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Kesia Lupo's We Are Bound By Stars is a fine follow-up to We Are Blood and Thunder, a richly-realised fantasy epic in which intrigue, trickery and powerful gifts from the gods throng through a cast of colourfully compelling characters. If you’re a fan of female-fronted fantasy, of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas, this series is sure to be your chalice of char.
Beatrice is one of three female mask-makers in the kingdom of the Wishes, a cluster of volcanic islands ruled by a Contessa. As a result of a secret pact the Contessa made with Mythris, patron god of the Wishes, the chosen triplet mask-makers are taught to create masks with powers that aid “the Contessa in discovering and destroying her enemies”, as long as the chain of inheritance remains intact. As a middle sister, Beatrice makes Grotesques, masks that “draw power from expression”, creations with the power to manipulate emotions, but she’s desperate to flee this life of bondage. Then there’s Livio, born into a powerful family, destined to be the first male leader in aeons, but his magic is overwhelmingly wild. When his path collides with Beatrice’s, it falls to them to prevent devastating insurgency, as menacing masked assassins close in on their heels. Can they cut the strings of a controlling puppet master? Can they change the course of destiny? As their tales twist along a troubled path, the sense of time running out, of high-stakes decisions, of human emotions are grippingly evoked within a tangled web of magical trickery.
The next adventure in Kesia Lupo's stunning and original YA fantasy world. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor.
On a mysterious island where the very earth holds magic, masked assassins plague the city and strange creatures rise from the desert. Livio has riled against his destiny his whole life. Beatrice longs to escape her life of servitude. But when a twist of fate unites them, it is up to them to stop a deadly revolution. Are they just puppets in someone else's game? Will they have to accept the hands they have been dealt or can either change their fortunes?
Another thrilling, plot-driven adventure, with an even bigger twist, We Are Bound by Stars is a tale of masks, politics, desire and deception that will have you gripped once again in Kesia Lupo's rich fantasy world.
Closing date: 01/11/2020
The sequel to We are Blood and Thunder kicks the worldbuilding and the themes up a gear resulting in an even pacier more absorbing second book. Livio and Beatrice are about to find out that destiny is not going to fall out as they expected. This was a great book about choices and consequences that was even better than the first one - NetGalley Reviewer
Praise for We Are Blood and Thunder;
Deft, dark and daring, Kesia Lupo seamlessly entwines the fates of two young women bound by magic to a dying city - Melinda Salisbury
A stormer of a story! - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A gorgeously written fantasy, with a haunting, intricate world - Mary Watson
Enchanting. This isn't just an excellent book - it is unusual, unique and universally appealing - Natasha Pulley
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||9th July 2020|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy romance (Teenage), Thrillers (Children's / Teenage),|
Kesia Lupo studied history at Oxford University and creative writing at Bath Spa. She lives in Bristol with her husband and works as a children's book editor, writing in the mornings before work. We Are Blood and Thunder is her first novel.More About Kesia Lupo