Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Release Date: October 5, 2021 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56980403-vespertine Book Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.
The dead of Loraille do not rest.
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.
When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.
As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.
Book Purchase link:
Indie bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781534477117 Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vespertine-Margaret-Rogerson/9781534477117?ref=grid-view&qid=1632664108579&sr=1-1 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vespertine-margaret-rogerson/1138779268?ean=9781534477117 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vespertine-Margaret-Rogerson/dp/153447711X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=vespertine&qid=1632664094&sr=8-1
A relatively slow-paced, but super interesting story. I was drawn in by Artemisia's character right away. Training to be a nun, they are attacked by possessed soldiers and she ends up binding herself to a revenant to save her convent. Let me just say the banter between Artemisia and the Revenant is actually endearing. The Revenant reminds me of a grumpy old man and I am here for it. I laughed out loud several times listening to its ramblings inside her head. Seriously, I could not get enough of them. But... I digress... Artemisia becomes a saintly figure to the people because she is the only one to be a Vespertine in such a long time. So now it is upon her shoulders to defeat the evil raging across her lands without becoming a victim to the Revenant herself. I will say that I tend to prefer a lot more action in my books, and while there were several high action moments, a lot of times it was just Artemisia and the Revenant along on their journey trying to figure out how to stop the evil from spreading. So instead of this being an all consuming, binge read, can't put down like I have found most of Margaret's other books, this was more of a leisurely tale that I could savor. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to seeing where this story leads to next.
Favorite Things About Vespertine
Hands down my absolute favorite thing was the relationship dynamic between Artemisia and the Revenant. The Revenant is snarky, and I was here for all of the snide comments. It sounds so disgusted with the lack of care that Artemisia has for herself.
Artemisia – “It’s just crumbs.” Revenant – “It’s more than you’ve eaten since the day of the battle. That raven can take care of itself, unlike you.”
There are countless moments like these throughout the book and they are hysterical
At some point you can see the relationship shift from disgust with each other to a sort of affection.
Revenant – “Can you not tell when you’re hungry?…..Or tired,….or in pain, for that matter.”
They go on to have a pretty in depth conversation about Artemisia’s past, and you can tell that it has grown to feel something other than disgust for her.
About The Author:
Genre Fantasy, Young Adult
Member Since January 2016
Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.
Up for grabs on the book blog tour is two (2) copies of VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson, one a physical finished copy and one a digital copy. Open USA only.
Giveaway starts: Monday, September 27, 2021
Giveaway ends: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CDT
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