Book Review | Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Title: Blood Scion
Deborah Falaye
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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 ahbors.

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.



It was impossible for me to stop once I got started. She effectively mixes Yoruba-Nigerian mythology with the destruction of humanity by one another and the consequences of having too much power in a way that allows you to see and feel the characters’ difficulties with both parts.

The plot is brutal, cruel, and at times downright nasty. It moves quickly, with a gripping narrative, and superb world building. Even as someone who isn’t as familiar with Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, I didn’t feel confused or overwhelmed by attempting to grasp the mythology’s nuances and how they transferred to the characters or their storylines.

I absolutely loved this and just can’t wait for the sequel >-<

About the Author

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.

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