Coming to shelves this October is the newest YA Fantasy from NYT Bestselling author Margaret Rogerson titled VESPERTINE which follows a nun in training named Artemesia who cleanses the bodies of the deceased to allow their souls to pass on. If not, the spirits will rise and become a danger to the living. When her convent is attacked and death comes to Loraille, she will have to join forces with an ancient spirit and wield an ancient relic if she has any chance of stopping it.
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson (Vespertine Trilogy #1)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon Teen)
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Summary: The dead of Loraille do not rest.
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.
When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.
As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while you would know that I’m such a big fan of Margaret’s books, I first fell in love with her magical worlds and how she pays homage to fantasy with her storytelling. It was her 2017 debut ‘An Enchantment Of Ravens’ that captivated me and from there, I would gladly read anything she writes. As part of the Blog Blitz for Rogerson’s upcoming novel, I wanted to share 5 Reasons To Read this upcoming fantasy or add it to your tbr if you haven’t already!
First Of A Fantasy Trilogy
Margaret Rogerson is known for her enchanting standalones, however Vespertine is her first foray into writing a series! I think many can agree that there’s many layers to the worlds she crafts and much to explore leaving readers yearning for more. Now with the world of Loraille expanding across three installments, we can learn more about the Gray Sisters, revenants, magic, and mysteries that Rogerson is setting up in this first book.
Like Enchantment Of Ravens, Rogerson is returning to a first-person perspective as we follow Artemisia on her journey! I personally love first person in fantasy because it gives a personal look into a one-of-a-kind magical world. As a trilogy, I’m looking forward to seeing how the world, magic, etc. expand across each installment, in addition to seeing Artemisia grow as a character.
Delve into the Lore of Loraille
From the summary alone its clear there’s going to be a lot of different layers to explore in this new fantasy world. From the magic system, ancient spirits to the mysteries being uncovered, I’m eager to learn more about each of these elements and immerse myself in the setting, understanding all the details across each chapter.
A Paranormal and Fantastical World
As with Rogerson’s previous novels its clear she’s also familiar with melding fantasy plus hints of the paranormal. We see it more clearly in Sorcery Of Thorns when we learn about the grimoires, demon friend Silas and the overall atmosphere of the novel gave it a spooky vibe for sure! I’m so excited to see how Rogerson tackles that concept of the paranormal now focusing on the idea of spirits, Artemisia’s path throughout the story and seeing the fantasy & paranormal come together through the world building.
Rogerson’s novels present heroines who are established to have unique roles in their respective worlds and ultimately, they undergo journeys of self-discovery and adventure, which make them such a joy to dive into! Artemisia’s journey sounds like its one filled with danger + mystery, where I’m looking forward to learning more about her role as Gray Sister and ultimately her path to learning more about being a vespertine!
Are you looking forward to Rogerson’s newest YA Fantasy? What are you most eager in discovering with Vespertine? 🗡✨
*Thanks to Simon Teen for the opportunity to take part in this blogger blitz & You can expect my ARC review sometime next month!