Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Series: Blood Scion #1
Author: Deborah Falaye
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: March 8, 2022
Received: Own (OwlCrate)
Warnings: Self-harm, sexual assault, control, death, gore

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Blood Scion is both a debut novel and the start of a new series. Written by Deborah Falaye, it kicks off a series of the same name, one that is as intimidating and dangerous as it is compelling. Get ready for an emotional roller coaster!

Sloan has spent her entire life hiding who she is – a descendant of the Orisha gods. She has magic in her veins but must suppress it for the safety of herself and those she loves most. The Lucis hate people like her and will hunt her until the day they die.

Unfortunately, suppressing her magic isn’t enough to keep her safe, as this is not the only terror the Lucis put on her people. Sloan has been forcibly conscripted into their army, which will make surviving so much harder – especially while trying to keep her gift a secret. There is a light in this darkness, as following through on their orders will give Sloan the chance to finally get some answers of her own.

“You have to decide what matters most: your humanity or your survival.”

Wow. Every now and then, I come across a book that defies reviewing. Blood Scion is one of those books. I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book, but I feel like I lack the words to adequately explain any of them.

Let’s start with this: Blood Scion does not pull punches. It is an emotional and graphic read, pulling readers into the deep end and forcing us to ride along in Sloan’s life. It’s heavy, wondrous, and powerful all in one.

The characters are complex, the story compelling, and the twists shocking; this is a book that all fantasy lovers need to read. Seriously, go out and buy the book! If you can manage it, the OwlCrate version is stunning.

Oh, I forgot to mention the world-building. Shocking – I know. This is generally my favorite part about any fantasy novel, and Blood Scion did not disappoint. It’s so rich and detailed. Even though we spent a whole book exploring the world, I feel like it is merely the tip of the iceberg. I cannot wait to see more.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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