Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse. Shame and disappointment dog her. When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
I feel like this book came out of nowhere for me. I didn’t know about it and suddenly excitement for it was everywhere I looked online. Plus, once I found out what it’s about I was even more intrigued. A girl yearns for magic of her own in a family of powerful witchdoctors. Children are going missing and a Demon King is stirring. It sounded like something that would be right up my alley, so I was eager to read it! Trigger warnings:violence, sacrifice, blood magic, and parental abuse
Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo. And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life. Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.
As someone who’s not the biggest fan of spiders (I would say I don’t like them but I want to respect them), I was very excited for a book with a spider plot in it. Ever since I saw the cover, I’ve wanted to read this book. I mostly knew that there was a Spider King and that’s basically it. But that was enough to make me want to read it! Trigger warnings: gore, body horror