Title : Vespertine
Author : Margaret Rogerson
Publisher : Simon And Schuster
Pages : 400
Genre : Paranormal Fantasy
The dead of Loraille do not rest.
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.
When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.
As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.
I.can’t.keep.calm! This book was ahmazing! Honestly, reading the blurb first time didn’t make any sense to me but I knew it would be some epic fantasy involving spirits. And boyyy, was I right! Did I just unlock a new favorite author? Well, you bet!
No steamy romance. No hot hunk. In fact No romance at all. Does that put you off? Well please, don’t let it because despite not having these tropes, this book was PERFECT!!
If you’re scared of the paranormal, then let me assure you this one’s neither too creepy nor too spooky. I was surprised and amazed to see the way Margaret Rogerson handled this genre with such sheer brilliance!
You all know about the concept of spirit animals right? Well, this might come off as weird but I just have to say that Artemisia is my spirit person. Haha, I know it doesn’t make any sense but you get the idea, don’t you? I relate to her in a way that I had to shed a tear or two. It was so intense, this connection that I felt with her character! But no, I can’t compare to her virtues. She’s one of the kindest characters I’ve ever read about and this kindness comes so naturally and effortlessly to her that it doesn’t seem like the author had to make her kind just ’cause she’s the MC. Well of course, all credit goes to the author herself for making that happen!
I would also like to mention that the plot line seemed a lot similar to that of Shadow and Bone but yeah, everything else is completely different. Alina and Artemisia are completely different from each other and though I do not like to compare like this but once you see it, you just can’t unsee it. I did not hate Shadow and Bone, but this one definitely hit a higher mark for me!
Also, I didn’t think it was possible to grow fond of a spirit, but this novel made me believe otherwise, hehe. You’ll get what I mean once you read it. If you’re looking for books to read in Spooktober, then definitely pick this one up. You’re gonna love it!