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Blood Magic in YA Literature by Asian American Authors: Background information when reading The Last Bloodcarver

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The Last Bloodcarver

(The Last Bloodcarver Duology, Book 1)

by Vanessa Le

The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le X
The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le
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Blood Magic in YA Literature by Asian American Authors

This article relates to The Last Bloodcarver

YA blood magic book jacketsIn Vanessa Le's debut YA novel The Last Bloodcarver, her heroine, Nhika, is the titular protagonist: a person with the power to alter anatomy with a single touch, able to travel through a body's bloodstream, and cure it, wound it, or end its life altogether. Bloodcarvers can also feed on blood and proteins from other humans and animals to heal themselves if they are ill or injured. Nhika inherits this blood magic from her family. Le is a Vietnamese American author who, according to her bio, "loves reading and writing stories about the Asian diasporic experience and high-concept magic systems." Her first novel, described as "a Vietnamese-inspired dark fantasy" incorporates both of these subjects into a steampunk secondary world. Le is far from the only YA author to include blood magic in a fantasy novel in recent years. The following list looks at books by other Asian American authors who incorporate this feature into their worldbuilding.

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