Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey. Published by St. Martins

When her beloved grandmother, or Baba, dies, 22 year old Lissa has to take over her “position” in the small community where they live. She takes on her grandmother’s burdens including one Maksim Volkov, a man who needs magic, Lissa’s magic to keep him from harming others. He’s already slipped once and allowed his violence to corrupt a formerly unassuming student, Nick Kaisaris. Now Nick is loose in Toronto with forces he does’t understand, tearing him apart. If Maksim doesn’t find Nick, the boy will commit acts of terrible violence and hatred. Maksim is counting on Lissa to help him, because if he can’t find and control Nick, then they will both have to die. This is a thrilling mix of folktales and modern horror that Humphrey manages to make feel all too real


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