Sarah Chorn’s writing is as beautiful as it is devastating in Seraphina’s Lament. The world’s heart is dying, the people are starving, magic is fading away and the Gods are about to break what little is left behind. It is in no way a light-hearted story. But through poetic prose, the devastation that readers witness turns into something else. You can’t help but follow along. Every single character is pushed to their breaking point. And when they implode, it is breathtaking.
From the first page, readers will be immersed in a terrifying world where the government has stripped everything outside of Land’s Reach to nothing. And while their leader believes he is doing everything in his power to make things better, he is slowly killing everyone. His obsession with success blinds him to what is happening. He doesn’t care, as long as his city is perfect in his eyes. And yet, while he strives for perfection, his slave Seraphina is never far from his side, an example of what his fury can bring.
Seraphina’s body is broken. Pain is her everyday companion. And it is the price she paid for her brother’s freedom. A woman capable of fire magic, and to all appearances beaten down. But you cannot contain fire forever. She is a slow-burning match, waiting for her moment to strike back. And as the Gods infest a chosen few with uncontrollable magic those who have been beaten down will rise again.
This novel is full of complex characters, each tortured by their past mistakes and current failures. Everyone is fighting for what they believe in and to save a dying world. But hope is a rare and deceiving emotion. Seraphina’s Lament is a book fans of grimdark need to read. You will not be disappointed.
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