someone who would prove to be using Hazel for their own ends or otherwise somewhat sinister - especially giving the magic dying and who is supporting the Night Court threads - but no. If there is any shred of discontentment or bucking the system or not thinking everything they do is a great idea there's certainly no sign of it here. And all that easy left me feeling dissatisfied. Things worth keeping are worth not just fighting for, but sacrificing for and they really don't. So if you want your HEA tied off with lots of neat little bows it totally does that. But it left me... wanting. And I'm not certain that I'm willing to dive into the next series, though I'm curious enough to go look up how many there are. I guess I like my UF a little more like my steak, medium rare, and this was a bit too well done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such a great ending!!! One of the wittiest fight scene ever! This was an amazing wrap up of one of the fun reads of my year so far! I love, love, love that the wizards have finally step up their game! Their battle strategies and the way that they trained here... It was all playing in my head like a movie. It's really cool! The relationship between Hazel and Killian was solidified and I honestly like the easy-going companionship that they have going. I adore the interaction between the Drakes and Such a great ending!!! One of the wittiest fight scene ever! This was an amazing wrap up of one of the fun reads of my year so far! I love, love, love that the wizards have finally step up their game! Their battle strategies and the way that they trained here... It was all playing in my head like a movie. It's really cool! The relationship between Hazel and Killian was solidified and I honestly like the easy-going companionship that they have going. I adore the interaction between the Drakes and house Medeis. There's never a dull moment with everyone! What they have, cooperation and all, vampires and wizards alike, seems perfect! ^_^ I also love it that this book seems to open up a whole world of possibilities. I already know that the night court or midnight court has their own books. I will read it soon, but I must praise the author again for paving the way and it was done so with finesse. :) I might be biased here because heck, I'm the main character, but really... YOU SHOULD READ THIS TRILOGY! You'll have fun with it. I swear! :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessy's &#x1f318;escape from reality&#x1f312;

    Loved this trilogy, the story had a nice solid plot although it was shallow at times, made me laugh and keep me entertained. I didn't necessarily mind it had no sex. I enjoyed the sexual tension between Killian and Hazel and loved them both as well!! I can't wait to read the spin-off! Loved this trilogy, the story had a nice solid plot although it was shallow at times, made me laugh and keep me entertained. I didn't necessarily mind it had no sex. I enjoyed the sexual tension between Killian and Hazel and loved them both as well!! I can't wait to read the spin-off!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lemon

