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Blazewrath Games

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  107 reviews
How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch through the Ages in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fig
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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Amparo Ortiz It's the first in a duology! The sequel comes out next year (hopefully, lol), and it's a direct sequel, so the events in BLAZEWRATH GAMES shape what h…moreIt's the first in a duology! The sequel comes out next year (hopefully, lol), and it's a direct sequel, so the events in BLAZEWRATH GAMES shape what happens in the next book. (less)
Amparo Ortiz The cast has queer supporting characters! To be specific, we have:

one trans woman
a bisexual girl
two gay boys
two gay men (married)
the Russian Blazewrat…more
The cast has queer supporting characters! To be specific, we have:

one trans woman
a bisexual girl
two gay boys
two gay men (married)
the Russian Blazewrath team is entirely comprised of queer players

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Apr 06, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch through the Ages, do I need to say more?
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an earc of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

CW: violence, murder, talk of parental death from cancer, physical altercations, manipulation, mind invasion, threats, passing mention of queerphobia. .

When I went into BLAZEWRATH GAMES, I went in for the dragons (like everybody else, I assume), the magical sports tournament and just all around fun times. Like one does. But what I got out of it what so much more. Don’t get me wrong, all of the above are present in
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Take a shot every time a YA author uses Harry Potter metaphors to sell their books lol*

*don't, you'll die
Apr 05, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, dragons. Secondly, DRAGONS
After reading only three chapters, I already felt so invested in this book and it felt like such a fresh, original story. I couldn't predict where it was going at all. And this rings true for the rest of the book as well - it's such a refreshing read in that sense. Because while I love YA fantasy, I feel like it gets predictable and formulaic at times, and this wasn't at all.

Another reason why it was a breath of fresh air is that this book didn't have a main romance. While I love reading romanc
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Head on over to my blog to meet the characters in a special post I made!

Blazewrath Games is the debut novel by Amparo Ortíz, filled with magic, competition, and of course, dragons. Right off the bat, Amparo draws us in through the voice of Lana, our protagonist, whose always known what she’s wanted: to represent her country Puerto Rico in the Blazewrath Games.

"Puerto Rico made me who I am, but Blazewrath is the reason I was born."

Lana was born in Puerto Rico and holds fond memories o
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars


Annie (Putt)
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest. I didn't have high hopes for this book, and it's nothing against this book itself but against the YA genre itself. I once again have hope that YA isn't completely dull.

Lana is probably the best protagonist I've read in a while. She's not a chosen one because of mystical abilities or superb skills. It's not even a matter of "whoops this just happened" without making any sense. Lana's character arc throughout this story is believable and real--as real as can be in a story with drag
Feb 04, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people" ME TOO

no but literally everything about this sounds fantastic?
- alternate contemporary world but with fantastical elements
- dragons
- international conspiracy

Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
"pitched as How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch Through the Ages"

Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

From the beginning I fell in love with Blazewrath Games. I adored this wizards and witches meets dragons meets magical sports competition. Blazewrath Games delivers non-stop action and adventure from the beginning. To say that I was swept away in the action packed scenes of dragon fire, or the training montages for the games, is an understatement. But what I ended up falling in love
Celia McMahon
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragons, dragons, we got DRAGONS HERE. Oh, not only do we have dragons, we have Latinx protagonists and a contest and a betrayal and holy eff, I am winded. This book was filled to the brim with epic st that I actually went to bed early every night just so I could power on my kindle and continue.

Do you want to hear more?

Thank you Netgalley and Page Street for the e-arc.

Lana Torres has dreamed of competing in the Blazewrath World Cup since before she could speak. When her chance to interview for t
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. It's a YA book, but it's so endearing and likeable! Lana is an amazing protagonist - she's ambitious and strong, but the author (thankfully) doesn't use the very overused 'special snowflake' trope. Lana is a normal girl who dreams of being a Runner in the games, and she isn't handed it on a silver plate - she actually has to work hard for it. She is a really well developed character - she
Joanna Bennett
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for sending out an arc to review. All opinions are my own.

Who doesn’t love a good book about dragons? I know I enjoy them! And this book right here took me on a ride that left me needing more from this world.

Lana has always dreamed of representing her country in the Blazewrath Games. When she finally gets the chance to do it, she takes the opportunity without looking back. She would soon find out that there is consequences to every choice.

I really liked Lana and how de
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
enthralling story and plot twists at every turn? check ☑

Puerto Rican cast of characters? check ☑

unique fictional sport that you'll understand easily? check ☑

out-of-this-world dragon species from multiple countries with various different and special abilites? check ☑

found family? check ☑

celebration of multiple cultures and ethnicities? check ☑

magical shenanigans involving wands? check ☑

global conspiracy? check ☑

gay and trans rights? check ☑

Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)
*4,5 stars*

This book is SO GOOD! It's action-packed, it's entertaining and it has such a cool concept.

The world-building in this book is fantastic, this book is set in our world but there are wizards and dragons too, and Amparo Ortiz does an amazing job of sharing the history of the cohabitation of these three groups. There are so many different types of dragons and they have different appearances and abilities, which is so cool. We get so much information about the dragons while at the same t
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Page Street Kids for providing me an eARC in exchange of my honest review. And thanks to Hear Our Voices Book Tours for having me in the blog tour.

