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Title: Blood, Metal, Bone
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: 7th January 2021
Taken from Goodreads
Her destiny was death. The shadows brought her back.
Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers.
Now known as the Devil of the Deadlands, Sonara survives as a thief on the edge of society, fighting for survival on a quest to uncover what really happened to her brother and whether he is even dead at all…
I requested an early copy of this book thinking that it would be a straightforward fantasy, but I was quickly proven wrong. Blood, Metal, Bone is part medieval-like fantasy and part science fiction, which I was not expecting. The book follows Sonara who lives on a planet with horses and swords, and Karr, a smuggler on a spaceship. I think the combination of these two elements was done really well as the reader could distinguish why the differences existed, but it didn’t feel too complicated.
I liked the characters within Blood, Metal, Bone, but I would have loved to have learnt more about them. I didn’t find them particularly intriguing, and they all feel a bit generic. With a bit more background about some of the side characters, it would have felt a bit more well-rounded and I would have felt a stronger emotional connection to them. I would have also liked to have read a bit more from Kerr’s POV, as most of the book was told from Sonara’s POV, which did get quite repetitive towards the end.
One thing that makes Blood, Metal, Bone memorable for me was the lack of romance. There always tends to be a romance between some of the characters in traditional YA fantasy, even if they are not the main characters, but there was no romance at all in this book. Instead, it was much more focused on family and found-family, which I would like to see more within books.
Blood, Metal, Bone is the first Lindsay Cummings book that I have read, and I liked her writing style. It didn’t feel like there were any unnecessary words or phrases; everything served its purpose. But this did mean that I wanted a little bit more world building and setting description. I would have loved to have found out more about the surrounding area and the landscape. I also found myself getting lost where the characters were on the planet, so I think a map would greatly benefit this book.
The ending of Blood, Metal, Bone was not what I was expecting, which meant I was hooked to the final page. I usually can predict plot twists, and while I got some of them, I didn’t manage to get them all. This made a nice change for me.
Overall, I enjoyed reading my first Lindsay Cummings book and would pick up any new books that she releases in the future. I would definitely recommend Blood, Metal, Bone if you are not traditionally a science fiction reader, as it could be a good introduction into the genre.
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