Sunday, March 23, 2014

Book Review: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Vessel
Genre: Fantasy
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry
Series: Standalone
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Bought
Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. She will dance and summon her tribe's deity, who will inhabit Liyana's body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there. Her tribe is furious--and sure that it is Liyana's fault. Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.
Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. The desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.
The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice--she must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate--or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.
Summary from Goodreads.

I first heard about Vessel on Word for Teens and added it to my TBR list right away, though I only just got to it about a month ago. Before I actually write this review, I just want to say THANK YOU to Nicole for her glowing review because this book is incredible.

Seriously, the world-building alone is exquisite. The desert is a character unto itself, with so many features that make it wholly unique. I mean, there are sand wolves and sky serpents and other kinds of awesomeness.

My favorite part of the world-building is the mythology surrounding the gods. I found the whole concept of the Dreaming beautiful and magical while I was reading, but then I found out something really cool later: the religion depicted in Vessel is actually based on real Aborigine religions. (I'm taking a World Religions class and this was in Chapter 2. So naturally, I then fangirled about Vessel to my teacher.)

And I loved the characters. Thinking about them so many weeks after reading the book is like remembering old friends. Liyana's development and her inner struggle between tradition and survival is just so beautifully done. And each of her fellow vessels is so unique; they're not all likable, but they sure are interesting and understandable and oddly sympathetic. There's romance in Vessel, too, but it's not stereotypical in ANY WAY, nor is it the focus (Girl of Fire and Thorns fans will love it, but that's all I'm going to say).

As far as fantasies go, Vessel is the tops. I want to read it all over again!
*5 stars and then some*

What is your favorite fantasy novel?

5 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. I was blown away by the cover alone, but this sounds fantastic!

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  2. You know, I still have this on my shelf. WHY?!? I need to read the darned thing so I can swoon like you!

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  3. What scribblesandwanderlust said! That cover blew me away. Second thing that blew me away was your review. I added this to my TBR list and am going to try and get myself a copy of this book as soon as possible.

    Great review!

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  4. I've seen this around, but I still haven't read it. After reading your review, I'm adding it to my TBR list. I love fantasy books and I've read quite a few lately that I would recommend. The Burning Sky was so good, one of my favorites. And The Demon King…just binged on that series…it was phenomenal. Maria Snyder's Study and Healer series are also fantastic. Stolen Songbird was incredible. Just a few recommendations! ~Pam

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  5. I love the sound of this world-building, especially because it's based on a true religion - I like learning new things through books :)!

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