This is a good debut of a new author to follow.


A brilliant new voice brings a brilliant new novel: debut author Ehigbor Okosun’s first book in an action-packed, poignant duology inspired by Nigerian mythology–full of magic and emotion and set in a highly atmospheric, complex world in which a young woman fights to survive a tyrannical society, having everything stripped away from her, and seeks vengeance for her mother’s murder and the spilled blood of her people.

In the midst of a tyrannical regime and political invasion, Dèmi just wants to survive: to avoid the suspicion of the nonmagical Ajes who occupy her ancestral homeland of Ife; to escape the King’s brutal genocide of her people—the darker skinned, magic wielding Oluso; and to live peacefully with her secretive mother while learning to control the terrifying blood magic that is her birthright.

But when Dèmi’s misplaced trust costs her mother’s life, survival gives way to vengeance. She bides her time until the devious Lord Ekwensi grants her the perfect opportunity—kidnap the Aje prince, Jonas, and bargain with his life to save the remaining Oluso. With the help of her reckless childhood friend Colin, Dèmi succeeds, but discovers that she and Jonas share more than deadly secrets; every moment tangles them further into a forbidden, unmistakable attraction, much to Colin’s—and Dèmi’s—distress.

The kidnapping is now a joint mission: to return to the King, help get Lord Ekwensi on the council, and bolster the voice of the Oluso in a system designed to silence them. But the way is dangerous, Dèmi’s magic is growing yet uncertain, and it’s not clear if she can trust the two men at her side.

A tale of rebellion and redemption, race and class, love and trust and betrayal, Forged by Blood is epic fantasy at its finest, from an enthusiastic, emerging voice.

Bite Size Review

4 very solid stars

Bite size review as I just want to read these days, more than write reviews!

What I loved in that book:

the Nigerian mythology! It gave us a whole array of magical beings and deities that I loved to read about. It made for an atmosphere of wonder at times.

-the magic. I loved the different kinds of magic. Demi was powerful and I do love a powerful heroine who had to literally come back from the dead to claim her revenge.

the “retelling” or rather “reimagining” of the colonization. Oluso have dark skin and have magic. They are enslaved by Ajes who have no magic and fairer skin. Themes like enslavement and superior race are very present in that story. That made me think ….again, at our past and what we did to these people.

the characters. Demi is a survivor and a warrior. She also has a generous heart and wants to protect her people. She is easy to love especially as all odds are against her! And as for Jonas, he might be the enemy but he has a soft quality to him that makes it impossible to hate.

the plot. I do love a good revenge / rebellion story!

This is a good debut of a new author to follow.

Thanks for reading.


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