I’ve been a huge fan of the Medicine and Magic series from the first book, and HEMORRHAGE does a great job of continuing the series. HEMORRHAGE is the fourth book in the series, and that gives it the advantage of having a strong world and a vibrant cast of characters to call upon and create a great story, without bogging the story down with world building.
In HEMORRHAGE, Kate makes leaps and bounds with her internal conflict. Throughout Medicine and Magic she’s been getting more and more comfortable with her involvement in the world of magic, but in HEMORRHAGE she finally steps into that role and accepts it even if she doesn’t quite embrace it yet.
The growing magic system and world building behind the magic is what made HEMORRHAGE a 5 bat book for me. I haven’t hated the magic system in Medicine and Magic, but I wasn’t much of a fan. In the first three books it’s little better than handwavium, but in HEMORRHAGE the magic system really comes to life and starts to fall into place with rules and limitations that I felt were missing before. I’m now definitely a fan of the magic system, but I hope to see it improving more and more with future books.
There was more resolution in HEMORRHAGE than the rest of the series, but I hope ANAPHYLAXIS starts to really answer some of the long running mysteries in the Medicine and Magic series. I’m really looking forward to reading ANAPHYLAXIS next month!
A wonderful world, well thought out. A super plot and good characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the latest book in the medicine and magic series. As much as I love these books I wish the characters pulled me in to the point where if I thought a key character had died or betrayed the main character I would want to cry... and instead I am pulled along by the plot. It's not a bad thing that the plot is compelling however it means that there is just a little something missing for me, which would turn the book into a real winner.
I am enjoying the premise of the series, but as other reviewers have mentioned I dont feel an emotional connection. The main character is passionate about her patients yet comes across as completely disassociated when confronted with personal tragedy and even more so when a hidden truth is revealed. I've preordered the next in the series but unless there is some resolution in where this book left off, I won't buy another. I have no interest in a character so shallow to chase after yet another rainbow while ignoring the potential gold at their feet just to sell another book.
I love when an author can build characters with stamina, strength of convictions, admit when wrong, overcome obstacles, humor, and a touch of romance. This series fulfills all my expectations. I really don't want this storyline to end. Read in the order written, this keeps you informed, plus embracing the building of Kate 's learning curve.
SA Magnusson's Medicine and Magic Book 4 was a super read! It not only matched the first three books in the series but went deeper, darker, and farther. Kate is dealing with her medical residency and her unknown magic. Can she keep her worlds apart ... or should she merge them? I highly recommend this book and series!
If you enjoyed the earlier Medicine and Magic books, then you will find this to be an excellent addition to the series.
If you are stumbling across this series for the first time then head back to book 1 Flatline (Medicine and Magic Book 1) and enjoy. The series follows a resident (an internship Doctors have after they earn their MD) who is specializing in the ER. She has always known she had some type of magic, but it didn't seem like 'normal' magic so she kept it hidden. In this series she discovers what her magic is and slowly begins to master it. The main character is Kate Michaels, a strong women who struggles with balancing her lifelong calling as a healer with the magic that seems to be increasingly interfering with her life.
In this book (number four of the series) Kate continues to establish her ties with the various factions in the supernatural world. As in the other books, she is willing to challenge those who automatically assume the 'other guy' is bad news. She even begins to (briefly) question whether there might be some good creatures across the veil as well as bad creatures.
This is not the series to read if your only goal is to read about sex every couple of pages. Although Kate's friend Jen is ready for it any time with anyone Kate is more of a relationship builder first. In this regard her budding relationship with Aaron doesn't progress much in this book, but that's OK. We see her uncovering and resolving the hidden machinations that have poisoned relationships between the supernatural species. Along the way Kate continues to learn more about her abilities.
The pacing on each of the books is crisp and you can enjoyably finish off this book in no time. If there is any shortfall it is that the long-term story arc is slow to develop: who Kate is, what her powers are, her long term relationships ... all of these are only revealed a little bit at a time throughout these first four books. However, Furthermore, SA Magnusson seems to be releasing a book a month so it won't be long until you get your next fix and until you find out what is next for Kate.
All of the things I have previously said about this series still stand here with this one. Four stars happened because there were several fight scenes in which I suddenly realized that there was a lengthy dissertation going on inside the fight to the death. I just really don't think when you're dodging a sword blade or countering an incoming death spell that you are going to logically lay out what you need to do to stay alive. It was enough to jar me out of the story.
I didn't notice this in any of the other books, nor did I see it in Book Five. Bottom line is that it didn't stop me from finishing the book, so either I was imagining things or the editors dropped the ball on continuity.
This comment should not keep you from diving into the very enjoyable series' plot line.
This is an awesome series to read. Lots of action! Once I started reading I couldn't put the books down, I had to know what would happen next. I like that you don't have to wait 6 months or longer for the next book to come out so far I have only waited a few weeks. There is so much to these books it is hard to write a short review. The story starts with a young woman in the last phases of becoming a doctor. She has some astonishing instincts that benefit both her patients and her in the ER. She struggles to find out who and what she is after trying desperately to stay away from that part of her all her life. She was raised by her grandparents after her mother died and never really knew her parents.Follow her struggles, disappointments and victories on her journey to finding out who she is... That's all I will tell you because I don't want to spoil it...