Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Blood Sworn (Ashlords #2) by Scott Reintgen - ESSENTIAL

Blood Sworn (Ashlords #2) by Scott Reintgen
, 384 pages. Crown (Random), 2021. $18. 

Language: G (2 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (bloody fighting) 



Ashlord Pippa and Longhand Adrian are on opposite sides of the battle for control of their world. Dividian Imelda, who escaped the race (the first ever to leave in the middle), is also working for the Longhands, bringing back long forgotten alchemical mixes for the phoenix horses – mixes that can turn the tide. But there are deeper secrets that the gods have hidden from both sides for 100’s of years – secrets that will echo throughout history and be exposed and exploited in the present day. 

 Hooray! Reintgen has woven a clever story that includes unanticipated depths and twists, making for a thoroughly enjoyable wild ride. There’s no way even modern CGI could do the phoenix horses justice, but these books would make a great movie. Unfortunately, this is only a duology – I’d love to read much more about this world. I think I’ll have to search for fanfic! 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS 

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