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.
Please note: Blood Scion includes the following trigger warnings: blood, colonization, genocide, mentions of rape, racism, sexual abuse, torture, and violence.
While this book contains real heavy subjects, the author uses her knowledge of her Yoruba culture and mythology to intertwine a fantasy world with magic, gods and their bloodlines,people fighting against tyranny and for freedom, an empire hellbent on genocide of those special bloodlines and give no care about the people they have under their rule as long as they stay in power and who better to do your dirty work than the very people you oppress.This story could easily be set in the historic centuries where empires gave no care about the people whose land they conquered for their own gain in the name of exploration or our time where multiple militia and trynnacial governments have taken over and conscripted child to fight there wars,if you're a person not just living in their own six feet world and have payed attention to multiple countries that have kidnapped or forced children to fight their wars than you'll understand where the author is coming from as she tells this story, or being that the world map has changed much and not many empires left as we're told through the characters this could be a a look into the future or you can look at as just a fantastical world made up by the author as it is written and even though there's some disturbing subjects addressed within in this made up world, I say take a breath and keep reading and when you're finished decide if you want to leave these subjects in the book as you close it or if you want to go down the rabbit hole to see these are real issues happening in remote parts of our world and find a way to help through non-profit organizations, prayer or just sharing this book with someone else. I believe the author poored her heart and soul into this book as a way of bringing forth truths from her culture and mythology and to bring hope to those going through their own struggles as our characters fight to find hope admist their struggles. Sloane has lived her whole life concealing her true identity and magic, her àse otherwise she will be branded a Scion and marked for death.Sloane must come to terms with her magic as she embarks on a mission to prove what happened to her mother as she is drafted into the children army and brought to the capital for training. But she must survive, not be discovered of her true identity or her plans for revenge, while working her way up in the ranks.Sooner or later something must give,Sloane must decide who she truly is and wants to be. I knew the warnings going into this book and I also knew they were real issues so despite my past traumas,I decided to give this book a chance because I believed the author had something important to share through this fantasy novel. I only wish a map of the world mentioned in the story and pronunciation of culture worlds used would have been included in the book but it in no way takes away from the story and the author does well to incorporate meaning of these words explaned by the characters without taking away from the story. The story flows well and I was captivated from the first page and engrossed into their world until the very end.
"I am Yoruba but I am not. This is Nagea,but it is not. My world is only half of what it should be, and I am only half of what I really am."
"But I was wrong, so wrong. Because there is nothing monstrous about this magic at all, nothing vile and corrupt like what the Lucis wanted me to believe. And to think I spent so long denying myself a sound as achingly pure and free as this."
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.