How are you? I have finally come back with a book review (Yay!), I have been put off from reading any of the books on my TBR and I have been rereading some romance novels on my phone because I just wanted to. So it’s been some time since I have picked up a physical book, but recently I have been in the mood to pick up a classic. I feel that since the sun is out it is the perfect time to read a classic novel, also be typical and take a lot of photos for Instagram.
A dark power called the Talisman has risen in the land, born of ignorance and persecution. Led by a man known only known as the One-eyed Preacher, it is a cruel and terrifying movement bent on world domination—a superstitious patriarchy that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women. And it is growing.
But there are those who fight the Talisman’s spread, including the Companions of Hira, a diverse group of influential women whose power derives from the Claim—the magic inherent in the words of a sacred scripture. Foremost among them is Arian and her apprentice, Sinnia, skilled warriors who are knowledgeable in the Claim. This daring pair have long stalked Talisman slave-chains, searching for clues and weapons to help them battle their enemy’s oppressive ways. Now, they may have discovered a miraculous symbol of hope that can destroy the One-eyed Preacher and his fervid followers: The Bloodprint, a dangerous text the Talisman has tried to erase from the world.
Published: October 2017
Published Edition: July 2018
Publishers: Harper Voyager
Goodreads Star Rating:🌟🌟
Wow, that took a long time to finish. When I first saw the book in Waterstones I thought “Oh this is interesting, hmm I might like this”, and I tried, I tried so hard to like this book but I couldn’t. The premise of this book is great, the character of Arian really intrigued me. The world that Khan made was soo interesting but she pretty much stuffed as much stuff about the characters, the background of this world and also the magic into this book that it was so hard to digest everything.
Arian is a very interesting character, very loyal to the people that helped her become the woman who she is from the moment she was introduced in the first chapter. She does have strong feelings for a man who she met on her travels and even almost left the life of being a Companion of Hira for this man but decided to be loyal to her people, she is definitely determinded to free the slaves and will use any measure to stop The Talisman. While she was an interesting character to learn about how she got to the Companions of Hira and also how she became a very noble leader it was her power that was a head scratcher, I couldn’t tell what it was because it wasn’t explained at all.
This book did drag for a really long time, through the book Arian and her allies are taking a journey to find the Bloodprint. Arian believes that this thing could be the ultimate tool to end the Talisman for good, only it is taking soo long to get there. This journey is basically the entire book, and they end up finding different clans and helping them before moving on to find the Bloodprint.
I wished that I liked this book but unfortunately it wasn’t a happy ending.
I hope you are having a lovely day 😎