Book Review: Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi

It’s been a wild Tuesday, so I decided to post a book review for self-care. A nice escape from my hectic educator life! Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi is a lovely read, and I’m happy to finally post about it!

Book Information

Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi
Length: 366 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 19, 2021


In the fifty-two domains, there exists two groups of people: The bound and unbound, those without powers and those with them. Only the unbound can hold the highest positions in the government: The Card Holders.

When her domain’s Card Holder dies, seventeen-year-old Neela Blydes is forced to participate in a tournament to find the unbound most worthy of leading the Queen of Hearts Domain. But the tournament isn’t as glorious as it seems. It herds unique unbound known as Specialists into deadly combat. Winning by default is nonexistent and killing is permitted.

As Neela progresses through the first few rounds, she realizes the tournament is just one of her worries. The burn scar on her left shoulder suddenly flares up at random times, an elite assassin marks her as his next target, and a frightening connection to the murderous rogue organization comes to light. While trying to deal with all these stresses weighing on her shoulders, one more appears in the form of a white-haired man with crimson eyes. Dangerously familiar crimson eyes.

My Review

Note: I received a copy of Red Blood from the author. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Red Blood is Kaitlyn Legaspi’s first installment of the Card Holder series. It features Neela, a young woman on a quest to find a new Card Holder to rule the Queen of Hearts domain. Throughout the book she has close familial bonds. While it seems like she has a rivalry with her brother, they turn to each other during troubled times.

I found this story to be a good debut from Legaspi. While I wished there was more input on the world building, I felt that this is a good foundation to build on for Book 2. There’s a nice mix of characters whom Neela can both trust and be wary of. I was drawn to Neela’s journey throughout the story.

If you’re searching for a unique fantasy with engaging characters, Red Blood is the book for you!

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