Book Title: Blood Scion (Blood Scion #1)
Author: Deborah Falaye
Release Date: March 8, 2022
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58329290-blood-scion
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This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created.
Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods.
Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. But when she is forcibly conscripted into the Lucis army on her fifteenth birthday, Sloane sees a new opportunity: to overcome the bloody challenges of Lucis training, and destroy them from within.
Sloane rises through the ranks and gains strength but, in doing so, risks something greater: losing herself entirely, and becoming the very monster that she ahbors.
Following one girl’s journey of magic, injustice, power, and revenge, this deeply felt and emotionally charged debut from Deborah Falaye, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, is a magnetic combination of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and Daughter of Smoke and Bone that will utterly thrill and capture readers.
Deborah Falaye is a Nigerian Canadian young adult author. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she spent her time devouring African Literature, pestering her grandma for folktales, and tricking her grandfather into watching Passions every night. When she’s not writing about fierce Black girls with bad-ass magic, she can be found obsessing over all things reality TV. Deborah currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their partner-in-crime yorkie, Major. Blood Scion is her first novel.
This cover and book is sensational. This dystopian world we enter with people that have inherited abilities from the ancient Gods each possessing gifts in fire, metals, etc. Not many in a generation possess these gifts and they are called Scions.
Hundreds of years ago they were invaded and these new people have since hunted down these Scions to try to cleanse these gifts and this race of people from existence. Sending propaganda messaging when they draft their teenage children into the war against these Scions and their defenders. They have set up a royal court with their royal bloodlines and their fair hair and skin.
There is a lot to unpack there (I just read Homegoing sooo ugh man I really wish I had a time machine, the pretentious lack of human life and care is astounding I just can’t understand) and this is where we meet our MC, Sloane. Sloane Shade with the beautiful dark skin and the Scion gift of blood fire. She has hidden with her àse her whole life, her Baba helping her conceal it. But now she has been drafted into the war. She is being faced with so many trials and challenges that no child of 15 should. Hiding in plain sight while she searches for the reason for her mother’s disappearance.
This gives me the feels of the intense brutal training of the Dauntless, but make it dark and fight to kill. Add in a richly diverse culture and folklore. I love ancient earth magic. I need more of it. I cannot wait for the 2nd book of this duology!! I don’t want to give anything away but that ending!
This is definitely a 5 🌟 from me!
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