The Ninth Sorceress ARC Review

The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne

ebook, 486 pages

Expected publication: February 13th 2020 by Talem Press

Original Title The Ninth Sorceress

ISBN13 9780648534235


4/5 books

I received an e-arc from Talem press in exchange for a honest review


In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.

But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.

Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name…

But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.

The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic.


I was drawn into the story at the start, we are first introduced to a mysterious woman in a dungeon under high security, we don’t know who she is or why she is there, but her story is told via flashbacks.

Gwyn is a seventeen year old with no memories of her past, she knows not to ask the herbalist that has taken care of her, but when a chance encounter happens in one of the towns that Gwyn helps peddle the herbalist wares she is thrown into a situation that is beyond her control.

Gwyn’s journey to find out the truth was a fun one to go on, she learns the truth about herself and her past, finding out about the suppressed magic she has, why a god is chasing her and who the masked stranger is.

From the start the reader is pulled into the story, waiting for details to unfold without feeling rushed, giving the readers a chance to enjoy the events from the present and the past, all while waiting to see what the future can hold.

The way the book left off, I am looking forward to the second book and seeing what happens to Gwyn and how she handles the situation she has been put in.

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