Book Review: The Godstone by Violette Malan

Title: The Godstone

By: Violette Malan

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 304

Release Date: August 3rd, 2021

Publisher: Daw Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Fenra Lowens has been a working Practitioner, using the magic of healing ever since she graduated from the White Court and left the City to live in the Outer Modes. When one of her patients, Arlyn Albainil, is summoned to the City to execute the final testament of a distant cousin, she agrees to help him. Arlyn suspects the White Court wants to access his cousin's Practitioner's vault. Arlyn can't ignore the summons: he knows the vault holds an artifact so dangerous he can't allow it to be freed.

Fenra quickly figures out that there is no cousin, that Arlyn himself is the missing Practitioner, the legendary Xandra Albainil, rumored to have made a Godstone with which he once almost destroyed the world. Sealing away the Godstone left Arlyn powerless and ill, and he needs Fenra to help him deal with the possibly sentient artifact before someone else finds and uses it.

Along the way they encounter Elvanyn Karamisk, an old friend whom Arlyn once betrayed. Convinced that Arlyn has not changed, and intends to use Fenra to recover the Godstone and with it all his power, Elvanyn joins them to keep Fenra safe and help her destroy the artifact. 


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A refreshing new fantasy that takes you on an adventure into a world where you never know what is going to happen.

This story had so many twists and turns, the weave of an amazing fantasy. I really enjoyed following the characters journey, and their development into who they become at the end of the book. They had depth and color, making them really interesting to read about.

The one thing I would have to say that was more negative about this story, there was no real world building. I expected the deep world around me that is always so prevalent in the fantasy genre, but that wasn't really what I found. Even though the world was almost nonexistent, the characters were able to paint a good enough picture of their world that I was still involved in the story.

This was a great read that I really enjoyed. 

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

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