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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Possessed nun fights dangerous ghosts in exciting read.

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age 10+

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age 10+

Good Book!

This is a very good book, extremely heartfelt.

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Fans of ghost stories and rough-around-the-edges female heroes will devour this fantasy read faster than a revenant can devour a lesser spirit. Vespertine builds a world around a Medieval-style religion with nuns, monks, saints, and marauding ghosts set loose by hidden evil forces. And Artemisia, a survivor of childhood possession who burned her own hands to save her family, is the outcast hero this bleak world needs. She's completely untrained to wield any kind of relic, let alone one of the most powerful, and it's only through her sheer survivor resilience that she's able to keep it from consuming her. From there, her relationship with the revenant inside the relic, and now inside of herself, builds into something quite fascinating. Their forced bond drives the story to more profound places, especially as they realize what they have in common.

Author Margaret Rogerson doesn't always dig deep into her characters, however. So much seems left to the imagination about Leander. The shady confessor many not be as bad as he seems at first, but he's also still a big mystery by the end. And Marguerite, Artemisia's former roommate, is a delight and full of surprises without enough time on the page to really get to know her. Here's hoping a series develops with more time exploring these characters and this fascinating world.

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