I’m beyond thrilled to be taking part in the Blood Scion Book Tour, hosted by Travelling Pages Tours. Check out my review below! You can also see what the other hosts are saying HERE!
By Deborah Falaye
YA, Fantasy, Mythology
HarperTeen March 8, 2022
Hardcover ~ Audiobook ~ Kindle
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.
Following one girl’s journey of magic, injustice, power, and revenge, Deborah Falaye’s debut novel, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, is a magnetic combination of Children of Blood and Bone and An Ember in the Ashes.
Deborah Falaye nails her debut! Blood Scion is one of the most intense dark fantasy stories I’ve had in a while. Definitely not for the queazy!
We follow Sloane – a dark skinned female that was gifted àse from the Gods. She’s a Scion that can wield fire. However, she’s had to keep this a secret her entire life because Scions are hunted down and murdered just for being gifted. The Lucis is the army that is in charge of the “cleansing” – going to villages to kill every Scion they find. If that isn’t bad enough once you turn 15 you are in the runnings to become a forced child soldier for the Lucis. Sloane just turned 15 and has been recruited. The initiation and training are brutal – the females are in danger of rape from the be guards any time they are alone. Can Sloane keep her gift a secret so she can make it out of training alive?
Blood Scion is a heart pounding read. Sloane is such a wonderful character. Even before being fully invested in the characters at the beginning of the book there was a scene that had me in tears.
Falaye writes like she’s been doing it her entire life – it’s fluid and flawless. The pacing is fast yet without taking from the world building and character development. The plot is unique and dark in all the right places. Don’t get me started on the stunning cover!! I cannot wait for the second book in the series to see where my favorite characters end up!
About The Author
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.
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