The first thing to grab my attention was the cover of her first book in the Reapers of Veltuur trilogy, Soul of the Crow. If you take a look, all of her covers look stunning, and I assure you that her writing is just as beautiful.
About the author
JESSACA WILLIS is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the dark, the horrifying, and the paranormal.
She studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees, and incorporates themes from her education (family dynamics, mental health, oppression) into her writing.
Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to cosplay at conventions, play video games or read comics in her downtime, and to binge-watch the latest fantasy and sci-fi television series. Along with a bunch of other self-proclaimed nerds, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies.
When the mortals want someone dead, they contract a Reaper of Veltuur, an assassin born from the underrealm, with fatal magic coursing through their veins.
Sinisa is one of them.
When the King of Oakfall requests a Reaper to execute his daughter for an unforgivable crime, Sinisa is first to volunteer for the job.
It should be easy.
But when the Prince discovers his sister is in danger, he flees the palace with her, leaving Sinisa with only two options: journey through the mortal realm to find and slay her mark, or face the consequences of returning to the underrealm empty-handed.
It’s no choice at all.
Besides, no one can outrun a Reaper of Veltuur.
Or can they…
Soul of the Crow is a dark high fantasy adventure with reapers/assassins, bandits, prophets, and enough death magic to keep the entire mortal realm quaking with fear. If you loved Scythe, Throne of Glass, Nevernight, King of Scars, or books by Jenna Moreci, Jay Kristoff, Kel Carpenter, and Shannon Mayer, you will devour this epic, gothic saga!
This book contains themes of death, grief, trauma, and discrimination not suitable for the faint of heart. It is a dark fantasy series. You have been warned.
I read a lot of fantasy and I love fantastic creatures, but somehow most of the books I’ve read lately revolve around fae, vampires, shifters. Nothing wrong with that. I love them all. This book was a breath of fresh air, introducing new mythology: the reaper. I know there are a fair amount of books in that vein, but this was my first and I loved it.
The book starts with an epic scene where a murder of crows envelops Sinisa, a sixteen-year-old girl, taking her to Veltuur to become a reaper. The scene is dark and magnificent with a strong gothic vibe and sets the tone for the entire book.
The world-building was beautifully done, vivid and immersive and the characters well fleshed out. I loved Sinisa from the start, but Acari took some time to grow on me.
The pace of the story is good (it’s very fast, just how I like it), as is the writing, although at times it gets too close to purple prose (but not enough to take me out of the story). However, the story was so good, I could easily move past it.
I also love the plot twist at the end and look forward to seeing what will happen next.
Reapers of Veltuur is a trilogy. To learn more, tap the picture below.
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