Forged by Blood
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About the Author
Ehigbor Okosun is an Austin-based author who writes speculative fiction for adult and young adult audiences. A British private school survivor turned Nigerian American immigrant, she hopes to do justice to the myths and traditions she was steeped in, and to honor her large, multiracial, and multiethnic family. She is a graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in Plan II Honors, neurolinguistics, and English, as well as chemistry and premedical studies, and was recently named a Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award finalist. When she's not reading, you can catch her bullet journaling and baking.
"Ehigbor Okosun has called on the winds of worldbuilding and the gales of great writing to create a tempest of a novel. Forged by Blood is an enchanting tale of sacrifice and power. Found family, mated love and unexpected twists only add to its depth of heart." -- Saara El-Arifi, bestselling author of The Final Strife
"Forged by Blood is a searing and thrilling fantasy, steeped in mythology and magic. Ehigbor Okosun weaves a gripping tale of power, sacrifice, and love--entwined in a captivating and intricate world." -- Sue Lynn Tan, bestselling author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess
"Okosun's elaborate worldbuilding is lavishly detailed and meticulously constructed, but it never feels overwhelming. The result is an impressive and refreshingly original page-turner that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the second volume." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Forged by Blood is an intense, spellbinding debut from a vivid new storyteller. Ehigbor Okosun's lyrical prose effortlessly loops readers into a breathtaking adventure that keeps you on your toes and is set in a land as suffused with wonder as it is with heartbreak. Featuring a striking cast of characters with unbeatable chemistry, an inventive magic system, and rich, folkloric worldbuilding, Forged by Blood confronts history and captures the imagination with a gripping tale of tangled love, political intrigue, ancestral pain, and things worth fighting for."
-- Thea Guanzon, author of The Hurricane Wars
"Dèmi is powerful, strong, and smart, with a kind heart--just the kind of main character readers will celebrate. While fighting the cruel Eingardians, she is also trying to figure out love and life. Add to that the spot-on world building and political complications and fantasy readers will find something to enjoy in this powerful work." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Forged by Blood is a spellbinding coming-of-age fantasy that's one of my top reads of the year. It delivers everything a riveting fantasy serves best-- mythology, magic, and powerful sociopolitical commentary. Dèmi is a character with a fighting spirit and tons of heart that you can't help but root for as she tackles injustices. Forged by Blood is an epic fantasy debut that'll keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end." -- N.E. Davenport, author of The Blood Trials
"Forged By Blood is Black Girl Magic at its finest. Okosun offers a million little revolutions tucked into an intimate tale. If you like your fantasy with a dash of Nigerian mythology, look no further. This is a remarkable writer bound to flourish." -- Suyi Davies Okungbowa, author of Son of the Storm
"An enchanting tale with a sharp critique on the brutal aftermath of colonization. Ehigbor Okosun weaved a magical story steeped in Nigerian myths and folklore, with characters of fierce conviction who jumped out of the page. Forged by Blood is an exciting debut filled with visually stunning, cinematic scenes, perilous fights of elemental magic, and a romance that kept me turning pages. This book is perfect for readers who long to be immersed in the mythos of a fresh new fantasy world!" -- Gabriela Romero Lacruz, author of The Sun and the Void
"Rich, original world-building, found family, and a fast pace just serve to enhance a gripping story about the pain and conflict of revolution and resistance. Okosun is a writer to watch and I can't wait for the next book!" -- Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries and Witch King