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Ink in the Blood

(2020)
(The first book in the Ink in the Blood Duology series)
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A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.
 
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 revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob's now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all--Profeta itself.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Beautiful, dark and complex--Ink in the Blood is a debut with teeth. I can't wait for the sequel!" - Ryan Graudin

"Ink in the Blood is an inventive dark fantasy that doesn't pull its punches and is all the more gripping for it. Wonderfully tense and breathtakingly beautiful, the story of Celia and Anya will burrow under your skin and stay there long after you've finished reading." - Linsey Miller

"Haunting and vividly imagined, Ink in the Blood will crawl beneath your flesh and leave its mark, just like the magical tattoos within." - Rebecca Schaeffer


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February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology)
Author(s): Kim Smejkal
ISBN: 1-328-55705-7 / 978-1-328-55705-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

February 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology)
Author(s): Kim Smejkal
ISBN: 0-358-34893-5 / 978-0-358-34893-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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February 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ink in the Blood (The Ink in the Blood Duology)
Author(s): Kim Smejkal
ISBN: 1-66448-238-5 / 978-1-66448-238-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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Title: Ink in the Blood
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Title: Ink in the Blood
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Title: Ink in the Blood
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Title: Ink in the Blood
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Kindle Editions

February 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology Book 1)
Author(s): Kim Smejkal
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU