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Her destiny was death. The shadows brought her back. Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a Her destiny was death. The shadows brought her back. Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is even dead at all… Blood Metal Bone is the astounding new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings. This is the perfect adrenaline-packed read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, The Mandalorian and Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.


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Her destiny was death. The shadows brought her back. Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a Her destiny was death. The shadows brought her back. Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is even dead at all… Blood Metal Bone is the astounding new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings. This is the perfect adrenaline-packed read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, The Mandalorian and Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

30 review for Blood, Metal, Bone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I KNOW THAT I'LL LOVE THIS. GIVE IT TO ME NOW........... I KNOW THAT I'LL LOVE THIS. GIVE IT TO ME NOW...........

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. 2.5 stars The book was a mush of sci-fi and fantasy, starting off with a strong fantasy prologue and then a first chapter that was all out sci-fi. It was a bit jarring to say the least. However, it did get more seamless as the book went on. I am more than a little confused by the plot and ending - and let's just say the twist and secrets were a little too reminiscent of ZENITH I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions. 2.5 stars The book was a mush of sci-fi and fantasy, starting off with a strong fantasy prologue and then a first chapter that was all out sci-fi. It was a bit jarring to say the least. However, it did get more seamless as the book went on. I am more than a little confused by the plot and ending - and let's just say the twist and secrets were a little too reminiscent of ZENITH (co-written with Sasha Alsberg). Everything happened so easily to the characters that I could never believe they were in danger as they waltzed from information to success. The writing was a bit clunky at times, with a very respective way of referring to Sonara's magic. it was the same phrasing every time - the monster pressing against the cage. The biggest thing in this book's favour was the lack of romance. FINALLY a YA book that doesn't feel the need to have the characters fall in love. I kept waiting for characters to fall in love, more and more relieved when that didn't happen as the book progressed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clare dooley

    I think it would be a more detailed review I actually had this book. Stars! ~ peeks with wide grey eyes at the perimeter created by lack of an ARC copy. I bet on the outside people just have the books they want. My brain grumbles at the tiny ration served up by the blurb. I snatch it and trudge home. ~

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Young Adult for providing me with an EARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. "She'd lived two lives already, but she was still trying to figure out why in the hell she was deserving of even one." Blood Metal Bone is a standalone novel that is a unique mix of fantasy and sci-fi, unlike anything I have read before. It has many aspects and tropes of a traditional medieval type fantasy. has magic and strained alliances and much more of the plot devices a fa Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Young Adult for providing me with an EARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. "She'd lived two lives already, but she was still trying to figure out why in the hell she was deserving of even one." Blood Metal Bone is a standalone novel that is a unique mix of fantasy and sci-fi, unlike anything I have read before. It has many aspects and tropes of a traditional medieval type fantasy. has magic and strained alliances and much more of the plot devices a fan of YA fantasy would be a fan of. Add some space pillaging and galactic capitalism and you have a good idea of what you are getting yourself into. (TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR; Some mentions of death, murder, loss of a sibling, false prosecutions, medical content, imprisonment, and violence. In my opinion, these are not graphic in nature.) It took a lot of risks, however, I am not sure it always paid off, so let's get into my review. The setting and atmosphere were well done, we got to know our setting well and it was described in a way that was straight to the point whilst still giving the reader enough information to get absorbed into the story. Similarly, the writing style was done well without being flowery or overly simplified, you can tell that the author has taken a lot of time to hone her craft however I wouldn't describe it as anything spectacular. The characters are interesting however I didn't feel like I knew any of them on a deep level to the point that I had an emotional connection to them. As such some of the big plot points didn't feel particularly high stakes. I also feel as if our main characters, and the writing of them, fell down the trap of telling instead of showing. By this I mean some of them had a lot of expectations forced upon them by the way they were described, for goodness sake our MC was called a devil countless times, but it just didn't add up causing them to not feel as fleshed out as they could be. The plot was straight forward enough and the plot twists, that there were, I had guessed pretty early on. Once again its nothing groundbreaking but could be a good place to start for some people. I was just a bit bored in honesty, and the fact that I had seen so many things coming from the start just made me want to finish it. It is unique though and I will give it that, if someone reads no sci-fi at all maybe this would be a good starting point for them. Also, there was no romance! Like at all. Which I greatly appreciated. The concept was definitely there, even if it was confusing for the first third because it felt like we were dealing with two completely different books. An interesting one and not a complete write off, just not something I would recommend to everyone. Forgettable for me, at best. Rated: 2.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    I think this book tried too hard to be different. It is a mix of fantasy and science-fiction that at times didn't blend together well. Too many different elements were included when I think that a more refined focus on just a few of them would have made this book better. On paper, this is exactly the type of thing I devour in a couple of days but I didn't really connect with Blood, Metal, Bone which is probably why it took me ages to finish. There's nothing outstanding about this but it is an al I think this book tried too hard to be different. It is a mix of fantasy and science-fiction that at times didn't blend together well. Too many different elements were included when I think that a more refined focus on just a few of them would have made this book better. On paper, this is exactly the type of thing I devour in a couple of days but I didn't really connect with Blood, Metal, Bone which is probably why it took me ages to finish. There's nothing outstanding about this but it is an alright escape to another world. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this title. This was my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)

    ⭐️Blood Metal Bone - Review⭐️ ⭐️What’s is about? Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is e ⭐️Blood Metal Bone - Review⭐️ ⭐️What’s is about? Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is even dead at all… ⭐️What did I think? Well this was a surprise! I went in expecting fantasy. What I got was a brilliant mix of fantasy with sci-fi. I liked it! Good blend of characters, some loveable some loathsome. Lots of action, twists and turns. Nice writing that kept me interested throughout. I think this is a really unusual mix but it worked for me. It would be a great book for fantasy lovers who are looking to branch out into sci-fi. It’s a standalone too which is great in itself, it’s nicely all wrapped up & I would definitely recommend it 👍🏼 Thank you to @netgalley @hqyoungadult & @authorlindsaycummings for my eARC In return for my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Sarah

