Endow

A Blood Inheritance Novel

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
317 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Endow: A Blood Inheritance Novel is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author M. Ainihi. The third work in the Blood Inheritance quartet of novels, the work is written for young adult audiences and up as we follow our three protagonists through the next stage of their epic adventure. After the events of Lost, Amanda puts Emily into a greater position of leadership to force her to unlock her warrior side, but a test of limits may also force Amanda to unlock the secrets lying deep within her too. Meanwhile, Kiami discovers more about her inherited powers, and the truths she must face are far from what she really wants to acknowledge.

Author M. Ainihi continues a truly epic series with a central ring of strong characters who are once again put to even tougher tests to discover their true natures and save the magical realms from total collapse. One of the strongest features of the book for me was the commitment to character, which really makes you stop in your tracks and examine these three distinct and magnificent heroes. The emotional quality of the work and the self-questioning that occurs helps us to connect deeply to these protagonists, so when that is combined with the descriptive action scenes, immersive fantasy world and its many dangers, it makes for some real edge-of-your-seat reading. Overall, I would certainly recommend Endow: A Blood Inheritance Novel to fans of the existing series, and for new readers intrigued by a strong, female-led fantasy series.

Paula García Lasa

Endow by M. Ainihi is the third book of the story set in the world of Sumir. The seven realms of this world separate the seven races to maintain a fragile balance. The consequences of the realms colliding would be unimaginable. What if the barriers that separate them threaten to collapse? The world is in shambles and Emily, Amanda, Kiami, and Justin have to do something about it. If they hope to have a chance of success, they will have to find the missing half-bloods. With new danger waiting just around the corner, this is not an easy task, even more with the increasing tension between the four of them. They hide secrets from each other, and mistrust arises. If they don't trust each other, who will be by their side?

M. Ainihi makes you travel through the pages of Endow: A Blood Inheritance Novel. From the very beginning, it traps you in this vast world of fantasy. The urge to read increases exponentially with each page. The plot, original and attention-grasping, is written in a captivating and clear way. But, despite the story being incredible, that is not the best thing about Endow. The characters that live in this fantasy world are, without a shadow of a doubt, some of the best-written characters I've encountered. Each of them has a unique and realistic personality that is consistent throughout the whole book. They evolve, and their personalities get scarred. But they are still them, their base remains. This is one of the most overlooked parts of most novels. There are times when characters are radically changed, supposedly because of the circumstances they endure, to a point where they are two completely different characters and not an evolution of one. I cannot wait for the fourth book to come out.

Gobi Jane

Endow is the third book in the Blood Inheritance Quartet by M. Ainihi, and although it is a part of a series, it reads well as a standalone novel. It is a tale of magical adventure that follows compelling characters, Emily, Amanda, and Kiami, as they travel uncharted realms filled with danger in the quest for answers. Amanda hopes she can discover the links between the stones they have received and an ancient and powerful myth. These characters are gifted, but their gifts are the source of their curses; each carries a burden inside, a secret, a power, and a strong drive. New revelations come to light when they meet Bloise, a powerful wizard. The conflict escalates quickly and they find out that they are at the heart of a conflict that can sink humanity. Can Amanda use her gift to save the world or will it be the curse that brings it down?

This is a great story for those who enjoy fantasy and a plot that is very imaginative. The strength of this novel lies in M. Ainihi’s superb handling of character. The prose is gorgeous and the world-building is impeccable. The imagery is strong and I enjoyed the setting the characters navigate through. The characters are richly developed and it was interesting how they influence each other and how challenges push them to look deeper into themselves. Endow is a fascinating story with surprises that are exciting to readers. The danger is huge and that is what makes the plot engaging. I was keen to see how the characters face it.