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 abhors.
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.
This debut novel reached expectations that I did not even think I had. Falaye does a wonderful job with the voice produced in this novel. The story completely captured my attention from page 1 and I was completely ready to go on this journey with our main characters. There was so much creativity and lavish mythology woven into these pages and it was truly unlike anything I have ever read before. Along with the fantastical writing, I loved reading about black characters within SFF. I have definitely been able to see more of this representation now than I did when I was younger and it is truly so important for our younger generations. The strength that we see in Sloane is really something that young audiences can look up to and see in themselves. If you are looking for a book about young warriors and the strength they must possess to keep pushing on with life, this book is definitely for you.
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.
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