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Thank you so much, NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's UK, for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who takes care of the deceased's bodies so their souls can pass on. She'd rather do that, than be with the living who whispers about her, a girl who once possessed by a violent spirit.
When her convent is attacked, she fights back by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a high saint's relic, a revenant now whispering in her head. Now she possesses an extraordinary power, that's consuming both soul and body, she is the only one able to save Loraille when death comes to it. She's now a vespertine, a priestess able to wield a high relic. While investigating mysteries, magic and secret, will she be able to fight and defeat a dark evil power?

I loved reading Vespertine! It's the first book I've read by Margaret Rogerson and I fell in love with the writing style and imagination! The story is absolutely original and captivating and Artemisia is a fantastic main character, complex and intricate in her thoughts and actions and her difficulties in wielding so much power, her responsibilities...I loved how it was so relatable, even though it's a fantasy.
The story is full of twists and brilliant storytelling, the characters are so well written and I really loved being immersed in this adventure! I totally recommend it!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead. Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken and Holly Black.
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I absolutely loved this book! Necromancy is one of my favourite plot devices so I was ecstatic to see Rogerson was writing a book featuring it.

I absolutely devoured this book and just did not want to put it down. The plot moved at a good pace and I lived all of the characters!

I can't wait for book 2!
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Margaret Rogerson is an author who gets better and better with each book. I read An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns and enjoyed them, but this felt like a step up in terms of maturity and skill. Vespertine is a book about religion, faith, conspiracy, and confronting the way you interact with the world. Oh, and it's ridiculously good fun and filled to the brim with banter and friendship.

Loraille is a world with strong medieval France vibes that is filled with magic in the form of religion. Artemisia's faith in The Lady is explored through the book as she uncovers a conspiracy and reckons with her own power, and the question of faith plays an interesting, secondary role in the overall story. Religion and faith just isn't something I'm much interested in, to be honest it usually turns me off of a book, but Rogerson's light touch approach and the complexities she introduces are well done.

The characters and their relationships are where this book really shines. Artemisia is a departure from the self-assured, confident, and powerful girls so often seen in YA fantasy books. Instead she is an awkward girl with deep-seated traumas and anxieties. She struggles in her interactions with other people and has been 'othered' by her peers at the convent. Her relationship with the revenant is what helps her blossom. I absolutely loved their interactions -- the revenant is sarcastic, snarky, and rude and Artemisia is putting up with none of its bullshit. The two coax each other out of their respective shells and the masks drop, making their charming relationship something really special.

There are a number of side characters in this book that also have fantastic relationships with Artemisia. I really loved the people who she meets and interacts with later in the book, as well as her antagonistic relationship with our villain. Rogerson really nails the character interactions in this book, making it an absolutely joyful read.

I feel like this author is well known for her swoony romances, so it's interesting to me that this book just doesn't have any romance in it at all (although it's the first in a duology, so something may develop later). I actually really appreciated this -- it feels rare for a YA book to not have a romantic plotline. Vespertine really focuses on friendships and non-romantic relationships, making room for deeper character explorations we may not have gotten otherwise.

Vespertine is a fabulous YA fantasy book that I'd highly recommend, whether you're a fan of her previous books or not. A masterfully told story and a cracking good read, Vespertine is the perfect lightly spooky read for the winter.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This was a five star read. No hesitations. I said to my husband when discussing it, that it was just utterly perfect. I could have quite happily listened to it being double the length, or a never ending podcast. That old sneaky “#1” has popped up next to the title on Good Reads, and I’m really hoping this means we’re going to get a sequel.

Artemisia is possibly one of my favourite protagonists ever, and I don’t say that lightly. She is awkward, uncomfortable, dealing with trauma and feel more comfortable with animals than people. Same here, girl. When she takes on the Revenant, she has no idea how to weild it, but, having been possessed as a girl by a lower level spirit, she can prehaps control it a bit more than someone else would have been able to.

It’s a very individual idea of a story; the “enforced contact of enemies” trope is always a fun one… but normally those are two seperate people. Here, we have one person, and an extra spirit living in her body. Most of the conversations in the book are between Artemisia and the Revenant, and while the Revenant might not be someone you’d trust, the character was written with such wit that I genuinely laughed out loud at many of its comments. It’s always wanting to kill someone, obviously.

