Within These Wicked Walls: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
* Reese's Book Club Fall 2021 YA Pick *
"Lauren Blackwood’s can’t-miss debut is a magical, Ethiopian-inspired remix of Jane Eyre." (Harper's Bazaar)
What the heart desires, the house destroys....
Andromeda is a debtera — an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron — a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.
When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, she takes the job without question. Never mind that he’s rude and demanding and eccentric, that the contract comes with a number of outlandish rules… and that almost a dozen debtera had quit before her. If Andromeda wants to earn a living, she has no choice.
But she quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, the reason every debtera before her quit. But leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option because — heaven help her — she’s fallen for him.
Stunningly romantic, Lauren Blackwood's heartstopping debut, Within These Wicked Walls, ushers in an exciting new fantasy voice.
"An intricate magic system, a grimly humorous Black heroine, AND a heart-thumping romance? This book leaves nothing wanting." (Jordan Ifueko, New York Times best-selling author of Raybearer)
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 54 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 October 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
6,907 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
10 in Horror Fiction for Teens
12 in Multicultural Fiction for Teens
16 in Paranormal Mystery, Thriller & Suspense for Teens
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The house is overtaken by the Evil Eye, which reveals itself in hideous ways. These include manifestations but more insidiously in a form that stalks at night. Andi must use her amulet-crafting skills to ward and exorcise the evil. Of course, falling in love with the owner was not in her plans, but he becomes irresistible to her. Delightfully, Magnus is both the love interest and the comic relief and their flirty encounters are blissful. The setting of the novel is shown in the words, mentions of food, and types of dress. Themes of parental love, sacrifice, and faith are included.
TW and CW: blood/gore, physical violence, animal attack,
Thanks to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the e-galley. My reviews and ratings are my own.
*Since writing this review, I have purchased a personal copy. This review is still based on the e-galley.
Reviewed in the United States on 20 October 2021