“Blood Follows Vein”: Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Release Date: April 20, 2021
Series: Witches Steeped in Gold #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths they will go to win this game.

My Thoughts

The nation of Aiyca may be at peace with its neighbors, but a revolution is building in backrooms and whispered conversations. The ruling Alumbrar seem mostly satisfied with the doyenne, but some are ready to remove her from her blood-covered throne and replace her with her daughter Jazmyne, a calmer and (seemingly) more compassionate leader. Ira, too, trails a revolution behind her, this one to dethrone the Alumbrar altogether and put the Obeah back in charge of Aiyca…

Read the rest of this review at Tor.com.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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