Sunday, December 30, 2012

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Pages: 320pgs

The Story

In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana's body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana's goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells her Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god's help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god's tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless the trickster god can help her to trick fate - or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

The Review

Gods and goddesses, deserts and droughts, love and friendship, fate and freedom. Sarah Beth Durst's newest book release VESSEL had me before the opening of the book's dust jacket. Both engaging and richly detailed in every single aspect of the fantasy genre (which, by the way, this book totally nailed in), never have I read such a beautiful book before and it's no wonder why so many readers have fallen in love with this particular story and with the author herself, because really . . . it was one of the most amazing things I've read this year and it most certainly won't be the last I read of Sarah Beth Durst's work. Just whoa.

Firstly the world-building was just phenomenal! There's no doubt in my mind that the author had taken a lot of her time in creating such a vastly impressive world, and in doing so, she had managed to capture my full attention from beginning to end, enabling all of my own senses as I had immersed myself with this world before I'd even became aware of it. I could literally feel the dusty winds and the blistering heat upon my skin, and taste the sands of the deserts . . . it was beyond amazing and something totally unique within its own genre.

Now right when I had the pleasure of first meeting the main character of this story, Liyana, this brave and very stubborn girl walking this dangerous journey of the impossible, I had absolutely fallen in love with her character and the world she lived in. Liyana for me - from her loyalty to the faith she held for her own people, to her never-ending longing of freedom, and to her values of her own beliefs - was truly inspiring in every action and motive she had when completing her journey in finding her goddess. I just loved her to bits! Not because she was an amazing character, but it had more to do with her true human nature (this amazing side to her personality) and I found her interesting in every way possible because of that!

Concerning the love interests of the story, I found they didn't overtake the plot whatsoever nor made it feel slowed down nor boring. Instead, it made the book even more believable, not to mention it made my own heart ache for our own main character, Liyana, and her conflicting feelings towards the men in her life. But with that being said, considering the ending we received and this somewhat very emotional epilogue, while I can't quite understand how I actually felt about that ending matter, but I still firmly believe it ended  in a natural and complete sort of way, giving it a nice and simply blissful ending. But on the other hand, I also felt sad in the way it ended too. In the beginning I had predicted what could happen towards the end, though I didn't really want it to end in the way. Regardless, I was close to tears at the very end and I hope many others who have the opportunity to read this book will truly come to appreciate it because it was so damn beautiful and emotional!

Overall, VESSEL deserves every single praise it has been receiving lately! Reminding me of the essences of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone and Colleen Houck Tiger's Curse series, I'm truly . . .  well . . . gleeful in having read this wonderful book and I can't wait to read more of Durst's work in the future. She's a true genius in storytelling by what I've just read!

The Rating
5/5 stars


  1. Oh wow, this book sounds even better than I expected it to be! No overwhelming romance, great world-building, pleasant MC, count me in! I'm going to read this book soon :) Thanks for the great review.


    1. Sounds perfect, right? Well . . . it totally IS! hehe.

      Thanks Mel!

  2. I keep hearing amazing things for this book, Erin, and I'm so glad that you loved this one as well! When this book first started getting its rave reviews about the beautiful, emotion prose, I didn't quite believe it, since I know that Durst also wrote DRINK, SLAY, LOVE and I know that one is humorous. But after reading your review, I'm sold! I want this book NOW. Liyana sounds like a wonderful character with a pure personality that I would love to read about. And the setting description seems absolutely real and genuine! Also, I'm really happy to hear that the love interests didn't pull the plot away from attention. I loved SHADOW AND BONE, and the fact that you compared VESSEL to it just makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the brilliant review, Erin!

    1. I haven't read Drink, Slay, Love yet but I'm planning too, especially after reading this book. I'm glad I sold this book to you . . . it was uber-amazing I tell you! And it's completely unique in its own genre so . . . I just loved it to bits! Clearly. hehe.

      Thanks Jen!

  3. AAAAH! I almost, ALMOST bought this book the other day at Barnes and Noble. Seriously, I was THIS close! Lol. I held out because their hardcovers are always cheaper online than in stores, but now I'm really wanting to read it! So glad you liked it this much, Erin! :)

    1. You should have totally bought this book when you had the chance to! hehe. So I hope you buy it next time you see it . . . it was SO amazing! Went beyond ALL of my own expectations.


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