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Vespertine av Margaret Rogerson

Vespertine (utgåvan 2021)

av Margaret Rogerson (Författare)

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Författare:Margaret Rogerson (Författare)
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2021), 400 pages
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Vespertine av Margaret Rogerson


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I didn't dislike this book, but I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as Margaret Rogerson's first 2 books either. There's nothing wrong with it either, per se: it's well-written and the world-development is pretty spot-on. It amounts to a matter of personal preference - I always hope for a love story. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Nov 18, 2021 |
Verspertine! Unlooked for saviour!

A novel replete with all those tropes that make for a riveting fantasy read. There’s evil crouched and waiting in the unliving, a chosen one, Artemisia of Naimes—a novice in a convent dedicated to the Gray Lady, and articles of power. All set in a believable medieval type fantastical world.
Loraille is a land where ancient spirits have been bound and contained, where the relics of saints have been placed in reliquaries. These are weapons the revenants, the higher order spirits want to destroy.
The spirits or revenants are trying to control humans. The imagery of young Artemisia, fighting the revenant that attempted to take her over is primordial. But Artemisia has well and truly grown up in the School of Hard Knocks. To say the least the revenant is surprised. This battle reminded me of Bujold’s Penric.
I loved the way the drama and interplay of characters build. Then there’s Confessor Leander who tries to bend Artemisia to his will, testing her awareness of various levels of spirits. He wants to send her to the Clerisy at Bonsaint to be trained. All Artemisia wants to do is flee. Artemisia firstly mistrusted the priest. Then she despised him. Later that morphed into hatred.
Her journey away from the influence the Confessor leads her into danger and horror. Fighting an army of spirits in what would be called the Battle of Bonsaint. A powerful spirit is returning. Who or what is behind this?
The cover gives some idea of who Artemisia might become. It seems she’s a Verspertine, a priestess who can wield a higher order relic in the fight against the various orders of spirits. A gripping fantasy, a powerful read, written for Young Adults but beyond that, a jolly good book that easily crosses all age dictates.

A Simon and Schuster Children's ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Oct 5, 2021 |
Artemisia is a young woman in training to become a Gray Sister, women who are responsible for cleansing the souls of the deceased to prevent them from turning into evil spirits. She is perfectly content putting her head down and getting her work done.

But when her convent is under attack and she is forced to awaken a revenant (an ancient spirit bound to a saint's relic) in order to protect everyone, Artemisia's plans for life are completely changed. (Mostly due to the fact that she doesn't exactly know how to put the sarcastic spirit back in the relic.)

And despite her hesitancy around others (due to her childhood trauma and her introverted nature), when Artemisia sees others in need of assistance, she jumps in to help without a second thought.

My favorite character is the sassy revenant and I know, I KNOW, it could totally possess me and kill everyone in sight, but I want my own bitter old spirit who makes snide comments at my expense but also secretly cares about me and reminds me to take care of myself .

If this is how this series is starting off, I can't wait to see how Margaret Rogerson continues in the next book(s).

~ARC received through GoodReads Giveaways~ ( )
  thinktink93 | Sep 29, 2021 |
I have not read Margaret Rogerson's books before, and after reading this one, I realize I'll have to catch-up on that.

Artemisia is a teen girl, who lives in a convent trained to subdue spirits. She carries the scars of her own dealing with spirits before the convent took her in, physical as well as psychological ones which run deep. Despite living in the convent, she doesn't really interact with anyone more than is necessary. When she's faced with a growing and evil danger, she'll need to overcome her past and more.

This is a wonderfully written book, which brings the world to life with all of it's shadows, spirits and magic. The first pages already grab as Artemisia dives into a extremely dangerous situation in an attempt to save a younger member of the convent. And the tale doesn't let up from there, although the pacing does slow down every now and then. It's an intriguing world, which has been nicely fleshed out, and it lays a great foundation for the novels to come.

Artemisia is a character with more than a few scars, inward and out. This makes her easy to sympathize with and root for as she's forced to press her borders more and more. Her reclusive nature is understandable, which makes her willingness to help others without a second's thought even more heroic. She develops well through the story, learns as she goes thanks to mistakes as well as successes. The others around her weren't always quite as well developed as I'd like, but this is only the beginning of the series, and they more than fulfilled their purpose.

One thing I especially appreciated about this tale is that there is no romance. None. Not a hint. Nada. Artemisia has so much to deal with in so many ways that adding this would have been unrealistic and hurt her character and the plot. So, kudos to the author for realizing that.

While the ending of this one wasn't as strong as I would have liked, it definitely did its job, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the author takes Artemisia next.
I received an ARC and enjoyed this one quite a bit. So, I'm giving it 4.5 stars and rounding up. ( )
  tdrecker | Sep 23, 2021 |
Margaret Rogerson does it again. Her book An Enchantment of Ravens, in my opinion, is an underrated gem, and she does not disappoint with Vespertine. I have to say that it did take me a bit to get into the book, but once I got to the third chapter I was hooked. A tip before reading: go to the back and 'study' the different levels of spirits. It was a tad confusing, them referencing the different spirits by name and level without being able to visualize it.

The revenant, though annoying at first, turns charming about half-way through the book, and it became my favorite character. Artemisia is neither here nor there. She was likeable I suppose, but nothing special for me. Leander, poor little guy. I ended up liking him in the end and look forward to expanding on his story.

I'm so glad this is a series; I don't think I could leave this world and the characters as is. I actually cried, legit tears during the final action scene. That is how much this book affected me. Write fast Margaret because I am ready for the second installment! ( )
  choirchik | Jul 27, 2021 |
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