    Lindsay Cummings saw the individual genres of sci-fi, fantasy and medieval stylings and said why pick one? We’re having them all. This book was a feast. In the best possible sense. I’ve read some comments via other reviewers who have acknowledged if you don’t normally read sci-fi this may not be for you. And I completely disagree. This book is the perfect bridge into sci-fi, especially for those who love fantasy and medieval styled books, as well as lovers of dark and light magic. Here’s why👇🏻 A Lindsay Cummings saw the individual genres of sci-fi, fantasy and medieval stylings and said why pick one? We’re having them all. This book was a feast. In the best possible sense. I’ve read some comments via other reviewers who have acknowledged if you don’t normally read sci-fi this may not be for you. And I completely disagree. This book is the perfect bridge into sci-fi, especially for those who love fantasy and medieval styled books, as well as lovers of dark and light magic. Here’s why👇🏻 A large part of the books main characters are styled in a medieval regal lineage story path. Im in love with anything styled this way but this book hit different. 1. We have horses, the shadow laced magic kind. 2. We have duelling kingdoms with their own parts of hierarchy and lineage. 3. Magic. Dark magic, and light. 4. Old worldly 5. The discrimination of those without similar blood. This is mixed greatly with the sci-fi planetary aspects! 1. Spaceships and space travel 2. Multi planetary views 3. Futuristic 4. Bounty hunters & Smuggling The story follows the path of shadow bloods, an old magic whose presence is considered to be of a gift OR a curse, bestowed upon the dead. I will not delve into this as the history of the shadow bloods is one of the most intriguing plot aspects, but the magic within this story is gripping. We also have the aspects of the duelling Kingdoms with in Sonara’s home planet, as well as interplanetary duelling (including earth.) This really brought to live the medieval feel, the old fighting of worlds either for power, magic or land. ‘A Child of Shadow.’ Main initial characters: Karr & Cade : Brothers, in debt and smuggling contraband to different planets, as well as carrying out some interesting missions. Sonara & Soahm : Brother and sister (half blood related) but Sonora is looked down upon for her father . The main character dynamic is between Sonara & Karr, the characters who’s voices the story follows in alternating chapters. The only reason I marked this 4 stars was due to their voices being somewhat similar in personality, and some repetition in aspects of the story. Plus a little more diversity could have been cool. All in all, I loved this story. I’m a lover of sci-fi, magic and fantasy, so this was a bowl of joy. However for those of you not initially interested in one of those genres, but attracted to one or more- I’d still say go for this book. I was a little bored of space related story paths recently (read way too many yikes) but this was the tug I needed to enjoy it again. For lovers of : Aurora Rising The Lady’s Guid to Petticoats and Piracy Serpant & Dove The Fifth Season

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lora Milton

    This started out really well. The first chapter drew me in and began some very interesting world building, with just the right amount of angst at the end of the chapter that I really wanted to read more and see what happened. Then the next chapter switched to life aboard a spaceship and didn't even follow the familiar character who we met in the first chapter and saw taken away. This didn't work for me. Perhaps if the original situation had been further developed, melding a primitive Fantasy worl This started out really well. The first chapter drew me in and began some very interesting world building, with just the right amount of angst at the end of the chapter that I really wanted to read more and see what happened. Then the next chapter switched to life aboard a spaceship and didn't even follow the familiar character who we met in the first chapter and saw taken away. This didn't work for me. Perhaps if the original situation had been further developed, melding a primitive Fantasy world with science fiction could have been doable, but having my investment in the first characters cut off so suddenly completely lost me. As a result, I never really got invested in the story to the degree I had been at the end of the first chapter. I think this author can write well, but would be better sticking with one genre at a time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    FantasyBookNerd

