Author: Margaret Rogerson
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
I loved this book -and there's going to be a series!!! There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book, but I'll try (and I'll even throw in some gifs and memes just to really show you what I think.
The possession aspect: Hello! Who doesn't love a story about a good potential possession. Watching Artemisia struggle with the revenant inside her and learn to hone who she was was AMAZING.
The characters were great. Artemisia was my favorite character, but the revenant was a close second. I know, I know - the REVENANAT?! What am I thinking? Well, I mean, it did try to possess Artemisia.... And it was well spoken, well written, and fairly devious.
All the characters were great - well written and not as upstanding as you'd think considering they were nuns and a priest. That made the story very intriguing and definitely added that extra air of fantastic and depth to the characters.
I really enjoyed the writing and the narrator. The author did a fantastic job weaving together a story filled with twists, surprises, and story points that really fit in well, and the narrator of the audiobook did a wonderful job bringing it all to life. I'm really excited to see where the rest of the series goes. There was a lot of tension, a lot of humor (surprisingly), and just overall some great writing.
The book had more than enough twists and surprises, and Artemisia had a lot of great personality and a great ability to mess with her peers but also befriend them at the weirdest of times. There's a reason she's my favorite character in the book. I'm trying really hard not to spoil anything, so let me just say: the sarcasm is ripe in this one.
Overall, I personally cannot think of anything I didn't like about this book. It was great and I am hooked.
If you've read this book, let me know what you thought in the comments!
If you haven't read the book - what are you waiting for?!