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The Shadow demon nearly took everything from Dynalya Astron, and it would soon return for more. When she discovers a way to fight back, she must go on a perilous journey and risk it all for those she holds dear. Along the way, she meets Cassiel, a Celestial Prince with magic blood and wings as black as his heart. He wants nothing to do with Dyna until he learns she could le The Shadow demon nearly took everything from Dynalya Astron, and it would soon return for more. When she discovers a way to fight back, she must go on a perilous journey and risk it all for those she holds dear. Along the way, she meets Cassiel, a Celestial Prince with magic blood and wings as black as his heart. He wants nothing to do with Dyna until he learns she could lead him to a place he has been searching for all his life. But reaching their destination is not as easy as they thought, nor are they the only ones who search for it. With danger at every turn and harrowing secrets between them, the quest will require much more than determination. They must fight for what they desire—or die trying. For fans of Throne of Glass, The Cruel Prince, and The Lord of the Rings comes Beck Michael's debut novel with remarkable characters, a budding romance, and gripping action. Divine Blood is the first book of an Epic Dark Fantasy series that explores the depths of loss, acceptance, and the true meaning of courage. Pluma Press presents a beautiful, Limited Edition paperback of Divine Blood with an exclusive white cover, and 30 pages of additional bonus content: a never-before-seen bonus chapter, character art, and a sneak peek of Bonded Fate, the next book in The Guardians of the Maiden series!


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The Shadow demon nearly took everything from Dynalya Astron, and it would soon return for more. When she discovers a way to fight back, she must go on a perilous journey and risk it all for those she holds dear. Along the way, she meets Cassiel, a Celestial Prince with magic blood and wings as black as his heart. He wants nothing to do with Dyna until he learns she could le The Shadow demon nearly took everything from Dynalya Astron, and it would soon return for more. When she discovers a way to fight back, she must go on a perilous journey and risk it all for those she holds dear. Along the way, she meets Cassiel, a Celestial Prince with magic blood and wings as black as his heart. He wants nothing to do with Dyna until he learns she could lead him to a place he has been searching for all his life. But reaching their destination is not as easy as they thought, nor are they the only ones who search for it. With danger at every turn and harrowing secrets between them, the quest will require much more than determination. They must fight for what they desire—or die trying. For fans of Throne of Glass, The Cruel Prince, and The Lord of the Rings comes Beck Michael's debut novel with remarkable characters, a budding romance, and gripping action. Divine Blood is the first book of an Epic Dark Fantasy series that explores the depths of loss, acceptance, and the true meaning of courage. Pluma Press presents a beautiful, Limited Edition paperback of Divine Blood with an exclusive white cover, and 30 pages of additional bonus content: a never-before-seen bonus chapter, character art, and a sneak peek of Bonded Fate, the next book in The Guardians of the Maiden series!

30 review for Divine Blood - Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    i enjoyed this a lot more than i thought i would! i honestly have no memory of how i came across this book or how it ended up on my tbr, but im glad it did! there is a lot going on in this story. with magical creatures such as angels, werewolves, mages, sorceresses, elves, etc. and how these different groups interact with each other, it can feel quite overwhelming. the world building is there, but i think the author was trying to prevent the reader from getting confused, so it does feel minimal. i enjoyed this a lot more than i thought i would! i honestly have no memory of how i came across this book or how it ended up on my tbr, but im glad it did! there is a lot going on in this story. with magical creatures such as angels, werewolves, mages, sorceresses, elves, etc. and how these different groups interact with each other, it can feel quite overwhelming. the world building is there, but i think the author was trying to prevent the reader from getting confused, so it does feel minimal. it got to the point where i was just going along with everything and trying not to overthink it. lol. but i really liked the characters (dyna, zev, and cassiel are everything) and i liked how there is one major story line with little stories along the way that you know will tie-in later to the overall narrative. i do wish a little more progress was made with regard to the characters’ journey. for nearly 500 pages, i thought they would have gotten further. but there is great character development and connections made, so i guess i cant really complain. definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and i highly recommend this to any fans of YA fantasy! ↠ 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela

    This book was something else. Something I was searching for. Something I, actually, craved. I had a good feeling about from the start, and I was right, as it captured me from the beginning! We are thrown into a world full of magic, mages, Celestials, werewolves and other mystical creatures lurking around, danger at every step, always feeling the need to watch your back. The knowledge we are given We get so much information regarding this world and its history, the characters, the magic system and s This book was something else. Something I was searching for. Something I, actually, craved. I had a good feeling about from the start, and I was right, as it captured me from the beginning! We are thrown into a world full of magic, mages, Celestials, werewolves and other mystical creatures lurking around, danger at every step, always feeling the need to watch your back. The knowledge we are given We get so much information regarding this world and its history, the characters, the magic system and so on, and I'm really grateful for it! I haven't felt overwhelmed by the amount of information I was getting, because it was divided and given to you at the right time, at the right moment. Not thrown at you in a 10 page monologue (like other books). This is a thing many books lack, but not Divine Blood , because this one was well structured. The relationships between characters I like that the author chose to "build" these relationships between her characters, rather than just made it appear , out of thin air, like in a lot of books I read lately ... They all started from somewhere, from strangers to acquaintances to friends or even more *wink* and it was so nice to see how these relationships were formed, how they evolved. The worldbuilding Being that type of book where we are puting our good clothes on, filling a bag full of supplies and going on a journey, I was so grateful for that map. The descriptions were on point, not too lengthy, not too short, but just right. I could picture everything so easily, I felt like I was walking through the city with them, admiring the scenery. The magic system was also well explained. This plot gave me "fairy tale" vibes and I absolutely loved it. The Characters When it comes to characters, every one of them, has a role, they're not there just to be *if you get what I'm saying*. They exist in this story for a reason, and it isn't for display. Not to mention that the character development impressed me and I'm going to tell you a bit about our characters. Dynalya : She is a bit naive and too trustful sometimes, but given the circumstances she grew up in and the knowledge that was kept away from her ... it's understandable. She is a kind girl, sometimes too kind ... and I felt bad for her because there are many people who seek to take advantage of her. She's a strong character and her evolution throughout the story is noticeable. Cassiel : my dear Cassiel *sigh* I love him with all my heart, I really do, but hell if he's not complicated ... *or should I say heavens?* This man ... I don't know how should I describe him without giving away too much, but I'll just tell you that he is going to become one of your favorite male characters. Zev is officially my favorite werewolf, you'll find out why. Speaking of werewolves, I was so fascinated by the way they were presented in this book. It was the first book I read that also had a reference to Lycans. There were more than 3 POVs, but you shouldn't be alarmed even if you might think you're not a fan of this kind of storytelling. I'll tell you why, in this case, you're going to have no problem at all. In "Divine Blood" the multiple POVs aren't useless, because through them we find out other things relevant to the story and also, not boring at all. P.S. There are a few characters with mysterious powers and I'm waiting for the next book to find out what kind of power they wield. It has been a long time since I read a fantasy this good and trust me when I tell you that this book is worthy of your #mustread stack. Note that this is not something I tell you often

