Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own and honest.
What if you knew how and when you will die?
Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.
But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.
But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.
This book is released on February 11, 2020.
TW: blood, fighting/violence, hallucinations,
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I feel like I say this at the beginning of every SFF book I’ve ever read,
but this has amazing world building. This universe, all of the cities and
worlds, are connected by Gates or portals. These worlds are unique, but would
all fall into what you would consider “fantasy” places. Don’t expect
them to go through a gate and end up on a space station. All Gates lead into
the “Maze,” this dark, mountainous place where people have access to
every Gate. Also, everyone is an orc, which, as someone who has never reads
adult fantasy, I’ve never encountered, but more on that later.
I also really enjoyed that this book had an emphasis on religion, with many
of the characters having some connection to a god, none of which were similar
to another one.
The story begins when Csorwe is 14 and slated to be sacrificed to an old god
for the religion she has always been a part of. She’s offered an out at the
last second in the form of a mage offering an apprenticeship and takes it. We follow
her as the mage teaches her the finer points of a sword and she becomes his
I really enjoyed these characters. We really see Csorwe grow and change
throughout the book. Other characters were less dynamic or just less interesting
The f/f romance was a subplot that kicked in halfway through the novel, but
I really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, I didn’t feel very connected the story or characters. It may
have been in part because I haven’t ever read a fantasy with no humans, but there
was just a feeling of being disconnected.
I rated this book 3.5 stars! I enjoyed the story and Csorwe, but it didn’t
make a big impact on me. I’m sure people who read more adult fantasy will enjoy