- Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 217mm x 31mm | 455g
- Publication date: 7 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857530208
- ISBN 13: 9780857530202
- Sales rank: 258,781
The murder of her parents has left Silla damaged and lost, and Silla's insistence that her father is not to blame only alienates her further from her friends and family. When a mysterious spell book arrives, Silla hopes it will lead to some answers about her parents' killer. In her first attempt at magic, in an old graveyard near her home, Nick, the new boy in town spies on her; he recognizes the magic that Silla is performing as the same magic his mother performed with him, before she went mad. Before long, Silla and Nick connect, though Nick is unwilling to share his history with blood magic with Silla. When Silla's friends start showing signs of possession, Silla, Nick and Silla's brother, Reese, must contend with a deadly, immortal woman who will stop at nothing to take the book of spells from them.
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Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a palaeontologist or a wizard since she was seven. She was too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for someone to teach her magic. After travelling the world with her family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in gender studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats and her mutant dog, Grendel. Blood Magic is her debut novel, and has been described by Maggie Stiefvater, bestselling author of Shiver, as: 'Love buried in cemeteries, horror hidden behind masks, and the whispered language of blood. I adore this book.'
Back cover copy
My whole body shivered. I was about to find out if magic was real. The electric thrill of terror was sharp on my tongue. I cut deep. Silla is damaged and lost since the death of her parents. Nick is the new boy in town with a chilling past of his own. A mysterious spell book steeped in blood magic will bind Silla and Nick together. But at what cost? A fiery, intoxicating and pulse-pounding debut novel.