  3. 4 out of 5

    Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Thank you so much to Beck Michaels for sending me a copy of Divine Blood to read and review! This gorgeous book had me in some serious cover love when she advertised for readers! I enjoyed my time spent in the world of Urn.  The world building is extremely well done. The book has both the map of the kingdom AND of the entire continent! It is hard to write books that contain epic journeys, with towns 90+ miles apart, and maintain a proper time and distance and bonding between characters and events Thank you so much to Beck Michaels for sending me a copy of Divine Blood to read and review! This gorgeous book had me in some serious cover love when she advertised for readers! I enjoyed my time spent in the world of Urn.  The world building is extremely well done. The book has both the map of the kingdom AND of the entire continent! It is hard to write books that contain epic journeys, with towns 90+ miles apart, and maintain a proper time and distance and bonding between characters and events, and I think this is a uniquely strong writing element in fantasy that she handled very well.  Between the length of the journey and the motley group, I was getting Lord of the Rings vibes.  She also describes beautiful trees and fauna, mountains and scenery.  In the towns we get a good idea for the general feel of things, the individual political scenarios, and small details like foods and currency even.  There are only local swears like “God of Urn!” and nothing that detracts from the immersion.  Like I said, I really appreciate the world building so far. The description should really say for fans of ACOTaR, Cassiel is perfect to fill that Rhysand shaped hole in everyone’s heart.  The characters are the central aspect of the book, and make up a motley crew for sure.  Dynalya is the foreseen maiden of mage descent, trying to save her family and village from a demon that takes children.  Also she is a magical healer so YAY! Zev, her cousin, is a lycan with a temper.  Cassiel is a handsome prince.  Each has their own struggles and feelings of inadequacy and lack of acceptance to overcome.  The book spans quite a number of miles travelled and the characters grow on each other at a seemingly appropriate rate.  The only thing that bugged me was how Dynalya changes between the points of view – she is portrayed as super brave in her chapters but in the other POVs she is treated like a 6 year old precious flower with no self preservatio.  I have to agree more on the stupid human that can’t be alone in the dark at age 19 portrayal, than the brave woman one, it just seems like a huge change. The other characters include an elf with some seriously amazing magic, a torn commander who is working for an evil mage (p.s. these 2 are my favorite characters, Rawn and Von), and a sassy sorceress who also has some awesome magic.  All sorts of magical races from minotaurs to elves to werewolves are in this book, and Dynalya ends up with six guardians so I can’t wait to see who else pops up in book 2. My only real qualm with the book is a few (maybe 5 total) blatant editing mishaps, they are few and far in between though and I hate to bring it up but it distracts me so much from the pace of things.  The other enjoyment issue for me was the pacing – the plot pulls back and meanders in the middle half to build the characters and world while they travel.  I do enjoy these things and there was plenty of action thrown in too, but it wasn’t a compulsive read until the last quarter.  I guess to summarize: this is more of a classic fantasy and I’m only truly docking a star for Dyna’s bipolar portrayal, none of these other reasons. As far as content: I would put this in the ‘clean reads’ category! So yes – I do fully recommend this for fantasy readers who enjoy a romantic twist in a well built world.  It is one of those rare ones that really truly has something for everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beck Michaels

    The low rays of the sunset fell around him in a red, golden hue, accenting his silk black wings and striking features framed by hair so black it looked like spilled ink against his face. He didn’t seem real. How could he be? His kind no longer existed in the world. Not sure if she was dreaming, Dyna reached out to touch him, needing to prove he was truly there. The moment her fingertips brushed his cool cheek, a gentle electric current pulsed between them. He flinched, inhaling a sharp breath. H The low rays of the sunset fell around him in a red, golden hue, accenting his silk black wings and striking features framed by hair so black it looked like spilled ink against his face. He didn’t seem real. How could he be? His kind no longer existed in the world. Not sure if she was dreaming, Dyna reached out to touch him, needing to prove he was truly there. The moment her fingertips brushed his cool cheek, a gentle electric current pulsed between them. He flinched, inhaling a sharp breath. His ethereal features tightened into a scowl, and he withdrew his arms, leaving her to fall. —Divine Blood Already a fan of the books? Come join the Fellowship of the Maiden on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/divin... Are you excited for Bonded Fate, book 2 of The Guardians of the Maiden series? Come join my Street Team! https://beckmichaels.com/street-team

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hina

    Cover ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Expectations/First Impressions That cover is GORGEOUS! I really like it ❤️ I read the prologue before reading anything else and it sucked me in. I loved the darkness and all the questions it left like what are the shadows who died? So I am a huge fan of angels! I am excited to read this and it being an epic fantasy definitely my forte and my preference when it comes to fantasy! Plot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ MC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyment ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved it ⭐ Cover ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Expectations/First Impressions That cover is GORGEOUS! I really like it ❤️ I read the prologue before reading anything else and it sucked me in. I loved the darkness and all the questions it left like what are the shadows who died? So I am a huge fan of angels! I am excited to read this and it being an epic fantasy definitely my forte and my preference when it comes to fantasy! Plot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ MC ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyment ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I really liked it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked it ⭐️⭐️ It was okay/meh ⭐️ I hated it Tropes: A quest, Magical Artifact, She’s not like the other girls, Fated/Mated lovers, SUPER Slow Burn Trigger Warnings: Very minimal language, Some references to Sexual Content but nothing explicit, thoughts of suicide are discussed (brief but significant to a character) Would recommend for... happy endings? Lovers of Epic Fantasy and Game of Thrones, Multiple POV 3rd person readers, lovers of world building and description Would not recommend for... people who need a strong romantic plotline or subplot, people who usually only like character driven stories, super fans of enemies to lovers tropes, haters fated/mated love and slow burn Age Recommendation 17+ A quest driven epic fantasy that is sure to take you on an adventure through the eyes of different points of view and a vastly complex world. READ IT! SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON I am a little peeved right now because... I wrote this whole section and Goodreads just noped me so hard. I will ATTEMPT TO REPLICATE but no promises. So I had a lot of feelings about this book. I just want to place a disclaimer that I really liked this book. I love Dyna, but I will not say that I always agreed with what Dyna did and that's just who she is. It's like when a character so near and dear to your heart takes on human form. She's like that one friend you love but you aren't sure why they are making such poor life decisions. With that being said-- Here is my rant! First off... WHAT ARE YOU DOING DYNA LIKE WHY ARE YOU SO DUMB?! Cassiel summed it up the best: "What are you doing?" Cassiel said dully. "Are you attempting to break your neck? Because this is how you break your neck." Dyna.... frustrates me... She is just.... LIKE WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Like how can someone be naive, smart, stupid, nice, submissive, and suicidal ALL AT THE SAME TIME?! Is there a functioning brain up there? Every time she went off to do something stupid before she did it I was like... Because Lord knows this chick needs help... Is this a trash Dyna fest...? But you know what it's okay because the heavens have answered with Cassiel and Zev. Cue Cassiel Swoon Moment Cassiel is just.... all the FEELS. I loved him... his broodiness. His inner turmoil. His total conflicting thoughts. Especially in his later chapters regarding the Blood Bond. It was just.... ALL THE FEELSSSSSSSSS. Bite me. And did I mention the hotness of the totally fractured soul named Zev? Cue Zev Swoom Moment I just loved the OTHER I loved his past and the brokenness that comes with it. I love his loyalty and protectiveness over Dyna. I just loved it all. Zev you better get a love interest next book. You better. No seriously if it doesn't happen... 1 STARS 1 STARS FOREVER. But let's be honest Dyna should've been dead if it were not for Cassiel and Zev. And apparently... Rawn WHO CAME OUT OF NOWHERE LIKE... OH AND LUCENNA I felt like I wanted to know more about her! But for now it was okay to be introduced to her. I have no real feelings about Lucenna. Von was alright. but he confused me. Like he was all... I WORK FOR THE BAD GUY but then he's like I DON'T WANNA WORK FOR THE BAD GUY and he also has a forbidden romance and at night he's like getting it on with yavi but in the morning he's like YES SIR TARN YES SIR and basically shutting down everyone and their mother who has the smart idea to book it. but no not you Von. WHY VON?! WHY? You confuse me. Leave for Yavi. Leave for yourself. Leave for ... LIKE ANYTHING JUST LEAVE CAUSE ITS GETTING OLD AND I DONT UNDERSTAND YOU. Also I don't understand everyone's peek a boo appearances and need to save Dyna or pledge their undying fealty to a Lamb. Yes a lamb because that's what Dyna is. she looks like this... Yes Baa Dyna. Because that's all you do. Toss yourself into danger and then the HOT CASSIEL AND ZEV ARE LIKE and dyna is all like... and then Rawn is like... And Lucenna just kind of comes out of nowhere and is like... Don't ask me. I am just going to take Cassiel and Zev and in the meanwhile I will tie up Dyna. She won't mind anyways she will probably thank me when I untie her and apologize for sweating, peeing or anything else on my floor. But yeah Zev and Cassiel are mine. All in all I enjoyed the book despite Dyna the lamb (She's gonna become a badass I am waiting for it!) and Von DONT MAKE UP YOUR MIND. I highly recommend this book to everyone because characters with strong personalities are IT. Beck Michael's is a beautiful writer with an amazing story that will leave you feeling you hate her because HOW COULD YOU LEAVE US ON THAT CLIFF HANGER?! I shall now go back to my regular scheduled Zev & Cassiel Program. Cue Zev and Cassiel Swoon Moment