    Lindsay Cummings' new novel is an enjoyable genre-fusing mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy. Maybe, when picking your next book to read you might have a hard time deciding between SciFi or fantasy. Lindsay Cummings must have been thinking this when writing Blood, Metal, Bone. But then she just thought, well why do I need to choose? Let's stick 'em in a blender and see what it tastes like. Blood, Metal, Bone tells the story of Sonara. Cinderella bastard child of the warrior queen of Soeria, who when we fi Lindsay Cummings' new novel is an enjoyable genre-fusing mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy. Maybe, when picking your next book to read you might have a hard time deciding between SciFi or fantasy. Lindsay Cummings must have been thinking this when writing Blood, Metal, Bone. But then she just thought, well why do I need to choose? Let's stick 'em in a blender and see what it tastes like. Blood, Metal, Bone tells the story of Sonara. Cinderella bastard child of the warrior queen of Soeria, who when we first meet her is forced to maintain the horses of her mother's stable. She has a deep bond with her brother, Soahm the crown prince of the aforementioned land and jewel of his mother's eye. However, one fateful day, a spaceship with a phoenix symbol takes Soahm, we don’t where or why, he’s just taken. Subsequently, Sonara gets the blame for this and it is assumed that she has nefariously done away with the crown prince. She is then publicly flogged by her mother, placed on a horse that her beloved brother gave her, and then forced to ride over the edge of a cliff. Well, there’s no coming back from that one! The End! Not quite the end, because Sonara comes back from the dead as a Shadowblood, a mysterious, magicy type of … person. The story then moves forward ten years and we meet Sonara again. Now she is working with a gang of cutpurses and she has taken up the mantle of The Devil of the Deadlands, a badass thief with magical powers. However, the shadow of her missing brother hangs over her and she is determined to find out what happened to him. Lindsay Cummings' book is an interesting one, in that she mixes a number of different things together in this plot-driven story. In fact, she chucks everything at you Medieval fantasy that includes dragons, magic swords and quests, and then she also has a Sci-Fi story that has space smugglers, shady conglomerates, and alternative earths. The points of view are mainly from Sonara (the medieval fantasy bit) who after been brought back from death, is surviving by being a thief in the Deadlands with other like-minded individuals who have also been brought back from the dead and now have magical powers. The other point of view comes from Karr (the sci - fi bit) who is a space smuggler aboard a spaceship called Starfall. Initially, the book is split into these two protagonists' individual story and you are wondering what on earth the girl with the sword and the boy in the spaceship has in common. Well, it’s obvious innit, Einstein! Brother gets pinched from his planet by a strange spaceship, what more do you need? Yep, that is what I thought too. However, Lindsay Cummings skilfully weaves, twists, and manipulates this story to leave you with answers that quite honestly, I didn't see coming. And I enjoyed the spaceship ride that she took me on. However, not only are there two points of view, there are two separate stories happening at the same time and at first, this can make the book a little disjointed, making you split your brain a little bit because you have to throw yourself into two separate settings. Firstly there’s Sonara’s adventures in the Deadlands as she tries to steal stuff from the tyrannical King of the Deadlands, gets sent to jail, gets saved by her gang (who have a Dragon!), and then gets hired by a deposed princess and her skeleton encased friend to undertake a quest. Oh, and she has to come to grips with the magic powers that she gained when she was brought back from the dead, why she was brought back from the dead with all her mates, and work out her relationships with those around her, including her ex-boyfriend who also had a bit of a thing with the deposed princess and is a bit of a one! Phew, that’s enough for one book there! However, Lindsay Cummings doesn’t stop there, she also gives us the tale of Karr and his brother Cade, who are escaping the tyrannical Jeb, who took them in as children when their parents were murdered and forced them to do some pretty underhanded jobs for him. To escape him Cade decides that taking up with a mysterious head of the shady conglomerate is the best way to escape Jeb’s clutches The Head of the shady conglomerate then gives them a quest to get a mysterious object that is located on Sonara’s planet and can save the galaxy from a deadly disease called the ‘Reaper’, which has decimated the people of Earth and forced them to create a second Earth called Beta Earth. In the process, Karr realises that he doesn’t want to do the space smuggling thingy anymore and wants to be an artist, and he has to work out his relationship with his brother. Now, I know that that sounds like a lot and that it may be a little confusing. But honestly, it kinda works. The stories do converge and become one and that is quite a feat, but Lindsay Cummings manages to pull it off well, and when the stories do converge we rush headlong onto the end of the book and what on earth all those things have to do with each other, beat the bad guy and discover why the Deadlands gang all have these mutant powers and who or what brought them back from the dead in the first place. I enjoyed this book. Lindsay Cummings is a writer that treats her audience with respect. Whilst it is not up there with something like Grimdark, Cummings does pepper the story with some violence and does not shy away from it. She also introduces some complexity to the plot that twists and turns and keeps you guessing to the very end. She introduces curveballs constantly throughout the plot that leaves your brain a bit numb. In fact, at some points I met myself coming back, there were that many twists and turns in the story. The only downside is that because there is so much in the book. I didn’t feel that I connected with the characters enough. It was like being in a perfectly decorated house, but something was a little amiss. At times, I didn’t feel that the characters quite hit their mark. For instance, Sonara was not particularly devilish, she could be a bit grumpy, but she wasn’t entirely devilish. For me, it was the same with quite a lot of the characters. I don’t want to go into it too much as this would spoil the plot. Additionally, I felt that since there was so much in the book, a couple of storylines just didn’t feel finished. Particularly the shady space conglomerate. I just felt that I needed to know some more about them. I’m not sure if there is another book planned, but there is definitely lots more room to carry on the story of Sonara, Karr, and the magic gang. On the whole, the book has a mix of fantasy and sci-fi that I enjoyed right till the very end. This was an advanced reading copy from Netgalley and the publishers in exchsng for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Blood Metal Bone is a book with more than a few surprising tricks up its sleeve. Welcome to the dwarf planet of Dohrsar, a world of legends, warriors, swords and steeds, where prowess on the battle field and the pursuit of power are all. Young Sonara has always been an outcast, even though she shares blood and a mysterious bond with her crown prince brother Soahm, their mother's favourite child, so she is an easy target when he goes missing. Suspected of his murder, Sonara is sentenced to death, Blood Metal Bone is a book with more than a few surprising tricks up its sleeve. Welcome to the dwarf planet of Dohrsar, a world of legends, warriors, swords and steeds, where prowess on the battle field and the pursuit of power are all. Young Sonara has always been an outcast, even though she shares blood and a mysterious bond with her crown prince brother Soahm, their mother's favourite child, so she is an easy target when he goes missing. Suspected of his murder, Sonara is sentenced to death, along with her noble steed Duran. So far so good, a rollicking tale of awakening magic and the settling of scores is in the offing, redolent of many a YA fantasy book. However, Lindsay Cummings absolutely blindsided me with this one, in a good way mind, because what follows next is something rather different to the norm. Cut instead to ten years later, where the point of view shifts to the young space travelling human, or Wanderer, Karr. Karr is trying to work out how to get himself off the space ship he is on and back to Beta Earth, well away from the shady mission to Dohrsar that his older brother has involved him in. A shady mission that is about to have grave consequences for the little planet and its people. From this point on, you know you that all bets are off and you are in for something a bit different. When we meet up again with Sonara, she has been reborn as a Shadowblood, with powers that she often struggles to control, but are these powers a curse or a gift? Along with her reincarnated steed, she is part of an outlaw gang of fellow Shadowbloods who scrape together a living in the wastelands. When one of their escapades goes awry, they find themselves allied with a dark princess, who shares the Shadowblood kinship, and on a mission that takes them towards a fateful meeting with Karr and his fellow Wanderers. The story then plays out swapping back and forth between the povs of Sonara and Karr, as they head for a portentous meeting destined to change their fates and on into what happens next... but no spoilers from me! Blood Metal Bone is a meeting of genres - half fantasy tale, from Sonara's side of the story, and half sci-fi adventure from Karr's side - and the blending of the two works incredibly well. There are echoes of all sorts to be found in these pages, with a heavy dose of the likes of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series, and little snippets of many sci-fi and adventure books and movies too. I was soon caught up in the tale, and the way Lindsay Cummings kept me on my toes with the little twists, turns and novel changes in context was highly entertaining. Once I had got my head around the fact that this was a completely different kind of beast to the one that I was expecting, it was a leap into the unknown - there was no way to guess what the author was going to throw at you next and this made it a joy to read. Although this is billed as a YA book, there is actually plenty here to appeal to a very wide audience not just teen readers, especially given the genre crossover nature of the material. I can see some of the die-hard YA fantasy fanhood being put off by the mention of sci-fi content, but I have always considered these natural bedfellows and read both sides of the line quite happily myself. This was a fun read as my first fantasy/sci-fi book of 2021. It is full of action and adventure, unexpected twists and turns, and it packs a big punch on the heartfelt stakes too with an enchanting focus on family. I loved it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy Walker - Trans-Scribe Reviews

