In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.
On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.
A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine…Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within.
A stunning and original YA fantasy from a fantastic new talent. Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Melinda Salisbury. (– via Goodreads)
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Non Spoiler Review
First of all, I would like to say thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read the e-arc of this novel! Also, I had intended to have this posted earlier but due to me being unwell for nearly two weeks I was unable to post.
We Are Blood and Thunder is a new YA fantasy that follows the perspective of both Lena and Constance. The dual perspective in this book was done very well. The main characters are very different from each other and do not overshadow each other in the narratives. Lena and Constance are both strong female characters that go through very different journeys in the novel which I found fascinating. Lupo did a fantastic job of creating strong female characters whilst highlighting the key differences between them.
The initial pull for me to want to read this book was the premise. The idea was original, creepy and filled with magic. I loved the idea of two girls being the key to unlocking the storm that is plaguing their city. Thankfully, the novel did not disappoint! The world building was simple but endearing. The world building was embedded wonderfully into the story and it wasn’t thrown at us on the first page. I loved how magic and the relationship to the Gods had a colour system!
The plot is fast paced but it’s easy to keep with what is going on and it doesn’t feel too rushed. We Are Blood and Thunder is filled with minor twists and turns and one major twist at the end that will leave your mind blown! I loved the twist.
Kesia Lupo’s fantasy novel We Are Blood and Thunder is wonderfully written and easy to read. I highly recommend this book to this who are just getting into the fantasy genre, and of course, those who love fantasy because it’s an easy compelling read.
Thanks for reading!