My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Anglavia has been shrouded in the Mist ever since Jemma can remember.
Even though she has lived in Agromond Castle her entire life with the Agromonds who are her family, she has never felt that she belonged, or enjoyed the things they do. Cruel and dangerous, the Agromonds have ruled Anglavia for centuries, using pain and threats to keep the villagers under their power. Their vile Mist shrouds the land, and protects the Castle from anyone who would approach with intent to harm the Agromonds.
Jemma’s thirteenth birthday, and the arrival of her Powers, is fast approaching. She has failed to produce magic dark enough to please her family in their rituals, and their patience is running short. A kind word from her only friend, the ancient housekeeper, sends Jemma on a dark mission into the depths of the castle where she discovers a chamber full of skeletons – small ones.
With her life unraveling and her Powers about to be bestowed on her, red-haired Jemma runs from her dark family out into the Mist. There are dangers in the wild she couldn’t have predicted, and Jemma must defeat human enemies and supernatural ones in order to fulfill a prophecy made centuries ago – that she would be the flame that would burn away the mist of Agromond rule.