My Review of Blood of Olthetta by Aaron Volner
This story was just the gem I’d been looking for! I love the world, the characters, and I need more! I need to know what happens next!
The story starts off with Patrick, a goat herder who travels to the city of Olthetta to become a mercenary. As he reaches the beach, he meets a mysterious woman in red, who he later finds out is a Blood named Elleira. The two have a short battle of snarky proportions, and then he’s on his way into the city to find training. Unfortunately, he can’t find work as a mercenary, and he probably wasn’t suited for that lifestyle anyway. Instead, he begins working for a newspaper, the only one that seems to be telling the truth. He meets up with Elleira again and learns she is a writer as well, and she has some critiques for him. Eventually, the two fall in love, but before long, the injustices of the violent world they live in rear their ugly head, and Elleira vanishes. The Bloods are being persecuted, and the guard is censoring the papers as well as burning books, hell-bent on controlling the minds of Olthetta’s citizens. Patrick must find the courage to locate and rescue Elleira and the other Bloods being held prisoner.
I appreciated the political side of this story as it mirrors much of what is going on in our world today with book banning. Patrick is a loveable character who feels real because of his many flaws and insecurities. We get to grow with him throughout the story and watch him evolve into his best self. I have to say I love the playful relationship he has with Elleira. It’s so much fun to read! Their ending was bittersweet, and I need to know where their future lies!
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In a city on the brink of war, can one man with a pen and a gun save the woman he loves? Or will she be hunted for the magic in her blood?
After failed-mercenary Patrick lands a life changing job as a bookseller and reporter, he soon meets the beautiful, gun-toting journalist Elleira. As an Element Blood, Elleria is just like anyone else, but with a touch of the world itself in her body.
But when the High Lord seizes control of the newspapers and a city-wide raid bans and destroys books by her kind, Elleira vanishes without a word.
As racial tensions bring the city to the brink of war, and the authorities begin arresting those close to Elleira, Patrick scrambles to uncover the reason behind it all.
Why has the High Lord targeted Element Bloods?
How are the banned books so dangerous?
What secret is so damning the High Lord will go to such lengths to protect it?
With danger lurking in every shadow, can Patrick dredge up the answers to find Elleira and expose the truth? And if he does, will the city, or the world, survive what he unearths?