    Blood, Metal, Bone is set on the distant world of Dohrsar, where the land is split into three rival kingdoms, where vicious kings and queens rule with iron will and murder. It's here that we meet Sonara, the bastard daughter of Iridis the queen of Soreia. Looked down on with scorn by her mother, Sonara is forced to live and work in the stables, her only friend her older brother, the prince, Soahm. Despite her unhappy life she accepts her place in the world, and finds enjoyment where she can, but Blood, Metal, Bone is set on the distant world of Dohrsar, where the land is split into three rival kingdoms, where vicious kings and queens rule with iron will and murder. It's here that we meet Sonara, the bastard daughter of Iridis the queen of Soreia. Looked down on with scorn by her mother, Sonara is forced to live and work in the stables, her only friend her older brother, the prince, Soahm. Despite her unhappy life she accepts her place in the world, and finds enjoyment where she can, but when a huge metal ship descends from the heavens and takes her brother in a beam of light the queen blames Sonara for his disappearance. Sentenced to death, Sonara is tortured and whipped before being thrown from a cliff to her death However, for some on Dohrsar death is not the end, and Sonara is brought back to life as a Shadowblood, a warrior with a magical power and darkness flowing in her veins. Now wandering the Deadlands, she and other Shadowbloods have come together to form their own small mercenary band. When they get hired for a job my another Shadowblood and her masked companion Sonara little suspects she's setting out on a path that will decide the fate of the whole planet. Going into Blood, Metal, Bone I was expecting a pure fantasy story, one where the magics of the Shadowbloods and the warring kingdoms would be the focus. And whilst this is mostly true, and this is a book that deals with themes of magic, destiny, and mystical forces, it's also got a dash of science fiction thrown into the mix too; which really makes the book stand out. It turns out that Dohrsar is just one of many worlds in the galaxy, and that humans have an interest in it for their won gains, putting those who live their at risk. This is what the book is really about, and in a lot of ways mirrors historical colonialism, of a more technologically advanced force coming to a land because they want the resources, and willing to kill those who live there to get it. At first glance the book is simply a fantasy story, but once you start to get deeper into it it's clear that there's a lot more going on here, and the book deals with heavy subjects, as well as blending together two normally incompatible genres in a way that never feels forced or out of place. Lindsay Cummings manages to craft some amazing scenes where you've got warriors with swords attacking a spaceship whilst riding a dragon, and what's not to love about that? There's a great mixture of characters too, with the team around Sonara being an interesting mix, all of whom I'd love to spend more time reading about. The fact that they're not a perfect team, and that some of them get on each others nerves, argue, and sometimes even need to manipulate each other makes them all the more realistic. Rather than a perfect band of heroes they feel like a group of people thrown together and making the best of things, people who see each other as family, but probably wouldn't be friends if they had much of a choice in the matter. Whilst I really enjoyed the book there's one thing that brought it down for me, the length. The book clocks in at just shy of 400 pages, and it really didn't feel like enough. We get to know Sonara pretty well, but none of the other characters really get as much of a focus; the same with the world of Dohrsar, we hear about some of the other kingdoms and peoples, but never really know much about it. The book felt light on detail in places, and I wanted to spend more time getting to know the characters, and can't help but feel another hundred pages would have helped with my enjoyment of the book. Despite that one small complaint, the book was a really entertaining read, one that did a lot with the time it had and created a world and characters that I wanted to read more of. I don't know if Cummings plans on writing more books set on Dohrsar, but I really hope she does, as I'd love to find out what happens next. More book reviews available at Www.trans--scribe.blogspot.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

    2.5 Rounded Up to 3 https://thecaffeinatedreader.com/2021... I loved the blurb for this, sounds like the sort of book that you just need to mix in with ‘lighter’ ones. I’d been on a mini contemporary binge so I was looking forward to this book. What I did not expect was the genre-bending! Starting with a standard fantasy, I was jiving with it and then. BOOM. Sci-fi! Not And well, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that but I was definitely intrigued to hear about the sci-fi character’s plight so that k 2.5 Rounded Up to 3 https://thecaffeinatedreader.com/2021... I loved the blurb for this, sounds like the sort of book that you just need to mix in with ‘lighter’ ones. I’d been on a mini contemporary binge so I was looking forward to this book. What I did not expect was the genre-bending! Starting with a standard fantasy, I was jiving with it and then. BOOM. Sci-fi! Not And well, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that but I was definitely intrigued to hear about the sci-fi character’s plight so that kept me interested as well did the writing style which was easy and engaging to read. The characters all have mysterious and cool powers/magic/curses and the plot was definitely enough to keep me engaged through the whole book, but, it wasn’t strong enough to make me say I LOVED the book, just for me to say ‘hey this was new, I tried it, wasn’t the worst.’ I think part of that issue was the fact that I also just didn’t get to know the characters very well past the basis of the first impressions and that made it all fall a little flat for me. Still! Definitely creative, definitely a bold move and I can give props for that. I also think this was a great book for those who are looking for those genre-mixing books, looking for something new to add to their shelves. Thanks so much to the publisher, HQ, and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leonie Hinch

    Thank you to Netgalley, HQ Young Adult and Lindsay Cummings for my arc of Blood Metal Bone in exchange for an honest review. Published: 7th January 2021 I didn’t end up finishing this book as I hadn’t realised from its description that it was going to be sci-fi blended with fantasy. I found the mediaeval style fantasy elements in the beginning really interesting and was quite enjoying it but sci fi isn’t really the genre for me and when that element came in. It became confusing I didn’t like how Thank you to Netgalley, HQ Young Adult and Lindsay Cummings for my arc of Blood Metal Bone in exchange for an honest review. Published: 7th January 2021 I didn’t end up finishing this book as I hadn’t realised from its description that it was going to be sci-fi blended with fantasy. I found the mediaeval style fantasy elements in the beginning really interesting and was quite enjoying it but sci fi isn’t really the genre for me and when that element came in. It became confusing I didn’t like how the two were blended together. The writing style was ok but the descriptions and world building weren’t great at moments that should have tugged at my heart strings fell short.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hilal Kahraman

