Blood Indigo

Forest Path. Mar. 2021. 340p. ISBN 9781951293253. pap. $23.99. FANTASY
The shamans, along with their peoples, are gathering for a meeting on their sentient planet. However, Tokela, a youth of the a’Nasigwyrh people, is feeling restless. He’s drawn to art and Shaping, genetically manipulating things, yet his family isn’t comfortable with art or artists. The Chepiś are a race of “giants” known to Tokela’s people, who Shape things. Tokela is also facing that it is time to grow beyond being a youth to being ośikh, a category between child and adulthood, a time of same-sex exploration. Yet, he knows that his mother spent time with the Chepiś, and is drawn to them.
VERDICT Sullivan drops you right into the action in this book. Readers might be confused by the large cast of characters and lack of clear motivations. Unfortunately, the action is always seen from the vantage point of the shamans or Tokela, meaning that technology isn’t clearly explained. Science fiction readers will be disappointed.
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