By: Rita Stradling
Genre: Historical / Fantasy
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Summary from Goodreads: In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.
Review: Rita Stradling has done it again. I absolutely love this book and its historical fantasy feel. The story throws you right into the action when Annabelle learns of her parents death and her color fads. Essentially, she becomes inadvisable.
We follow a wonderful twisting and turning plot to find out how Annabelle's parents died, and hope that she can regain her color and become real to the world again. I felt really immersed in this old historical world, but also grounded in a new world feel. The characters were wonderful and full of life. Even the one that was colorless.
Another fantastic read by Ms. Stradling.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.