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The Ninth Sorceress (The Price of Magic Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2907 KB
- Publication date : February 3, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 488 pages
- ASIN : B083THKD8K
- Publisher : Talem Press; 1st edition (February 3, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,856 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The next chapter takes us to the present where we follow a 17 years old Gwyn who is apprenticed to Ascepcis, a herbalist. Gwyn and her guardian (I’d say foster-father) travel around the country selling their homebrewed potions. After a horrible accident, Gwyn finds herself on the run from a group of wizards who mean to capture her for the goddess Beheret but Gwyn doesn’t know why the old goddess wants her so badly. But Gwyn is afraid enough to place her trust in Lucian, a shapeshifter and alleged friend to Ascepis.
The Ninth Sorceress play with the chosen one trope, however, is Gwyn really the chosen one when all her powers are destructive? Upon finding out what she is, Gwyn is hit with anxiety and she feels her life is not in her control anymore. I found this particular sub-plot to be well written because the author delves into Gwyn’s anxiety and how she struggles with herself. Gwyn’s development over the series is gradual. When we first meet her she is willful but hesitant and after an attack that almost killed her, Gwyn’s anxiety just sky-rockets. Yet she pushes to take back control of her life, and when she does that she discovers bigger secrets that off-balance her. I admired how Gwyn questioned things and even when her world turned upside down, she decided that if it was to be that way, she would find some way to remain true to herself.
Our other characters are just as interesting but their backgrounds are not fully revealed. Gwyn’s relationship with Ascepis is one that we’ve only seen through Gwyn’s memories. However, we know that the two share a strong bond and in spite of their formality, they truly care about each other. I love the found family trope, so I hope we come to learn more about the two in the next book. Lucian is Gwyn’s shapeshifter and is the one she grows closest to. Their relationship begins on rocky foot as they were forced into each other’s lives. It’s so cute to read about how they blossomed into friends and I would like to think there’s something going on there. But, honestly, even if there isn’t any romance their relationship is very, very sweet and you will love it. Faolan is Gwyn’s wizard master who also teaches her necromancy! You’ll either love him or hate him. Enough said. There are many more characters that will be introduced but I’m not going to say for the sake of keeping this a non-spoiler review.
Now, to the world-building. If you have read books like The Bone Witch series or Spin The Dawn, and was in awe of the world-building, then The Ninth Sorceress is for you. The Ninth Sorceress boasts a rich and complex history. I’ll admit that I got a little bit confused in between since I was reading on my Kindle and couldn’t just flip back to the map whenever I wanted to. Besides that, The Ninth Sorceress introduces us to a faction of wizards, the secret magic of shapeshifters, the fear of necromancy, and magical lore about gods being betrayed. However, even after finishing the book I felt like I had only had a taste of the world Bonnie Wynne created. Still, it was beautiful to immerse myself in a new world and come up with a thirst for more. There is so much potential in the world-building that I, honestly, would love to read a different story set in the same world.
While I enjoyed this, I understand that it may not be for many. The book does have a lot of sub-plots that are unanswered. At a point, it felt like there was just a lot of information to keep in mind. I believe it would have been better for the book to have moved slower, to give time for the plots to unravel naturally and allow readers the chance to move along with the characters. I believe The Ninth Sorceress is a book that would have done very well if it had been lengthier.
Overall, I enjoyed The Ninth Sorceress very much. It’s a book about one’s identity and how discovering yourself won’t always be pleasant; that sometimes you will be faced with uncomfortable truths but it is what we chose to do with these truths that will carve out our path.
The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic
The Ninth Sorceress is the first book in the young adult epic fantasy series,
A stunning debut author has captivated me right from the very beginning in this stunning, soon to be epic fantasy series. Brilliantly executed, magical adventure, with a faced paced, edge of your seat thrill ride. Well developed world building, and intriguing fleshed out characters and a riveting plot line keeps the reader completely immersed within this engaging book. The book is seamless, and the writing flows perfectly. Bonnie Wynne’s intricately lyrical prose is lush and wonderful. A delightful book filled with loads of magic, mystery and gods, to keep you interested from start to finish.
This Book lived up to everything I hoped it would be!!
I wasn't sure when i first started reading because it seemed like so much backstory that wasn't explained, but just when my curiosity was building up to frustration, the pieces fell into place. Magic is one of my favorite subjects, and i read a lot of fantasy, especially loving epic tales with strong female leads and this is one of the best in a long while. Bravo to the author! This gets a rare 5 stars from me.
It is a traditional, below average appearing individual who learns as time goes on that she is more than meets the eye. Bonnie Wynne has crafted a world of magic, governed by greedy, power-hungry magicians. They are terrified of any magic-wielder under their control and influence.
The book opens up in a prison, and introduces us to a female prisoner who decides to share a story with a magician. Magic is missing; and we are led to believe this prisoner knows how and why. Her story leads us down twisting paths of dark magic, blood magic, and everything in between.
I was able to connect with our main character, Gywn, and sympathize with her right away. She was hidden, kept a secret, and essentially alone. Already, as the reader I was drawn in to her story, hoping that she could find a friend.
Traditional Young Adult fiction usually falls victim to a forced or predictable love story. While I think down the line, our main character will find love in some form later on in the series; I was pleasantly surprised that we didn’t get bogged down in the emotional struggles of the love story arc. Instead, we stayed on track, focusing on the magic and the story that brought us to the present where magic has ceased and our unnamed prisoner carries the secrets.
This is book one in The Price of Magic series, and I am eager to read Book 2 when it comes out. I liken this series to Paragon, Asperfell and it had the tone and feel of The Bone Houses.
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This novel feels like ‘classic’ fantasy: epic adventures, magic and dark forces, as well as a beautifully crafted coming-of-age narrative. I can’t speak highly enough of this title. Would 100% recommend it to those who loved The Name of the Wind and The Queen’s Poisoner.
Author: Bonie Wynne
Genre: Romance - Fantasy, YA, Magic
Part of a Series: Yes
The Ninth Sorceress will take you on a journey filled with Magic and plot twist's. This book will keep you hooked and going back to find out what happens. With that said I just didnt like the style of writting and in some parts i was bored. It was very easy to get lost in this book and not in a good way. You will need to pay attention to make sure you are following along.
The world building and history involved was VERY detailed and in some parts overwhelming.
She has created such a believable fantasy world with masterful storytelling and incredible characters. I loved the foreshadowing of the present-day interludes which filled the book with mystery and intrigue. Book 2 can't come soon enough!