The Blood Gift

Harper Voyager. (The Blood Gift Duology, Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 448p. ISBN 9780063058538. $32. FANTASY
Ikenna Amari is on the run with her Praetorian squad, hunted by those who want to collect the enormous bounty on her head. Betrayed by the Mareen’s Tribunal Council, who are responsible for her grandfather’s death and the exposure of her blood gift, Ikenna struggles to find allies. With the Blood Emperor’s Warlord in pursuit, Ikenna must find a way to master the power granted her by the Goddess of Blood Rites, for even with her own troubles, she knows that the Blood Emperor’s plan to invade Mareen must be stopped. Already under the pressure of promises made to the goddess and her friends, the need for revenge, and her own doubts, Ikenna knows that to take on a near god and stop a war may mean destroying what she wishes to save. Davenport’s characters are deeply realized, with feelings and flaws abounding. Her interesting blend of gods, power, and technology, along with classist regimes, support a novel of choices for change.
VERDICT “The Blood Gift” duology concludes with a dramatic, action-filled story (a sequel to The Blood Trials).
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