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(Ashlords #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Three cultures clash in all out war--against each other and against the gods--in the second book of this fantasy duology that's sure to capture fans of The Hunger Games and An Ember in the Ashes.

The Races are over. War has begun.

Ashlord and Longhand armies battle for control of the Empire as Dividian rebels do their best to survive the crossfire. This is no longer a game.
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published February 16th 2021
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ by: Steven
3.5 Stars

The cover gets a million stars as I love me some horses!!

*Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children’s Books for a digital copy of this book.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
I’m incredibly excited to get my hands on this 2nd installment and it's definitely going to be pre-ordered whenever I’m able to. Can’t wait to see how this story is going to continue and develop some more because Ashlords was such a great read!! Also can't wait to get a HC copy on the shelves with this stunning cover. It's maybe even more beautiful than the Ashlords cover. My inner fangirl is super stoked about that haha.

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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Sworn was so easy to devour once I got off of work today. I mean, I loved the first book and once my buddy said it was going to be a good book - I was ready. Like Spongebob. Not going to lie to any of you, I had SO many questions in the first 10 chapters. So freaking many and I actually got the answers that I needed. Not sure if I was hoping for them to go like that but I am a-okay with how it all went down. Even if i
Kristin Sledge
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Bloodsworn follows a few months after the end of Ashlords. We follow Pippa, now an Ashlords general in the war against the Longhands who are lead by Adrian. Imelda, having escaped the races into the mountains with the rebels, is brewing her own form of revolution to free the Dividians from the Ashlords rule. When new truths come to light showing that the true enemies come from another realm altogether, will the
I loved the first book in this duology so I was excited to jump into the sequel. The three main characters are so different, they come from different backgrounds and have their own agendas. Rotating between their points of view helped keep the story moving while giving a full picture of the plot.

The world the author created is so interesting, the gods and their origins, the phoenix horses, and some other creatures we meet in this book. We got to explore the world of the gods in this one and lea
The Captain
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

To those new to the crew, ye should know that horses were me first love before the sea stole me heart.  So obviously I wanted to read this series about magical horses, known as phoenixes.  Basically these horses were gifts from the gods, are powered by the sun, and last a day before bursting into flames and turning into ashes.  The riders save the as
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Blood Sworn, by author Scott Reintgen, is the second and final installment in the authors Ashlords duology. The Scorpio Races are over. A winner has been chosen. A war is here. A fight against the gods themselves to determine who will control the world—and the underworld, is at hand. This story is a page turner featuring three main characters: Imelda Beru, Pippa, and Adrian Ford. Each represents a different faction of people wh
Jenna Rideout
I was granted complimentary ARC access at Blood Sworn via NetGalley as part of my participation in the blog tour for this title with TBR & Beyond, but when I discovered that my review date for the tour was slightly after publication and I had a couple of long reads right before this date on my tour posting schedule, I elected to wait and use an Audible credit to let the narrators read it to me after release day. Thank you to all involved in granting me access to the ARC anyway! My thoughts are m ...more
Meaghan - H&WR
DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



The Races are over, but the war is only just unfolding.

At the end of Ashlords, Imelda Beru upended the Races by escaping the course and allying herself with the rebels, while Adrian Ford and the Ashlord Races darling Pippa went their separate ways following Pippa’s victory. Now, with Blood Sworn, the war is in full swing, Ashlords versus Longhands versus Dividians,
Karen (thefictioncorner)

Blood Sworn begins a few months after the end of Ashlords. The war that the Longhands wanted is happening. Imelda along with the other Dividians are forming their own troops to fight for their own revolution. Adrian is leading his own troops against Pippa's. As the war carries on, a secret the Ashlords have been hiding comes to light and instead of giving them answers, it serves only to bring more questions.

I think the concept of the gods and the phoenixes are really interesting and I wish th
Nicole (FearYourEx)
5/5 stars

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the early e-galley.

I read Ashlords as an ARC and fell in love with the story and the idea of the horses. The rave in the first book was a huge source for action and tension in the book, so I wasn't sure how fast paced Blood Sworn would be. Scott Reintgen definitely managed to deliver another fast paced book. In the first book the idea of rebellion and war is barely on the table, but in this book war is the main force behind everything until o
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Sworn is the second book in the Ashlords duology and friends, it did not disappoint. It starts shortly after the first book in a world at war. I loved diving deeper into each of these characters and see their stories becoming increasingly intertwined. We get a lot of backstory on the gods which was super interesting. There was a twist that was absolutely fantastic and overall my hopeful idealistic heart is so happy. This is incredible YA fantasy with so much heart and nuanced with commenta ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series and was excited when this one was approved. This cover is so gorgeous and the story was even better than book one. I enjoyed the round robin flow of the POVs it really worked with the pacing of the story. I loved all the backstory that we got in this one and the characters shine even more. I loved every page and I wished it was going to be more than just two books.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodsworn // by Scott Reintgen

When I first saw this cover on NetGalley, I knew I had to read the book. I mean, I didn't really have a choice of course. I was THRILLED when my request was approved and promptly used it to buy the first book of the series, which has a cover that is just as amazing. I can't wait to eventually have both of these on my shelves.

I already said it in my review for Ashlords but I have really struggled with YA books this year so while I was very excited about reading this
Julie Jaeger
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed! Great end to the duology.
Bloodsworn (Ashlords #2) by Scott Reintgen

ARC provided by Random House Children's/Crown Books for Young Readers and Scott Reintgen via TBR and Beyond Tours. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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02-22: 'Bloodsworn' by Scott Reintgen is book two in the Ashlords duology, a story about the war between three cultures and their rise against the gods themselves.