Because of the enforced contact situation, they have to work out how to handle one another, and much to the Revenant’s surprise, Artemisia takes an unsual, blasphamous route: she works with it.

I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was so well done. The characters all felt well defined, and the different voices allowed you to follow the conversations easily without them feeling forced. It manages to be both relaxaing and requiring high levels of attention because there is just so much going on in it that you won’t want to miss.

There’s so much I want to say about this book that would lead to spoilers, but if you’re looking for strong characters, who are learning to heal, who learning to be better people, and a damn good story that will have you feeling every emotion going, you will not regret reading this book. It’s out now, and Artemisia is just waiting to take you on her journey.
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I had read Rogerson’s Enchantment of Ravens earlier this year, so when this popped up on NetGalley I jumped on it. 

I had heard that the premise was like Venom meets Joan of Arc, which sounded like a pretty interesting concept to me. The atmosphere of the world building was beautiful but I think that’s where the positives end for me. 

Sadly, this book just didn’t click with me. I found the main character to be a little flat and had wanted a bit more conflict between the revenant and Artemisia. 

The plot is a little thin for me. Artemisia travels across the country to run from someone, but the world building descriptions run for so long that I kept forgetting what she was doing quite frequently. 

The magic system was fine, but I didn’t understand why it existed. Why are the nuns using the things they should be banishing as the source of their powers. And then we get the introduction of a secondary magic source and I was never quite sure why that source was a bad one. 

All just very confusing and there was no real weight to the plot. There was one or two interesting fight scenes, but not really like Venom or Joan of Arc. 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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After loving Sorcery of Thorns, I couldn't wait to pick up Margaret's next novel.

While very different to SoT and An Enchantment of Ravens in many ways, the writing was just as beautiful and I adored the main character Artemisia. She was refreshingly different from so many fantasy heroines and I felt a real kinship with her from the beginning. Accompanying her along her journey throughout the book was a real privilege and I am really looking forward to what happens next.
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I absolutely adored this book! I'm a huge fan of Rogerson's writing and world building and Vespertine certainly didn't disappoint me. Would 110% recommend!
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I am a massive fan of Margret Rogerson and once again she has hit the ball out of the park with this book!

There is never a dull moment through out this book which is one of the reasons I love Rogersons style of writing as it means I don’t get bored and there’s no “just get through the beginning and then it gets good” the style of writing is the girl who turns up to the party already drunk and ready to have fun while everyone else is trying to catch up and I’m here for it

I adore the main character she didn’t feel like the normal main character/hero and instead gave me anti hero vibes in the sense that she’s not the character you would of expected to save the world and in a way she didn’t really want to either she just wanted a quiet life and ended up getting roped in to it but she did it anyway even if she felt uncomfortable in some parts but she stayed true to herself through out the book as well which I really liked. I also appreciated the fact that her trauma was acknowledged through out the whole book there was never moments where she was suddenly cured or the trauma was swept under the rug like I have read in other books and instead it was made to feel realistic and helped to create a connection between the reader and character.

The story line is easily to follow and the world building is great

I loved the whole plot of the book I’ve never read anything like this it feels unique and like a breathe of fresh air I’m the fantasy genre.
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Out of Margaret Rogerson previous two books, I DNFed Enchantment of Ravens, and Sorcery of Thorns is one of my all time favourite books so going into this book, I had no idea what to expect. After having read this one, I feel like it stands somewhere in the middle. I quite liked this book overall but it didn't grip me as I had hoped it would.

I really appreciate the author's writing style. This book especially is quite action packed so I think she did a good job of developing her main character along with the plot development. I honestly really liked the world and the magic system of this book, it felt refreshing to me and I feel like there's so much scope for how it can be explored further.

But, I feel that the main lacking point of this book was its characters. Its not that they are bad, it's just they felt too generic to me. None of the side characters shines out - I liked them but at the end they are forgettable. Leander showed some potential but I kind of predicted where the author was going with him, so again he failed to leave any lasting impact. Same goes for Artemisia (the MC) - I liked her, I think the author did a great job with her PTSD and I loved her relationship with the Revenant. In fact, I really liked how she grew out of her shell and starts to trust the people around her but sadly, that's the type of character I have read too often and while I appreciated her character development, she didn't stood out to me.

