We Are Blood And Thunder

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Pub Date 04 Apr 2019 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2019

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From an exciting new talent comes a complete page-turner of an adventure that keeps you gripped until the very last twist. We Are Blood and Thunder is set to be the YA fantasy debut of 2019.

In a sealed-off city, a young woman, Lena, is running for her life. She has been sentenced to death and her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. Years ago she escaped before her own powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud engulfs the city. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine ... But what neither Lena nor Constance realise is that the storm cloud binds them – without it, without each other, neither can get what they desire…

Thrilling, stirring and completely original, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Alwyn Hamilton.

By day, Kesia Lupo works as an editor for Chicken House, by night and the early hours of the morning she escapes into her very own fantasy world and writes. She studied history at Oxford University and creative writing at Bath Spa. Kesia lives in Bristol with her husband. We Are Blood and Thunder is her first novel.

Follow Kesia: @keslupo (Twitter) | @kesialupoauthor (Instagram)

From an exciting new talent comes a complete page-turner of an adventure that keeps you gripped until the very last twist. We Are Blood and Thunder is set to be the YA fantasy debut of 2019.


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Wow! Sometimes you pick up a book, and it takes you a few chapters to get into it. Sometimes it fails completely. And sometimes, it grabs you with the very first page and refuses to let go. We are Blood and Thunder is one of those books. A story of two women, torn apart by different lands, full of secrets and power and inextricably linked, threads through this wonderful novel on storms and magic and life. Lena is a cryptling, much akin to the former untouchable caste, who works only with the dead, reviled by the living. By chance and fate, she runs for her life, meeting a woman who is running towards the evils Lena runs from Their link is forged in desperation, and will have profound effects on all of their lives. This book is excellent on so many levels. The writing is tight and flows well, the plot woven skilfully like a tapestry - one point leads to another, whilst tugging on the strings of a third, and the characters are just as richly imagined. I felt for Lena, and for Constance, and whilst the majority of characterisation is placed within these two, I still felt the supplementary characters were strong and fully formed. What is interesting is this book is totally shades of grey - each of us has a little darkness within them, and light, too. Our enemies can be our sisters, also. I massively enjoyed this novel, and hope for more from the author - I'd love to know what happens to the characters next. Highly recommended, especially for readers like me, who love female character driven story.

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Thank you to Netgalley, Bloomsbury Publishing and Kesia Lupo for my arc of We Are Blood & Thunder. Oh my word. This was just fantastic. From the very first page, in fact the very first paragraph this book had me hooked! Hands down the best book I've read so far in 2019. Lena is a cryptling in the city of Duke's Forest, since a storm cloud causing disease arrived several years before, the city has been sealed off from the rest of the world, but now Lena is running for her life and trying to escape the city after being accused of being a mage. Constance meanwhile is trying to get back in. The storm cloud is no ordinary storm cloud, it is a spell and both Lena and Constance hold the key to setting everything to rights. So why was this book so great? I'm going to break it down... The Premise - the idea was original, interesting and full of everything I love about a good fantasy novel; it has magic, history, and something creepy and unknown: in this case, the cloud. The characters - both Lena and Constance were fantastic characters with many layers. The plot - I liked that this author stayed away from a lot of tropes The twist - I did not see it coming!! I liked as well how much grey there was in the book. There were elements of light and dark in all characters and elements of dark that came from light reasons such as the keeping of secrets. It is also one of the best examples of an unreliable first person narrative I've seen in quite a long time. A fantastic debut from an author I'm keen to see more from!

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