The Ninth Sorceress
Publisher: Talem Press
Release Date: February 13th 2020
RRP: $32 AUD Print & $7.99 AUD e-Book Amazon
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.
I received an advanced e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Probably the worst thing about reviewing advanced copies is that if you loved the book, you have to wait even longer for the next book in the series to come out - and this is my pain right now.
This book is AMAZING! I’ve been in a slump again for what has felt like forever, but The Ninth Sorceress has given me back what I had been missing for the past few months - my love for books and most importantly, my love for a damn bloody good fantasy.
We follow our main protagonist Gwyn through past and present situations - the novel starts off with her a prisoner and throughout the book we follow how she got there and also have chapters into the present again reminding us, the readers, that Gwyn is a captive.
I really really LOVED Gwyn, she was naïve due to her sheltered upbringing- a very intentional one-, but also so very strong. She trusts easily which sees her put in some interesting situations (aka a prisoner) - however, I didn’t find myself annoyed at her for her decisions. In other novels when the protagonist has been naïve and led to frustrating and bad situations I’d really be peeved off at the protagonist. But not in this case, I honestly felt so bonded to Gwyn throughout the whole novel that when her naivety come to play, I honestly felt for her and would have made the same decisions as her.
Whilst Gwyn does make “friends” throughout the novel, and we learn more about them and come to love most of them, the novel is really about Gwyn and her journey. It doesn’t get side-tracked by romance or complicated friendships, and for once I didn’t mind the lack of romance - I actually enjoyed it.
Goddesses (it’s never a good thing when Gods are involved), magic, necromancers (YES FROM ME!) corruption, secrets and lies set the scene in this novel and it packs a punch throughout it. The world building by Bonnie has been exceptionally done, the visualisation of each chapter played out in my head easily (this is a big must for me with any book – how can I fall in love with a book if I cannot picture it in my head!).
To say I loved the magic/sorcery in this book is an understatement. I thrived on it – I need MORE of it! It was fascinating and as readers we’ve only scratched the surface of what part it will play in this saga – one thing is for sure, a bloody big part.
The plot flowed so well, that I honestly would flick through pages with a dying need to know what happened next.
Whilst it did take me a little bit to get through the book, it wasn’t because of the book - it was my life. If I could have binged this book I honestly would have, I will honestly shut myself away when the next book comes out so I can binge it and then be sad that I finished it so quickly haha.
The Ninth Sorceress is a book that all fantasy lovers need in their life.
Bonnie has absolutely killed it in her debut novel and has left me wanting and needing more from this series and I honestly cannot wait to see what happens in the next book - I need more Gwyn in my life! (especially after that ending!!)
The countdown is on!