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read but not an outstanding one. I'll probably continue to read this series as I am interested to know how the author explores the world that she has created.
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"For the past three hundred years, the Gray Sisters had carried out the sacred duty of tending to the dead..."
Gray Sisters are nuns who cleanse the dead so that their souls can move on. If this job is not completed then the spirits will return and attack the living of Loraille. Artemisia has her own dark past and now wears the physical scars as proof. She would rather the company of the dead to the living - they don't ask as many questions. But when her convent is attacked, Artemisia awakens the power of an ancient Revenant to protect it. But Artemisia is not a vespertine, a high priest trained to weild high relics. In fact, the only person left who knows the secrets of vespertines is the Revenant. The two must work together to stop a hidden evil. But can the Revenant be trusted? 
"Whether we lived or died was up to us..."
Not going to lie, for the first 30% I was honestly debating if the love interest was going to be the priest that she hates or the Revenant spirit that is possessing her. Imagine my surprise when I realise, unlike Margaret's other two books, there is no romance. I tend to prefer my books with some sort of love story, even if it's not the main part of the plot so this was definitely something that just held me back from fully enjoying the story but it would be perfect for those who prefer no romance in their YA Fantasy books. Instead we see a strong female lead giving off some serious Joan of Arc vibes and leading in a fight against the spirits of the undead. It was nice to see how she went from social solitude to accepting friendships. I honestly loved the banter between Artemisia and the Revenant and it was my favourite part of the book. I did enjoy the world building and the magic system with the use of relics but especially the hierarchy orders of spirits and how their deaths influence the kind of spirit they become. I feel like Wicked Saints would be a book to recommend to readers who enjoyed Vespertine. 
"Give your kind a century or so, and they’ll happily repeat the exact same mistakes that nearly wiped them all out a few generations before..."
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Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review.

Content Warnings: Self-harm, anxiety, disordered eating (minor), child neglect/abuse (past), trauma/PTSD (traumatic experiences in past). None of the abuse or trauma is sexual in nature. Very brief suicide mention in the epilogue, concerning a character from the past who never appears in the book.

This review has taken me way longer to write than I would have liked, mostly because when I think about this book for too long I go completely feral and forget how to write coherent sentences. I’m going to start by saying that I am a Venom simp. I’ve read pretty much all the Venom comics I can get my hands on, and the 2018 movie is my favourite movie ever (I also loved Let there be Carnage, but maybe that’s a review for another day). So I was already predisposed to love this book when I saw Margaret Rogerson describe it as medieval Venom. Add to that a powerful demon and an undercurrent of religious trauma and I was in heaven.

Artemisia is going on the list of characters that I’m delighted to share a name with. She’s a Grey Sister doing her best to keep her head down as she works alongside nuns at a convent, trying not to draw attention to herself after being possessed as a child and living with the trauma of the things she had to do while under that revenant’s control. But when her convent is invaded by an army of possessed soldiers, she has no choice but to use a powerful saint’s relic and open her body and mind to a reverent far stronger than she has ever met before. Her journey turns her into a Joan of Arc figure, a Vespertine, and while some are trying to stop her from ever coming into her full power, others are shouting and screaming her name as she becomes their hero (I’m on the Saint Artemisia team).

The way that the possession was written was excellently done. There’s always a risk of this kind of thing coming off… icky with the consent dynamics inherent in possession, but I think Margaret Rogerson handled this fantastically. The way that Artemisia’s trauma around possession is handled is delicate and sensitive, and as Artemisia and the revenant grow closer and build rapport, it definitely doesn’t feel like there’s a power imbalance – which is helped by the fact that Artemisia is in control of the revenant’s relic and has the power to destroy him if she so chooses. Speaking of rapport… the relationship between Artemisia and the revenant is perfect. It gives perfect banter and I was absolutely melting as I watched them slowly learn to trust and protect each other. Artemisia is a compassionate and caring character and when I watched that start to rub off on the revenant, it made my heart warm.

I also really enjoyed the way that Margaret Rogerson explored the ideas of legends and saints and the way that she became a Vespertine and passed into legend in the blink of an eye.

"Perhaps this was how history treated saints. It didn’t matter what was real, what had truly happened. Even as they lived, their lives passed into legend."

