Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  13 February 2020

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 486

Publisher: Talem Press

Purchase from Amazon here 



In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.

But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.

Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name…

But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.

The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic.





Thank you so much to Talem Press for providing me with a copy of The Ninth Sorceress in exchange for an honest review!


Gwyn is a traveller with her guardian, a herbalist and fortune teller (but not a wizard, because wizards are not welcome in these parts of town). After a terrible encounter with some locals, Gwyn is healed of her physical wounds, but things she overheard mean her questions are just beginning.  When she ends up on the run, she could never have imagined the creatures she would meet, the truth about her past, or just how dangerous her future could be.

Told in alternating chapters of Gwyn’s story, and a present day prison cell, where an investigator is attempting to force information out of a prisoner everyone seems to be terrified of, the time jumps were well done and never left me feeling like I’d lost the thread of the story.

The Ninth Sorceress is full of magic and intrigue.  With a fast paced plot and some truly incredible and three dimensional characters, I devoured this book in one sitting.  There were so many twists and turns that made The Ninth Sorceress an unexpected brilliant adventure.  Bonnie Wynn’s writing is absolutely magical and I’m looking forward to reading more of her stories in the future!




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