  6. 5 out of 5

    nora 🪐

    DISCLAIMER: I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. MY SCORES Plot: 3.5/5 Writing: 4/5 Theme & message: 4.5/5 Characters: 4/5 OVERALL SCORES: 4.0/5 Mood while reading: These characters are making all of these dumb decisions but I love them anyways "The moment your life is in danger, there are only two choices to make: you fight or you die. I have prepared you for both, but I'll tell you one thing - dying is easy." MY REVIEW Divine Blood is the debut and first ins DISCLAIMER: I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. MY SCORES Plot: 3.5/5 Writing: 4/5 Theme & message: 4.5/5 Characters: 4/5 OVERALL SCORES: 4.0/5 Mood while reading: These characters are making all of these dumb decisions but I love them anyways "The moment your life is in danger, there are only two choices to make: you fight or you die. I have prepared you for both, but I'll tell you one thing - dying is easy." MY REVIEW Divine Blood is the debut and first instalment in the epic fantasy series Guardians of the Maiden by Beck Michaels. In Divine Blood, we meet our first main protagonist, Dyna. She's on a quest to a mysterious island to find a magical artefact in order to defeat the Shadow Monster, a being who took nearly everything from her. On her perilous journey, she teams up with her cousin Zev and celestial Cassiel, and shit's about to go real. - PLOT - To be honest, it was hard to get through the first half of the book. We were introduced to our main trio, but it took a while. At some point, I even fell asleep (that's probably due to my wrecked sleep schedule). Shortly said, the start was slow. But we did get a lot of vital information and depth to the characters, so it was alright. The last half, however, was much better. I literally couldn't stop reading! It had a lot of action and we got to see our characters in different settings. The pace felt better and we met more characters. I definitely loved the last half! - WRITING - From reading the first pages of this book, I knew this was going to be good. The writing style is easy to follow, and I didn't have any issues reading it. I myself don't like super descriptive writing like in ACOTAR, and I'm glad the author strayed away from that. The pacing was a bit slow in the start but improved halfway into the book. The world-building was absolutely amazing! The author crafted an intricate and complex world which I look forward to getting to know better. We're introduced to many magical people like celestials, elves, werewolves, magos and humans. They all live on this large goblet-formed continent/land called Urn. All of the magical people have different and complex relationships with each other. The author introduced us to this world in a wonderful way, and I can't wait to learn more about it. This story must have been influenced or inspired by The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, as I saw some similarities. However, this book didn't have the edginess like Holly Black, therefore making it seem like a mix between The Folk of the Air/Throne of Glass/Lord of the Rings. (It is possible that the different magical peoples can give connotations to races of our world today. It was not offensive to me, but there can be some sensitive topics for some. Like going against their belief and customs in order to save someone.) There were also some highlights of her writing, like: "The hourglass of their time together had been turned over. Tiny grains of moments like these spilt toward the day he would have to say goodbye." "Possibility is limited by perception. May it not be limited by our belief, but by our imagination." "He was starlight, and wonder, and questions without answers. But she was willing to wait to uncover them." - THEMES & MESSAGE - As we follow our protagonists through their journey, we learn about trust and courage. It explores the depths of loss and self-worth. The characters go through many internal and external challenges. By believing in trust and companionship, they overcome these issues. Moreover, the characters face the pain of loss and self-awareness. It's the characteristic YA trope of finding themselves and becoming true to themselves. In order to find their identity, they must lose something as they also gain something. In the end, they find the true meanings of what courage and goodness really are. - CHARACTERS - DYNA I will be honest, I didn't really like Dyna that much. At first, she really annoyed me, and I couldn't relate to her at all. Absolutely everything she did was causing a lot of trouble. Her guardians had to save her all the time. She basically made a whole bunch of terrible and dumb decisions. She was basically the definition of "she's not like other girls". However, I had to admire her for her goodness and kind heart. It felt highly unrealistic to be so kind, but I mean, I'm glad there are some good people out there I guess. Her kindness did fit with her characteristics of being an Essence Healer, where here job is basically to help other people. At least I warmed up to her by the end. She's really naïve, innocent and too trusting. This definitely leaves a lot of room for the development of her character, and I'm intrigued to know what she will do when she faces a difficult problem. CASSIEL Agh, Cassiel. The Rhysand copy- woops. There was definitely a striking resemblance between Cassiel and Rhysand, as they're both half-breeds and both are (view spoiler)[mated or bonded idk (hide spoiler)] with the main female protagonist. Oh well. However, I feel Cassiel seemed a lot more realistic. He had his own character arc and problems. He's insecure and feels like he doesn't deserve love due to his lineage. He went through a lot of abuse and had issues finding where he belonged. Cassiel definitely had a lot of depth and room for character development. I'm definitely interested in how he will change in the next instalments in this series after THAT SCENE in this book. And chapter 27, oh wow. I couldn't help but laugh. ZEV I want to protect this cinnamon roll with everything I have. Zev has been through so much and doesn't deserve all of the pain agh! He's definitely my favourite character. He has been through so much, and I just feel like he deserves the world. He has these internal challenges and demons which he fights all the time. Even though he's hurting, he still finds himself helping and caring about his family. Zev is hated by so many people in this book due to prejudice, and I just want to punch all of these people who call him a vicious monster. Agh I love him so much. VON It was quite intriguing to read the story from different perspectives, and definitely from Von's perspective. I am a big fan of morally grey characters, and Von definitely belongs in the grey zone. His POV gave the story more depth and kept me interested. I can't wait to read his way to redemption! OTHERS All of the other side characters also played a part in the main story, and I'm excited to get to know more of them. It's interesting to see how the author will write the next characters and their own journey. - CONCLUSION - Overall, this book exceeded my expectations! Divine Blood is a promising introduction to this new series, and I can't wait to read the next instalments. I recommend this book to fans of Holly Black, Sarah J Maas and J.R.R Tolkien. Over and out. -Nora <3

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    This is a really fun, solid start to this series. I can to wait to see where it goes next, especially as we’re just now starting to meet more players in this story! Full review on its way, but in the meantime, I recommend checking this one out!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rivka

    Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of the book for an honest review So i really enjoyed this book. It gave a warm feeling of your classic YA fantasy where we have prophecies and pretty princes. In the beginning, we follow three main point of views Dynalya (Dyna) Astron, a human girl with healing magic, who lost most of her family to a demon. Her life goal is to find a way to destroy the creature no matter the cost. I liked Dyna, yes she was a bit naive at times but that’s what i Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of the book for an honest review So i really enjoyed this book. It gave a warm feeling of your classic YA fantasy where we have prophecies and pretty princes. In the beginning, we follow three main point of views Dynalya (Dyna) Astron, a human girl with healing magic, who lost most of her family to a demon. Her life goal is to find a way to destroy the creature no matter the cost. I liked Dyna, yes she was a bit naive at times but that’s what i expected from her with her living in a far away village her whole life. But she is kind, and open minded and has a huge heart, even when it gets her in trouble sometimes. Zev, Dyna’s cousin and a half human, half werewolf. He is definitly tall, dark and broody. Dyna is the last family he has left, so when she sets out to find an mystical island that holds magic she needs to kill the demon, she agrees to go with her. Zev is one of those characters who I want to give a hug because he suffers way too much. Him being a half breed, gives an “Other” form, which takes over every full moon and kills everything in its pass. I really hope we get to find a cure for him by the end of the story. And of course, our Pretty Prince. Cassiel is everything I want in a prince: a half human bastard, who every royal hates, except for his father. Cassiel is also a Celestial, which means he is a decendent on Nephilim who was born on Earth. When Dyna passes through Cassiel's territory, he saves her from being killed and follows her on her journey. Dyna has one goal - reach Mount Ida. So we spend most of the book on the road. We get to see Three main characters get used to each other, work together and maybe even become more than strangers 👀 (yes, I’m definitely curious to see more about romance). I liked how each of them needed to learn something new, in order to survive. I liked the twists in this story, I was curious to see new points of view that were introduced later. I was a little worried with how all the species that are part of this world will fit in. We have: The Pack, the Elves, The Fae, the Celestials, The Mages and Humans. Yes, it is a lot. And working it all out at the beginning of the story definitely took a second. We got a lot of history but there is definitely more to explore. I liked that even though there is a prophecy, the way things come to be is very natural and smooth. It’s all left to timing and chance. I knew that we won’t make it to Mount Ida is book one, but i was a little disappointed how the book ended. Felt a little cut off to me. We sort of leave things in the middle and not in a good way. Not a cliffhanger, no big questions, we just stopped and the book ended. I will definitely pick up the next book just to see where the story goes

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex Foux

    I knew I was going to like this book just based on the cover and synopsis but I had no idea I was going to LOVE this book. Our main character reminds me of that one friend we've all had who was still so innocent to the shite of this world and we did everything we could to keep them that way- and I mean that as fondly as possible. I find myself wanting to reach through the pages and cradle this sweet cinnamon roll heroine. She starts out naive to the dangers (and prejudices) of her rapidly growing I knew I was going to like this book just based on the cover and synopsis but I had no idea I was going to LOVE this book. Our main character reminds me of that one friend we've all had who was still so innocent to the shite of this world and we did everything we could to keep them that way- and I mean that as fondly as possible. I find myself wanting to reach through the pages and cradle this sweet cinnamon roll heroine. She starts out naive to the dangers (and prejudices) of her rapidly growing world and despite her justified fears, she continues onwards in the face of danger and apprehension because she is called to a greater purpose- to protect those who cannot defend themselves. With her overprotective cousin and a handsome (but rather prickly) prince accompanying her on this journey, new dangers and new friends are soon met along the way. Magic, nightmares given flesh, tangled destinies, and a seemingly impossible quest- plus so many of my favorite magical creatures all spun into a tale with a slow-burn romance and a blossoming bromance. What is not to love?! (I'm all for a slow burn but I didn't realize how much I adore slow forming bromances until now.) My only complaint is that I'll have to wait until December to find out what happens next!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA311)

    Divine Blood is a fantasy with an authentic voice, and an MC you'll be rooting for. The story is original and you can sense the author's passion through her writing. I enjoyed the characters (especially the fiesty, strong willed, relatable MC), world building, action and romantic sizzle. I'm very critical and have many pet peeves, so I'm sure most readers would disagree with my gripes. The book seemed too long but I generally struggle with books over 400 pages. The pacing was occassionally stall Divine Blood is a fantasy with an authentic voice, and an MC you'll be rooting for. The story is original and you can sense the author's passion through her writing. I enjoyed the characters (especially the fiesty, strong willed, relatable MC), world building, action and romantic sizzle. I'm very critical and have many pet peeves, so I'm sure most readers would disagree with my gripes. The book seemed too long but I generally struggle with books over 400 pages. The pacing was occassionally stalled by long winded scenes and dialogue. I'm not a fan of multiple point of views but I was ok with that element of the story until a new set of characters was introduced and threw me off a little. I can appreciate how other readers would love these dynamic aspects. Overall, Divine Blood is an interesting and engaging read. And with that cliffhanger, how could I not read book 2?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    "The moment your life is in danger, there are only two choices to make: you fight or you die. I have prepared you for both, but I'll tell you one thing - dying is easy." A touch of Sarah J. Maas, a touch of the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black and a touch of The Lord of the Rings thrown together with Beck Michaels' own creativity... That sounds like a total mess, right? Well, I loved Divine Blood and I highly recommend to give this book a chance! Let's get the flaws out of the way first: it c "The moment your life is in danger, there are only two choices to make: you fight or you die. I have prepared you for both, but I'll tell you one thing - dying is easy." A touch of Sarah J. Maas, a touch of the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black and a touch of The Lord of the Rings thrown together with Beck Michaels' own creativity... That sounds like a total mess, right? Well, I loved Divine Blood and I highly recommend to give this book a chance! Let's get the flaws out of the way first: it can be confusing at times as there is so much going on with all the magical races, but the main flaw is the main female character, Dyna, which is definitely not my favorite kind of heroine. All her decisions leading to have others saving her made her seem so immature and annoying, but I'm hopeful she will get character's development in the sequel since she has a good heart. Now, what I loved: I just said it could be confusing at times, but all those magical races were also something I really loved. The author really seems to know where's she's going with the plot and it's easy to get involved in the story. Besides Dyna, I loved the main characters: Cassiel does give Rhysand vibes but isn't a rip-off at all and I loved him, Zev is amazing and doesn't deserve to suffer so much, Von is the morally grey character of this story and his POV probably the most interesting for me who love morally grey characters so much. They all have depth and room for character's growth and I can't wait to read more about them and see what will happen. As for the side characters that are sometimes half forgotten in some stories, they all play a role in the story here. I admit I didn't start this book expecting to love it, only hoping to like it, so it's definitely one of the most pleasant surprises of 2020!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    4.5⭐ “Possibility is limited by perception,” he said thoughtfully as though the thought was a new revelation. “May it not be limited by our belief,” was her reply as she admired the divine creation of him. “But by our imagination.” “He was starlight, and wonder, and questions without answers.” I don't remember how I came across this book, I believe I found it by accident on Goodreads and I'm so glad I did! 𝓓𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓷𝓮 𝓑𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓭 was a strong start to this series. I kept debating between 4.5⭐ “Possibility is limited by perception,” he said thoughtfully as though the thought was a new revelation. “May it not be limited by our belief,” was her reply as she admired the divine creation of him. “But by our imagination.” “He was starlight, and wonder, and questions without answers.” I don't remember how I came across this book, I believe I found it by accident on Goodreads and I'm so glad I did! 𝓓𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓷𝓮 𝓑𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓭 was a strong start to this series. I kept debating between 4 and 5 stars, but 4 felt too low, so ultimately decided to round it up. I definitely got LOTR & TOG vibes from this. There is a lot going on in this story, and there are a lot of characters and creatures, and this comes from someone who did not struggle keeping up with Throne of Glass. Don't get me wrong though, I didn't find myself confused or struggling, the author does an awesome job preventing that from happening, but it can feel overwhelming sometimes 😆 I really liked the main characters - Dyna may be 18 yo but she's just a little cinnamon roll who reminded me so much of Ansel from S&D that it just made my heart hurt 😭 I loved what Zev is and his relationship with Dyna (and I'm just gonna put this right here - I really want Zev and Lucenna together) and Cassiel is.. there's so much I can say about him 😆 he's so young and already so hurt that his grumpiness is understandable but he really needs to learn to trust people and open up because I'm gonna slap him if he keeps calling Dyna "stupid human" 😂 As my friend said ( Emily I'm looking at you) Cas and Dyna are "romantic potatoes" (they both have 0 experience when it comes to relationships) which is so refreshing and yet infuriating at times 😂 (just want them to kiss, okay?) Still haven't decided how I feel about Von, and Lucenna I love with passion. Ohmygods, I think I can easily read a whole book about her, she's my type of character, just such a badass. I can't wait to see the character development (especially Dyna's because she has SO much potential and right now she's just like this adorable, inexperienced cinnamon roll we all wanna protect) and where this adventure will take them!! If you love dark high fantasy and complicated characters you'll probably love this series!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    4.5 “He was starlight,and wonder,and question without answers. But she was willing to wait to uncover them” A haunting past- a daunting prophecy- a dangerous journey on a quest to defeat the evil forces that are stirring to awaken Thanks to the author for my review copy, I had buddy read it with my friends and we had a blast discussing it/guessing the plot etc The world of divine blood if not imaginative, it’s quite immersive. The Azaran kingdom is full of mythical creatures with interesting tales 4.5 “He was starlight,and wonder,and question without answers. But she was willing to wait to uncover them” A haunting past- a daunting prophecy- a dangerous journey on a quest to defeat the evil forces that are stirring to awaken Thanks to the author for my review copy, I had buddy read it with my friends and we had a blast discussing it/guessing the plot etc The world of divine blood if not imaginative, it’s quite immersive. The Azaran kingdom is full of mythical creatures with interesting tales of the past, the MC Dynalya is not someone you would come across in fantasy books- Although a smart 18 year old-she is demure, never set foot out of her tiny village, clumsy, forgiving and kind. In other words she is relatable and realistic, she is well aware of her vulnerabilities and tries to draw strength from them. I feel like she will have excellent character growth in the next books after her “real life” experiences of the cruel world The two other main leads Cassiel and Zev will sure steal your hearts, they are broody, protective with hard exterior but a good heart. They will go to any end to protect Dynalya and their Bromance is quite funny and hearty. My other favorite part is the fact that it has multiple POV’s, they are so well written giving unique voice to each and every character. I love a good multiple POV plot if it’s done right, there are quite a few secondary characters to keep up with but they won’t disappoint you. The romance is very slow burn romance yet swoony and beautiful , there are no loose ends,for the plot tied up nicely towards the end but we are left off at a crucial moment which makes you feel like you will need the next book already Friendly warning- you might find one or a few new book boyfriends 😉

