Hello again honeybees! Today I am so grateful and happy to be on the Blazewrath Games blog tour hosted by Caffeine Tours. A big thank you to Shealea, Amparo Ortiz, and Page Street Publishing for the ARC.
Title: Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
Published: October 6, 2020 by Page Street Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament in this alternate contemporary world fantasy
Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.
But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.
Where has this book been my whole life? Honestly, it has everything I need in a good read. The Latinx magic is strong with this one and it is so much fun to read!
Blazewrath starts off so magical. Even with minimal world building, you feel thrown into a world full of magic and wonder. I felt nostalgic for a time that once was (if you know, you know) but this book shines in its own light and earns every star it’s given.
“Puerto Rico made me who I am, but Blazewrath is the reason I was born.”
Lana is such a strong and fierce main character. We stan an MC who knows what they want and will do anything to get it. I really relate to Lana and her relationship with her mom. As much as it hurts to read about it, I’m glad complex relationships are starting to be explored in YA.
The plot is such an interesting concept. I’ve been loving YA Fantasy with sports lately and this 100% delivered. Every twist is engaging and makes you wanting more. More Lana, more dragons, more Blazewrath.
I can’t wait for everyone to read and love this book as much as I do!
Trust me, you’re in for a wild ride.
About the Author + Tour
Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology PUERTO RICO STRONG (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical. Her debut novel, BLAZEWRATH GAMES, hits shelves on October 6, 2020 from Page Street Kids.