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Every time a Blood Moon appears, seven magical families must each send one of their teenaged children into a bloody battle. Whichever family has the surviving champion will control High Magick until the next Blood Moon–such is the ancient curse that dictates such things. But the Blood Moon appears earlier than expected, and on the heels of the publication of a tell-all book, exposing the violent secret to the world. With journalists surrounding them and government officials hoping to manipulate the battle for their own gain, seven champions are chosen and ready themselves for the slaughter. But not all of the champions are willing to be pawns for their families’ political gain, and as alliances form and dangerous romances spark, one champion is determined to end the curse forever…
I am so obsessed with this world and these characters! A thrilling blend of the Hunger Games and the Triwizard Tournament, the battle between the four morally gray protagonists features a balance of magic and bloodbaths, calculating strategy and hopeful idealism. My only complaint is that the sequel isn’t out yet! A fun page-turner for YA fantasy readers who can stomach a bit of gore.