    DNF @200 Fantasy part was cool sci-fi is not for me

  15. 4 out of 5

    Graceley Knox

    For years, I've been hearing about this #secretnovel from Lindsay Cummings. I met her years ago at a signing, and she actually had me sign her copy of The Murder Complex, which was sooo cool, so I've been not so patiently waiting for this book to come out. It. Did. NOT. Disappoint! I'm a sucker for thieves in general. Add in an underdog, who's fighting against being wrongfully accused of murdering her brother? Sold! Sonara is the type of character that anyone can instantly relate to. She's unapo For years, I've been hearing about this #secretnovel from Lindsay Cummings. I met her years ago at a signing, and she actually had me sign her copy of The Murder Complex, which was sooo cool, so I've been not so patiently waiting for this book to come out. It. Did. NOT. Disappoint! I'm a sucker for thieves in general. Add in an underdog, who's fighting against being wrongfully accused of murdering her brother? Sold! Sonara is the type of character that anyone can instantly relate to. She's unapologetically fierce, but at the same time, she's sensitive to others' feelings, like her brother, who's unsure of his future within their Kingdom. She's got grit and despite the odds being stacked against her, she's not backing down from any fight, even against her family. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll leave it at that but honestly, this book is one of my top reads so far for 2020, and it will be one of my most "anticipated" of 2021! The story itself is rich with evocative descriptions that make you sigh at their beauty, and then squeeze your heart tight as you experience them with Sonara. Full of action and adventure, a whole lot of kick-ass female power, and a dash of humor, Blood Metal Bone is an original story set in a world I hope to see more of!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

    Blood, Metal, Bone follows the story of Sonara who lives as the Devil of the Deadlands after being given a second life with new abilities as she tries to uncover what happened to her brother, her search for answers lead her to Karr and they both discover what connects them together. The book is mainly told from the perspectives of Sonara and Karr, both of their stories start of completely different and it felt like I was reading a book of two different genres – one fantasy and the other science f Blood, Metal, Bone follows the story of Sonara who lives as the Devil of the Deadlands after being given a second life with new abilities as she tries to uncover what happened to her brother, her search for answers lead her to Karr and they both discover what connects them together. The book is mainly told from the perspectives of Sonara and Karr, both of their stories start of completely different and it felt like I was reading a book of two different genres – one fantasy and the other science fiction which made it hard to get into the book however the two stories do connect to each other quite early on. The plot of the book had a lot going on, it was very action packed with a lot of different elements making up the story – it was a fun and fast paced read and I liked how everything came together and the reveals in the book. I enjoyed the setting of the book and how it linked to the abilities given to the characters and the history of the planet and in general the world building was good – it was confusing and at times the book did feel very descriptive but the setting and the abilities the characters had were interesting. I just found it hard to connect to the book because I did not care for any of the characters. Sonara was meant to be the ‘Devil’ and personally I felt like her name hyped her up and so her actual character and her actions were a let-down – she was meant to be feared and yet her character was nothing special. I also did not like the dialogue in the book, it was awkward at times and some of Sonara’s dialogue which was intended to make her look badass was cringy. The writing style was not for me, I did not like any of the characters and felt like they were a bit flat even though Sonara’s character is linked closely to emotions – I just did not connect to them. I also found that the build up to the ending and the ending itself was disappointing just because the story had so much going on and had elements that were different that the ending just felt very stereotypical and anti-climactic. 2/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Lindsay has created a stunning world of complex characters and situations that makes readers question what it truly means to be good and evil. I’ve had Lindsay’s books on my TBR for years (one of these days I’m going to get around to The Murder Complex, I swear!), so when I had the opportunity to participate in promo for Blood Metal Bone, I jumped at the chance! HQ (and Lindsay) were kind enough to provide an early copy, and the book was just released in the UK last Thursday! It did take a bit for Lindsay has created a stunning world of complex characters and situations that makes readers question what it truly means to be good and evil. I’ve had Lindsay’s books on my TBR for years (one of these days I’m going to get around to The Murder Complex, I swear!), so when I had the opportunity to participate in promo for Blood Metal Bone, I jumped at the chance! HQ (and Lindsay) were kind enough to provide an early copy, and the book was just released in the UK last Thursday! It did take a bit for me to get into the book, especially once I became invested in Sonara and Soahm, and then we shifted to ten years later and to Karr’s POV. Once I got further into the book though and everything started to tie in together, I really appreciated how Lindsay wrote them. (The reveal as to who the Captain is at the end of Karr’s chapter? That was really, really good.) I don’t normally read books that are written in third person, but it was still very easy to get attached to the characters. Speaking of getting attached to characters — the mystery of going along with Sonara (that’s right, we’re going on the journey with them as we read) to try to find out what happened to Soahm was heart wrenching. I was stressed out, because I was hoping against all hope that she would find him alive. (I’m not going to say what happens…although I will say that all of my predictions were wrong.) There are a lot of reveals and twists that I didn’t see coming (my predictions were way off, but that’s a reflection of not having read fantasy in a long time, not Lindsay’s writing — everything ties together so nicely), but made perfect sense. This isn’t a romance book by any means, but we definitely get the glimpse of the possibility of romance happening at some point in the future, which I liked because that way it added to the story, and didn’t take away from the missions at hand. The intersection of the “aliens” (aka humans) and Dohrsar was really cool, and I especially liked how Lindsay gave all of the characters understandable motivations for their actions. We only see a few POVs from Cade, but through that and Karr’s POV, it’s hard to hate him. Like, yeah, is he an antagonist that’s doing bad things? Of course. But his motivations make you understand why he’s doing what he’s doing, and how good people can do bad things. Anyway, before I give any more hints as to the plot, I’ll wrap this review up. Lindsay wrote a lovely, violent, heartbreaking book about family, found family, and what it means to do the right thing. I would categorize it as new adult, since Sonara is 23 for the majority of the book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    Alas, this one just didn't work for me. It was all just one giant confusing mess. I did read an ARC so hopefully perhaps some of my issues were resolved before release, as a few more rounds of editing could have transformed it into a great story. The supporting characters were the best part of the story for me. I mean, one of them has a wyvern as a pet ... errr.. maybe more of a side-kick. I'm not sure dragon-like creatures should ever be considered "pets" - definitely more a mutual symbiotic rel Alas, this one just didn't work for me. It was all just one giant confusing mess. I did read an ARC so hopefully perhaps some of my issues were resolved before release, as a few more rounds of editing could have transformed it into a great story. The supporting characters were the best part of the story for me. I mean, one of them has a wyvern as a pet ... errr.. maybe more of a side-kick. I'm not sure dragon-like creatures should ever be considered "pets" - definitely more a mutual symbiotic relationship, since there is always the possibility you may end up as a crispy crunchy snack. The story was really let down by the MC. Their gift / curse / powers were a wee bit confusing and seemed conveniently flexible and inflexible for no reason other than to add unnecessary tension to the plot. Their power of "detecting and manipulating emotional auras" seemed to include the ability to open doors, detect hunger and decay (are those emotional "auras" hmm... maybe they were just hangry?), quite a few other nifty tricks that also aren't related to "emotional auras" and then other times just not work. Ironically, if I remember correctly, the book title comes from one of the gift / curse / powers moments. Am not too sure how blood, metal and bone are considered "emotional auras'. :shrugs: We're continually told what an awesome stabby little unicorn the MC is, but they were as dull as a box of hair. You get whiplash from the angry-love / hate relationships they have with other characters and the conveniently useful / uselessness of their powers. Ultimately, it was a mundane and forgettable read. Recommended for fans of: Melissa Bashardoust, Gravemaidens, All the Stars and Teeth, Amber & Dusk, A Throne of Swans Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers, HQ, for the ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cat Spearey

