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A River of Royal Blood by Amanda  Joy
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Fantastic and original. There's so much to love about Amanda Joy's first novel, the world is well thought out, contains realistic political drama, family intrigue and of course, adulterated history, which can still be felt hundreds of years later. This story is about humans ruining everything. Eight generations before this book, Queen Raina killed off khimaer royalty and succeeded the throne giving precedent to the Rival Heir tradition. Sisters must face off to win the queendom.

Our protagonist, Eva, is a bit of trouble. She possesses the rare blood and marrow ability (wielded by Queen Raina herself), but after thousands of years, no one remembers the secrets of the power and Eva is unable to access her magic. The court denounces her for being weak and the likely sister to fall during the Rival Heir tradition. As a result, her sister, Isa, wins the favor of the queen and the court while also abusing her magic to control those around her. With the odds stacked against, Eva just enjoys dancing at the Patch and trying not to think about her eventual fate, but this all changes.

One day, Eva stumbles across Baccha, lord of the hunt and a fey, who has lived for an eternity. He possesses the knowledge needed to train Eva and now she stands a chance against the horrible tradition that has claimed the lives of many sisters. Of course, it is not as simple as it appears and Eva discovers some secrets about herself and her family as the story progresses.

Halfway through the book, Eva discovers that a sorcerer cast a binding spell on her magic and she is unable to access it. She eventually finds out that her father was responsible for it because of the prophecies given at her birth, which were ominous. At the end of the book during a showdown with her sister, Eva discovers that her father was khimear and her magic was hidden to protect her identity. We also find out that Baccha is working with a secret society to bring a khimear queen back to the throne and right his wrong.

As I've already said, Joy creates a realistic world filled with political intrigue and family secrets that drives the plot. The world is so fresh and original that it makes the story feel like nothing I've ever encountered before. I love the characters and the different cultures, as well as, the bloodthirsty nature of the Queen and Eva's sister. It makes you really root for her. All in all, very excited for the sequel!
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Reading Progress

July 25, 2019 – Started Reading
July 25, 2019 – Shelved
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy-written-by-women
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: read-diverse-2019
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: female-protagonist-in-fantasy
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: woc-protagonist
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: ya-fantasy
July 25, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
August 1, 2019 – Finished Reading

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