Tiger's Blood

Volume 1

Fiction - Fantasy - General
162 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2020
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

In the world of Bitotem, every citizen has special blood that they discover sometime in their life. Tiger’s Blood by Elizabeth Morris is the first volume in a new series that explores the world of Bloods—a breed of people who are half-animal and half-human shapeshifters. Here, the Lion Bloods ruled by a king are the dominant species. Kira is a Tiger Blood who embarks on a quest of revenge upon discovering the king’s ruthless transgressions against her kind. Friendship and alliances will be forged as she is aided by three other Bloods: Noah the Wolf Blood, Chase the Eagle Blood, and Ethan, the defiant son of the Lion Blood king. They put their lives in harm’s way as threats from other Bloods leave Kira’s vengeful intentions at a critical stage.

Tiger’s Blood is a compelling world of shape-shifters that play out a history of violence, trauma, and resistance. This world sees the domination of the Lion Bloods over the other shape-shifting bloodlines. The resistance that Kira upholds creates subplots that explore her relationship with other Bloods and settles the major structure of the story as she uncovers more truth while getting closer to revenge. Kira, as a figure of opposition, learns to grow her strength not only through the power of her tiger line but by the friendship and truths she unravels along the way. This is what makes her relatable. She is a flawed character who does not always make the right decisions, yet she learns from her mistakes. This is an invaluable lesson for stubborn teenagers out there. Some explicit language, violence, and sexual tensions can be found within the story, but not intense enough to shatter your sensitivity. This book is so highly entertaining that it will make you forget that you are under home quarantine.

Gobi Jane

Tiger's Blood by Elizabeth Morris is a mesmerizing story that fans of fantasy and readers who love animals will adore. It is a world where inhabitants are known by their Blood, and it is ruled by a ruthless Lion King, Andrew. The inhabitants can mutate to animals—and that depends on their blood. A young girl, Kira discovers that she is of the Tiger Blood, and remembers what the Lion King has done to her people and is filled with anger. She sets out to avenge the crimes committed against her kind. She wants the King dead. On her way, she meets Ethan, Noah, and other interesting characters. There is a Lion Blood who hates his kind, an Eagle Blood with unusual intelligence, a Wolf Blood who is friendly. With their help, she sets out to accomplish her mission.

This is an intelligently plotted and humorous story that has great potential to entertain readers. The idea of characters mutating into animals and birds is original and I enjoyed the way they evolved through the story. The conflict is strong and the protagonist is driven by her quest for revenge. The writing is strong and filled with beautiful dialogues and descriptions that contain vivid imagery. The characters come alive in these pages and I found it hard to abandon them. Even supporting characters, like Leah, are beautiful and interesting. The narrative is done in the first-person and it alternates between the characters, making the suspense stronger. Tiger's Blood is a story that both mature and young adult readers will love.

Romuald Dzemo

Tiger's Blood is the first book in a fantasy series by Elizabeth Morris, a story that will appeal to young readers as well as adults. The author takes readers to a kingdom populated by the Bloods — characters that are half-human and half-animal. The Kingdom is ruled by the proud Lion King Andrew. But Kira is a girl who discovered very early on that she is Tiger Blood. When she looks in the mirror she sees paws, black stripes, and white fur, sharp teeth, small round ears, and a tail. Now she knows what she must do: go after the ruthless rascal who brought untold suffering to her kind. She sets out on a journey to murder the King and is joined by a Wolf Blood, an Eagle Blood, and a disgruntled Lion Blood. Can she accomplish her mission to bring down the king?

This is a beautiful story that starts with a prologue to give readers an idea of what the King feels about himself and his kingdom, introducing some important characters as well. It is told in the first-person narrative voice and follows the points of view of Andrew, Kira, Ethan, and Noah. The characters are well-developed and while they are partly animals and birds, they have emotions that humans can quickly identify with. The team that supports Kira on her quest is composed of characters with unique traits and gifts. Elizabeth Morris uses humor to augment the entertainment quality of the narrative. The characters are richly written and the plot is strong, fueled by the deft handling of motivation in the characters. Tiger's Blood is a gorgeous and fun read.

Christian Sia

Tiger's Blood by Elizabeth Morris is an engaging first book in a fantasy series and follows Kira, a compelling character seeking revenge for her kind in a world inhabited by characters who are part-human and part-animal. Kira discovers that she is of the Tiger Blood and can’t forgive the Lion Blood king for the evil in his past and for hurting her people. So, she sets out to kill the king. On her journey, she meets a jovial and kind-hearted Wolf Blood, an Eagle Blood, and a rebellious Lion Blood with scores to settle as well. Can they and other characters living on the fringes of society help her in a mission that is so perilous?

Tiger's Blood contains a lot of humor and characters that win the sympathy of readers immediately. While they can transform into animals, they are lovely and I enjoyed following these characters from the start. Their interactions with each other feel natural. The author’s use of anthropomorphism augments the reality of the narrative and leaves readers feeling as though they follow human characters. The writing is top-notch, laced with beautiful descriptions. I loved the dialogues that open the story and they are so well-written that they pull readers into the world of the characters as they follow the drama. Tiger's Blood by Elizabeth Morris is cleverly plotted and gorgeously accomplished; a novel that made me feel as though I had watched a great movie when I turned the last page. It is filled with themes of adventure, revenge, humanity, and friendship.

Rabia Tanveer

Tiger's Blood Volume I by Elizabeth Morris is a fantasy novel in which hybrids are real and they are just as vengeful as humans. Set in a world where everyone had a special Blood, Kira was about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. The Bloods were half-animal and half-human with the ability to turn into their animal Blood. Kira was a unique White Tiger Blood, who was ready to kill. She was alone in the world after her mother and sister died and her father disappeared and now Kira was looking for revenge. Her target: King Andrew, the man who killed all the other Tiger Bloods in the Bitotem. However, her search was not easy. Finding the Lion Blood Kingdom was far more difficult than she ever imagined. But Kira had learned early in life that nothing worthwhile was ever easy. On her journey she meets Chase (Eagle Blood), Ethan (Lion Blood), and Noah (Wolf Blood). The three of them agreed to help her on her quest, but could she trust them?

Tiger's Blood was a wonderful novel to read. The concept was so unique and author Elizabeth Morris capitalized on it perfectly. The world-building was out of this world; it was believable and intricately crafted to spellbind readers. Kira’s character was perfect for a protagonist, she was driven, smart and her tragic past set the right tone for her to become the natural leader of the story. However, what surprised me was my reactions to King Andrew. He was a despicable, terrible, and horrible man and I hated him with a passion. The author did a great job with getting emotions out of me, making me invest in the story and look forward to Kira’s triumphs against Andrew. I hope the author releases Volume II soon.