    All right. Let's try this review thing. Positives: The characters and their growth and development. The solidity of the plot and the sneaky sequel material left inside while everything important was wrapped up. And how K.M. Shea definitely accomplished her goal of making me laugh. Negatives: I thought the writing could be stronger and more flowy in the exposition parts. Transition better, I mean. But that may he just me. And there may be sliiight content issues some people may take issue with conc All right. Let's try this review thing. Positives: The characters and their growth and development. The solidity of the plot and the sneaky sequel material left inside while everything important was wrapped up. And how K.M. Shea definitely accomplished her goal of making me laugh. Negatives: I thought the writing could be stronger and more flowy in the exposition parts. Transition better, I mean. But that may he just me. And there may be sliiight content issues some people may take issue with concerning mild non graphic violence and some humor types (toilety humor, sort of, not sexual). But content is basically very clean Opinion: *pterodactyl screech* I loved this boooooooook. And I always love how the author ALWAYS develops and colors her characters so well. No matter how much you dislike her plots or characters, she always makes them grow and I appreciate that A LOT. Pfft. What negatives?? The growth was greatttttttt throughout the trilogy and I want more of these characters, even if Urban Fantasy isn't my thing... I think some may have an issue with the whole supernatural creatures thing not being explained, but this book was meant to make you laugh, not preach, and that it did so well (as well as make you screech at the author because whyyyy?).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I love it when a plan (and a House/Family) finally comes together! I really enjoyed reading this one, and I felt like all of the characters really pulled together to make such a fun team! And although I didn't get too much schmexy time between the h/H I did get a nice amount of sweet romance. But is this the end of the series? Because I would be interested to hear more about (view spoiler)[the Shadow baddies and what happened with Hazel's parents (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]> I love it when a plan (and a House/Family) finally comes together! I really enjoyed reading this one, and I felt like all of the characters really pulled together to make such a fun team! And although I didn't get too much schmexy time between the h/H I did get a nice amount of sweet romance. But is this the end of the series? Because I would be interested to hear more about (view spoiler)[the Shadow baddies and what happened with Hazel's parents (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Move over Edward Cullen, there is a new vampire in town!! I read Shea's Court of Midnight and Deception series first and after seeing Hazel and Killian make appearances in that I knew I had to go back and read their series. I am so glad I did, I really loved Hall of Blood and Mercy. I really loved Hazel and espcially Killian. I thought they had a nice relationship and the build-up between them was great. I also just loved the overall story and world Ms. Shea created. A great Urban Fantasy series. Move over Edward Cullen, there is a new vampire in town!! I read Shea's Court of Midnight and Deception series first and after seeing Hazel and Killian make appearances in that I knew I had to go back and read their series. I am so glad I did, I really loved Hall of Blood and Mercy. I really loved Hazel and espcially Killian. I thought they had a nice relationship and the build-up between them was great. I also just loved the overall story and world Ms. Shea created. A great Urban Fantasy series. I hope she continues to write more series set in this world. Content: Clean. Kissing. Mild Violence Hall of Blood and Mercy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    This was such a good trilogy! I'm so happy I could read it so close together, too. Each book got better and better, and the romance was done in a lovely way. The groveling in this book was enjoyable, for the record, and Killian and Hazel's relationship ended up in a wonderful place. Hazel really sticks to her guns and doesn't take sh*t, which is lovely. This book starts with a bang, and I really enjoyed the fight scene there. The merging of the wizards and vampires is fun, and I liked seeing the This was such a good trilogy! I'm so happy I could read it so close together, too. Each book got better and better, and the romance was done in a lovely way. The groveling in this book was enjoyable, for the record, and Killian and Hazel's relationship ended up in a wonderful place. Hazel really sticks to her guns and doesn't take sh*t, which is lovely. This book starts with a bang, and I really enjoyed the fight scene there. The merging of the wizards and vampires is fun, and I liked seeing them getting along. I liked getting to know the wizards better. The Paragon is always a joy, and we see more of the Elite, who (view spoiler)[asks Hazel to be his protégée, or the next Elite! (hide spoiler)] . The battle with the Night Court is well done, with an exciting twist. (view spoiler)[Killian drank from Hazel, and is immune to her magic, so now her magic mark is on his face, and he's (intentionally; not always a part of it) making her immortal! She's also his "one", his true love, basically, which he admitted. :) (hide spoiler)] Overall, this was an excellent read, full of amazing characters, a compelling plot (view spoiler)[(I like that it hints at solutions for the magical community, but doesn't have the MCs straight up solve everything, on a side note) (hide spoiler)] , wonderful romance, humor, and great writing. I really enjoyed it, and I think that it's one of K.M. Shea's strongest series to date (and I've been reading her work for years). 5 stars!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fmarie

