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A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison - Review

February 1, 2019



My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: October 2014

Publisher: Kate Avery Ellison

Point of View: 3rd Person

Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure







I’ve been seeing Kate Avery Ellison’s name and books around for a while now, but FINALLY decided to pick up book 1 in The Kingmaker’s War. It looked like it might be the kind of epic I would enjoy, and I do love a scrappy heroine.


Briand definitely falls into the “scrappy” category. As an orphan living with a awful uncle, she’s barely scraping by. Nicknamed “Guttersnipe,” she’s made more enemies than friends, and is eventually banned from the castle.


Her banishment is the real beginning of Briand’s adventures. She gets caught up in the doings of a secret society of rebels, who are fighting to put the exiled “true” Prince on his rightful throne while battling the “evil” prince and his Seekers. It all starts to get twisty and exciting at this point! Especially since the rebel leader, Kael is . . . kinda intriguing . . .


The Seeker powers are varied—they can heal, read minds, etc. I enjoyed discovering more about this world, its politics, its magic. There are dragons. There are airships. There were thieves and battles and political drama. Briand discovers extraordinary powers (relating to dragons . . . no spoilers here), which prove key to saving the day. The romance is sloooooowburn . . . which I like!


Ultimately, a fun, exciting fantasy read, peppered with classic YA fantasy tropes, which I thought the author handled in fun and fresh ways. I definitely finished with a strong urge to go pick up book 2.


Kate Avery Ellison is my pick for Author of the Month, so I'll be reviewing her Kingmaker's War series! There will be a giveaway at the end of the month with a chance to win the first three books in this exciting series. Giveaways are exclusively for my Reader Group, so sign up if you haven't already!

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