Tuesday 17 September 2019

Book Review: Marrow Charm by Kirstin Jacques (YA/Fantasy)

Title: Marrow Charm
Author: Kristin Jacques
The Parliament House

Publication Date: 1 October 2019
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley

Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above.
Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities, a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes.

The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the Auction block of Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world.

And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.

Marrow Charm is an engaging and original YA fantasy tale. The story launches straight into the action, so it did take me a few chapters to get my bearings. Once I did, though, I fell in love with the characters and world building, particularly the developing relationship between Azzy and Kai. I turned the last page keen to know what would happen next, so I would definitely be interested in reading on in the series. If you are a YA Fantasy fan, this is definitely worth checking out. A solid four stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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