Genre : Fantasy
Theme : None
The summary :
Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer–she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.
The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one you love / who will not come again.”
Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The Priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god.
Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother—in the hope of finding love…and ending it on the edge of her sword
My thoughts :
Pyrre wants to become a skullsworn-a priestess to the god of death . But there’s one thing on the way of her achieving this . She needs to complete a task to become a priestess ,
“From the first offering to the last, the would-be priestess is allowed fourteen days. Fourteen days for seven offerings. Not such a daunting task—not for one raised and trained in Rassambur—but an impossible one for someone, like me, who had never been in love.”
She’s confident she’d do anything to become what she wants to be , until she here’s the last part of her task . Falling in love .
Getting into my review , I loved this book ! Like so much ! Pyrre was one of those kickass girls we’re all looking into piles of books for . I mean , she was not just a girl , she was something more . So much more that I can’t really explain it all in words .
And the best part of the book was seeing her debate against herself about love and divinity . Love meant nothing to Pyrre , and it was weird and sweet to watch her struggle to bring herself to feel the emotion .
“It is an error of grammar to make love a noun. It is not a thing you can have. Love—like doubt or hate—is a verb.”
Staveley is just amazing ! And I mean amazing amazing ! While I haven’t read any books of his before , reading this book has hooked me up to him . The prose in this book is probably the best ever . The starting was a bit purplish , to be honest , but it kept getting better and better . \
However , I had one problem with this book . Pyrre was wonderful and head-strong and I can’t tell you enough of how she’s the best kickass girl this year but for all that , she’s too unfeeling . She’s okay with killing an unborn child ? Sure , she feels differently about death than we do , but I still can’t stomach that .
This book is a standalone and I guess you can understand the book totally without reading the series . But I’ve heard that this book is even better if read after the series . But by all means , read this alone . I didn’t read the series before picking this .
Do I rec’d this book ? YEAH ! This book is cool and drama-ish . If you love the Sarah books , I think you’ll love these too !