The weight of those kinds of expectations is heavy on Artemisia’s shoulders and watching her struggle to balance the needs of the people, the revenant and herself is incredibly powerful. I think I was just blown away by how much Artemisia felt like a real, whole person and leapt off the page.

The world-building had all of Margaret Rogerson’s usual talent and twists, and I loved the way that the spirits were portrayed. The way that a person dies impacts the type of spirit they become and the power that they will then display and it’s a clever way to create a spirit power hierarchy. I also felt like the myths and legends Artemisia knew were somehow familiar, the way they were fleshed out and threaded through the story made them feel like my own childhood stories and the world felt very full and real as a result. This, combined with Margaret Rogerson’s usual easy to read and beautiful prose, made for a book that I just know I’ll be coming back to again and again.
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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson didn’t disappoint 😁 I have yet to read a Rogerson book I do not like. They all have innovative worlds and magics. Fierce, intelligent female leads. And every single one is standalone.

In Vespertine, I loved how there was hardly any romance. I love the MC’s background and her relationship to the spirit that possesses her. I love so many things about this book. It was by no means perfect but it was pretty good entertainment 😁 I gave it 4.5 🌟 in the end.
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I read and thoroughly enjoyed Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns in 2019, and so it was with high hopes that I started Vespertine, her new novel (and, I believe, the first part of a series). I was not to be disappointed. 

From the first pages I was fully immersed into this world where nuns train to serve the dead and dying — helping their souls to move on after death. However, they are also trained to deal with various spirits who did not get this kindness at the end of their life — maybe due to murder or battle, or illness in a remote village. These souls, depending on the manner of their death, become spirits with varying levels of ability to inflict harm on the living. The Grey Sisters, as the nuns are called, fight and release these spirits when necessary, with the more powerful nuns of their Order being able to wield relics left behind by the Saints — this may be a finger bone, or a mummified hand. Said relics contain the bound spirits of more powerful entities such as revenants, which, when released and used appropriately, can vanquish lower-level spirits intent on harming the living populace. This is a rare and potentially dangerous magic, and one that had me intrigued from the start. 

Into this world we have Artemisia, who is training as a Grey Sister. Her hands are twisted and scarred from an incident in her childhood, and — along with her natural introversion — she is often the outsider. When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia has no choice but to taken up a relic herself and allow a revenant to possess her in order to defend her fellow sisters. In doing so, she invites the revenant into her mind, and must learn both how to overcome her avoidance of others and how to strike up a partnership with the revenant to the best of their own abilities and goals. 

Artemisia ends up heading into the world outside her convent in order to find out who is behind the uptick in spirit activity all over the country, ranging from the harmless shades and wisps of the First Order of Spirits to the dreaded riveners of the Fourth Order or even the revenants of the Fifth Order. Her travels take her into the middle of battles and refugee camps, where her uneasy alliance with the revenant becomes in handy. And as she gets closer to the truth, more is revealed about her revenant, the history of Grey Sisters, and the impact and possibilities of magic. Add in politics, ace representation, reluctant heroes, betrayals, found family, and lots of twists, and you’re in for the ride of your life with this quick-paced, breathless story. 

I loved this book. Artemisia is such a great heroine — she’s reluctant, a bit naïve, woefully untrained, sarcastic, and morally grey. Some of the things she does are awful, but they’re for the right reasons… Aren’t they?! The revenant is sulky and sassy all on his own, and downright scheming and manipulative, but also so very damaged from what has been done to him over the years. Marguerite is the strong, observant friend you never knew you needed, Jean the soldier with PTSD and a heart of gold, Charles the brave and valiant, and so many more. I thought the secondary characters were great foils to Artemesia and the revenant, whose name and history we eventually learn. And we must not forget the clever Trouble, whose appearances were pivotal. 

This is a dark fantasy and does not shy away from that fact. It is eerie, creepy, and spooky. The atmosphere and heart-thudding fear are — at times — very real. As well as ghosts and spirits, we have a disabled protagonist with mental health issues, more mental health awareness and representation amongst the secondary characters, and questions about what constitutes good and evil, why we fight wars, and the fallout from such. There is obviously some influence from Catholicism here, too, ranging from the ideas of reliquaries, the entombing of important figures within altars, the censers and incenses, and so on. As a Witch, I adored the magic and supernatural aspects of this world and I am so, so very grateful that there will be (at least) a sequel. 

After finishing the e-arc, I promptly bought the hardback edition and the FairyLoot exclusive edition as well! I loved this novel and it’s easily up there as one of the best reads of the year. In fact, I thought I’d already found my favourite read of 2021, and now I’m second-guessing that fact. Vespertine cements Rogerson as one of my favourite authors now. Highly, highly recommended.  

I received an e-ARC from the publisher, Simon & Schuster Children's UK, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Another belter from the author.
This is the first in a duology introducing Artemisia, a socially anxious, friendless teenager. Having been possessed by a spirit at a young age, Artemisia is eventually rescued by a kind Sister and taken to live in a convent where she is exorcised and now in training to be a Gray Sister. However fate, or maybe the Gray Lady herself, intervenes and it’s down to Artemisia to take on the relic of a Saint and awake a powerful revenant in order to save her convent and ultimately humanity from falling foul to Old Magic. Will she be able to control the powerfully ancient spirit or will it possess her entirely?
I loved the world building, the awkwardness, humour and loyalty this book exudes. I can’t wait for the next one
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This was very different to Rogerson’s previous work and I loved it! Artemesia was a wonderfully complex, hurt, vulnerable, gruff and fierce character and Rathanael, her Revenant was well matched. I loved the world created and the complex Hierarchy of Spirits which pervaded its society. This historical fantasy is reminiscent (to me) of medieval France, and the line between magic and faith has become blurred. Artemesia goes through a significant journey of character development which is heart warming: her cast of friends well drawn including a captain, a soldier, Leander and Jean and the ever underestimated Marguerite. Special mention to Trouble and Priestbane. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
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Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, but with scarred hands and a tragic past, whispers follow her wherever she goes. 
When she unwillingly becomes a vessel for a malevolent spirit she must work alongside it to rid the world of something much worse. 

This book is a triumph.
I was hooked from page one. Reading Vespertine felt like playing a video game - the action moves quickly but the descriptions are vivid enough that you feel as though you are in the novel itself. 

The plot felt original and fresh and I was surprised to find that a romantic sub plot didn't quite come to fruition. I usually prefer romance in fantasy novels but this book managed to satisfy my need for a slow burn, well-developed relationship without incorporating a romantic storyline. It was refreshing - Rogerson has placed emphasis on relationships which value support and kindness. 

The main character was strong and didn't plunge herself into bad decisions or idiotic reactions. The author's acknowledgments revealed that she wrote this during the pandemic and that isolation really comes across through Artemisia - particularly as she steps back into the world of friendships and sharing herself with others again. The relationship between Artemisia and the Revenant was really special to read.

The door has been left ajar - there could be further books which I eagerly await. The world building was layered and Rogerson definitely has more to explore here.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for the chance to read and review.
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TW: Self-harm, anxiety, character doesn't recognise hunger or tiredness due to childhood neglect and abuse, child neglect/abuse (past), trauma/PTSD, vomiting, possession, 

Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster books for the eARC of Vespertine; all views and opinions are my own!

I think this may be my favourite Margaret Rogerson book so far. It took me a few chapters to get comfortable with the world but once I did I was fully immersed and along for the ride. I loved our host of characters; Artemisia and the Revenant were an absolutely iconic duo. I did not expect this book to be so funny but there are so many moments where I laughed out loud and that just absolutely tickled me. This book is able to balance such a range of things; humour, character development, world building, plot and story telling - with such ease that you just flow through the book. I'm very excited to see that this is a duology and intrigued to see where the next story is going to take us.

Absolutely brilliant and highly recommend!
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I absolutely loved this! The thing is, with Margaret Rogerson I know what to expect. I’ve read her works in the past and I’ve loved them, the characters and the beautiful fantasy setting. This was beyond different however and it’s clear she took a different approach. But what can I say, I devoured this and enjoyed it more then I was expecting. So I can’t wait to see what else she has planned in the future. Everything about this was alluring and it’s the perfect fall read!
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I loved Sorcery of Thorns so much I was very much hoping for a sequel but no matter because although sadly libraries don't feature in Vespertine as much (enough) it was just as clever and inventive as its predecessor. 

