Out October 6, 2020
Thank you publisher and NetGalley for my ARC to review!
Blog: 4.5/5 😻
“They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?
Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.
When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.
Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.”
I cannot talk about how much I loved this enough!!! The plot hooked me from the start. The end has me anxious for book two to come out. The magic system is intriguing, with its spoken magic and drawn magic. I saw similarities between The Merciless Crow and Nevernight. Especially in the inquisitiveness of our main character. Also, THAT PLOT TWIST!
As much as I loved this, it’s not a solid 5 star read. The writing was very plain and straightforward for a fantasy. The world building and character development could have been flushed out more as well. The magic system was interesting but needed more explanation. All of this comes down to, in my opinion, to it being a debut novel. Overall it did an excellent job setting up for book 2, when I think the action is going to be even bigger and better.