Review: The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod

Filed in Review , Suzanne McLeod , The HEA Lover Posted on February 5, 2011 @ 12:00 pm 15 comments

Format Read: E-ARC provided by the author
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: February 17th 2011
Publisher: Gollancz
Formats Available: Paperback, e-Book, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Book Depository,

Book Blurb:

On the surface, Genny’s life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss, has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London’s fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm. Then a faeling – a teenage girl – is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim – herself!

My Thoughts:
Warning: This is a spoiler-free review for this book. But I make some references to the previous books which can be a little bit spoilery. 

The Bitter Seed of Magic is the 3rd book in the series, and it’s now my favorite! I couldn’t wait to start reading it when I finished the previous book. The story takes place a few months after the end of  The Cold Kiss of Death. Genny’s life is still very complicated.  To sum it up, there is a fertility curse affecting London’s Fae. Genny  has to be the one breaking it or the magic will die. Also there’s a killer murdering Faelings all over London. Genny think those murders are linked to the curse and starts investigating.
The obvious way for Genny to break the curse  would be  to get pregnant. Ah! but having a baby is not in Genny’s plans. Everything gets complicated when she realized that all the Fae in London are waiting in lines to seduce her to be the potential ‘daddy’ lol. She has to find a way to break the Curse without getting killed in the process. And when the gods decides to enter the game, it all becomes even more deadly.
This book was fantastic. It’s even better than the 2nd book. The story has so many twists and turns, it was a ‘OMG’-fest in my house. (Suzanne you’re still EVIL!) I just didn’t see any of these events coming.  Suzanne McLeod created a very fascinating and complex world. I didn’t want the book to end.
We learn a lot about all our favorite characters. Of course we get to see more of Malik the smexy vampire, Finn the SexGod satyr, and Tavish the wylde fae. Tavish isn’t easy to understand, there’s a lot to him we don’t know yet. This is not an easy book to review because saying  more would spoil the story. I love how the author included different myths in her story.
I think one of the most important thing is that Genny is a great character. She is intelligent and has a big heart. She is courageous and very lovable. She’s not one of those Too Stupid To Live (TSTL) heroines, she can’t even be qualified as a ‘kick-ass’ heroine. No, Genny shines for a very different reason. I love this character and I want her to get a HEA. She deserves happiness.
Now, here is proof  of the author’s writing skill. I had a ‘favorite’ character I wanted Genny to get involved with. While reading the book, I kept changing my mind.  I ended up not knowing anymore which one I wanted her to end up with. (because let’s be honest I WANT her to end up with one of them *wink*). Suzanne found a way to make them all appealing in one way or another. I can’t believe I’ll have to wait a year to know what’s coming up next. I feel like Genny with 3V (the virus she has), this series is a drug.
Fanta-bulous, that’s how i’d summarize this book. The Bitter Seed of Magic is an action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns. Vampires, Fae, Witches and so much more…this books has them all. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to end and you can never guess what’s going to happen next (or I don’t have much imagination lol). I salute Suzanne’s fertile imagination and I can only say this: Give this series a try! It’s well worth your time, you won’t regret it.


I give The Bitter Seed of Magic 5 Bookies


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Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) February 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Whoa…not familiar with this series, but it looks damn good. Gonna check out the first book…thanks for reviewing and featuring!

  • pattepoilue February 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    @Alisha ohhh you're in for a treat then *g* I hope you'll enjoy this series as much as I did! =)

  • L. Blanchard February 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I LOVED the first book. It made such an impression on me, it stood out from so many books that not only have I never forgotten it, I've been trying to figure out how to buy a copy for months. Are you in the UK? Because evidently they aren't mass released here yet. Book two is finally affordable but Bitter Seed is like 30.00 on amazon.
    I have to buy book two now and hope by this time next year I can get book three.
    THanks for the great review. You inspired me to get off my ass and handle this.

  • pattepoilue February 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    @L.Blanchard Woooot I'm so happy you loved book 1. You're going to love what's coming up. I live in France so I order all my books online.
    You can have The Cold Kiss of Death for 9.11$ on Book Depository (FREE SHIPPING worldwide).

    If you want to wait to buy it in a bookstore, The Cold Kiss of Death is being released in the US on April 2nd 2011. (book 3 in 2012 though). So it'll be more affordable by April.

    Also there is the UK version of the website where books are even cheaper. The only catch is that it takes a about a week to arrive. <==22$ for book 3.

    Ok i'm done with the linking lol. Back to the book, let me know when you read book 2 if you like it too *g*

  • Julie February 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Loved the first two, can't wait for this one 🙂

  • pattepoilue February 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    @Julie *g* In my opinion this one is the best!!! I hope you'll love it too
    Woot less than a month now

  • Estella February 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Have not heard of this series. How did I miss it?

  • pattepoilue February 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    @Estella oh how I wish this series was better known. It's really good *g*

  • Chelsea B. February 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Well, with a word like Fanta-bulous, how can I not want to read it? 😉

  • scooper February 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Ooooh, you are so evil. I've been dying to get my paws on this book for months. You've got my hyped for the book's release though. I guess while I'm waiting for the book to come out I'll re-read books one and two. 🙁

  • pattepoilue February 6, 2011 at 3:53 am

    @Chelsea B. *g* There are no words to describe this boon, I HAD to make one up LOL 😉 I hope you'll enjoy the series. It's super fun.

    @Scooper Oh that is a good idea! I wish I'd reread book 1 before too. Come on , it's coming out very soon!! I hope you will love it too. *squee* <==yes i'm excited for you.

  • Sarah February 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I've read the first book in this series and liked it so I'm glad to see the series gets even better 🙂 Thanks for the review!

    smaccall @

  • pattepoilue February 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    @Sarah YAY I'm always happy to hear people say they enjoyed this series. If you liked book 1 you'll have a great time with the next 2 *g* As I said book 3 is my favorite! Happy reading

  • natalie23 February 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I just quickly read bits of your review as I haven't read the first two books yet, I just wanted to be sure the later books were as good as the first.
    I really hate it when the first book in a series is great then the rest are not as good. Since you ssaid this is your favourite so far I think I will definitely take a chance on this series, as soon as I can afford new books, I will get these.

  • pattepoilue February 22, 2011 at 3:31 am

    @Natalie23 Oh I know exactly what you mean (which is I'll never read the Anita Blake series), I can assure you that in this case the books and better and better. Well in my opinion lol. =P

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