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Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.
Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.
Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.
A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she’s ever made.
At this point, I almost don’t care what Tricia Levenseller writes. I have loved everything of hers that she’s written. She may write overpowered, confident, and somewhat entitled characters, but I just don’t hate them the same way I hate Sarah J Maas’ entitled arrogant idiots. Maybe because Maas is trying to write perfect characters whereas Levenseller writes them with flaws and self-awareness.
This was published elsewehere in the world back in May, but I pre-ordered it in Australia, and the publication date in Aus was pushed back due to the supply chain (blame COVID!). However, my pre-order finally came in and this is an early birthday present to myself.