There are some similarities in the beginning: outsider girls in vocational training, set aside by their gifts. But Artemesia isn't training to be a librarian but a nun. All who have second sight are taken for training to stop them being possessed by spirits - boys to the clergy or to train as soldiers, girls to convents. And Artemesia is happy in her convent - as happy as she can be. For she was once possessed and since then emotion is hard for her to feel or convey, she's as set apart by her past and strangeness as she is by the burns she inflicted on herself to stop the demon possessing her harming others.

Nuns and clergy carry relics, pieces of saints which bind spirits which they can use to banish harm and work other magics. And in Artemesia's nunnery one of the greats relics of all is carried, holding one of the greatest and most dangerous of spirits, one capable of destroying all humanity. But as spirit possessions spread across the land the holder of the relic will need to step forward and after disaster strikes the monastery, Artemesia finds herself responsible for saving the world. 

This is a truly original fantasy with thoughtful worldbuilding, brilliant characterisation and some real humour amongst the darkness. Highly recommended.
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I had pretty high expectations going into this book after loving Sorcery of Thorns and, while there was plenty that I liked about it, the bad outweighed the good and I just ended up not loving this story at all. 

Artemisia wants one thing in life, to finish her training as a Grey Sister and spend her life servicing the dead so their souls can pass on. But fate has other plans. When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers Artemisia has to wield a Saint's relic, a highly powerful weapon with the revenant of a soul contained within. Having had no previous training on how to wield a relic, Artemisia is easy prey for the revenant to possess her, but for some reason it chooses to help her. For old magic is returning, old magic that could change the world as we know it, and it will take a Verspertine, someone who wield's a high relic, to save the world and everyone that inherits it. 

Artemisia was a character I instantly bonded with. Someone who craves solitude. After the harrowing events of her childhood she finds it incredibly hard to interact socially and is seen as weird and different by her fellow initiates. Her time at the Convent has been the happiest of her life so far, and she would quite happily spend the rest of it there, but fate is determined to conspire against her. She is truly terrible at taking care of herself, and the more you learn about her childhood, the better you understand her now. Though she may not want to be a Saint, she is almost the living embodiment of one, never afraid to put her own life in danger if it means saving others, and that strength is something she comes to rely on for her journey. 

As I said about, there were some things I loved about this book and others that I really didn't, so I'm going to start with the positives first. I loved the relationship between Artemisia and her Revenant, it was scary as well as hilarious in parts, neither quite wanting to trust the other; Artemisia because the revenant is the ghost of a once evil being and the Revenant because no one who has wielded them in the past has ever been nice, instead wanting to use them for their own goals. Seeing them come together, with the revenant almost looking out for Artemisia, even if they say it's for their own selfish reasons, was a great journey, and their interactions were my favourite parts of the book.

Now for the bad. If there was one word I would use to describe why I didn't end up loving this book it would be development. Nothing was really developed well enough for me to get a true grasp on it, even the side characters. We desperately needed some kind of history, or better understanding of the magic system, I just about grasped the basics and then another kind of magic was introduced and I just kind of gave up trying to get my head around it. The world building was similarly lacking for this reason. As for the side characters, were they fun? Yes. Did they add anything to the story at all? Not really. They seemed to be mainly used as an instrument to show Artemisia coming out her shell and making friends, but that was it and it just wasn't enough to make me bond with them in any way.

While some of the scenes of this book edged towards the dark and slightly creepy, the authors tone and writing style was just far too light for them to have the required effect. Because of that I never quite managed to feel the danger the character was in, and it just made the 'big' scenes a little anti-climactic. I also feel like the pacing was way off, for a book that gives us little in the way of history of magic or world the first 75% of the book is incredibly slow, and then the last 25% moved at a breakneck pace with a certain story line ending far too quickly for it to have an impact. I do like Rogerson's writing style, but feel that it fits better with the tongue in cheek style story and characters from Sorcery of Thorns, than the more serious style of this book. 

Overall, this book was a 'meh' kind of read. I enjoyed it as a whole and never quite felt the need to DNF at any part, but though Vespertine is filled with plot twists and a unique and witty character duo, unfortunately they weren't quite enough to make sure that I enjoyed this book.
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