Author: Amanda McCrina
Pub. Date: April 25, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.
Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken. Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.
Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.
Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice in an empire that seals its borders in blood.
I really enjoyed reading Blood Road by Amanda McCrina. I love fantasy, but I feel like I have really high expectations for books that are fantasy that aren't set in the modern world, without having any expectations about the book in and of itself. Blood Road lived up to the expectations that I had for it.
At first, Blood Road was slow getting into but once I was through the first two chapters, I was hooked and could not put the book down. From the plot of the story, to the world building, to the characters this book was amazing. The plot is intriguing, and keeps you very entertained. I loved how the setting and how McCrina built the world. And finally, the characters were likable and relatable - two things I find really important with main characters.
I, personally, cannot wait to read what lies ahead for these characters in the rest of the series to come. I would highly recommend this book to any fantasy lover out there. I thought it was awesome, and enjoyable. I also thought it was a pretty quick read.
Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.
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