Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson! I’m excited to share my review with you today, and more information about the author and tour, PLUS you can enter the giveaway to win a print copy! And now without any further ado, let’s get to the review!
I received this book for free from Turn the Page Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Published on October 5, 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Fantasy, Neurodivergent, Paranormal, YA
Source: Turn the Page Tours
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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.
did i like it?
yes I did! it took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I loved it!
will i re-read it?
maybe? if I can listen to the audiobook, I think I would enjoy that even more!
three words to describe the book
possession, death, acceptance
- are we going to address Artemisia’s autism or just pretend this is how everyone thinks…..
- a plethora of archaic and/or specialized language. thankful my kindle app has a dictionary downloaded. despite all my snark, I am really enjoying this book so far. once I read the “medieval venom” description everything made way more sense.
- the “medieval venom” description, from Margaret Rogerson herself: Hi all, this is the book I like to describe as medieval Venom starring a nun and a ghost. It’s about a girl training to be a nun who awakens an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic, and becomes a Joan of Arc type figure as she wields its power to battle the undead.
- well that’s not what I expected…
This cover is SO MUCH BETTER in person!!! There’s foil and texture and the silver is pretty instead of a dull gray! The font is awesome, and in person the title is raised so that gives it some amazing texture!
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- The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang
- #a very vague idea of how venom works
- #again not explicit but THEY AUTISTIC!
- #no romo bro
- #is it still interpersonal conflict if they share a body?
What do you think about Vespertine? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!