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  • ASIN : B083THKD8K
  • Publisher : Talem Press; 1st edition (3 February 2020)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2907 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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  • Print length : 488 pages
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Reviewed in Australia on 6 February 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding classic fantasy that will leave you wanting more
By Helen Scheuerer on 6 February 2020
It’s been a while since I’ve fallen so hard for a novel, but Bonnie Wynne’s debut swept me off my feet and refused to put me back down. Written in stunning prose, The Ninth Sorceress is a breathtaking book that’s brimming with worldbuilding you can almost touch, and a diverse cast of morally grey, but loveable characters.

This novel feels like ‘classic’ fantasy: epic adventures, magic and dark forces, as well as a beautifully crafted coming-of-age narrative. I can’t speak highly enough of this title. Would 100% recommend it to those who loved The Name of the Wind and The Queen’s Poisoner.
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Gaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the magic system and magical history throughout!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning debut
Reviewed in Germany on 17 April 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD MAGIC, NECROMANCY, AND ANGRY GODS
Reviewed in the United States on 13 February 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD MAGIC, NECROMANCY, AND ANGRY GODS
Reviewed in the United States on 13 February 2020
The opening of The Ninth Sorceress began strongly and continued so throughout the entire book. The book has a solid plot beginning with a woman held captive by wizards. We don’t know who she is or what crime she has committed, all we know is that the wizards are afraid of her and are as curious as us about her story.

The next chapter takes us to the present where we follow a 17 years old Gwyn who is apprenticed to Ascepcis, a herbalist. Gwyn and her guardian (I’d say foster-father) travel around the country selling their homebrewed potions. After a horrible accident, Gwyn finds herself on the run from a group of wizards who mean to capture her for the goddess Beheret but Gwyn doesn’t know why the old goddess wants her so badly. But Gwyn is afraid enough to place her trust in Lucian, a shapeshifter and alleged friend to Ascepis.

The Ninth Sorceress play with the chosen one trope, however, is Gwyn really the chosen one when all her powers are destructive? Upon finding out what she is, Gwyn is hit with anxiety and she feels her life is not in her control anymore. I found this particular sub-plot to be well written because the author delves into Gwyn’s anxiety and how she struggles with herself. Gwyn’s development over the series is gradual. When we first meet her she is willful but hesitant and after an attack that almost killed her, Gwyn’s anxiety just sky-rockets. Yet she pushes to take back control of her life, and when she does that she discovers bigger secrets that off-balance her. I admired how Gwyn questioned things and even when her world turned upside down, she decided that if it was to be that way, she would find some way to remain true to herself.

Our other characters are just as interesting but their backgrounds are not fully revealed. Gwyn’s relationship with Ascepis is one that we’ve only seen through Gwyn’s memories. However, we know that the two share a strong bond and in spite of their formality, they truly care about each other. I love the found family trope, so I hope we come to learn more about the two in the next book. Lucian is Gwyn’s shapeshifter and is the one she grows closest to. Their relationship begins on rocky foot as they were forced into each other’s lives. It’s so cute to read about how they blossomed into friends and I would like to think there’s something going on there. But, honestly, even if there isn’t any romance their relationship is very, very sweet and you will love it. Faolan is Gwyn’s wizard master who also teaches her necromancy! You’ll either love him or hate him. Enough said. There are many more characters that will be introduced but I’m not going to say for the sake of keeping this a non-spoiler review.

Now, to the world-building. If you have read books like The Bone Witch series or Spin The Dawn, and was in awe of the world-building, then The Ninth Sorceress is for you. The Ninth Sorceress boasts a rich and complex history. I’ll admit that I got a little bit confused in between since I was reading on my Kindle and couldn’t just flip back to the map whenever I wanted to. Besides that, The Ninth Sorceress introduces us to a faction of wizards, the secret magic of shapeshifters, the fear of necromancy, and magical lore about gods being betrayed. However, even after finishing the book I felt like I had only had a taste of the world Bonnie Wynne created. Still, it was beautiful to immerse myself in a new world and come up with a thirst for more. There is so much potential in the world-building that I, honestly, would love to read a different story set in the same world.

While I enjoyed this, I understand that it may not be for many. The book does have a lot of sub-plots that are unanswered. At a point, it felt like there was just a lot of information to keep in mind. I believe it would have been better for the book to have moved slower, to give time for the plots to unravel naturally and allow readers the chance to move along with the characters. I believe The Ninth Sorceress is a book that would have done very well if it had been lengthier.

Overall, I enjoyed The Ninth Sorceress very much. It’s a book about one’s identity and how discovering yourself won’t always be pleasant; that sometimes you will be faced with uncomfortable truths but it is what we chose to do with these truths that will carve out our path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wondrous tale!
Reviewed in the United States on 30 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
Reviewed in the United States on 15 February 2020
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