2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.

Book Review: Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal

I absolutely loved the first book in this duology and couldn’t wait to dig into the second. This is a marvelously ingenious world, populated by characters and abilities that are both wholly original and highly referential. It makes for a comforting feel of falling into the story, yet with a constant edge-of-your-seat quality because you never know what is going to happen next…

In this conclusion, we find Celia in search of the protection she needs to save the people she loves – most notably, her plague doctor. Her quest to keep Diavala from wreaking even more havoc takes her in search of the one man who has survived possession. But of course, nothing is what it seems – nor is anyone who she thinks they are going to be… The resultant journey is nothing short of marvelous to watch unfold.

There were a few bits in this one that felt slower going than in the first book. I’m not exactly sure why, or if there would have been any way to avoid that slow-down – it feels like it was a necessary evil in establishing the precise nature of the traps awaiting Celia and Griffin at every turn. The writing here is brilliant, as is the plotting. The story meanders back around on itself like one of Celia’s tattoos, with just as much enjoyment in the unraveling…

I will definitely be on the lookout for more from Smejkal!

I received my obligation-free copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program.

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