Books from the Backlog #287

Posted October 12, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 9 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #287The Blood Gift by N. E. Davenport
Narrator: Jeanette Illidge
Series: The Blood Gift Duology #2
Published by Harper Voyager on April 18, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Length: 18 hours 7 minutes
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher, Purchased
Amazon | Audible | B&N | Kobo |

Legendborn meets Red Rising in this stunning conclusion to N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed sci-fantasy duology, elite warrior Ikenna and her rogue cohort must outrun bounty hunters, their former comrades, and a megalomaniacal demi-god, all in the hopes of saving their friends and enemies from the racist and misogynistic oppression that threatens the continents from all sides.

After discovering the depth of betrayal, treachery, and violence perpetrated against her by Mareen’s Tribunal Council and exposing her illegal blood-gift to save her Praetorian squad, Ikenna becomes a fugitive with a colossal bounty on her head.

Yet, somehow, that’s the least of her worries.

Her grandfather’s longtime allies refuse to offer help, and the Blood Emperor’s Warlord is tracking her. She’s also struggling to control the enormous power she was granted by the Goddess of Blood Rites…and come to terms with the promises she made to get such power.

Amidst all of this, the Blood Emperor wages a full-scale invasion against Mareen and leaves a trail of decimated cities, war crimes, and untold death in his wake. As the horrors increase, Ikenna and her team realize they must assassinate the Blood Emperor and quickly end the war. But the price to do so is steep and has planet-shattering consequences.

The price to do nothing, though, is annihilation.

War has erupted. Alliances are fracturing. And Ikenna is torn between her loyalties, her desires for revenge, and the power threatening to consume her. With the world aflame, only one thing is certain: blood will be spilled.

Why did I add The Blood Gift to my bookshelf?

This book is a bit more recent than I usually feature but it has been on the top of my tbr for months. I cannot believe that I haven’t been able to get it read yet. I jumped at the opportunity to receive a copy of this book from the publisher and bought a copy of the audiobook since I knew I could get to that faster. I enjoyed the first book and actually started this book but realized that I was a bit lost. I went back to revisit the first book a second time so I really need to get to this one while the story is still fresh in my mind. I can’t wait to finally tackle this book!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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9 responses to “Books from the Backlog #287

  1. Nice! That’s a new to me one! It is sooo hard to try to remember events from previous books sometimes. It’s why I have so many series on my TBR pile that I need to read because I was trying to read them all back to back to save myself some sanity! Lol. But that doesn’t work for every book, as there are some I have to read asap! Hope you’re able to get to this one soon!

  2. This is kind of why I avoid series where the plot builds as I can never keep track of it all! This does sound fun though.

  3. I haven’t heard of this one. But the premise of this one and the series sounds super interesting, I can see why it appealed to you. Hope revisiting will be a positive turnout.

  4. I struggle sometimes when too much time has passed between series books like this too. I hope you enjoy this one when you read it. I may have to give these two books a try too!