November 26, 2018

#BookReview: Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst

About the Book:

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. 

To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. 

Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. 

To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

About the Author: Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses,and kissing the wrong people. When she's not dreaming up new stories,she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.Audrey has a master's degree in writing from Portland State University.She lives in Santa Monica, California. She is the author of Inkmistress and Of Fire and Stars, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Visit her online at

Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT

My Review: I really didn't care for Of Fire and Stars but a few people I talked with said that this one was much better.  So I thought I would give it a try and I have to say that this one worked out so much better. So this story is set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars and the writing has grown so much since that other book.  I will say that if you didn't know that these two books were connected you prob. wouldn't connect the two.  This one feels so different from the other story and man was that a good thing.  

The one thing that bothered me was the magic system that we found in Of Fire and Stars it seemed that in this one they were pretty differnt. I don't know if I am just not remembering it right or what but if memory serves they are not the same so that was a little weird.  The world building was much better in this one though.  The characters were engaging and so was the story.  I found Of Fire and Stars very stagnat and well boring and this one Inkmistress wasn't like that at all.  

I think this is the story we all wished we would have gotten instead of the other one.  


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