Of Blood and Twisted Roots (Rise of the Morphlings Book 1) | review

01 - Of Blood and Twisted Roots

My rating: ❤❤❤❤of 5!
Length: 167 pages
Published: the 31st of August 2018.
Written by: E. M. Moore & Beth Hendrix
Source: free copy of the book provided for beta and arc reading.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to both beta and arc read this book, and have voluntarily decided to post my honest review.



The blurb:

As long as I can remember, I’ve been alone and on the run. Fleeing from an unknown enemy who attacks on the full moon. I’ve lived my whole life not knowing who I am until I find a letter from my parents that turns my whole world upside down.

My name is Anika, and I’m one of the last of my kind.

Now I am on the hunt to find the last remaining Morphlings. All while trying to get rid of a mate I don’t want, and hoping to find myself in the process. Will I find the rest of my people? Or will I finally be captured by those who want to hurt me?

And most importantly, can I deal with the pressures of finding a family?


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It is said that when the goddess Artemis, laid with her animals, their offspring gained shifter abilities. Not everyone was thrilled with this so the Actaeon the god of the wild used his own powers to create the morphlings. A species that the has the ability to change into anything.

This brings us to Anika, the leading lady of this book. Anika grew up in an orphanage knowing she was different to anyone else, feeling like a freak and was never adopted. In her adult life she’s living day by day literally fighting for her survival. The beings that hunt Anika is wolf shifters and as luck would have it, the first one to get close enough to hurt her, turns out to be her chosen mate. And as such, his priorities change from wanting to kill and steal Anika’s skin, to wanting to protect her and keep her safe.

Anika has only known she’s different, she never knew of what kind of beings that really roam the world she lives in. So when she learns she’s a Morphling, you’d think it would answer a lot of questions. Which it does. But at the same time, it raises a lot of knew ones. Like, is there others like her? On her journey to find answers, she finds two more mates (a snake and an owl) and she learns. Like that’s not enough, it also looks like she’s the last Morphling standing and that she’s destined to take on the goddess Artemis.


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This is the first book i read by Beth Hendrix, whereas I’ve been reading quite a few by E. M. Moore. When two authors collaborate it is in my experience a tricky business. Sometimes it goes horribly wrong and other times, their work is complimenting each other so much that it becomes magic. I’m so pleased to announced that this book is the latter.

The world Beth and Erin has created is so amazing and intriguing. But even more awe inspiring, is their character building. I love that Anika is not your typical virgin-damsel in distress. Oh no, she’s the take charge and sassy woman that I love. Her world is literally turned upside down, but she still doesn’t play the “pity me” card. Which I love. On top of that, I love how not each and every of her destined mates are instantly swooning over her. Normally, it can get a bit annoying that there always has to be one, who’s grumpy about the match. However, in this story it makes all the sense in the world. Also, Beth and Erin has managed to write their personalities so they stay true to their animal shifts, which makes it even greater to read about.

The only reason that I’m not giving this book 5 hearts, is because of the pace. When we’re near the ending, and everything seems to be sorted, the pace made sense. Because up to that point, it looked like it was going to be a standalone. But then the mother of all twists happens, and it becomes clearer than ever, that this is just the first book in a new series. With that in mind, I think the pace is a little too quick. Like everything needs to be solved within a few pages, which to me seems a little forced.

If I did the point rating, like 4.5, that’s exactly what I would rate this book at. But I don’t, so I’ll stick to the 4 and wait patiently for the next book.


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