Review – We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title We Are Blood and Thunder

Author Kesia Lupo


In a city where magic is feared and the dead are worshipped, life is overshadowed by a powerful and devastating storm cloud.

One young woman is running for her life. Another is trying to return home. Both are looking for a place where they belong.

But what Lena and Constance don’t realise is that the storm cloud binds them. Without it, neither can get what she desires.

Release Date March 3, 2020

Initial Thoughts

This book sounded super cool when I read the description on NetGalley. I love multiple POVs and this book had that and so much more.

Some Things I Liked

  • Dual narration. I loved seeing both Lena and Constance’s sides to the story. The transitions between the two were particularly interesting as scenes that had both characters would cut back and forth, creating more suspense.
  • Magic characterized by colors. I really liked the prologue of the book and Lena’s lessons about the magic in their world. I loved that the different types of magic were clearly distinguished and denoted by colorful differences in the practitioners.
  • Hero / Villain duology. I loved the secrets that Lena and Constance each had and the idea that you really don’t know their intentions for most of the story. I was almost torn on who to root for in certain moments.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Death. I know this is a story about a culture that worships the dead, but there was a lot of death in the story. I wanted to save more of the characters so there could be more stories about them!

Series Value

I would read the next book in this series. I really enjoyed the world building and I think there is a lot more that could be done with the magic, gods, and different neighboring kingdoms mentioned in We Are Blood and Thunder.

Final Thoughts

I liked this book a lot. I thought the story was unique, the magic system was interesting, and the world left me wanting to read more about it.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand – if you liked the dual protagonists narrating the story, try this series by Claire Legrand.
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – if you liked the idea of magic denoted by colors and masks with magical powers, try this standalone by Nadine Brandes.
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett – if you liked the relationship between Constance and Lena, try this duology about sisters who discover each other when they are thrust into a competition for their dying father’s crown.

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