The Memory in the Blood

Tor. (The Fall of the Gods, Bk. 3). Jul. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9781250222640. $28.99. FANTASY
Sambuciña “Buc” Servenza lived on the streets until taken in by former soldier Eld. After years of battling both the Dead Gods and the Goddess Ciris, Buc is now a woman who has gained the power of a demi-goddess, lost the man she loved, and is fueled by rage and vengeance. The sliver of Ciris that lives inside Buc tells her that her current power is just a fraction of what she could someday possess. Buc’s power could help heal the world, but it would cost her the few friends and values she has, and Eld would still be dead. Buc’s line is drawn: people live, but everything else—Gods, wealth, economy, herself—can burn. The book’s economics and its magic detail a world of politics, classism, and the desire to break barriers.
VERDICT Van Loan’s conclusion to “The Fall of the Gods” trilogy is a fast-paced ride over high seas, through secret libraries and dark cathedrals, and into the heart of a volatile heroine.
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