The Blood Trials

HarperAudio. (The Blood Gift Duology, Bk. 1). Apr. 2022. 18:20 hrs. ISBN 9780063058514. $38.99. FANTASY
Ikenna was raised to be an elite soldier, but it’s not easy being a girl, or Black, in the highly stratified society of Mareen. Even worse, Ikenna is pantheon-gifted with a particularly dreaded skill—the ability to control the minds and bodies of others. Ikenna’s grandfather, a high-ranking military commander who’s her only family, has trained her to be in control of her gift to keep it secret. Once she declares Praetorian, she’ll take her place by his side. All their plans are churned to dust when he dies in an apparent tech malfunction. But was it really an accident, and will Ikenna be able to navigate the grueling trials meant to weed out the unworthy from the ranks of the Praetorian hopefuls? With a lot going on and a sprawling cast, Jeanette Illidge’s otherwise serviceable narration can feel flat in places, with Mareen-accented voices blurring together.
VERDICT Davenport’s debut weaves together elements of classic military/academy sci-fi from the likes of Elizabeth Moon and David Weber and infuses it with fantasy, romance, and biting social commentary, providing plenty of cross-genre appeal and proving itself a worthwhile addition to libraries expanding their science fiction audio collections.
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