Witches Steeped in Gold

Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths they will go to win this game.

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes

This book took be 56 days to finish. For me, that is a really, really long time for me to take to finish a book. I just didn’t feel compelled to pick it up. Usually I would just take this as a sign to DNF a book but I did want to know how it ended. This may be due to the book being YA and I am not a young adult (even if my mum thinks I am), so I know I’m not the target audience. I do, however, read a lot of YA and usually have a good time doing so.

This book had chapters that alternated between Iraya and Jazmyne. I love multiple POVs in a book, so I really enjoyed that element of the book. The chapters themselves felt very slow until the end when it sped up and I was living my best life with the last 4 chapters which were absolutely fantastic! I was so glad that I kept reading the book for those final chapters.

The characters were very well developed. Iraya was my favourite of the two main characters, Jazmyne just felt a bit bland. Although with her mother, that was totally justified. This book and a lot of characters and it was quite easy to get confused with who was on and on what side

It felt like so much happened off the page. There was a tournament, The Yielding, that was happening during the novel and kept being referred to e.g. so and so perished during The Yielding, or so and so won The Yielding… however we didn’t get any chapters on The Yielding itself. The stakes were made clear but it would have been interesting to know a little about what was going on. I always find it odd in a book when things happen off page and the characters discuss them while reader me is sitting wondering what was going on.

I was pretty confused by the world building, I would have loved a map!

The rules surrounding magic were really interesting and I don’t think I’ve read anything with rules quite like in this book. I really liked that there were such restrictions as it meant that they couldn’t just use magic, they had to use more cunning.

I’m a 35 year old lady so perhaps a younger adult than me may absolutely love this and I do hope that is the case. This is the first book in a series and I won’t be continuing with this series, I just didn’t enjoy the book enough to return to it but if someone wants to read it and give me a breakdown of what happened, that would be smashing

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