Asperfell by Jamie Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Book #2 is being written, no information on the name of the series yet
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy
Published: February 18th 2020 by Uproar Books
ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and the quotes included may have changed in the released copy.
What an utterly charming and engrossing debut.
<blockquote><i><b>“Whispers in the dark.
The dead keep the secrets of the living.</b></i></blockquote>
Asperfell was a surprising and enchanting tale, and made even more so by the flawless writing. Jamie Thomas took a risk with her prose. With its classic sophistication, it could have come across as pompous or out of fashion. But instead, it felt surprisingly fresh and suitable to the atmosphere (in the first half rather regency-inspired and then bordering on gothic in the second half). The writing flew seamlessly and elegantly and retained a classic charm with no trace of the dullness or prolixity that makes some classics so unapproachable or difficult to read.