Magic has a price - if you’re willing to pay.
The lush worldbuilding of Children of Blood and Bone meets the epic scale of Strange the Dreamer in this captivating epic YA fantasy debut.
Born into a family of powerful witch doctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year, she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned demon king is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees...unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Inspired by tales of folk magic in her own community, Rena Barron spins a darkly magical tale perfect for fans of Three Dark Crowns or Shadow and Bone, about a girl caught between gods, monsters, and her own mother’s schemes.
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Potentially Epic Series
By Renna Barron
Narrated by Robin Miles
I found myself torn with this book.
This is such a intricately detailed fantasy story. It reminds me slightly of The Fifth Season be N.K. Jemisin. The main character is a teenager who is seeking her place in a magical world where she feels insignificant. The author takes us through Arrah's struggles to gain magic and the approval of her mother and tribe.
I found this book both intriguing and disturbing. I loved the concept of the feuding witch doctors coming together to fight against the Demon King. This portion of the story was the most interesting and easiest to read.
Unfortunately, I felt intense sadness through 90% of this story. The main character is constantly being put down both mentally and physically. There isn't a moment where you think she is gonna win or that the world will be saved. I'm not saying that every book has to have Shimmer and Gumdrops, but the majority of this book is like a rainy day at the beach. It just felt sad and gloomy. Maybe this is a trend now because I felt the same way about NEVER CONTENTED THINGS by Sarah Porter.
I also had an issue with how the story flowed. It seemed to move extremely slow, especially in the first quarter.
The narrator was Robin Miles. I loved her in the Binti series, but this one had too many characters for her to voice. At times there was no distinction between who was speaking. She has a beautiful tone to her voice. Its extremely soothing, so I both loved and disliked her on this one.
I hate to leave this review with what will be considered by some to be negative critiques, so let me end by saying that I loved the overall concept/plot of the book. A teenage witch doctor who must fight her half-demon sister who wants to unleash the Demon King. This Demon King takes child sacrifices and eats souls. That sounds like some awesome stuff! I just wish that was the focus of the book. Some of the other details and side stories with the mother, the almost-boyfriend, and the ending with the Gods caused me to pause. But those are my personal opinions folks. I do believe that the author should be super proud of this piece of art and that this series has potential to be EPIC.
3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept.
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love this, mazel tov to Rena Barron for her awesome success already with this book! Can’t wait to see the movie/TV show version especially with my non-reader partner - this story is EXACTLY him! & with Michael B Jordan involved, it’s sure to be absolutely amazing!
this book gave me the feeling of so much hopelessness. Nothing good happened. everything that happened is horrible. Constant betrayal and mistreatment. it's a good story. but I don't think I can read the next book.