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Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

A YA fantasy novel about 'magic, injustice, power and revenge.'

A YA fantasy novel about 'magic, injustice, power and revenge'

A woman with a blue-painted face stands amid illustrated orange fire. The text "Blood Scion" is large in front of her, with the text "Deborah Falaye" above.

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.

Following one girl's journey of magic, injustice, power, and revenge, Deborah Falaye's debut novel, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, is a magnetic combination of Children of Blood and Bone and An Ember in the Ashes. (From HarperTeen)

Blood Scion was named one of the best Canadian YA books of 2022 by CBC Books.

Blood Scion is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist. The final five books and the panellists who chose them will be revealed on Jan. 25, 2023.

Deborah Falaye is a Nigerian Canadian YA author based in Toronto. She grew up in Lagos. Blood Scion is her debut novel.

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