Monday, 12 December 2016

Radiant (Towers Trilogy #1) by Karina Sumner-Smith

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Perseus/PGW/Legato/Consortium and Edelweiss.
Radiant (Towers Trilogy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.

Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Radiant (Towers Trilogy, #1) “The magic… it’s sick, wrong. Broken. It’s all going wrong, all of it wrong – it’s eating me from the inside out and I can’t – I can’t – I can’t stop it.”

This was a YA dystopian/fantasy story about a girl who had no magic, but could see ghosts.

Xhea was quite as stubborn character and kept fighting even when things seemed hopeless. I also admired the way she cared so much about Shai and her wellbeing.

The storyline in this was about Xhea who had no innate magic, living in a world where magic was everything. The thing that Xhea could do though was to see ghosts, and to change who they were tethered too, which is how she met Shai. Shai wasn’t a normal ghost though, and Xhea just ended up in more and more trouble for trying to help her. The pace in this was quite slow though, and the storyline was a little confusing in places.

The ending to this was pretty action packed, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.

6 out of 10

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