Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56980403-vespertine
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Margaret Rogerson is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersAn Enchantment of RavensandSorcery 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
Review: 5 Stars
I was so thrilled to get a review copy of Vespertine. I’ve never read anything by Margaret Rogerson, but I’ve heard so many of my friends rave about her books. All of her books have been on my TBR since they first came out and I was really eager to check out Vespertine and see what I thought of her writing. I had heard that Margaret Rogerson’s writing was really lyrical, so I was nervous that Vespertine would be slow paced and overly descriptive. I am so thrilled to share that I loved every minute of this book. Vespertine is a dark fantasy that absolutely blew me away.
I really connected with Artemisia right away. She’s not your typical heroine, she’s an introverted outcast who has been through some horrific trauma and struggles with social anxiety. But she’s also an incredibly brave and selfless person. As someone who has experienced a lot of trauma myself it was really important to me how this was represented and I loved the way it was handled here. While Artemisia struggles with her past, it doesn’t define her and at times it helps empower her to fight back and be brave. I loved Artemisia’s personality, she was spunky and her compassion for others was a huge driving force behind her motivations.
The world building and magic system were both done exceptionally well. The world definitely has some middle ages vibes to it and a really dark feel. I was a little nervous that a book about a nun would be boring, but I found the religious magic system and history to be absolutely fascinating. I found the hierarchy of spirits especially interesting. I loved seeing each kind of spirit manifest during the book and thought that it was interesting that the spirits manifested in different ways based on the way they died. The setting gave me Game of Thrones vibes. It was really vivid and came to life in my mind so easily. I was really impressed with how descriptive the writing was without suffering any pacing issues.
Part of the reason I was so nervous to pick this book up is that I thought it would be slow paced or that I wouldn’t enjoy the writing style. Right away I knew that I was going to love this book because it had me captivated by the end of the first chapter. Vespertine jumps right into the action and maintains a fast pace throughout the entire novel. What really amazed me was how Margaret Rogerson balanced action packed scenes with lyrical writing, because I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a book that was filled with so much action have such beautiful prose. Margaret Rogerson is a master at showing the readers things rather than just telling them. I loved some of her poetic metaphors and found myself highlighting entire passages. Her writing made it easy to connect with Artemisia and become emotionally invested in her journey.
Honestly, it’s hard for me to express just how much I truly loved this book. I really didn’t know what to expect since this was my first experience with Margaret Rogerson’s writing, but I was truly blown away. I was so thrilled to discover that this book was fast paced and full of action, but also had such beautiful prose. I loved Artemisia so much and I was incredibly invested in her story. I am super excited that this is a duology and I will get more of this story. I’m also excited to check out Margaret Rogerson’s previous two books because I already know that I will love them!
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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