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The Blood King

(The Brighton Duology #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  27 reviews
In the kingdom of Brighton, a President-turned-King offers poor teens the chance to join KEY, the King’s Education for Youth. Seventeen-year-old Reina Torres jumps at the chance to be of service to her country, wanting to learn more about Brighton’s history and future through the Media industry.

The King himself takes an interest in Reina, offering private interviews; he so
Published April 10th 2018
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May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bet I'm not the only one who thought they knew where this book was going from the beginning... If that's the case, I'm also not the only reader who was totally wrong. I love it when that happens. ;)

The Blood King started kind of slow for me, but it didn't take long for things to pick up. (For the record - that's kinda normal for me when it comes to anything dystopian.) Reina lived in a world that wasn't kind to anyone who was... different. By different, I mean anything that wasn't deemed "norm
Laura Kehoe
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating is 3.5 stars

I received an ARC of this book and it was a really fun read! I’m a huge fan of dystopian books, so as soon as I saw the description for The Blood King, I knew it was something I needed to read. The characters were engaging and well developed, although at times their actions were a little too predictable.

The plot was pretty typical for a dystopian novel, and at times was a bit too cliche. But, overall it flowed well. The characters were really driving this story, which
K.D. Reid
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liz Long painted a grim and terribly close to home picture with The Blood King. The book is a clear political statement about the current state of affairs in The United States (the king is even written as appearing to have a slightly orange skin tone at one point). In this fabled kingdom called Brighton, there is blatant class warfare, racism, mysogyny, and homphobia interlaced in every way the king rules his land, and this is all very obvious from the start. Protagonist Reina Torres comes up fr ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Long creates an interesting dysptopian world that also gives you a strong sense of similarity to our current climate – possibly hinting a worst case scenario of what our future could hold if our President were the extreme of all things bad that we hear about; even including how when the King started as President, he was a successful businessman and his sons took over his businesses, and at one point referring to “fake news” and including other similarities of things he has been accused of (as th ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I loved reading The Blood King, it’s an incredible YA Dystopian read. I was instantly drawn in to the story and right from the start I didn’t want to put it down. I was so glad I had the second book of The Brighton Duology,The Golden City to start on straight away as I need to know how this story ends.

The main character Reina is a really interesting one, and I really grew attached to her almost immediately. As a reader I felt a real connection to her. It was so painful to see her falli
Saundra Wright
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting book where the King controls all within the empire, all media, education, a tight fist on his people. Within his Golden city all live well (or do they), outside are the neglected provincial areas, still under his rule, without any benefits, taxed, drafted to his armies, abiding his laws. Yet everyone loves and follows their King.

Reina vaguely remembers her father saying goodbye and proudly heading off to fight for the King in one of his wars. He never came back. Reina was very you
Laura (crofteereader)
**My copy was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review**

The Blood King felt like holding a mirror to the current state of the US. It's an analysis of race, sexual identity, freedom of speech, privacy, and poverty. The main character is a queer brown girl - and she doesn't get to forget it for a second when she's in the capital city. These are such relevant topics to explore today.

That being said, I think I'll enjoy the second book more. The first book in a dystopian series is
Rebecca Austin
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Reina Torres applied for the King's Education for Youth but did so without her mom's knowledge and when she is selected she is hoping for a better future but her mom is scared.

Soon she catches the eye of King Magnus Brighton and he decides that she would be the perfect match for his son, Holden. But Reina has feelings for someone else and when she begins to uncover some of the secrets that the King has will she be able to escape?

This was an interesting book that kind of reminded me of Hunger Gam
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have to say I am a huge fan of books that are completely different and Dystopian Fantasy always hit the mark for me but not every Dystopian story grabs me like The Blood King did.

Reina Torres, Princess Helena, Fiona they are 3 amazing female characters who we really only got a taste of in this first book and I have to say I am looking forward to getting to know them better in future stories.

What an incredible plot, no seriously it really is incredible and not beyond the realm of possibility co
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure - I totally thought I had this book figured out pretty early on, and then BAM - no I DID NOT.

Which is to say, I ended up super enjoying this book, despite the fact that it is not my usual genre at all. Some days you just need to read something that is outside what you would normally read, and this was the perfect book for that.

Liz writes wonderfully developed, human characters, and I quickly fell in love with Reina - so much so that I am now deeply curious to check out book 2 to
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good dystopian that makes you feel like you could easily picture yourself there....and this is definitely one of those. To the point it was eerily creepy......