    This trilogy caught me by surprise, I got more than what I initially expected. Hazel grew up on a house full of powerful wizards but she did not have any extraordinary powers herself. While escaping from a “house coup” she ends up with the Drake family of vampires. Under their protection she goes through the motions of strengthening and eventually unlocking her powers. In the meantime she develops a slow burn relationship with the powerful Killian. That part of the story is not a new concept. Wh This trilogy caught me by surprise, I got more than what I initially expected. Hazel grew up on a house full of powerful wizards but she did not have any extraordinary powers herself. While escaping from a “house coup” she ends up with the Drake family of vampires. Under their protection she goes through the motions of strengthening and eventually unlocking her powers. In the meantime she develops a slow burn relationship with the powerful Killian. That part of the story is not a new concept. What made the book for me? The interaction between Hazel and Killian. It was not insta love, they learned from one another by spending time together, talking and respecting each other’s boundaries. It was tentative, you could see the spark of a budding romance but they were cautious about it and not very sure about what to do. The side characters were lovely. The loyalty and friendship of each group was lovely. I like how they learned to work with each other’s compensating for strengths and weaknesses. I liked how Hazel stuck to her values and was firm in her convictions when it mattered. I liked that Killian was able to listen to her and respect her point of view. The way they solve the conflict together was fabulous. I enjoyed this trilogy and could read more from this world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This third and (final?) installment was a little more romance focused but still had the same humor and a lot of action that the first two books had. Clearly vampire romance with a wizard won't be everyone's cup of tea. However, I found the series a lot of fun and enjoyed the conclusion of this trilogy. My only quibble, and it might not be depending on what the author announces, is that there is one plot thread left dangling. That leads me to believe that she intends to write more in this universe This third and (final?) installment was a little more romance focused but still had the same humor and a lot of action that the first two books had. Clearly vampire romance with a wizard won't be everyone's cup of tea. However, I found the series a lot of fun and enjoyed the conclusion of this trilogy. My only quibble, and it might not be depending on what the author announces, is that there is one plot thread left dangling. That leads me to believe that she intends to write more in this universe. If that plot thread isn't answered in some way (I'm looking at whoever is the master organization funding the mayhem in this world) then I would be disappointed but I'm pretty sure it's on purpose. I'm on board with reading more from this world from new characters!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Book Chomper

    This light, amusing tale was action-packed with a smart, capable heroine and a Hero who slowly learns to place his trust in her. The romance was squeaky clean. And I didn't mind that - although I would have liked perhaps a smidge more heat. This book involves Killian winning back Hazel and a major final smackdown with the Fae. This series was my first time reading anything by this author so am going to assume she is going to pick up this world with new MC's and answer several threads she left dan This light, amusing tale was action-packed with a smart, capable heroine and a Hero who slowly learns to place his trust in her. The romance was squeaky clean. And I didn't mind that - although I would have liked perhaps a smidge more heat. This book involves Killian winning back Hazel and a major final smackdown with the Fae. This series was my first time reading anything by this author so am going to assume she is going to pick up this world with new MC's and answer several threads she left dangling - Rupert having a 'one' Leia's fear/disdain for the fae, and who was the puppet master behind the Night Court's actions. Excellent writing. Layered, flawed characters. Very much liked this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    I had a lot of expectations for the last book in this trilogy and it didn't disappoint. Hazel definitely used all that she learned in the last couple of months and she's ready to use it against her enemies. She showed an amazing growth and showed Killian who was boss, which I really enjoyed. She still had hints of vulnerability and made Killian a little more human because of it. They both came such a long way from book 1 and that final battle was what I was hoping for and more. Really entertaini I had a lot of expectations for the last book in this trilogy and it didn't disappoint. Hazel definitely used all that she learned in the last couple of months and she's ready to use it against her enemies. She showed an amazing growth and showed Killian who was boss, which I really enjoyed. She still had hints of vulnerability and made Killian a little more human because of it. They both came such a long way from book 1 and that final battle was what I was hoping for and more. Really entertaining writing and plot. I'll read more from this author and I'm most assuredly a fan now.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Swalsk

    Cute ending

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miranda F.

