Thank you so much to Netgalley and Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s for letting me read an e-ARC of Bloodsworn! I read an e-ARC of Ashlords last year (it was my first 2020 read) and I loved it so much, so I was super excited about Bloodsworn and it definitely didn’t disappoint!
Bloodsworn 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Three cultures clash in all out war–against each other and against the gods–in the second book of this fantasy duology that’s sure to capture fans of The Hunger Games and An Ember in the Ashes.
The Races are over. War has begun.
Ashlord and Longhand armies battle for control of the Empire as Dividian rebels do their best to survive the crossfire. This is no longer a game. It’s life or death.
Adrian, Pippa, and Imelda each came out of the Races with questions about their role in the ongoing feud. The deeper they dig, the clearer it is that the hatred between their peoples has an origin point: the gods.
Their secrets are long-buried, but one disgruntled deity is ready to unveil the truth. Every whisper leads back to the underworld. What are the gods hiding there? As the sands of the Empire shift, these heroes will do everything they can to aim their people at the true enemy. But is it already too late?
I loved everything about this book from the fact that it continued seamlessly from where book one left off to getting to see Imelda, Adrian, and Pippa’s view points again. I really like how each of them represents one group of people and I liked how prevalent Quinn was in book 2. I really liked how she (as a character) made Pippa more human in book 1, so seeing her more in book 2 was great. I loved all of the twists and turns that this book took and it made me want to keep reading- I never really felt like there was a lull in the book, which was really nice. And that ending! Omg! I didn’t see any of like Part Three happening and it was all so good!!! Adrian was also amazing, as usual and so many times in the book, it seemed like he was questioning his father’s decisions because he didn’t want the Longhands to become like the Ashlords reborn, so that was really nice to see. Imelda has always been my favorite, so watching her grow in both books 1 and 2 and seeing her become the Alchemist and this person who others really look up to was great. Her whole story was incredible and honestly, if this duology was just told from Imelda’s point of view, I would have been happy (but it was nice to have Pippa and Adrian too, don’t get me wrong). Bloodsworn comes out today, February 16th, so make sure you grab it (and Ashlords if you haven’t read that one yet) ASAP!