Book Review: What We Devour by Linsey Miller


Title: What We Devour

By: Linsey Miller

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 336

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

From the author of Mask of Shadows comes a dark and intricate story of a girl who must tether herself to a violent ruler to save her crumbling world.

Lorena Adler has a secret—she holds the power of the banished gods, the Noble and the Vile, inside her. She has spent her entire life hiding from the world and her past. She’s content to spend her days as an undertaker in a small town, marry her best friend, Julian, and live an unfulfilling life so long as no one uncovers her true nature.

But when the notoriously bloodthirsty and equally Vile crown prince comes to arrest Julian’s father, he immediately recognizes Lorena for what she is. So she makes a deal—a fair trial for her betrothed’s father in exchange for her service to the crown.

The prince is desperate for her help. He’s spent years trying to repair the weakening Door that holds back the Vile…and he’s losing the battle. As Lorena learns more about the Door and the horrifying price it takes to keep it closed, she’ll have to embrace both parts of herself to survive.


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In the Acknowledgments, the author states that this is a weird little book... She wasn't wrong. Linsey Miller brings to the table an intriguing story of bloodthirsty royals and forbidden magic. 

The story starts off with excitement, action and violence, the promise of an epic tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but shortly after the opening, the excitement dies off and never really returns. Instead of the action that is expected, the story takes a more subdued pace that slows the story to a grinding halt. At this point, everything is about "The Door" and figuring out how it works, leaving the plotline to fall apart. There are a few branches out here and there, but nothing that really sticks. 

In the end, the story was interesting enough for me to finish the book, but to be honest, I wasn't attached enough to the characters or the plotline to give it more than 3 stars. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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