Thank you so much to SimonTeen for a copy of Blood Like Fate.
Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury is about a girl named Voya Thomas who is struggling to save her country from a horrible future. Voya’s finally a full-fledged witch, but the price she had to pay was bigger than anything she’d ever imagined. She lost her grandmother and her cousin despises her. To make matters worse, her family doesn’t believe she has the courage to lead everyone. Voya’s feelings for Luc haven’t disappeared and what sucks is that Luc thinks Voya killed his dad- Justin Tremblay! Justin a genius billionaire. As a result, Luc wants absolutely nothing to do with her. Voya’s crushed when even her own ancestors don’t answer her calls.
Despite all of this, Voya’s determined to prove to everyone that she has what it takes to be a good ruler. Everything she’s worked hard for falls apart when she gets a vision of a horrifying future. With a new goal in mind, Voya has to do whatever it takes to bring her broken community together and put an end to what’s coming for them before it’s too late. Even if it involves stopping the boy who she still has feelings for and who could potentially be the mastermind behind this tragedy.
The world-building in this book is my favorite part! I loved that Voya acted her age. She’s an incredibly intelligent character in the book. On top of that, she also has to deal with a cousin who loathes her. The family drama added another layer of depth to this book that took it to the next level. Every aspect of Voya’s life is in complete shambles. Voya’s struggling to keep going in spite of everything that has been going on. She feels like no one respects her. It’s understandable that she’s left feeling insecure especially since her own family doesn’t think she should be a matriarch which is the highest position she could be in.
Blood Like Fate’s content warnings are blood, gore, violence, mentions of addiction, child neglect, sickness/infection, and an eating disorder. This book does not shy away from discussing mental health. I liked the fact that this book has a strong emphasis on the importance of getting therapy. Sambury handles mental health in a fantasy world well which was the first time I read about mental health in a fantasy book. Even the side characters all have their own conflicts within the story. It is an emotional book with loveable protagonists. The characters go to therapy which is the first time I saw this being discussed in a fantasy book!
I’d say the only thing I wasn’t a fan of how we didn’t get answers for certain plot points. It has a slow start, but it picks up!
Overall, I really loved it! I think the beginning could have started off with more action but overall it was a lot of fun.