My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it. Either way, she is in trouble. (Amazon, Trickery Kindle Edition)

This book is: weird, but in a great way. It took me a long, long time to start reading this book because I wasn’t sure it was really my cup of tea. I finally gave it a shot, though, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The plot is: hilarious. I thought I would be annoyed by the main character’s clumpsy and idiotic behaviour, but I find myself enjoying, and laughing about it instead. I would actually award this book 4.5 stars, but since I can’t, I’m giving this book 5 stars instead of only 4.

The beginning is: a bit boring and confusing.
The middle is: intriguing and hilarious.
The crescendo is: a bit rushed, but still good.
The finish/ending is: promising.

The characters are: “in development”. They are nice, but they need polish and depth.
The worldbuilding is: OK.
The language is: interesting. You’ll come across expression like “give me a click” and other expressions of time (and other things) in the book.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, it’s a great start to a, surprisingly, great new series.

– Sofia Sundfors

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