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Blazewrath Games

(Blazewrath Games #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds 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 fight for glory in a dan
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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Amparo Ortiz Thank you so much for even reading my book and for this lovely comment! The LGBTQ+ rep in Blazewrath Games came naturally to me because I believe in r…moreThank you so much for even reading my book and for this lovely comment! The LGBTQ+ rep in Blazewrath Games came naturally to me because I believe in reflecting the real world in fiction, especially when it comes to communities that have been discarded entirely or poorly depicted/treated in fantasy. My book is nowhere near the level of inclusion LGBTQ+ characters should have in stories, but I'm proud to provide additional voices and faces for readers to see themselves in! (less)
Amparo Ortiz You are not, no!! I would LOVE to see more art inspired by Blazewrath Games scenes and/or characters!! *flails*

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Apr 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch through the Ages, do I need to say more?
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Take a shot every time a YA author uses Harry Potter metaphors to sell their books lol*

*don't, you'll die
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
Claude's Bookzone
Well at least the dragons were amazing!

I enjoyed that the story explored the idea of 'family' and how diverse and inclusive this can be. The concept of 'belonging' was also addressed in a meaningful way. Unfortunately the plot was a bit hectic as the author tried to weave in too many subplots and sub-subplots.

In my opinion all the ingredients were already there:
Dragons. Check.
Magic involving dragons. Check.
Tournament involving magical dragons. Check.
Diverse characters in a tournament involving
Apr 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Firstly, dragons. Secondly, DRAGONS
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This was definitely not what I expected - but I'm going to say that this is the charm of Blazewrath Games. You think it's a story about sports and dragons - which it is, but oh. oh, it is not what you expect and that's what makes this book so exciting.

- Follows Lana, a Puerto Rican teen who, by chance, joins the Puerto Rican Blazewrath team - only to be pulled into a conspiracy that will change everything she has understood about the sport.
- I really enjoyed this! I thought the story was well-pa
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
CWs: violence, murder, past mention of homophobia

Rep: Puerto Rican-American biracial MC, Black character, Afro-Latinx character, Puerto Rican bisexual character, Puerto Rican gay character, Japanese character, Scottish character, mlm side characters, character in a wheelchair

I came here for the dragons and the magical sports and the book delivered both in SPADES so, despite some of my caveats, pretty good reading experience on the whole.

3.5 ⭐

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What I Loved:

DRAGONS! I think this book
Feb 04, 2020 marked it as dnf-but-might-retry  ·  review of another edition
this seems like something i should love but i just can't get past the writing style? it's jerky and inconsistent and keeps pulling me out of the story, and a lot of the things the author tells us are happening/the characters are feeling/whatever don't align with what i'm reading to actually be happening, and that disconnect also throws me off.

i'll likely come back to this and give it another try in the future but for now i'm putting it down.

"Lana Torres has always preferred drago

It has:
✨ glorious character arcs
✨ so many queer characters 🌈😭
✨ so much ACTION and PLOT TWISTS

The author created something so magical—and I'm not only referring to the world-building or the magic system, but also the characters themselves, the arcs, and the overall storyline. I'm so in love with this one, I could cry. I mean, it left me feeling sad and satisfied at the same time! Safe to say, my emotions were all over the place.

Also, the author is so cool! (she's an
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thoughts:

📌 Blazewrath Games made me cry. Yep, the heartwarming friendship between Samira and Lana moved me to literal, honest-to-goodness tears.

📌 This book is a beautifully written love letter for young diaspora readers, especially those with Latinx roots.

📌 Dragons! 🔥 🔥🔥

📌 Morally gray characters, effortless diversity in terms of cast, and found families all around.

📌 My only point of criticism is the plot conveniences scattered around the story, but that’s just my own nitpicking. The fun
This was a lovely diverse novel about what (to me as someone who has no idea about sports) was basically dragon football.

Read this review and more on the blog!

Content warnings include: murder, violence (both in sports and non-sports context), threats to animals, unsupportive parent; mentions of parental death, cancer, abuse, homophobia.

Blazewrath Games immediately engaged me both with the dragons and magic setting, as well as the excellent latinx rep, specifically Puerto-Rican(-American).
Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)
It's been two or three days since I finished this book and I'm still awe of it. I'm in awe of how good and addictive it was. I'm in awe of how queer it is in an effortless way. I'm in awe of just how well done it truly is. I wish I had a longer review where I list all the reasons why this is amazing but I'm still processing my love for it. I'm not a fantasy lover especially YA fantasy but this is a new all time fave. Everything about this book is perfection and I can't wait for what's to come. ...more
I picked this book up for Believathon because I was absolutely positive that it was middle-grade. A number of things contributed to that including: 1) The blurb comparing it to How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch, 2) The cover, 3) People telling me it was middle-grade.

It is very much young adult and I'm not sure if I would have picked it up had I known that. For some reason I have this magical-game fatigue in young adult fantasy but I absolutely love it in middle-grade. It probably has a l
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars


Annie (Putt)
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"pitched as How to Train Your Dragon meets Quidditch Through the Ages"

Madison Mary
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The thing about people is they tend to love us their way, not the way we'd want them to love us. We can tell them loads of times. We can draw them a bloody map. Sometimes their way is the only way that makes sense to them. Our voices are just white noise."

*ARC provided by Page Street Kids*

A beautiful debut about struggling to find your voice and saving what matters most.

Lana Torres grew up loving dragons and watching the Blazewrath World Cup with her father in Puerto Rico. Since movi
Kristina (heartsfullofreads)
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,
Valerie | starrynight.reads ✨
I literally have no words to describe this book. This book made me happy, it made me upset, it made me sad to the point where I cried. This book is amazing, its full of diversity and inclusivity. Did I mention the dragons?? I relate so much to Lanas character and her struggles with sometimes not feeling Puerto Rican enough and her struggle to speak Spanish sometimes. I admire her bravery and her strength and the way that she takes nothing from nobody unless it’s on her terms. I love every single ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Quidditch using dragons instead of a broomstick? Yeah baby. Too bad the rest of the plot could not keep up. Lana lives in the U.S., and her dream is to participate in the Blazewrath Games for her native Puerto Rico. She lives with her mother, who is adamantly opposed to dragons while her father works in another country in a dragon sanctuary. Displaying bravery in saving her cousin from a dragon, Lana gets to join the team. Meanwhile, there is a rogue villain and an ex-Blazewrath champion with an ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ☑

Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Ellie Blackwood
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows Lana, who has always dreamed of competing in the Blazewrath Games — a magical sports tournament involving dragons and lotsa running. So when she’s selected to play for Team Puerto Rico, she thinks her dreams are coming true ... until she finds out the tournament is hiding a dark secret that she must uncover to save her new teammates, her family, and the world!

This book is classed as YA, but it’s on the younger side. I think it’s a great read for people aged about 11 and up, so
yet another book that could have been amazing in theory. I was so disappointed in having to put this down, but they're just wasn't anything for the reader to grasp. Characters meant nothing to me ad the plot was just "there". Failed to keep me entertained or interested.

I would ONLY recommend this if you like dragons.
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
Behold: the only YA book I've ever read with no romance! <3 Also: DRAGONS ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It's always tough when a new release you'd been really looking forward to isn't as good as you hoped it would be. I've let Blazewrath Games sit for a bit as I tried to figure out what specifically didn't work for me here and I think I've finally figured it out. There are a ton of things going on in this book -- magical bureaucracy, sports, found family, a nefarious villain, subterfuge, and lots of smaller mysteries -- that don't quite come together into a cohesive story. This book can't quite se ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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