There are some authors who catch you in a certain way, so that whenever they release a new book — no matter what it is — you snap it up right away. A.M. Manay is one of those authors for me. I adored her modern vampire/paranormal series, the November Snow series, despite the fact that I am not usually a vampire person. The characters and the story are what made that series so good. So when I had an opportunity to read an ARC of her new novel, Hexborn, I jumped at the chance.
Once again, A.M. Manay has taken a genre that usually leaves me feeling ho-hum (in this case, Young Adult Fantasy), and created a story that made me eager to turn each virtual page. They say the best fiction is based on fact, and by that logic the best fantasy should be based on history. This was masterfully done in Hexborn. A.M. Manay took inspiration from the story of Henry VIII of England – he of the famous six wives – and used it as a jumping-off point for a detailed fantasy world of intrigue and power, sex and murder, tragedy and magic. Strong characters and sticky situations made every chapter a delight to read, and full of surprises at every turn. I don’t have to tell you I ate it up.
My recommendation? Buy the book right away! And go ahead and sign on for the sequel, as well — Ms. Manay is sure to deliver.
Hexborn. Abomination. Unclean. Young Shiloh knows
exactly what she is. She just refuses to let that stop her. Her
illness might make her an outcast, but her broken body hides
great magical power. And she intends to make the most of it.
Silas, the king’s ruthless fixer, seeks to use that power to
preserve the uneasy peace the kingdom has enjoyed since the
end of the Siblings’ War. Silas hauls Shiloh from her
mountain village to the wizard academy at the king’s court, where magic and political intrigue conspire to create danger around every corner.
Can this child of war save the peace? Or will old sins rise to threaten Shiloh, Silas, and the kingdom of Bryn?