    I’m so glad I did, Blood Metal Bone is a treat for fantasy, sci-fi and western lovers alike. Cummings utilises all her skills in delivering a fabulous novel filled with sass, adventure, magic, space, dragons and smuggling. The magic itself is beautifully portrayed - I loved how the book explored clashes between science and nature through life and death. It really is a book that is staying with me and I’ve struggled to write down my thoughts as I keep finding more bits I want to include. This was I’m so glad I did, Blood Metal Bone is a treat for fantasy, sci-fi and western lovers alike. Cummings utilises all her skills in delivering a fabulous novel filled with sass, adventure, magic, space, dragons and smuggling. The magic itself is beautifully portrayed - I loved how the book explored clashes between science and nature through life and death. It really is a book that is staying with me and I’ve struggled to write down my thoughts as I keep finding more bits I want to include. This was my first book by Lindsay Cummings and definitely won’t be my last. Her writing style is smooth with a talent for making topics easy to understand and inclusive. She develops her characters steadily and builds her worlds up efficiently so the reader isn’t left feeling lost. Blood Metal Bone packs a big punch, in the acknowledgements, Cummings says she has been working on it for years and you can tell - everything is researched and developed. My only drawback is that everything was crammed into one book. It didn’t feel rushed, but I felt like there was room to grow the characters more and develop their relationships in the story. This would have worked well as a duology I think, Cummings refers to past relationships between characters and skims over events so that she can cover a ten year period when I think the reader could benefit from a little more involvement in what happened. I’d definitely be up for reading some short stories to fill in those gaps! That being said, you do gain an understanding of the characters motives throughout and a few curveballs are thrown which I enjoyed. Sonara is a complex protagonist, with sassy comebacks and a difficult past, Cummings has poured a lot of herself into her - especially her love of horses which shines through right from the start. Karr, one of the Wanderers from space has a lot of hidden depth and I probably connected with him the most. I liked the different perspectives that were included throughout the narrative - I think this style was integral to getting a well rounded story built up. As I said, I enjoyed the magic system and its links to the planet itself, the western style mixed in with a brilliant planet system worked seamlessly. What completely blew me away was being on a planet one second, getting comfortably into my fantasy grove and then being whisked onto a spaceship - absolutely threw me off but I appreciated how Cummings integrated the differences and made it work! I’ve not really read anything quite like it before! I’m recommending Blood Metal Bone to anyone who enjoys fantasy and sci-fi or just plain adventure tales! I’ve been slowly upping my rating for this one because I keep finding things I loved about it! Please grab yourselves a copy and let me know how you get on!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca (Bex the Bibliophile)

    Thank you to the publisher HQ for providing me with an arc copy of this book via NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinions. I requested an early copy of this book thinking that it would be a straightforward fantasy book, but I was quickly proven wrong. Blood, Metal, Bone is part medieval-like fantasy and part science fiction, which I was not expecting. The book follows Sonara who lives on a planet with horses and swords, and Karr, a smuggler on a spaceship. I think the combination of these tw Thank you to the publisher HQ for providing me with an arc copy of this book via NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinions. I requested an early copy of this book thinking that it would be a straightforward fantasy book, but I was quickly proven wrong. Blood, Metal, Bone is part medieval-like fantasy and part science fiction, which I was not expecting. The book follows Sonara who lives on a planet with horses and swords, and Karr, a smuggler on a spaceship. I think the combination of these two elements was done really well as the reader could distinguish why the differences existed, but it didn't feel too complicated. I liked the characters within Blood, Metal, Bone, but I would have loved to have learnt more about them. I didn't find them particularly intriguing, and they all feel a bit generic. With a bit more background about some of the side characters, it would have felt a bit more well-rounded and I would have felt a stronger emotional connection to them. I would have also liked to have read a bit more from Kerr's POV, as most of the book was told from Sonara's POV, which did get quite repetitive towards the end. One thing that makes Blood, Metal, Bone memorable for me was the lack of romance. There always tends to be a romance between some of the characters in traditional YA fantasy, even if they are not the main characters, but there was no romance at all in this book. Instead, it was much more focused on family and found-family, which I would like to see more within books. Blood, Metal, Bone is the first Lindsay Cummings book that I have read, and I liked her writing style. It didn't feel like there were any unnecessary words or phrases; everything served its purpose. But this did mean that I wanted a little bit more world building and setting description. I would have loved to have found out more about the surrounding area and the landscape. I also found myself getting lost where the characters were on the planet, so I think a map would greatly benefit this book. The ending of Blood, Metal, Bone was not what I was expecting, which meant I was hooked to the final page. I usually can predict plot twists, and while I got some of them, I didn't manage to get them all. This made a nice change for me. Overall, I enjoyed reading my first Lindsay Cummings book and would pick up any new books that she releases in the future. I would definitely recommend Blood, Metal, Bone if you are not traditionally a science fiction reader, as it could be a good introduction into the genre.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    Thank you to HQ Young Adult and NetGalley for approving me of this EARC in exchange for an honest review. To start, I did really like the setting and the imagery that was created throughout. I think there were some really beautiful images presented throughout. The same goes with the writing. I think it was well paced and it also had a fluidity to it that worked well and was pleasant to read, even though a lot of the dialogue I found awkward and unrealistic. There were some things that I thought Thank you to HQ Young Adult and NetGalley for approving me of this EARC in exchange for an honest review. To start, I did really like the setting and the imagery that was created throughout. I think there were some really beautiful images presented throughout. The same goes with the writing. I think it was well paced and it also had a fluidity to it that worked well and was pleasant to read, even though a lot of the dialogue I found awkward and unrealistic. There were some things that I thought were a little overdone, such as some terminology, names and phrases. Unfortunately, I felt very disconnected to the characters. They didn’t impact me on any emotional level and I think this was because of two reasons. Firstly, Sonara is continued to be called the ‘Devil’ throughout the book, and I don’t think she lived up to it. I would have preferred to see more details and scenes as to why that name is so insistent. Secondly, the time jump was incredibly jarring. Usually, I love time jumps and I love seeing sudden character development that makes the reader wonder what happened to them and what they experienced over that time, which is gradually revealed to us. However, I didn’t see that here, and I couldn’t find much difference to her character over ten years, if any at all, but she is suddenly described as the ‘Devil’ and I didn’t see any nature of the word come forward. I would have expected an incredibly cruel, cunning and wicked character, but it just felt bland. My final point was the perspectives. The first change in point of view to Karr threw me off a lot. Before we meet him, a typical fantasy set up and tone is given to us, with the use of swords and horses and royalty, a very beautiful scenery, I got a sense that this was a normal fantasy novel. It then cuts straight to space, which I wasn’t expecting at all, so I felt this very strange clash of fantasy and sci fi which I wasn’t sure I liked. Despite this, I think the concept of the book was interesting, and many people will enjoy the mix of fantasy with spaceships and space travellers, but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    My_cosy_bookish_life

