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Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
Young adult

Ink in the Blood

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by Kim Smejkal

Quick take

A dark fantasy dripping with magic, divine tattoo art, and powerful gods. If you like Leigh Bardugo, you'll like this.

Good to know

  • 400+ pages

  • LGBTQ+ friendly

  • First in series

  • Magical

Why I love it

Kim Smejkal’s Ink in the Blood is the fantasy epic I didn’t know I needed. It draws together so many of my interests: tattoos, magic, masquerades, revolution, well-written characters across the gender spectrum, and immerses you fully in its spell over several hundred pages.

When Celia Sand is six years old, a tattoo etches itself on her ankle in the middle of the night, consigning her to a myste...

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Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the...

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