Clay and Blood Book Review

Hello and welcome to this review! Rebekah Jonesy is a dear friend of mine and colleague, so I talked with her when Moss and Clay came out in May. You can check out her interview here. The second book in the Mab’s Doll series is Clay and Blood, which comes out on Halloween—which is just perfect for this book as you’ll see when you read it. It’s got just the right amount of gore and murder for the day.

I absolutely loved Moss and Clay, so I was really looking forward into diving into Clay and Blood. I was actually lucky enough to be the developmental editor for both books, so I got to see how the stories developed and deepened in each stage. The best part of both these books is that it never mattered how many times I read them, I was sucked into the stories each time and enjoyed them as much as the first time I read them. Which makes an editor’s job both easier and harder. Easier because you enjoy the process more, but harder because you keep getting lost in how good the story is.

It has a lot of the things I loved from book one. Great characters I loved getting to know a little better, a lot of humor and comedic moments to break the tension, and a plot that you had to follow to see where it was going. It’s a super entertaining read and so well written. I read it in just a few days the first time and was sucked right in. It also has some heart wrenching moments as Gillian does some growing up.

Before we get too far along, let me tell you a little about the series and the characters. Gillian is the protagonist. She is a living doll made under the instructions of the goddess Danu by the fae queen, Queen Mab. She has a human father, making her immune to the effects of the poisoned metal fae can’t survive. She is sent to America to search out the rogue fae and bring them to heel. A mischievous kelpie, who goes by the usename Pitch, accompanies her and is her only friend as she tries to navigate the world of modern humans and crazed fae who murder.

Clay and Blood deals with a sick fae who is killing humans, but leaving no trace of the murders behind other than a few scraps of bloody clothes in the ground. Gillian has to figure out what type of fae they’re dealing with and how to stop them.

Here’s the blurb:

Gillian Gilchrist has no time to rest after completing her first missions for Queen Mab and the goddess Danu. There is still the cleanup to do, and that’s how she finds herself following the trail of devastation left by a rogue fae. Somehow this one moves through the trees without leaving any trace of its passing, except for the tattered and bloody clothing of its victims. In the dark woods Gillian can’t tell if the culprit she is tracking is insane, sick, or simply acting out its true nature, but she knows that the only way to find out is to track it, capture it, and question it. Unfortunately, that means following the scent of the victim’s blood soaked into the soil.

Gillian is a great character. She has her parents’ thoughts and knowledge, but not their maturity. She really starts to come into herself in this book, experiencing deep emotions for the first time and insecurities. Her magic also makes its first appearance, much to Pitch’s amusement. And Pitch is my favorite character. He’s hilarious and clever and the perfect companion.

I give this book (and this series) 6 out of 5 stars—I can do that right? I mean it’s my blog, so yeah, 6 stars! I would recommend this book to anyone. Start with Moss and Clay and grab your copy of Clay and Blood on Halloween.

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