Thorn is living in the end of times, though an its ambigous end of times, seraphs and demons are still fighting in a post-apocalyptic-ice-age. Thorn is part of a new species, neomages, who are able to bend leftover creation energy to their will. Specifically she is a stone mage, and since mages present a threat to both humans and seraphs they are confined to luxurious Enclaves. Thorn is passing for a human, working as a jeweler, in a remote icy town. When her ex-husband Lucas is kidnapped and her friends are threatened, she risks revealing her true identity in order to save her adopted family.
BloodRing is a fastpaced page turner. Lush imagery and really interesting world-building (especially the magic-working of the gems) add to the tale. Though the book does NOT end on a cliff-hanger, it fails to wrap up a number of the mysteries. Who is the Amethyst Mistress? Why did Lucas haul all that amethyst back to the store/house for his ex-wife? did he really cheat on Thorn voluntarily and what is his latest wife up to?