    As the third of a trilogy, it wraps up all the major threads (antagonists, emotional growth, societal challenges) posed in the last two, but leaves some lingering world-building questions I can't help think will be answered in an offshoot series someday (maybe featuring other characters??) that I would devour. While this is technically a trilogy, the books feel very interconnected to me, and read like one long book that happened to be divided into thirds. (I much prefer series like this one, wher As the third of a trilogy, it wraps up all the major threads (antagonists, emotional growth, societal challenges) posed in the last two, but leaves some lingering world-building questions I can't help think will be answered in an offshoot series someday (maybe featuring other characters??) that I would devour. While this is technically a trilogy, the books feel very interconnected to me, and read like one long book that happened to be divided into thirds. (I much prefer series like this one, where the books rely on each other, than episodic series.) Everything that is excellent about the first two continues to be extraordinary here. I loved the way we finally see a lot of both the House wizards and Family vampires here. I love the development in the relationship between Hazel and Killian that becomes key to both resolving an underlying emotional challenge and combatting the major antagonists of the series. Pretty much every element in this series works flawlessly -- like a diamond in book form. So glad I found this author!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Loved this book so much better than the other 2. She was so whiny in the previous books constantly complaining about how she's not strong enough during training and so on and so forth. But, in this book she steps into a leadership role and is doing a great job of teaching her house to fight. Not only that but i fucking LOVED the scene where she saves the Drake Family at the meeting and Killian hugs her after. The fact that they are now in an alliance is so exciting because we get to see a strong Loved this book so much better than the other 2. She was so whiny in the previous books constantly complaining about how she's not strong enough during training and so on and so forth. But, in this book she steps into a leadership role and is doing a great job of teaching her house to fight. Not only that but i fucking LOVED the scene where she saves the Drake Family at the meeting and Killian hugs her after. The fact that they are now in an alliance is so exciting because we get to see a strong alliance happening between House Medis and the Drake Family which will def start changing things in the supernatural community. I love how Killian and her trained together. Such a great book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria Hibl

    Loved the series! I really loved the series! I would definitely recommend reading all 3, even if urban fantasy isn't your thing I think you will find something to enjoy in this series of you like your romance to have a fantasy or fairy tale element. This book was a great conclusion to everything. I thought Killian's character growth was really good, I only wish there had been a little more from his point of view. I would love to see more set in this world though. I definitely want to know what t Loved the series! I really loved the series! I would definitely recommend reading all 3, even if urban fantasy isn't your thing I think you will find something to enjoy in this series of you like your romance to have a fantasy or fairy tale element. This book was a great conclusion to everything. I thought Killian's character growth was really good, I only wish there had been a little more from his point of view. I would love to see more set in this world though. I definitely want to know what the Paragon is up to, and I think Leila or Rupert would be fun characters to have books from their point of view. But seeing more of any of the side characters would be great!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Borderstar

    I really enjoyed this series and am sad that it's over - I'm especially surprised at this, as I picked the first book up initially with no/low expectations on a whim. It was just different enough to be intriguing and I really liked the main characters, including quite a number of the side characters too. Of course, like anything, there were some niggles, but this one really worked for me. I really hope that there will be more in this world at a later date. edit: yeay, looks like I get my wish my li I really enjoyed this series and am sad that it's over - I'm especially surprised at this, as I picked the first book up initially with no/low expectations on a whim. It was just different enough to be intriguing and I really liked the main characters, including quite a number of the side characters too. Of course, like anything, there were some niggles, but this one really worked for me. I really hope that there will be more in this world at a later date. edit: yeay, looks like I get my wish my link text

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lopa Blumenthal

    What a finale! This was such a lively exciting book. I love Hazel and Killian so much! He’s become a fixture in my list of UF top ten male leads. Hazel has come so far from where we first met her. Only regret that it’s the last one in the series. Hoping the author is considering spin offs with Josh, Celestine, Rupert, Momoko, Felix and others. She’d definitely have this reader waiting for release dates.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Treena

    This whole trilogy was a very entertaining read. It’s light on the romance and it’s squeaky clean but I didn’t mind at all because I just love Hazel and Killian. Their chemistry and relationship is super-duper fun. I picked this trilogy up on a whim but I’m so glad I did. I highly recommend the series for any PNR book lover, but especially for vampire romance fans.

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