For the first of two posts today I am delighted to be reviewing Seraphina’s Lament. As anyone who knows me will know, this is hands down my favourite book and I am horrified that I haven’t reviewed it fully before – I had done a brief review on goodreads (which seems to have been eaten by the recent chaos on there) which was mostly me flailing about this book, so it was past time to sit down and talk about a book that means a lot to me (note there is still flailing).
The world is dying.
The Sunset Lands are broken, torn apart by a war of ideology paid for with the lives of the peasants. Drought holds the east as famine ravages the farmlands. In the west, borders slam shut in the face of waves of refugees, dooming all of those trying to flee to slow starvation, or a future in forced labor camps. There is no salvation.
In the city of Lord’s Reach, Seraphina, a slave with unique talents, sets in motion a series of events that will change everything. In a fight for the soul of the nation, everyone is a player. But something ominous is calling people to Lord’s Reach and the very nature of magic itself is changing. Paths will converge, the battle for the Sunset Lands has shifted, and now humanity itself is at stake.
First, you must break before you can become.