The Last Bloodcarver
by Vanessa Le
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Pub Date 19 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 26 Mar 2024
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Roaring Brook Press
A pulse-pounding new YA fantasy in which "you’ll gasp, you’ll scream, you’ll cry, and you’ll be begging for the next book." (Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of These Violent Delights)
Nhika is a bloodcarver. A coldhearted, ruthless being who can alter human biology with just a touch.
In the industrial city of Theumas, Nhika is seen not as a healer, but a monster that kills for pleasure. And in the city's criminal underbelly, the rarest of monsters are traded for gold. When Nhika is finally caught by the infamous Butchers, she's forced to heal the last witness to a high-profile murder.
As Nhika delves into the investigation, all signs point to Ven Kochin, an alluring yet entitled physician's aide. Despite his relentless attempts to push her out of his opulent world, something inexplicable draws Nhika to him. But when she discovers Kochin is not who he claims to be, Nhika will be faced with a greater, more terrifying evil lurking in the city's center...
Her only chance to survive lies in a terrible choice—become the dreaded monster the city fears, or risk jeopardizing the future of her kind.
Cinder meets Divine Rivals in Vanessa Le's The Last Bloodcarver, the first in a two-book debut - with a riveting medical magic system and lush Vietnam-inspired fantasy world.
"Smart, lush, and utterly compelling." — Marie Lu, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Legend
More Praise for The Last Bloodcarver:
*Four starred reviews*
★ "An entrancingly well-written debut." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Visceral and exquisitely rendered prose, intertwining a murder investigation with themes of unresolved grief, medical ethics, and lost heritage." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Deeply romantic, and darkly biological." — Booklist, starred review
★ "All collections will benefit from this unequivocal first purchase." — School Library Journal, starred review
"The perfect blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and romance." — Axie Oh, New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
"Obsession-worthy characters." — Joan He, New York Times-bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find
"Absolutely captivating. This is one to be savored." — Grace D. Li, New York Times-bestselling author of Portrait of a Thief
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This was INCREDIBLE. Just the right amount of gore, plus a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance, plus a Viet-inspired setting! I don't know what I'm going to do until book two arrives, especially since book one won't be officially out for another four months!