Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Series: Witches Steeped in Gold #1
Published April 20th 2021 by HarperTeen
Age Range: Young Adult
Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.
Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance.
Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.
Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths they will go to win this game.
This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.
Thank you to Colored Pages Book Tours for choosing me as one of the participants in the #WitchesSteepedinGold tour. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. If you’re interested in the other tour stops, check out the schedule!
Ciannon Smart’s writing is inviting and descriptive. With words, she painted vivid imageries of a fantastical world inspired by Jamaica that has a lush and complex setting in Witches Steeped in Gold. The bad blood between the Obeah and the Alumbrar people is related through the two witches, Ira and Jazmyne. Both will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of their own people.
“There’s more truth in stories than many believe.”
Jazmyne found herself stuck. While she doesn’t approve of the Yielding, Jazmyne knows the severity and the heavy burden of becoming doyenne once her mother has passed. Being part of the Alumbrar resistance group, The Nameless doesn’t make her future plans and actions any less deeming or devastating.
In the beginning, Ira’s overly confident about the impact of her status when she was the one who is devoid of owning anything–no army, no power, no support. She kept underestimating the situation, opponent, and magic without realizing how dire things are for her. Reckless as she can be, Ira has moments of thoughtfulness and cautiousness especially when it involved the lives of other Obeah.
If you’re looking for romances, something is happening between Ira and Kirdan that titters on the hate and love line. As for Jazmyne, I’m not convinced of Roje’s attraction towards her yet but I do like the scenes that I’m getting.
“From light we are born. And to light we cleave.”
As the author develops and unravels the world of Aiyca, the pacing is on the slower side. Despite the slowness, every scene is intricately detailed and informative about the history of this world. In Witches Steeped in Gold, the magical system is about métier and characters use gold as conduit to channel their magic so that it doesn’t burn them out. While the traditions and cultures of the Alumbrar and Obeah people are vastly different, they have similarities between them such as the deities that they worshipped.
The twists and turns at the end of this book made my head spin. It’s scheming and betrayals galore! There was no knowing what might happen and now, I’m ready for whatever bloodshed and chaos that might follow. With the events at the end, I believe readers will be exposed to an even broader perspective of the world. Can’t wait!
P.S. Someone needs to conjure up a map for Witches Steeped in Gold. With such an expansive world, I think having a map would serve readers well to visualize and understand the different locations since the plot involved more than just the Obeah and Alumbrar.
Two finished copies will be provided. This giveaway would only be available for residents in the UK and the Commonwealth. The giveaway will start on 20th April and end on 30th April.
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