An incredible Vietnamese inspired medical fantasy!

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The Last Bloodcarver is a lush Vietnamese inspired fantasy that follows Nhika, a bloodcarver aka a person who can alter human biology. After Nhika was caught using her abilities, she’s captured and sold to an aristocratic family to heal the witness to their father’s murder.

I LOVE when magic systems incorporate science, human physiology in this case, and really dives into the limitations and consequences of both. Not sure if medical fantasy is a thing, but that’s exactly what this is.

Nhika is an incredible FMC. She embodies female rage (especially as the last of her kind) and feralness, but her magic means that she’s always called to heal even when she knows it puts her life at risk. Nhika is so incredibly strong and determined, but she never forgets her family’s heritage.

There is a romance plot that does take place. I was a bit apprehensive at first since it’s described as assholes to lovers, but not only is this trope accurate, this romance makes sense for Nhika and fuels her even more.

My only gripe is that this one ends on one heck of a cliffhanger, and I NEED book two.