  14. 4 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    Beautiful book albeit long and slow. I enjoyed reading the various POVs from the characters as they went on their journey. I hope in the next book the heroine loses some of her naiveté because it seems there are forces after her and she still has her forgiving attitude. I want to see more spunk from her. The introduction to each guardian was nice. Can't wait to see the rest of them. Hopefully the romance between Dynla and Cassiel progress as well. Beautiful book albeit long and slow. I enjoyed reading the various POVs from the characters as they went on their journey. I hope in the next book the heroine loses some of her naiveté because it seems there are forces after her and she still has her forgiving attitude. I want to see more spunk from her. The introduction to each guardian was nice. Can't wait to see the rest of them. Hopefully the romance between Dynla and Cassiel progress as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    for_books'_sake

    Set in a magical kingdom where mages, werewolves, and celestials roam the earth, Divine Blood follows a group of unlikely companions on a quest to find a legendary island, and the secrets it contains. Untold riches? The answer to a mystical prophecy? Long-hidden truths? A way to protect a sister from demons? The island lays claim to it all. But only Dyna Astron has the map, written in a code only her blood can reveal. Divine Blood is a YA epic fantasy that touches on a lot of well-known tropes, w Set in a magical kingdom where mages, werewolves, and celestials roam the earth, Divine Blood follows a group of unlikely companions on a quest to find a legendary island, and the secrets it contains. Untold riches? The answer to a mystical prophecy? Long-hidden truths? A way to protect a sister from demons? The island lays claim to it all. But only Dyna Astron has the map, written in a code only her blood can reveal. Divine Blood is a YA epic fantasy that touches on a lot of well-known tropes, while never allowing itself to become ‘tropey’. Beck Michaels does a great job of taking concepts we’ve seen before, refreshing them, and combining them in new ways that will make the reader sit up and pay attention. I personally adore fantasy anyway, especially ones involving epic quests a la Tolkien, so this was exactly my cup of tea. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart though; there was a lot of darkness surrounding all the MCs, which made them both interesting to read about, and also sometimes a bit heavy. Speaking of which, I will say with the high word count, this book was dense. Perfect if you’re someone like me who loves something chunky to sink my teeth into, but for someone who’s looking for a quick easy read you might want to be aware - this isn’t one you’d aim to finish in a short sitting. All in all it’s a definite recommendation from me, if you’re looking to add a little fantasy to your tbr. Still need convincing? Yes, yes, yes: . The worldbuilding – Every step of the way, the worldbuilding was so detailed I felt like it was a real place. The description of settings, the people (even tiny background characters who flitted in and out), the mythos, the backstory and history surrounding every aspect…UGH SO GOOD. You can tell the author put a lot of love into it, and it shows. . The main trio – So damaged. So deliciously damaged, in such wonderful ways. For 400 some pages we watched how broken Dyna, Zev, and Cassiel were, and how in tiny increments they built each other up. I loved it. Call me a sadist, but the more tortured these characters were, the more fun I had with the reading. Like yes. Give. Me. All. The. Flaws. And speaking of the main trio… . Cassiel – Forever renamed Sassiel in my eyes. The amount of shade he threw at everyone in this book was honestly hilarious, and I was living for it. We stan a hot angel guy with sarcasm for days. . The cliffhanger – GAH! Frustrating in the very best sense, and had me saying ‘WHERE IS BOOK TWO, GIVE IT TO ME NOW!’ That intense epilogue, those high emotions, that REVEAL…You can’t just leave it there! What are you trying to do to me??? Gimme more: . The prophecy – Right now I’m still waiting to find out more about this, and how it will pan out. This book is very much the journey’s beginning, and I for one am super eager to see where it leads. (view spoiler)[I want to know and understand Tarn’s background, why he’s so determined to get the Unending (and what the Unending really is), and what exactly happened to make him the currently irredeemable person he is. (hide spoiler)] . Dyna – Even though she’s incredibly important to the plot, she’s the obvious weak link of the group. I hope we will see her grow in confidence, and become more powerful. (view spoiler)[There are some mild hints setting her up to unlock some kind of Essence ability she doesn’t realise she has yet, and I really want this to happen. Right now, she’s mostly just a walking map, and I want more for her. (hide spoiler)] I’d love some more scenes of her trying to learn to fight, EVEN THOUGH she’s surrounded by people who want to protect her. (view spoiler)[Surely Von’s kidnapping showed that the guardians won’t always be there to handle everything for her. Inevitably there will come a time when she’ll have to get herself out of a situation. (hide spoiler)] . The romance – I love a slow burn as much as the next person, and this is giving me those vibes right now, but I’d love for book two to expand on it even more. There’s only so much will-they-won’t-they my bookish heart can take! Strong 4/5-4.5/5. *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Prouty

    "You were also unexpected. I did not know saving your life would bring me here. By all rights, we never should have met, but I see now that you are the key to everything. The key to this entire journey. The key to the map. And...the key that changed my life." Okay. 🥺 That quote 😍. Do you like reading quest stories? I sure do! Do you like a superb promising romance? Yup, me! Do you like a solid BROmance? 100%! Love friendship stories. Follow Dynalya (Dyna), her cousin Zev, and Celestrial Prince, "You were also unexpected. I did not know saving your life would bring me here. By all rights, we never should have met, but I see now that you are the key to everything. The key to this entire journey. The key to the map. And...the key that changed my life." Okay. 🥺 That quote 😍. Do you like reading quest stories? I sure do! Do you like a superb promising romance? Yup, me! Do you like a solid BROmance? 100%! Love friendship stories. Follow Dynalya (Dyna), her cousin Zev, and Celestrial Prince, Cassiel (I call him Cas-hello, bat boy), as they trek (long and treacherous) across the world fighting for the people they love while risking their lives. The trio must defend the map. Death follows. "Great peril in the venture thou art pursuing. Be not swayed by love, lest it be thy undoing." Divine Blood is a tremendous debut from Beck Michaels. The character development is fantastic! Written in multiple POVs, you really get to know the characters of the Guardians of the Maiden series. I can relate to Dyna...she's a people pleaser with a kind heart. She finds happiness within her tragic life. Cas ADORES her! Enemies-to-lovers. I appreciated the way the author addressed acceptance with the half breeds. The world building is super, uber entertaining! Werewolves! Elves! Sorcerers! Celestials! Destiny! Prophecy! Enmity! Like the werewolves, you'll feel everything deeply: joy, anger, pain, grief. Don't worry there are some total LOL moments (e.g. page 334) and SWOON worthy scenes (e.g. page 344). And then there is the epilogue! GASP! Gimme Bonded Fate ASAP! If you're a fantasy fanatic follower (say that three times fast) of Holly Black, Laura Thalassa, and SJM then you'll be pleased as punch over the merciless Kingdom of Azure! 🎶 song: My Blood by Twenty One Pilots 🎶

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shruti

    Ohmigodicantbreathe because I love this book so much!! Watch out bibliophiles. For among us we have the next Holly Black: Beck Michaels! Beck delivered an exquisite tale of love, power and prophecy in her first attempt. The story is very simple at it's heart, yet it has layers within it. A girl named Dyna wishes to slay the shadow demon who has haunted her ever since she was a child. But she is not our typical hard-edged heroine who is ready to slit your throat. Instead she is gentle, sweet and pur Ohmigodicantbreathe because I love this book so much!! Watch out bibliophiles. For among us we have the next Holly Black: Beck Michaels! Beck delivered an exquisite tale of love, power and prophecy in her first attempt. The story is very simple at it's heart, yet it has layers within it. A girl named Dyna wishes to slay the shadow demon who has haunted her ever since she was a child. But she is not our typical hard-edged heroine who is ready to slit your throat. Instead she is gentle, sweet and pure. How would she slay a demon then? Get your own copy and find out! . Things I loved about Divine Blood: - Cassiel!!! Did I found myself a new book boyfriend? Yasss. - the presence plethora of beings: angels, ogres, elves, werewolves...don't we all love a diverse cast? - slow burn-romance!! Ahh. - the prophecy trope. I'm not a big fan of chosen one trope but it is so well done here. And it is introduced late, so that we don't even know. - A villain (besides the shadow demon) I'm VERY interested to know about!! - The language is very fluent. I got to bookmark so many good quotes. - chapters from multiple POVs weren't jarring at all. . Things that could have been better: - Elaboration of the world of other beings. But I guess that has been reserved for the next books, to retain an element of mystery?!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rylanne Burdette

    Divine Blood is a fast-paced and intense fantasy novel centered around Dynalya, a young girl who witnessed The Shadow kill almost her entire family. Years later, she has finally figured out how to stop the demon from coming back and killing again, but it means going on a long journey that will be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. With the help of her cousin, Zev, and Cassiel, a Celestial prince she meets early on in the story, she begins this the trip. However, there is much danger to Divine Blood is a fast-paced and intense fantasy novel centered around Dynalya, a young girl who witnessed The Shadow kill almost her entire family. Years later, she has finally figured out how to stop the demon from coming back and killing again, but it means going on a long journey that will be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. With the help of her cousin, Zev, and Cassiel, a Celestial prince she meets early on in the story, she begins this the trip. However, there is much danger to be encountered, and the three must be willing to risk their lives in order to make it to the place where Dynalya can find her answers. First of all, can we please just take a moment to acknowledge how stunning this cover is? I am a huge sucker for a great cover, and this one is gorgeous! I am not usually a big fantasy reader, but I really enjoyed this book! The world-building was absolutely phenomenal, and the characters were so well flushed out. Although I personally would have loved to see more romantic tension between Dynalya and Cassiel, I could definitely sense the start of a great relationship, especially upon reaching the epilogue of the book! The descriptions and writing were so elegant and vivid that it was not hard to get sucked into the story. Divine Blood was a wonderful read, and I cannot wait to see what Beck Michaels writes in the sequel to this book, which I will definitely be picking up! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (piecesofourlife)

    Review time! I was super excited to have been gifted a copy of this book from the author. It was actually on my buy list already! The cover art alone made me want to hoard this book like Gollum hoards the ring. The synopsis had me drawn in right away. Magic, celestials, werewolves, and so many more are in this book and my fantasy heart couldn’t be happier. I love how she wove her world with so many magical creatures! Synopsis: Dyna is the last of a magical line of humans that can protect her tow Review time! I was super excited to have been gifted a copy of this book from the author. It was actually on my buy list already! The cover art alone made me want to hoard this book like Gollum hoards the ring. The synopsis had me drawn in right away. Magic, celestials, werewolves, and so many more are in this book and my fantasy heart couldn’t be happier. I love how she wove her world with so many magical creatures! Synopsis: Dyna is the last of a magical line of humans that can protect her town from a shadow demon so she goes off on a quest to find the one item that can vanquish it. She finds her half werewolf cousin to be her guide and stumbles upon a half breed celestial who joins her in her journey. Trials, tribulations, fighting, love, and friendships all ensue which is exactly what I wanted from this book. I just wish the sequel was out already because I need MORE! This was my first five ⭐️ read of the summer! I feel like she is going to be the next SJM! She has a very similar writing style and I am here for it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cherilyn Martindill

    That ending, oh my day, the suspense was killing me and I still didn't get what I needed and wanted 😭 cannot wait for the next book!!! . . . Beck Michaels, you are a mean author and I know you've said you like to anger your readers...yup, I can see that 😂 that last chapter had me on the edge of my seat praying for what I had been waiting for the entire book and then...it ended with those last words being spoken and me screaming 'nooo, it can't end there!!' ⁣ ⁣ Dyna, was a great main character, who was That ending, oh my day, the suspense was killing me and I still didn't get what I needed and wanted 😭 cannot wait for the next book!!! . . . Beck Michaels, you are a mean author and I know you've said you like to anger your readers...yup, I can see that 😂 that last chapter had me on the edge of my seat praying for what I had been waiting for the entire book and then...it ended with those last words being spoken and me screaming 'nooo, it can't end there!!' ⁣ ⁣ Dyna, was a great main character, who was not strong physically, but strong of mind and loyalty to her family. Travelling across land and sea to find a way to slay the evil, who terrorises her village every 10 years. She is fairly clumsy and scared of what lurks in the dark and just extremely relatable. ⁣ ⁣ There are a lot of characters being introduced in this first installment, but Zev and Cassiel are just brilliant 😍 they're both brooding males with a purpose of protecting Dyna from those who wish to harm her, for very different reasons. ⁣ ⁣ I loved the journey feel of this book. An adventure to a distant place, gathering friends, family or followers along the way, trying to determine who is friend and who is foe. I got Lord of The Rings or Throne of Glass vibes while reading.⁣ ⁣ This is such an amazing start to a series and I really think you should add this to your TBR ASAP. If you like books with: slow burn romance, enemies to lovers, friendship, family, loyalty, journey/adventure, mythical creatures, magic and outcasts banding together on a vast quest to distant lands.⁣

  21. 4 out of 5

    Callie Keck

    If you're looking for a new, unique, and totally EPIC fantasy read- this is THE one! This was such a refreshing fantasy world and the writing was in a league of its own! I'm officially a Beck Michaels fan girl and cannot wait for more! If you're looking for a new, unique, and totally EPIC fantasy read- this is THE one! This was such a refreshing fantasy world and the writing was in a league of its own! I'm officially a Beck Michaels fan girl and cannot wait for more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darby Cupid

