Before I even Paste the book cover let me tell you that Kelly fussed at me last night for not having all ready downloaded Anathema. “Becca! It is free at Amazon go get it what are you waiting on?!?!” So unless you want to get fussed at to because I’m sure she will try to stop by some today I suggest you go get your free copy too:) Now on to the Bending The Spine norm:
Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny.
Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday - when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel's help.
Can Reychel learn to believe in herself? (Goodreads)
Author: Megg Jensen
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing; 1 edition
Release Date: February 4, 2011
Source: Free on Amazon
I follow Megg Jensen on Facebook and she posted that Anathema was listed as free on Amazon, so I hurried over and got my copy. I had been meaning to read it for a while. I don't know why I waited so long, because I could not put it down. I liked it so much that as soon as I finished reading it I bought the next book, Oubliette and finished reading it before I went to bed. I made myself wait til the next day to buy, Severed, the third in the series.
The book, actually all of this series, starts out running and doesn't really have a slow point. I love it when a book just keeps moving along. The story begins on Reychel's fifteenth birthday, when she wakes up and realizes her best friend Ivy, also a slave, is not in her bed. In Ivy's place is a coin, an anathema, with a mother and child on it. Anathema are usually left in place of a rescued slave and Reychel convinces the other slaves that Ivy has just left for her work earlier. Reychel is freaked out because she will have to face her branding without her BFF and the baby on the coin WINKED at her. Yeah and that is just the start of the book, it does not let up. Reychel is placed in a dungeon because of a story that she tells the king and is rescued by the same people that rescued Ivy and is sent to live with Johna, whom I love, to learn to use her gift.
Reychel and almost all of the people native to her island are enslaved by the Malborn, foreign invaders. Reychel's is one of the gifted of her people, but she had no idea until Ivy, who is also gifted, tells her. Ivy can calm anyone down, but not only that she can sooth them so much that she messes with their minds. This is also about the time that Reychel learns that the only person ever born with the gift of prophecy gave a prophecy that the next person born with the gift would free the enslaved people.
You know Reychel is different from the start, because the king never allows her to go outside or even look out a window unless she is in his presence. Don't worry I'm not going to give away anything else, except to say that Mark is awesome. You'll love him too. Because you are going to go get this book...which is still free on Amazon if you have a Kindle.
Loved it! I want to know about everything this author writes.
Good for Adults and YA. No language, some violence.
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