Alina Popescu, Writer

Blog Tour Stop: The Girl (The Sanctum) by Madhuri Blaylock

February 22
23:03 2014

I am a fantasy fan. You give me magic and supernatural beings and you’ve got me hooked. And so far, The Girl, the first book in The Sanctum series promises to keep me a happy camper.

The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.


A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.

All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

A ruling force that’s not completely ethical is nothing new, but the politics of The Sanctum were interesting to watch. There is a lot of gray going on everywhere, and then there is pure evil. But the heroes, although young, smart, beautiful, and seemingly perfect, are far from perfection. They are impulsive, they are just discovering the world, they are selfish at times, and they are ruthless killers, part of their warrior/survival training.

I know Dev and Wyatt have an insta-love sort of set up. But unlike other such scenarios, they don’t just give in, they fight this impossible bond and their relationship grows around it. Ryker and Jools were also a very interesting couple. Generally, the relationships in this book, outside couples, are amazingly described. The boys’ friendship, each of them and their relationship with Darby, Jools being a bratty, loving sister to Wyatt, the siblings’ relationship with their parents.

There is lots of magic and fighting and mayhem. There’s a bit of blood and gore, but just enough to make the war and the drama of what happened to Dev’s family very real.

The one thing that drove me mad was the constant head hopping. I do get multiple points of view, but it kept changing from page to page until it turned into a hot mess. Even so, it wasn’t enough to pull me out of the story.

Fair warning though, this is a series, and you will have to read on to see the situation resolved!

About the author

Madhuri Blaylock is a lawyer by day, writer and avid shoe and dress buyer at all other times. She lives in Jersey City, but her heart remains firmly planted in Brooklyn via Snellville, Georgia. Her husband, Henry, is also a lawyer, and only a lawyer because he actually likes being a lawyer (go figure), probably always wanted to be a lawyer and is really, really good at all things lawyerly. He’s also pretty hot.

She’s got a big kid, Miss Sydney, and a little kid, the one and only Dash. They’re awesome and fierce and supremely cool and able to make her laugh at the strangest things. She would love to add a dog, some chickens, a goat and a burro to this crew. Everyone needs a burro.

Some of her favorites, in no particular order: ice cream, Kill Bill, four-inch heels, Matt Damon, tattoos, Laini Taylor, scotch on the rocks, The Sanctum trilogy, random office supplies, Martha’s Vineyard, “The Girl” aka my Mini, Rihanna, Doc Martens, tulips, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

One day she plans to grow up. Right now, she’s enjoying the adventure.





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  1. Madhuri
    Madhuri February 25, 02:18

    Thanks much for THE GIRL blog tour stop and review, Alina. I really appreciate it. Rock on.

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