Blood Scion

HarperAudio. Mar. 2022. 1,526p. $31.99. ISBN 9780063220812.
Gr 8 Up–Nigerian Canadian author Falaye’s Yoruban mythology–inspired debut (introducing a planned duology) presents Nagea, a nation brutalized by the genocidal Lucis. Only her grandfather has managed to keep 15-year-old Sloane safe, until she’s drafted into the army. Being a Scion—“a descendent of the ancient Orisha gods”—Sloane is imbued with àse, the power of fire; the Scion are the prey of the Lucis. Hiding in plain sight, Sloane survives the murderous training that turns her monstrous, but the (rushed) shocking ending revelations will question at what personal cost. Nigerian American actor Liz Femi’s first solo narration is a 15-plus hour endurance feat of distinguishing voices from a vast cast, some more successfully: sharp Sloane, desperate Teo, sly Malachi, strengthening Izara, booming Theodus. Femi deftly slips in and out of various accents, making Lucis in power American, vicious Queen Olympia posh British.
VERDICT Femi shrewdly enhances Falaye’s underlying exposé of colonialism, genocide, and eternal war.

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