    Blood metal bone by @authorlindsaycummings Synopsis 📖 Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether h Blood metal bone by @authorlindsaycummings Synopsis 📖 Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers. Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is even dead at all… My thoughts 💭 I want to start by saying a big thank you to @hqstories for sending me this copy, I’m very thankful. This isn’t a book I would usually pick up but after seeing @hqstories post about it and finding out more about the story, I was very intrigued. I was not disappointed! This book was just incredible. I was completely hooked and did not want to put it down. The way @authorlindsaycummings describes the characters and the setting make it so easy to envision the scene and completely pull you in and wrap you up in the story. I even said to @authorlindsaycummings at one point that it was like watching a film, just incredible. An epic, adrenaline packed, dark, mysterious and completely out of this world story! Definitely recommend. A quote from the book 📚 “I didn’t ask for it,” Sonara said. Azariah lifted her hands and smiled softly. “Neither did I. But we have a gift, and we must keep reminding ourselves of that. To be different is beautiful.”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review, all opinions are my own I am not a big sci-fi fan, but I was excited for this book! All in all, it wasn’t the best book I’ve read, but I’m also not well-versed in the genre. For a beginner in sci-fi like me, this is probably one you want to wait on, but if you’re a seasoned sci-fi reader I think this will please you very much. I thought it was objectively incredibly well written, but I just don’t follow sci-fi books very well. I st *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review, all opinions are my own I am not a big sci-fi fan, but I was excited for this book! All in all, it wasn’t the best book I’ve read, but I’m also not well-versed in the genre. For a beginner in sci-fi like me, this is probably one you want to wait on, but if you’re a seasoned sci-fi reader I think this will please you very much. I thought it was objectively incredibly well written, but I just don’t follow sci-fi books very well. I struggle with sci-fi elements because it’s difficult for me to picture a futuristic version of this world, so I wasn’t really “comfortable” with the setting, if that makes sense. Specifically in this book, we don’t see much new technology, but instead we see people ride horses on newly discovered planets ruled by kings and queens, which especially threw me for a loop because it wasn’t what I expected in a sci-fi (as in I thought it was a fantasy until about 10% of the way through). In my opinion, this was more of a plot-based book; while it had a variety of characters working together, their development wasn’t front and center, so I didn’t connect with them and, in turn, with the story. I really didn’t *love* our main characters for this reason and just wanted to learn more about them and see them spend more time with each other. Like I said, this is objectively a great sci-fi and was very well-written, but I just think I needed more experience with the genre before reading this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl M-M

    Sonara is part of the revered Shadowbloods, and yet she is both despised and never accepted as one at the same time. Born to and by a mother who never wanted her, and treated like an unwanted skivvy. Not all of her half-siblings agree with the way she is mistreated though. Her brother, the heir to the kingdom shows her kindness, even if it has to be kept a secret. When she is blamed for his untimely disappearance it is an instant death sentence and so begins the saga of Sonora. Her death is an en Sonara is part of the revered Shadowbloods, and yet she is both despised and never accepted as one at the same time. Born to and by a mother who never wanted her, and treated like an unwanted skivvy. Not all of her half-siblings agree with the way she is mistreated though. Her brother, the heir to the kingdom shows her kindness, even if it has to be kept a secret. When she is blamed for his untimely disappearance it is an instant death sentence and so begins the saga of Sonora. Her death is an end and a beginning. It's a journey of discovery, of worlds untethered and to be explored. The darkness that follows and fuels Sonora leads her to the answers she desperately seeks. Cummings has created a smorgasbord of fantasy and sci-fi with a hint of brutal medieval times. The result is an extremely dark and yet intellectually invigorating read. The reader goes from the intricate woven threads of fantasy world-building only to be swept away to the heavens as the author opens the door to the sci-fi element of the story. Just roll with it. Based on the premise and plotting I wouldn't be surprised to see this evolve into a series, however it absolutely can stand as a single piece of work. I would love to see Cummings delve into the Shadowblood and powers side of the story a bit more. Either way it is an engaging read. *I received a courtesy copy*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hart