In the current political climate, this book and how it reflects certain politicians was terrifying. Now I know there's a few older people who'd claim that teens shouldn't be involved in politics but I disagree since I believe in the idea of well educated public.

The main character was awesome in my opinion. A Hispanic girl who hap
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how to review this without posting spoilers! I agree with another review I read when they who said this belongs on the shelf with The Hunger Games and the Divergent series. But dare I say I like The Blood King better? There are definitely parallels between the story and some current events, which is weird to say since this is dystopian. I also have to commend the author for clearly stepping out of her comfort zone on this one. While a few science-y things take place, it's not her us ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewer: Raychel
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Blood King is a YA dystopian type novel. Reina is the main character, who just wants a better life for herself. She signs up for KEY and that’s when the perfect kingdom starts to fall apart. I felt some of the characters relationships felt rushed which made them feel forced. I also found myself skimming at times because some parts seemed to drag on or not that important to the story. The story itself is unique and it’s a different twist on the dystopian worl
Lisa P
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start? Although this is a dystopian, it’s more of a horror story. The Blood King is not about a medieval king requiring blood sacrifices but something much darker. The parallels to current American politics and the chaos of cultural divisiveness as broadcast by the media are fully captured in this tale. The characters are well developed, diverse, and complex. As more of the KEY program is revealed, the king’s rise to power exposed, and the lengths to which the king will go to retain pow ...more
Michele Hossack
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I just finished reading The Blood King. This story looks at a dystopian world, where the best and brightest are invited to be KEY students in the capital city. The KEY is actually Type O. Students are offered education, training, and the chance to excel in the kingdom, but the price is high.

I'll be honest, it wasn't the most riveting read, some aspects seeming to reflect current political ideas, but it was solid enough to keep me reading throughout the whole book. I would be happy to look at the
Mike Lewis
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing dystopian story

Intriguing dystopian story. Great cast of characters and a very well thought out plot. A good reason to push for term limits in our own time and place. Otherwise something like this could always happen in the wayward future. Then again dystopian novels tend to always have some crazy leader/dictator/king/megalomaniac/evil dude. Nice read check it out
Nicole Dumas
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Actual star rating: 3.5) The Blood King was a very fitting book for me to be reading at this point in time. There were so many parallels to today's political atmosphere and current US President. This book is also very diverse, which is always appreciated! There were LGBTQ characters and POC. There were also a lot of today's societal issues that were touched on in the story; things like immigration, racism and poverty. The plot of the story was really interesting; the writing was a little less i ...more
InD'tale Magazine

A strong novel with the capability to truly showcase the horrors of power hungry tyrants gaining too much control and wielding it in cruel manners.

Read full review in the 2018 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5 stars
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read!

I was pleased with the way the story line went with steady amounts of intrigue mixed in with the action. It was a nicely developed story that had many surprises.
The Fearless Reader
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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REVIEW TO COME! This is the best dystopian novel I've read in a long time, and one if the best LGBT/diverse book I've read all year.

I appreciate the premise, especially with so many lines you can draw to what’s going on right now, but struggle to find it compelling enough to go for book two.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️
Michelle Martin
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This book had me from the first page and kept me hooked. I love all the twist and turns in the book and can't wait to find out what happens next!
Rae Sontheyon
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect City Is An Illusion . . .

Author Lily King has written a relevant, adventuresome, fictional, YA novel that mirrors past and contemporary situations that I hope never turn into her dystopian predictions. The main character is a reluctant heroine, who only wants to acquire more knowledge and find love but finds herself thrown into a world of power, lies and death.

Finally done with living in the outer most of Brighton, seventeen-year-old Reina Torres, applies for the KEY program. Rein
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
A Must Read!!!!

I haven’t been this hooked on a book since Hunger Games! Reina is an ass kicking lead character with so much ferocity! The story sucked me in quickly and I can’t wait to see how it all ends!
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

I liked the premise of this story quite a bit, but there were times when it lagged a bit for me. With that being said, there were parts that sped along a little too fast. I enjoyed most of the characters, but the romances/attractions were fast and felt forced. Reina seemed to jump from one person to the next too easily. So, it was hard to believe in them as actual meaningful relationships. The King was intriguing, and I hate to say that because the dude is ev
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Liz Long is a USA Today bestselling author of YA and urban fantasy, most recently The Brighton Duology. She is a magazine editor in Roanoke, VA, and when not writing, can be found drinking happy hour prosecco, attempting hand lettering, or cuddling her dog, Fisher. She is the Director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference and the annual Roanoke Author Invasion, as well as a public speaker, co ...more

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