Book Title: Asperfell
Author: Jamie Thomas
Target Audience: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: February 18th 2020
Have courage. And no matter how dark the world seems and how much you’d like to darken with it, find whatever light you can, and make it grow
Why I chose this?
This is an ARC I requested from Netgalley and I thought that the synopsis sounded alright and luckily I was able to get it one day before it was archived.
What it’s about
Only the darkest and most dangerous of Mages are sentenced to pass through the gate to Asperfell.
Not one has ever returned.
Never did Briony dream she might set foot in the otherworldly prison of Asperfell. She was, after all, neither Mage nor criminal. She was simply her father’s little whirlwind—fingers smudged with ink, dresses caked with mud—forever lost in a book or the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate.
But Briony always had a knack for showing up where she was least expected.
Only by braving the gate of Asperfell could Briony hope to find the true heir to the throne of Tiralaen and save her kingdom from civil war. And so, she plunges into a world of caged madmen and demented spirits, of dark magic and cryptic whispers… and of a bleak and broken prince with no interest in being rescued.
Hauntingly beautiful and lavishly told, Asperfell is a must-read for fans of Jane Austen who always wished she’d dabbled in blood magic.
So there are mages, a prison, and a potential civil war what wouldn’t I like about this. The way the main character is described in the synopsis reminds me of my youngest sister. Not overly fond on the cover but that might be because my latest reads have all had bright bold covers. I do like the skull in the roots though and I didn’t notice it at first.
What I Thought
The first sentence is I remember a little about the night the King was assassinated. It is a good start.
Then there were roughly seven chapters of what I can best describe as back story. It goes deep into it and you get all the nitty-gritty but once you are into this it all becomes clear as to why the author has done this. I was starting to get a little impatient because I wanted to know how a non-mage ended up in mage prison
Briony is in way over her head and that’s before she even steps foot into the prison. She is way too nosey for her own good also you know what they say “Curiosity killed the cat.”
The wording and descriptions used were that out of this world and yet felt oldy worldy at the same time. The gowns were extravagant and the language used for the main characters voice felt Shakespearian in some respects.
My work and sleep suffered at the hands of this book as I simply could not put it down. This is a well-written book with a different premise and one you will find hard to put down.