• The Blood Trials

  • The Blood Gift Duology, Book 1
  • By: N. E. Davenport
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2022 N. E. Davenport (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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I need the next part in this series now. I enjoyed this story which gave me futuristic fantasy vibes!

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I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP!!!

Oh my…where to start? I love this book! I did not want it to end! The writing is spectacular and relevant! The characters are so vibrantly displayed that they are imprinted on the brain from the very first introduction. I want more from this author right now! The narrator is equally as awesome. The transitions were so seamless. At times, I forgot there was only one audio performer. You must read, listen to and own this book! It is too phenomenal for you to miss out on.

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Fantasy on steroids!

Although I’m not a fan of fantasy, I listened because it was recommended by a friend. There is an abundance of description in the narrative that adds to the visual, but the tracks from the storyline. The characters have multiple names as well as the dominions of the different ““ tribes which became confusing at some points. I do like the way it’s Davenport waved the topic of being mixed race and diversity into the storyline which gave it some depth. So overall I gave it a three because it was entertaining it was engaging to listen to and I applaud her for her exquisite use of language.

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Loved it!

This was a page turner. Definitely a great start to what I see becoming a powerful series.

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Absolutely enjoyed this thrill ride.

This book was an absolute thrill ride straight from page one! We join our MC Ikenna on the eve of her graduation and she’s got a lot of emotions going on right now after just losing her grandfather, Vern Amari, the legendary Legatus of the Republic of Mareen. She learns that he was murdered from a close friend of his and Ikenna has to gather the strength to not give up on herself as well as her grandfather’s love and legacy. She decides to join the Praetorians to get close to those who might have had a hand in his death. Not only does she have to face these gruesome trails where life and limb hang in the balance, Ikenna has to battle the suffocating fools that love to use misogyny and racism to try and discredit and deem her by any means necessary.

She’s fighting for her life trying to survive these trials, investigating her grandfathers death and on top of all that she carries a secret that could not only get her kicked out of the trails but killed for simply being who she is! This is a military science fiction/ fantasy story set in a dystopian society. It’s action pack, full of fight, and some seriously creepy creatures of the night. High tech battle gear and magic mix in this young adult debut novel. I’m so happy that it lived up to this amazing cover.

I got the audiobook (I listened at 1.4x speed) and I really loved it, Jeanette Illidge is the narrator and she’s done some of my other favorites such as The Good Luck Girls and A Blade So Black. She really brought these characters and the story to life for me I never wanted to miss a word. Inflections in the voice, mannerisms, I never got confused on who was speaking. I thought she did a great job and I will definitely be picking up the sequel, The Blood Gift, next year. Thank you again @nia.davenport, @harpervoyagerus and @b2weird for this opportunity.

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lacking in every area

There was way too much talk and explanation. The protagonist was one dimensional. The language was without imagination. everyone just said F*** a lot. I skipped from 15 to the end and didn't miss anything. not a good use of time and money.

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great book

awesome read, nonstop epic. I can't wait for the follow up. the narration was also captivating

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I really enjoyed this book. It gave everything love, betrayal, action, post apocalyptic happenstance. the only problem that I found was the ending wrapped things up to fast...I guess that's a me problem. Cant wait for the next book to drop.

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The narrator has no vocal range and couldn’t do male voices if her life depended on it. The story it self isn’t much better. I like the themes in it but the characters, not so much. The main character in particular is unbearable naive and jumps to conclusions without any evidence. Not to mention her relationship status with any given character changes at the drop of the hat.