Inkmistress by Audrey CoulthurstInkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst


byAudrey Coulthurst

Hardcover | March 6, 2018

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A sweeping, action-packed, and romantic fantasy full of dangerous magic and dark choices, perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore—set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars.

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 L...
Title:InkmistressFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062433288

ISBN - 13:9780062433282

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yesss! The idea of this book was fantastic, so unique, and exactly what I was looking for in a summer read. I bought it a while ago and had held off on reading it until a week ago when I was overwhelmed with how good it was. I'm very happy I read it, and can't wait till I read the first novel.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING I saw a lot of different reviews on this book but I can garantee this book is so so worth it!!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Prequel THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL. Great rep? Dragons and demigods? A unique magic system? All contained in the 400 pages of this gem. Inkmistress is supposed to be a prequel to Coulthurst's Of Fire and Stars and while I usually like my prequels to be a little more connected to the original, I can't deny this book was pretty fantastic. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book up, I have a bad habit of seeing an author's name and picking up the book without looking at what it's about, and because of that this book really blew my mind. Like with Coulthurst's debut I found it hard to get sucked into the story, but once I was in I was all in, feeling every plot twist like it was happening to me. The writing in this book is so descriptive, so vivid and well thought out, that I can still close my eyes and picture scenes from the book like I watched a movie. The country of Zurmoda is as real to me as France or some other place I've never been to. There wasn't a large cast of characters but all the ones in the story were so well written, and I couldn't help but love them all. Hal was my favourite of course, but Ina and Asra and Nismae were still so fantastic. They were all so fantastically complex, and they meshed so well together. I really really loved the bi rep in this book. So often bi people in different gender relationships are left out of media and it was great to see Asra have partners of different genders. While Inkmistress isn't the best book I've ever read it's certainly up there, and I'm going to recommend it to anyone who'll listen to me scream.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected! I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I had expected to! The plot and characters were compelling from the start, and the magic system was fresh and interesting. I didn't realize, when I pre-ordered it, that it was a prequel to an existing book, but I will definitely be picking up Of Fire and Stars in the near future.
Date published: 2018-03-12

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