A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
What We Devour offers the opportunity to discuss the acquisition of power in a fantasy world ruled by blood magic, where people can be killed and resurrected.
Set in a harsh realm of magic, What We Devour offers few positive messages. Be loyal to your family and friends. Trust no one.
Positive Role Models
Lorena Adler wants to save her future father-in-law from the gallows, so she signs a contract guaranteeing a fair trial, in exchange for using her magical powers on behalf of the crown prince. She is ruthless in her question for the safety of her family and sheds a lot of blood to protect them and herself.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of bloodletting, usually involving cutting or stabbing or both. Characters die and are reborn, so they can be killed all over again. Not for the squeamish.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hints that adults have sex, but nothing graphic.
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A smattering of swearing: "damn," "hell," one or two "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Linsey Miller's What We Devour is a fantasy novel steeped in bloodshed. Undertaker Lorena Adler performs magic by killing her foes and making bloody sacrifices. Lots of bloodletting, usually involving cutting or stabbing or both. Characters die and are reborn, so they can be killed all over again. Not for the squeamish. Some swearing ("damn," "hell," one or two "f--k") and vague hints of sex are trumped by frequent violence. Suited best for older readers.
Is It Any Good?
A bit of bloodshed can liven up a fantasy novel, but this tale of court intrigue slathers on the gore past the point of credulity. Author Linsey Miller has obviously spent a lot of effort in What We Devour to create a complex fantastical world with a complicated system of magic. She's capable of clever plotting, witty dialogue, and offbeat characterization. Fans of A Game of Thrones might enjoy the intrigue that surrounds Lorena and her loved ones, but scene after scene of death and destruction feels gratuitous. If a reader is a fan of "grimdark" fantasy, perhaps What We Devour might give them something to chew on. Others should tread carefully.
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