Title: The Ninth Sorceress
Author: Bonnie Wynne
Publisher: Talem Press
Target Audience: Young Adult
The publisher kindly sent me a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?
Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.
But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.
Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name …
But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.
The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic.
I’m a huge fan of both young adult fantasy and contemporary. But nothing beats a great fantasy read. I’m so happy that The Ninth Sorceress is one of those reads.
The Ninth Sorceress is a fantasy debut that follows a seventeen year old girl named Gwyn. Gwyn is a prisoner because her guardian is hiding her. People also happen to fear her, but she’s unsure of the reason. The Ninth Sorceress is a book full of self-discovery, magic and adventure!
One of the best aspects about this novel are the characters. I really enjoy Gwyn as a main character because she’s relatable. She’s really fierce and strong and I think her character growth throughout the book is great. I’m looking forward to seeing how she grows in the next book.
There are some other really great characters in this book as well, namely Idris and Lucian. Idris is mysterious throughout the book but his character is super captivating! Lucian’s relationship with Gwyn is so sweet and special. I just really love him.
The world in this book is fantastic. It’s vivid and descriptive and totally lures you deeper into the book. I absolutely love descriptive worlds and I think Bonnie does a great job at this. I think this also adds to her writing style. It just flows so nicely and I absolutely loved reading each and every page.
Overall, I think The Ninth Sorceress is a fantastic fantasy debut. It’s a page turner full of magic and adventure all wrapped up into an interesting world. I definitely recommend it and I’m looking forward to picking up the next book! A very special thank you to Talem Press for the review copy!
About The Author
Bonnie Wynne is a writer of science fiction and fantasy. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies) at UTS in 2007, and studied law at the University of Sydney.
In 1998, her short story “The Rainforest Kids” was published in the “Fantasy and Beyond” Short Story Collection. She was a finalist in the Taronga Zoo Short Story Competition the same year, and in 2000 won the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Young Writers Competition with her dystopian tale of roving gangs.
She lives in Sydney with her cocker spaniel, Percival Hector (Canine Inspector).
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