This is the debut novel of Amparo Ortiz and I just can't wait for more. Seeing a Puerto Rican main character in a book made my whole year! Blazewrath Games is one of my favorite books; and I'm talking about top 3, ok? I was really excited to read this book because of the boricua Lana Torres, but also because of the dragons. Who doesn't love
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an early copy of Blazewrath Games, so I could share my review with you!

Competing in the Blazewrath World Cup has been Lana Torres’s biggest dream ever since her first encounter with a dragon. Blazewrath is a high-intensity sport, with teams consisting of six dragon-mounted athletes and one “Runner,” who must rely on physical ability alone to survive the attacks of dragons and bring home the win. When try-outs are announced for Puerto Rico’s runner, La
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Blazewrath is aptly named! The title of this book hints at the fiery dragons within and these awesome creatures are given pride of place in the story. The dragons hail from different regions and Bond with their riders for life. The protagonist Lana Torres, who hails from Puerto Rico, unexpectedly gains the honour of competing in the Blazewrath World Cup. Lana is full of heart and determination, which, together with her smarts, makes her an unstoppable force. Formidable antagonists add suspense a ...more
A HUGE thanks to NetGalley, Amparo Ortiz, and Page Street Publishing for sending me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

I loved this book so freaking much. I rooted so hard for Lana from the beginning and I loved how intelligent and observant she was. Lana was a fantastic MC, I wanted to know how her story wrapped up so badly. Team Puerto Rico had me hooked as soon as they were introduced and I loved the entire premise.

THE DRAGONS. Oh my gosh, it was s
Jul 29, 2020 marked it as to-be-published  ·  review of another edition
this premise brings tears of joy to my eyes!
Laura Namey
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Latinx Quidditch-esque dragons? Yes, please! This tale is a fun, exciting adventure with wonderful rep, relationships, and friendships and magical creatures I can't wait to see in fan art. This book is perfect for teen readers graduating from middle-grade fantasy, but not quite ready for more intense young adult fantasy trilogies.
Abbey "Burner of Boys in Bear Suits" Flentje
Blazewrath Games was a delightful read. It incorporates magic and fantasy into a contemporary world similar to Harry Potter. The twist here is that while the Wizarding World of the Potter-verse remains secret to Muggles, the Regulars (equivalent to Muggles in Ortiz's world) are aware of the existence of magic, and, more importantly, the dragons. Witch and wizard individuals and Regulars coexist in a relatively peaceful world.

Ortiz created a wonderful, beautifully crafted heroine in Lana Torres.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
3.5 stars

If you’re looking for a fantasy novel that seriously delivers when it offers dragons, this is the book to check out. I loved how many different types of dragons there were in this book, and the pivotal role they played in this story. You really would not have this novel if you took away the dragons. It’s perfect. My one complaint about the dragons in this book is that I was sad that our main character, Lana, did not have one! She was not a dragon rider herself, but this kind of helped y
Alyssa - alyssareadstoomuch
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Hear Our Voices Tour, Page Street YA, and the author for sending an early e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Before I even read the premise of this book I was instantly excited. There aren’t enough books with Puerto Rican characters by Puerto Rican authors, especially in YA fantasy. Needless to say I was excited. I was so excited that I preordered a copy to own. Blazewrath Games does have some HP references but its a lot more than that. There’s a completely different magic syst ...more
& She Reads
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alright kids lets see if I can manage to write a coherent review of this masterpiece without getting super emo (not likely)

First off! Thank you so much to page street kids for the arc of this book!!

okokok let do this

Blazewrath Games wow this book is exactly what we all needed in 2020.
This book is literally dripping with diversity and inclusivity.

This book is for any fan of Harry Potter who has had their heart broken this year.
This book is for anyone out there who has ever felt like they d
4.5/5 stars rounded up

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am the last person to possibly get invested in a sport, but Blazewrath Games had me captivated from the get-go. Reading Amparo Ortiz’s debut was exactly what I imagine some people experience when they’re at a football stadium – I was cheering, and screaming, and crying and gasping, and just rooting for Lana and her teammates so hard their victories started to feel like my own. Blazewrath Games is a book for the ages.

Blazewrath Games tr
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC from Netgalley*

Dragons! Magic! Dragons doing magic! What's not to love?
What I loved: the diversity of the characters, all the spanish, the weird dragon sport, how you got your want if you have magic, the mystery and twists.
What I loved less: the trope of characters being all "oh everyone is telling me not to do this thing for very obvious reasons but let's still do it because I of course know better and I don't care how this cause problems to other people" (I dislike this trope), the mc cha
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

When I first heard Amparo Ortiz talk about this book I was beyond excited. Like the main character in this book, I am half Puerto Rican and growing up I never read about characters in books that were like me. Even though I'm not the target audience for this book, it means a lot to see that representation now. I think so many young people are going to feel seen in this book. The author not only gave amazing Boricua rep, but had characters of all different races, cultures,
Elise  - ABook&ACup
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
There were a lot of things in this book I enjoyed: the magic integrated in our world, that's always something I like, mixed with phones and the internet, we also have witches and dragons! How amazing! Loved also the diversity, we had a MC who was Puerto Rican, well an entire team actually, we also had queer characters, and in general we could see that the author wanted to represent different people in her books.
And then, the dragons. I mean, I haven't read a book with dragons I didn't like. It'
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Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the U ...more

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