Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Asra is a demigod with the ability to write the future with her blood. She has lived in the mountains her whole life to keep this dangerous ability a secret. When the girl she loves asks for help Asra uses her ability to help her but brings about disastrous results.
Review: There wasn’t anything that I found inherently wrong with the novel but I just didn’t find it that captivating. It’s a prequel novel but it takes place about 200 years before Of Fire and Stars so it has no characters from the first novel. It only ties into the first book at the very end. It wasn’t a universe I was really invested in learning more about, maybe after a couple more books of the main series but right after the first book it just wasn’t what I was looking for.
Asra was a good enough protagonist. She was a little naive but she lived in isolation most of her life so it’s fairly understandable. I thought she was interesting if a little too trusting, especially in her position.
I thought the romantic interests were good in different ways. I thought it was interesting that Ina doesn’t seem able to really form relationships unless they are to benefit herself. If someone isn’t useful to her then she drops them.
The magic and mythology of the world was intriguing but I found it to be fairly confusing at times. I wish that we knew more about the demigods. It seems like the gods have a lot of children but they’re not really around at the same time. So where are these kids coming from? Where do the gods live?
I felt like the ending was really rushed. It seemed like the author was trying to wrap hints up as quickly as she could. The ending really confused me and I wish more time had been spent on it. I had to reread it to comprehend what exactly had happened.
Recommendation: I don’t think this is necessary to read if you liked the first book of this series. I don’t feel like it really helped me to understand the world.