Order of the Seers by Cerece Rennie Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of the few books that had me hooked from the first chapter. Seriously, who starts the first chapter with the words "The End"? The Guild hunts down Lilli and she embarks on a journey to fight back against them. Her ability to see into the future becomes her crutch but it is with this crutch that Lilli blossoms through the story.
The author's obsession with the physical aspects of her characters and her settings makes this book one of the best I have read. Every sight and touch is explained to the point you are sometimes left drooling or almost physically present in the very scene.
This was one of the more powerful descriptions for me - "But the focus of this little boy’s attention was not on the flaming rooftops or the heavy smell of burning flesh in the air. It was on the scene taking place less than three feet away from him. On the ground were the charred remains of a woman whose arms were black-coal ridged as they reached above her body, frozen in her final defense."
The four letter word is used in abundance which for me was the only thing that kept me from giving it the full five stars.
Would I recommend this read? It was stunning in terms of writing style and imagery. For these reasons I would heartily recommend it but for readers who don't like violence or excessive language, you will not like this read.
Offensive content?: Some violence, some sex and strong language so in my opinion this book is best suited for readers aged 18 and above.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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