Struggling for control of the Empire, the two strongest factions.. the Ashlords and the Longhands strike each other's strongholds in a
I first discovered Scott Reintgen when the first Nyxia book was announced, which I wanted to read not only because it sounded awesome but because I knew he was a North Carolina writer and I always want to support my home state authors. I absolutely loved the Nyxia trilogy (see my tour post + review for Book 2 here), and as I said in my review for Nyxia Unleashed, “I have a feeling he’s THE teacher in whose class all the kids want to end up! And he is now an author whose work I will always follow ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Scott Reintgen book fan and Bloodsworn did not disappoint me at all! I believe it might be Mr. Reintgen's best book yet! There were twists and turns I didn't see coming. I am usually good at timing in my mind where the denouement will be in a story while reading, however, low and behold Scott got me and turned my judgment of his writing skills to a higher plain.

Bloodsworn will draw you in with its gorgeous cover and the fact that you need to know what happened after we left Dividian
Fin D
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021read, arc, netgalley, mama
Bloodsworn was an incredible, heart-pumping conclusion to a magnificent duology. In the aftermath of the Races in Ashlords, the Empire has gone to war with the Reach, as our heroes now lead armies and fight battles. But even as Imelda, Pippa, and Adrian try and do what's best for their respective peoples in their mortal war they each begin to take stock of the full scope of the meddling and treachery of the gods as their fight takes them to the Underworld. Bloodsworn takes all of the beautiful w ...more
Thank you to Crown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review!

Bloodsworn is a breathtaking story in which our three incredible main characters now work to defend their people, end a war, and defeat meddling gods. If you enjoyed Ashlords, then you are going to love the awesomeness that is Bloodsworm.

The reader is dropped right into the ugliness of war a month or so after the events of Ashlords. Through the alternating POVs of Imelda (a Dividian), Adrian (a Longhand), an
Amanda B
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
Blood Sworn is the sequel to Ashlord (which I reviewed here.) In this book, we follow the same three characters, Pippa, Adrian, and Imelda. The way the first book ended left me wanting to know more. I wanted to know so much more about this world, the gods, and where the story is going. I got everything that I wanted from this book. Once again, the story is told in first person for Imelda and Adrian, but Pippa’s story is told in second person. I think Pippa’s story being told in this way was such ...more
Mal Reads
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I do love a pretty horse cover. This cover artist has done amazing for this series. I have got to say this book may have been even more exciting than the first!

I absolutely loved the transition from the races to this new war. The war between humans was cool but the most interesting aspect of this book was the war with the gods.

With all the characters we got a huge spurt of growth whether it was Pippa or Adrien
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

So it's been a while since I read the first book and I tried reading back through my review to get some idea of what happened before getting into this. Honestly, it's like two different books. The first one is about the race and creating these amazing phoenix horses in order to complete the race, with a bit of rebelling against an oppressive gove
Yakira Goldsberry
Full Review on The Nerd Daily:

Right from the start, Blood Sworn is packed with action and intrigue. The story picks back up with Imelda, Pippa, and Adrian months after the end of Ashlords and the bloody war that rages across the known lands. Things have turned darker and much more mysterious as the gods come into play.

Out of all the characters, I’d have to say that I’m extremely loyal to Imelda. I don’t know why but she’s my absolute favourite. Maybe beca
Lauren Scott
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
eARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had really high expectations going in to this conclusion and I was not disappointed. We pick up shortly after the end of book one and continue following our three main characters, Imelda, Pippa and Adrian. We watch as they navigate their world and the underworld, all while strategizing and maneuvering through the war they just started. I won't go too heavy in to the plot, but there are phoenix horses, alchemy, blood sacrifice d
Paige Green
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Blood Sworn

Author: Scott Rentigen

Book Series: Ashlords Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For...: Ya readers, fantasy lovers, horse lovers

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Recommended Age: 16+ (Gore, Violence, Slight Language, Slight Romance)

Synopsis: Three cultures clash in all out war--against each other and against the gods--in the second book of this fantas
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Initial Thoughts

I was super excited to be chosen for this tour. I chose Ashlords as my Book of the Month pick last year but hadn’t read it yet. This was the perfect chance!

Some Things I Liked

Multiple POVs. I loved that we got to hear from three distinctly different narrators who represent the different groups in this setting. The political plot is complex and I loved being able to hear from a Longhand, Dividian, and Ashlord narrator.
Rich world building. I loved the race setting in the first book
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series bowled me over with its inventive world-building, Hunger Games-ish race, and three characters that were so easy to root for, so requesting an ARC of the second book in this duology was a no-brainer.

In Ashlords, war, rebellion, and unrest were stirring, and this sequel is set several months later after the war has started. Where Ashlords primarily focused on the race, Bloodsworn is all about the battle and delves deeply into the seven gods and how they’ve affected so
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
**I was provided with an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Scott Reintgen returns to the world of Ashlords with the second book in the duology, Bloodsworn. Readers again follow the three point of views of Pippa, Adrian, and Imelda as they navigate their roles in the rebellion.

As always, it is difficult to discuss sequels without spoiling the book(s) that come before. Bloodsworn picks up very shortly after where Ashlords leaves off and the story
Evie Hoff
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced review copy. All opinions are my own.

Bloodsworn is a fantastic conclusion to the Ashlords duology. When I read Ashlords, I didn't have many expectations for the story, so I was blown away by how the story grabbed my interest and wouldn't let me go. Having experienced this previously, Bloodsworn delivered on what Ashlords promised and I loved being sucked into the story once more. If you have not read Ashlords yet, continue reading this re
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Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a ca ...more

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