©2024 Fable Group Inc.
4.0 

The Blood Trials

By N. E. Davenport
The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport digital book - Fable

Why read on Fable?

Discover social reading

Chat inside the ebook with emojis, comments and more

Annotate with notes, tabs, and highlights

Share or keep your notes private with our annotation features

Support the World Literacy Foundation

We donate 20% of every book sale to help children learn to read

Publisher Description

Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of loyalty and rebellion, in which a young Black woman must survive deadly trials in a racist and misogynistic society to become an elite warrior.

It’s all about blood.

The blood spilled between the Republic of Mareen and the armies of the Blood Emperor long ago. The blood gifts of Mareen’s deadliest enemies. The blood that runs through the elite War Houses of Mareen, the rulers of the Tribunal dedicated to keeping the republic alive.

The blood of the former Legatus, Verne Amari, murdered.

For his granddaughter, Ikenna, the only thing steady in her life was the man who had saved Mareen. The man who had trained her in secret, not just in martial skills, but in harnessing the blood gift that coursed through her.

Who trained her to keep that a secret.

But now there are too many secrets, and with her grandfather assassinated, Ikenna knows two things: that only someone on the Tribunal could have ordered his death, and that only a Praetorian Guard could have carried out that order.

Bent on revenge as much as discovering the truth, Ikenna pledges herself to the Praetorian Trials—a brutal initiation that only a quarter of the aspirants survive. She subjects herself to the racism directed against her half-Khanaian heritage and the misogyny of a society that cherishes progeny over prodigy, all while hiding a power that—if found out—would subject her to execution…or worse. Ikenna is willing to risk it all because she needs to find out who murdered her grandfather…and then she needs to kill them.

Mareen has been at peace for a long time…

Ikenna joining the Praetorians is about to change all that.

Magic and technology converge in the first part of this stunning debut duology, where loyalty to oneself—and one’s blood—is more important than anything.

305 Reviews

4.0
Thinking Face“Loved the first half. Not sure what happened but I lost interest and skimmed the last 100 pages”
Thinking Face“I was tempted to DNF a few times. The "only the very best survive while we try everything we can to kill you" trope is just not my favorite - so that's on me. However, if it had been less predictable or better written, I would have still enjoyed it. A lot of plot-convenient stuff... I saw one twist coming early on, but went back to check my theory and the author was inconsistent with it, so I wrote it off as misdirection - nope, she just forgot her plot twist. Another time, the MC refers to a prior decision that isn't in the book. 🤦 The violence and gore is, imo, overdone for the shock factor not plot, and it's counterproductive to the themes of misogyny and racism, since all the worst violence is unrelated. Instead, it serves as a way to desensitize the reader. The language, gore, and themes are not YA, but the FMC reads pretty childish at times. Her tendency to jump to 100% conclusions and recklessness was not only annoying, but would have gotten her killed in this world. Overall, despite the trope not working for me, I had a lot of complaints about the story in general and probably won't read the next one.”
BigotryMisogynyRacismViolence

About N. E. Davenport

N. E. Davenport is the science fiction/fantasy author of The Blood Trials and its sequel, The Blood Gift. She attended the University of Southern California and studied biological sciences and theatre arts. She also has an M.A. in secondary education. She teaches English and biology to amazing students. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys vacationing with her family, skiing, and being a huge foodie. She’s an advocate for diverse perspectives and protagonists in literature. You can find her on Twitter or on Instagram, where she talks about bingeworthy TV, killer movies, and great books. She lives in Texas with her husband and kids.

Other books by N. E. Davenport

Start a Book Club

Start a public or private book club with this book on the Fable app today!

FAQ

Do I have to buy the ebook to participate in a book club?

Why can’t I buy the ebook on the app?

How is Fable’s reader different from Kindle?

Do you sell physical books too?

Are book clubs free to join on Fable?

How do I start a book club with this book on Fable?

Error Icon
Save to a list
0
/
30
0
/
100
Private List
Private lists are not visible to other Fable users on your public profile.
Notification Icon
Fable uses the TMDB API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDB