Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Amazon Publishing for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
I requested a copy of this novel to read with my daughter. She read one and a half chapters and had no interest in reading on. So, this Mama forged on alone. I admit that it is a unique premise and the writing is fine. However, it just could not hold my interest and I was really slugging through to finish. This one was not for me.
Worth staying up all night to read?
1 1/2 stars, rounded up to 2 for Goodreads.