    Divine Blood welcomes you with open arms to a world of celestials, werewolves, minotaurs, elves, sorceresses, mages and more. I rarely read a blurb, so I had no idea what I was walking into, but I was not disappointed. The story follows Dyna as she sets out on a dangerous quest to save the children of her village. Little does she know, her quest has been foretold and there are people who are not afraid to spill blood to stop her. I loved the characters and the complexity of the world. The writin Divine Blood welcomes you with open arms to a world of celestials, werewolves, minotaurs, elves, sorceresses, mages and more. I rarely read a blurb, so I had no idea what I was walking into, but I was not disappointed. The story follows Dyna as she sets out on a dangerous quest to save the children of her village. Little does she know, her quest has been foretold and there are people who are not afraid to spill blood to stop her. I loved the characters and the complexity of the world. The writing is great and I enjoyed the book immensely. Be warned, there are some 5* swear words and graphic violence (which is fine by me! but if you're sensitive to that sort of stuff...) My only qualm is that although I love multiple POVs (my own book has 3), the amount in Divine Blood bugged me a little bit. I'm sure it's needed for the future books, but every time I was torn from Dyna and her companions to Von and Lucenna, I was frustrated. Also, the ending. A cliffhanger that had me howling like a grieving werewolf! SEQUEL NOW PLEASE! I definitely recommend this book. READ IT! READ IT NOW! It's a growing fandom that you NEED to be part of. Just know that you will be clawing at the door for book 2...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars! For More Book Reviews Check Out My Blog: Dreamy Addictions Divine Blood was an amazing debut and one of my favorite reads of 2020. I don’t know why people aren’t talking about it. It was a rare gem. Every aspect of this book was well written. I’ve had my fill of demons and angels books, and I found this very unique. I can’t believe it was the author’s debut novel. She has done a great job with this book. Dynalya Astron lost her family to the shadow demon and it would soon Actual Rating: 4.5 stars! For More Book Reviews Check Out My Blog: Dreamy Addictions Divine Blood was an amazing debut and one of my favorite reads of 2020. I don’t know why people aren’t talking about it. It was a rare gem. Every aspect of this book was well written. I’ve had my fill of demons and angels books, and I found this very unique. I can’t believe it was the author’s debut novel. She has done a great job with this book. Dynalya Astron lost her family to the shadow demon and it would soon return for more. When she discovers a way to fight back, she sets for an epic journey to find a magical artifact that can kill it. Along the way she stumbles upon Cassiel, a Celestial Prince with magic blood. He saves her from being killed because humans are forbidden to enter in their land. Cassiel isn’t interested in the human being until he learns that she has the map to a mysterious island that he’s been searching for years. Along with her cousin Zev, and Prince Cassiel, Dyna continues her journey facing many obstacles including dangerous enemies who wouldn’t hesitate to kill. I loved Dyna! She’s brave, strong-willed, and naive. Although I enjoyed her character, she made some dumb decisions that frustrated me. Prince Cassiel is an intriguing character. He’s complicated and broody. My absolute favorite. Coming to the werewolf Zev, I really enjoyed his character. He’s another complex character who’s fighting with a madness inside him. I wish I could hug this guy. And finally we have Von. The morally gray character who’s on the bad guys team. He’s a supporting character but really a good addition to the plot. We’re also introduced to some more interesting characters like the Elf Lord named Rawn and the mysterious witch named Lucenna. Can’t wait to know more about them in the next book. The plot was well written and engaging filled adventure, magic and a dash of romance. The story had me captivated from the very beginning. The pacing was perfect. There’s not even a single dull moment. It’s mostly a character driven story, but I still enjoyed the ride. I loved the idea behind the epic quest and the whole guardians thing. I can already predict that the next book is going to be even more amazing. For a debut, the author’s writing was pretty good, It’s simple and easy to understand. I’m glad it has multiple point of views. The world building was great. I enjoyed the world of Urn. There are different types of magical creatures in this world like Angels, werewolves, witches, mages, elves, and minotaur etc. I seriously can’t wait to explore more of this world. Overall, it was a fantastic read! I enjoyed every minute of it and the ending left me wanting for me. Yes, the book concludes with a cliffhanger and I’m very much desperate for the next book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicolette Beebe

    Wow! I loved this book! I'm a hopeless romantic and this checked all the romance boxes. Slow burn, damsel in distress, growing into her skin. Dyna was a relatable heroine who has relatable and realistic flaws that makes her more of a dynamic character and makes you flip through those pages so quickly! Zev was probably my favorite character. He's strong-willed and vicious, yet soft when it came to Dyna. Cassiel... humina! I love when a man puts his life on the line for a woman out of kindness, at Wow! I loved this book! I'm a hopeless romantic and this checked all the romance boxes. Slow burn, damsel in distress, growing into her skin. Dyna was a relatable heroine who has relatable and realistic flaws that makes her more of a dynamic character and makes you flip through those pages so quickly! Zev was probably my favorite character. He's strong-willed and vicious, yet soft when it came to Dyna. Cassiel... humina! I love when a man puts his life on the line for a woman out of kindness, attraction, and need. I also really enjoyed the magical elements of the novel! If you're looking for fantastical creatures and magic, look no further! Beck Michaels is an amazing and talented author who knows how to write a story that will keep you entertained. Plus, check out the beautiful-ness that is that cover! What a beautiful book to have on your shelf! Well done! I cannot wait for more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassia

    This!!! This book was EXACTLY what I was looking for, what I've been craving. It's just pure fun from start to finish. More fantasies like this please, where the romance doesn't propel the plot forward but is naturally woven into the fabric of the adventure and goals of the characters. Where even the side characters are developed and intriguing, and the relationships between them all build so naturally. If Cassandra Clare wrote high fantasy inspired by Sarah J Maas, dusted with a smattering of T This!!! This book was EXACTLY what I was looking for, what I've been craving. It's just pure fun from start to finish. More fantasies like this please, where the romance doesn't propel the plot forward but is naturally woven into the fabric of the adventure and goals of the characters. Where even the side characters are developed and intriguing, and the relationships between them all build so naturally. If Cassandra Clare wrote high fantasy inspired by Sarah J Maas, dusted with a smattering of Tolkien, it would be this book. The world building is on point with the maps and the different magical beings and the magic itself. Different character POVs give you insight into different aspects of the world, and I never found myself confused about any of it. I wanted to stay in that world and never finish reading the book! Characters - Dyna really can be quite clumsy and rash and in no way prepared for the journey she undertakes, yet there's something endearing about her. She's so sweet and determined to save her family, and that makes her brave if foolish. She reminds me of Rapunzel in Disney's Tangled. She's strong in her own way, and it's refreshing. Much as I love the whole regular-girl-turned-assassin/warrior trope, it's nice to see a heroine succeed not because of physical prowess but because of internal strength. That's what Dyna has. Her strength is in her healer abilities, her loyalty, her bravery, her kindness. These qualities attract those around her, and her companions become a strength of hers too. Loyalty she's earned, by the way. Frodo Baggins vibes with that, and I'm all here for it! Cassiel. Yes, he's a Rhys, but he's not. He's a fresh spin on the winged male antihero, being only around twenty years old and full of self-doubt, leaving room for character growth. I am all here for the slow-burning romance AND possible bromance developing between him and other characters. Oh, and I LOVE the spin Michaels put on a certain trope that I can't talk about without spoilers, but ahhh Cassiel all the way. Zev - I just want him to be happy. He's been through so much and the loyalty between him and Dyna is wonderfully portrayed. Whenever the characters are in trouble (usually Dyna's doing lol), I'm waiting for Zev to show up and kick ass. He's just so cool! Von, Rawn, Lucenna...can't WAIT to continue getting to know them. Every character in this novel feels real because every character has a backstory. Every character wants something and has people they care about. They all have depth, and I just want to read everything about them. Plus, it's the best when characters begin as reluctant companions who barely trust each other but slowly form the strongest of bonds, and you just know they're going to be an epic group eventually. As for the mood of this novel, there's a lightness to this story that I appreciated. It gets dark, but then there are plenty of moments that made me laugh or at least smile, and I just felt like I was wrapped up in a warm hug while reading this. Some slips in POV and verb tense throughout, but I can overlook this because this book is just oh so enjoyable. READ it now!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richel (letsreadshallwe)

