I read this book on my phone and it was something I picked up when I had down time and didn’t want to pull out a physical book. This was an interesting book and since it wasn’t long it didn’t really take me long to finish. Technically I would have finished it faster if I had read it in one sitting.
*I was sent this book by the author and this in no way affected my review.*
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but a myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.
I really liked this book but it wasn’t jaw dropping amazing or anything. It was just a plain book that I never really found myself being eager to pick it back up. I mean this in the sense that some books make me want to read them as soon as I’ve put them down but this book didn’t really have that charm for me.
The main character wasn’t the worst and I didn’t really have any problems with her but sometimes she would fall a little flat. Other times she would be great and she really did want to do good for the people in her town. I like that there is a little bit of romance building between her and another character but nothing has really happened yet. This is a book that focuses on plot and the problems the main character faces instead of her potential love interest.
Theres also a gay couple in this book! The couple isn’t perfect and they are shunned by society but in the end both are willing to die for one another. Thats not really a spoiler because neither one dies in this book. This is a gay couple I can get behind because they both love each other but are forced to act a certain way to keep their bloodlines pure and not anger the congregation.
The magic system in this book was a little odd but it wasn’t anything difficult to understand. I didn’t feel as much resentment for the Magicians or Monks that I felt I should have and I would have liked there to be a little more for me to hate. I know they want to kill our main character but I just felt that they weren’t the most hate worthy villains I’ve ever read about
I’m interested in the next book as this seems to be a series but I may not be interested once it actually comes out. This book came out in August of this year and as such, it will most likely take a while for the next book to come out.