A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.
Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.
Until she meets Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.
Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness. (From Penguin)
MY REVIEW- Thank you Penguin Young Readers #Partner for gifting me this book, in exchange of being on the Book Tour and giving an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
I had been watching, and wanting this book, so when I was invited on the book tour I was ecstatic. I will be 100% honest, I had never read a book about Necromancy and Alchemy before, and now I am so glad that this was my first one. It was also my first Beth Revis book, and I am so in love with this book.
I love that this book was about love, but it wasn’t about love for a boy, everything Nedra did was out of love for her family, and love for her village. Grey took a backseat to all of that, she came to the school with a purpose, with a need to learn and she didn’t deter from that. Nedra was independent, strong, and determined, she did what she felt needed to be done. I also have a soft spot for twins, in books, because I have a set of my own, so I like to see how Authors write about them.
I adored the atmosphere in this book, Beth Revis built such a realistic, heart wrenching world. I felt like I was walking the streets of the villages, seeing the black covered doors and windows. Reading about everything Nedra endured, reading about what was happening to her loved ones, and her neighbors and friends, it was sad, and it pulled at some serious heart-strings. It is very reminiscent on the times now, how things differ between rich and poor, how there are different rules, for different classes.
The plot twists in this book were fantastic, and so strategically placed, it was like a puzzle coming together at the perfect time. I flew through the last 200 or so pages, as I could not put it down! And of course, you’re left with a pretty big cliff-hanger, which has me dying for the next book. Is it done yet Beth?
Love wasn’t sweet and pure. Love crept slowly, like a river rising, seeping into the earth, saturating it, spiling over the banks, drowning everything in its wake.
This book is out Sept. 25th. I will include some helpful links, and also, look below to see what my other Blogger Friends are saying.
Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series, the twisty contemporary novel A World Without You, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: Rebel Rising. Beth lives in rural North Carolina in a house full of boys–her husband, son, and two massive dogs–and she forces them all to watch reruns of Firefly and Doctor Who. Visit her at bethrevis.com and follow her @bethrevis.
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