Blood Like Fate

McElderry/S. & S./. (Blood Like Magic: Bk. 2). Aug. 2022. 480p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781534465312.
Gr 9 Up–In this Afrofuturistic fantasy, Voya is facing the consequences of her choices in Blood Like Magic after passing her Calling and being the youngest Matriarch crowned by her family. When her grandmother dies, Voya joins the ancestors who have failed to answer any of her calls for help, adding to the tension as she tries to gain everyone’s respect. When she has a terrifying vision of the future, Voya realizes that Luc, the boy she loves, may be the mastermind behind everything that’s about to happen. This urban fantasy takes place in 2049 Toronto and is filled with a diverse cast of well-developed characters. Sambury leans on the character growth and worldbuilding from Blood Like Magic to create a well-structured mystery around her established cast. Voya and her family are Trinidadian Canadian whose heritage brings into relief themes of inclusion, independence, and generational trauma.
VERDICT A solid end to this genre-blending duology and worth having on the shelf. Recommended for general purchase.

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