    I started reading this book without any expectations, not low, not high, just nada since this is a debut novel I had no idea what to expect. But let me tell you how impressed I am from the first page up to the last! Do you usually read the acknowledgements? I definitely don’t but for this, I did. Divine Blood, the first book from the series Guardians of the Maiden, is full of magic in every nook and cranny and the world building is very enchanting. From the secluded town of North Star up to the b I started reading this book without any expectations, not low, not high, just nada since this is a debut novel I had no idea what to expect. But let me tell you how impressed I am from the first page up to the last! Do you usually read the acknowledgements? I definitely don’t but for this, I did. Divine Blood, the first book from the series Guardians of the Maiden, is full of magic in every nook and cranny and the world building is very enchanting. From the secluded town of North Star up to the bustling Corron where “the crowd was a wildflower garden of color,” according to our main character. It also has a beautiful map showing the whole Land of Urn and another more detailed map of the Kingdom of Azure! It is well written in multiple POVs that will give you more understanding of the characters’ personalities and how unique each of them are. We have an innocent girl who has a great talent in attracting trouble but has the kindest of heart that made most of her actions borderline stupid (cue eye roll🙄 I agree on Cassiel on the “stupid human” nickname😂); a werewolf with a tragic past that made me feel all sorts of pain emotionally and physically (he MUST be protected at all costs, he already had enough🥺); a grumpy and ludicrous angel who has been misjudged even before he was born (Cassiel has my heart, he’s the new addition to my list of men with impressive wings😉). Now if you think this is an interesting dynamic of characters then brace yourself because there’s more! We also have an old-school elf, a fierce commander who loves deeply and a badass sorceress! Adventure, slow burn romance, slow burn BROmance, destiny, prophecy, war, magical beings - Divine Blood is such an amazing and enjoyable read that made me feel! Sadness, pity, anger, hurt, wonder, happiness and I felt some butterflies in my stomach too! I can’t remember how many times this book made me giggle and laugh! Ugh I can’t wait for the release of book two!!! That ending made me scan the next pages hoping that another chapter would magically appear and so I ended up reading the acknowldegements too😅 Kudos to Beck Michaels for a fantastic debut! To all the fans of Holly Black and Sarah J Maas, this is for you! Now do yourself a favor and read Divine Blood!♥️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caelena Fey

    “Seek the Maiden with emeralds for sight and tresses of fire. For she holds the key to the Unending thou desires. Beware the Guardians who come to shield her from thee. She will be protected by one of divine blood and a dweller of the moon howling to break free. Thus, follows a warrior bestowing his vow, and a sorceress grants her sorcery. A familiar face vies for vengeance, and a creature with the strength of ten eradicates the forgery. Great peril in the venture thou art pursuing. Be not sw “Seek the Maiden with emeralds for sight and tresses of fire. For she holds the key to the Unending thou desires. Beware the Guardians who come to shield her from thee. She will be protected by one of divine blood and a dweller of the moon howling to break free. Thus, follows a warrior bestowing his vow, and a sorceress grants her sorcery. A familiar face vies for vengeance, and a creature with the strength of ten eradicates the forgery. Great peril in the venture thou art pursuing. Be not swayed by love, lest it be thy undoing.” This book has the style of how epic high fantasy mostly written. It's told from many povs, 3 povs mainly. Somehow I don't really mind that, usually I prefer to only read the heroine, in this one is different. This book has the elements of adventure, romance, and magic, that focused more on the world building and the adventure. My favorite pov is Zev (the heroine's cousin), Cassiel (the love interest) a bit cheesy for me. I love them both, though. The romance at the start feels like insta-love rather than the slow-burn, but the development of it feels the opposite. So I don't know if it's too fast or too slow, my feelings about them is neutral, just go with the flow of it. I want to read the book two as soon as possible, to see how the journey goes. I would recommend to someone who likes :Lord of the Fading Lands, for the high fantasy vibe and fated romance.

  28. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    I loved this so much, it had me hooked from the beginning to the end. In fact I was gutted when it ended , I just needed more and I am so looking forward to future books (and I need them now !) I loved the characters, well developed, relatable and just so personable. Dyna was an original MC and haven’t read that many like her before, I adored Cassiel and Zev too. This first book focuses a lot on the characters and setting up all you need to know, it would have been nice for a bit more plot based I loved this so much, it had me hooked from the beginning to the end. In fact I was gutted when it ended , I just needed more and I am so looking forward to future books (and I need them now !) I loved the characters, well developed, relatable and just so personable. Dyna was an original MC and haven’t read that many like her before, I adored Cassiel and Zev too. This first book focuses a lot on the characters and setting up all you need to know, it would have been nice for a bit more plot based action, but I understand that first books always have to have a little more focus on the characters you’ve only just met and the characters make this story. I can’t emphasise this enough. (I really loved Cassiel so much , Hot grumpy/angsts male always wins for me) The writing style I loved, the different Points of view are done so well and nice to see, it helps tell the story a lot better I feel. This is just simply a wonderful character driven slow burn romance, a great start to a series and I am 100% and excited and ready for the next book(s) !! Fantastic Thank you to the author who provided me with a free ARC for an honest review, these are my honest opinions

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    FANTASTIC I can't believe this is a debut novel, it was so damn good. I'm am really looking forward to all the books that I'm hoping are going to come from this. I was whisked away into a magical world that is not so kind and many creatures, both good and bad, call home. Dyna is such a good character, strong but naive with a heart of gold. This quest will take much from her, shes already lost so much, but I can't wait to see who she grows into. There are so many good characters and excellent side FANTASTIC I can't believe this is a debut novel, it was so damn good. I'm am really looking forward to all the books that I'm hoping are going to come from this. I was whisked away into a magical world that is not so kind and many creatures, both good and bad, call home. Dyna is such a good character, strong but naive with a heart of gold. This quest will take much from her, shes already lost so much, but I can't wait to see who she grows into. There are so many good characters and excellent side stories going alongside the main one and are intersecting so perfectly. I'm not very good at trying to describe why I love a book so much, the words fail me but this is one not to be missed. I feel like I was on this adventure with these people . I LOVED IT!!! I love even more that I can return to this world, which is so awesomely built, as soon as the next book releases. I really really loved this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kailah

    I was honored to be a part of Beck Michaels ARC team to help spread the word about Divine Blood. The story feels like stepping into a D&D campaign, with all the classic fantasy tropes like quests, spells, magical items, and different races of people. I loved how much magic was in this book, and how the author doesn’t shy away from it to make the story more gritty or believable like a lot of fantasy writers are apt to do these days. The worldbuilding is very cool and intricate, and I’m always a f I was honored to be a part of Beck Michaels ARC team to help spread the word about Divine Blood. The story feels like stepping into a D&D campaign, with all the classic fantasy tropes like quests, spells, magical items, and different races of people. I loved how much magic was in this book, and how the author doesn’t shy away from it to make the story more gritty or believable like a lot of fantasy writers are apt to do these days. The worldbuilding is very cool and intricate, and I’m always a fan of multiple POVs. It did take me a while to get into it, probably because it’s about halfway through when you really get into the meat of the story and are introduced to (in my opinion) the best and most compelling characters. I would read a whole book about Von or Lucenna, that’s all I’m saying 😁 There is something for everyone so give it a read when it comes out next week on June 3!

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