    Blood Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings Blood Metal Bone has been compared to major popular series like Six of Crows, The Mandalorian and Throne of Glass, and I have to say I can see why. This book is a mix genre read, a Fantasy/Sci-Fi cross over that works so well. I really enjoyed reading from the different character perspectives and could really get behind Sonara and Kerr, two extremely different individuals who are linked by their fates. Sonara is an outcast, her mother hates her, calling her t Blood Metal Bone by Lindsay Cummings Blood Metal Bone has been compared to major popular series like Six of Crows, The Mandalorian and Throne of Glass, and I have to say I can see why. This book is a mix genre read, a Fantasy/Sci-Fi cross over that works so well. I really enjoyed reading from the different character perspectives and could really get behind Sonara and Kerr, two extremely different individuals who are linked by their fates. Sonara is an outcast, her mother hates her, calling her the bastard girl of Soreia. Her only friends are her older brother Soahm and her horse, Duran. When one-day Soahm is taken by a spacecraft and presumed dead. Sonara is wrongly accused of his murder and sentenced to death by her mother, the Queen. After dying from the Leaping, a practice where you are thrown into an abyss. Sonara comes back to live a second life as a Shadowblood and is gifted with the curse of special abilities. She is reborn as the Devil of the Deadlands and becomes a thief accompanied by a ragtag team of Shadowblood criminals. Her only desire is to find out what happened to her brother and she will stop at nothing to expose the truth. I would recommend this book to you all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    This book is a unique blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I went into it thinking it was your normal mediaeval inspired and was in for a shock. I really wasn’t expecting the second point of view which is pure sci-fi and the start felt like you’re reading she completely different books. However if you are going into it thinking it will be sci-fi you will feel disappointed as it does lean slightly more on the fantasy side of things. However, despite my confusion at the start this blend of genres made it This book is a unique blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I went into it thinking it was your normal mediaeval inspired and was in for a shock. I really wasn’t expecting the second point of view which is pure sci-fi and the start felt like you’re reading she completely different books. However if you are going into it thinking it will be sci-fi you will feel disappointed as it does lean slightly more on the fantasy side of things. However, despite my confusion at the start this blend of genres made it hard to predict a book, because twists came in the form of magic and science- almost anything was possible! I see this is both a positive and a negative, in that there are some twisted I just couldn’t predict and also this meant the sticky situations where never really unsolvable (it just depended on what the author wanted to happen). This book also has amazing world building (although I am still interested in some of the “off world” places), there is very limited romance which I know is rare to find, and it’s also a standalone! Overall I really enjoyed this book, great characters, wonderful world building and it was unique with it’s blend of sci-fi and fantasy. [Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for a review copy of this book.]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karolina

    The story surrounds Sonara, a child born to a Queen and an unknown father resulting with no love from her mother and only her brother's, the crown prince, kindness in her life. Suddenly when he gets taken, her mother sentences her to die for him resulting in her coming back to life and becoming a shadowblood. It begins with an opening chapter involving Sonara and Soahm in an almost medieval style world. The first chapter plunged straight into another individual's POV (not Sonara's as most of the The story surrounds Sonara, a child born to a Queen and an unknown father resulting with no love from her mother and only her brother's, the crown prince, kindness in her life. Suddenly when he gets taken, her mother sentences her to die for him resulting in her coming back to life and becoming a shadowblood. It begins with an opening chapter involving Sonara and Soahm in an almost medieval style world. The first chapter plunged straight into another individual's POV (not Sonara's as most of the book) which describes the life of Karr in space and thus incorporating sci-fi into an already high-fantasy medieval world. This transition left me utterly confused and made me double take whether I was reading the correct book due to the vast difference in the two opening chapters. Overall, I liked the idea and the concept of the book and the shadowbloods and the planet with a heart, and think the writing style was easy to follow. However, I found the story itself confusing and at times hard to follow due to the mixture of the three genres in a peculiar way. I didn't enjoy the plot around Soahm's disappearance (though i admit, it did pull on my heart strings).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Santos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really wish I had liked this book more than I did, but it fell flat for me. It wasn’t bad but I felt that it lacked a stronger focus. I think it would have benefited if this had been a series, or even just a duology. I personally didn’t think we got a solid foundation with all the genres this book had—fantasy, sci-fi, a bit of western—and therefore nothing really shined. The characters fell flat for me. There ended up being too many to really flesh out so I didn’t care for any of them. The few I really wish I had liked this book more than I did, but it fell flat for me. It wasn’t bad but I felt that it lacked a stronger focus. I think it would have benefited if this had been a series, or even just a duology. I personally didn’t think we got a solid foundation with all the genres this book had—fantasy, sci-fi, a bit of western—and therefore nothing really shined. The characters fell flat for me. There ended up being too many to really flesh out so I didn’t care for any of them. The few traits we did get were told, not show, such as Sonara being referred to as the Devil of the Deadlands, but we never got to see that in action, it just skips forward in time without anything to back the claim up. Same for Markham; he’s referred to as a Trickster but aside from the obvious factor of his magic, there’s nothing else to that name. We get more about Cade and Karr than anyone else, with many flashbacks to their past and their connection to Geisinger. The plot of the book really intrigued me, and I wish I had liked it more, but it took me so long to get through that I forgot much of what I read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Eggleton

    A great intergalactic adventure with a very important set of themes. Focusing on the unloved daughter of a queen, Sonara is rejected, loses her beloved brother who is kidnapped and then put to death by her own mother. Somehow she is brought back to life a shadowblood despised, an outlaw and cursed who finds true friendships with a group of fellow shadowbloods. Simultaneously we follow Karr on board his brother's starship and dreaming of a life where he is no longer a wanted man and can put down r A great intergalactic adventure with a very important set of themes. Focusing on the unloved daughter of a queen, Sonara is rejected, loses her beloved brother who is kidnapped and then put to death by her own mother. Somehow she is brought back to life a shadowblood despised, an outlaw and cursed who finds true friendships with a group of fellow shadowbloods. Simultaneously we follow Karr on board his brother's starship and dreaming of a life where he is no longer a wanted man and can put down roots and build a home. One last nefarious mission to the planet Dohrsar nd his brother Cade promises he can have exactly that. Sonara and Karr destined to find each other must find a way to save the planet and maybe each other and those they love. This may be a slow starter but became a book I didn't want to put down with many twists to the tale. I loved it and was rooting for Sonara and Karr by the end and would love to know what comes next for these characters. Thanks to netgalley for an arc copy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Contains tiny spoilers* Honestly... This book didn't work for me. YMMV. Some places were dragging annoyingly long and other were rushing to catch up in a single breath. In my opinion the book doesn't make sense in its own universe, and that's a big no-no. The world build is not complete and ALOT of the story is painfully predictable. A whole universe with lots of seatlement, Terra forming and not a single shread of magic and then this one planet the just so happens to house a God, magic and ver *Contains tiny spoilers* Honestly... This book didn't work for me. YMMV. Some places were dragging annoyingly long and other were rushing to catch up in a single breath. In my opinion the book doesn't make sense in its own universe, and that's a big no-no. The world build is not complete and ALOT of the story is painfully predictable. A whole universe with lots of seatlement, Terra forming and not a single shread of magic and then this one planet the just so happens to house a God, magic and very strong hearts. The characters are also annoying. Sonara is called worthy by Iona, but I don't see it. Don't tell it, show it. "you fight for life"... Except Sorona on several occasions admit to steal, loot and kill people for gains. She might have only killed bad people for gains the last 10 yeara..... Who knows... Car is almost as whiny as Harry Potter in the last couple of HP books. Gave it a shot... On to something more substantial.

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