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.
There are quite a few things that I found truly makes this book stand out. To start Artemisia was so unlike any character I have ever read about. The way that she reacts to certain situations and her responses to problem solving made this a very unique and refreshing read. I felt that I could actually relate to the choices she makes throughout the book. The relationship that she builds with the dark spirit attached to her was very unexpected and added a nice surprising element to the novel as well. Rogerson’s descriptions of the Revenant and other Spirits in the book were very well placed and I found myself not having to flip to the Spirit Glossary as much as I thought I would have. The way that she builds her world around these Spirits and the religion they brought about caused me not be able to put this book down. I was so eager to learn more about this world and to find out more about Artemisia’s place in it.
October is truly the perfect month to pick up this haunting, paranormal read. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who find different types of ghosts and hauntings enjoyable.
I grimly held on as it railed against its fate, its deliberate struggle giving way to frenzied clawing, clawing and shrieking, wordless in its rage. And as my consciousness faded, I gripped it tightly and bore it sown with me into the dark.Vespertine, Chapter 4
If there is one thing I can rely upon, it’s the reassuring dependability of human idiocy. Give your kind a century or so, and they’ll happily repeat the exact same mistakes that nearly wiped them all out a few generations before.Vespertine, Chapter 5
If She wouldn’t listen to me, I would make Her regret it.Vespertine, Chapter 28
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Meet the Author
Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times Bestseller 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.
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