Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Blood Scion

Author: Deborah Falaye

Book Series: Blood Scion Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Yoruba/Nigerian inspired MC and characters, Black characters, Yoruba-Nigerian mythology inspired

Recommended For…: young adult readers, military fantasy, fantasy, sci-fi, Yoruba-Nigerian mythology

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

Genre: YA Military Fantasy

Age Relevance: 16+ (death, parental death, gore, violence, war, sexual assault, religion, child soldiers, suicidal ideation, colorism, starvation, human trafficking, language, torture, romance, child abuse)

Explanation of Above: The book has a lot of graphic scenes involving death, parental death, violence, gore, depictions of war, and torture. There are two scenes with an attempted rape and a few mentions of it throughout the text. There are mentions of religion and a couple of scenes with prayer in the book. The book heavily focuses on child soldiers and has depictions and mentions of child abuse. There is one mention of suicidal ideation and one comment about how dark the MC is in a mocking tone. Starvation is mentioned occasionally in the text. There is also cursing occasionally in the book, there’s more as the text goes on but it’s still fairly tame compared to other books I’ve read.

Publisher: Harperteen

Pages: 415

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I absolutely love this book! I very much appreciated the trigger warnings in the beginning of the book, which helped me get into the mindset of what kind of book this would be. The book is very brutally honest about the depictions and inspirations it uses, which I very much appreciated not being sugar-coated. The book is well written and has well developed characters and world building. I loved the blend of sci-fi and fantasy in the book and how the military played in this world. The book had amazingly complex characters as well and multiple different interwoven webs of lies and deceit, so much so that it makes GOT spin on its heels in my eyes! This is a damn good debut novel and I can’t wait for book 2!

The only issue I really had with the book is that sometimes I got confused because the book does have some fast-paced moments. I also figured out that a certain necklace was not picked back up so I’m wondering how the journey to a certain area will go, but other than that I absolutely loved this read!

Verdict: Highly recommend, but not for the faint of heart.

Book Title: Blood Scion (Blood Scion #!)

Author: Deborah Falaye

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: March 8, 2022

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58329290-blood-scion

Book Purchase link:
https://www.harpercollins.com/products/blood-scion-deborah-falaye?variant=39373024362530

Book Description:

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.

Author Bio:

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.

Author Links:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19718492.Deborah_Falaye
https://twitter.com/deefalaye
https://www.instagram.com/deborahfalaye/

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