Thursday, November 15, 2012

Defying the Gods

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst begins on the morning of sixteen-year-old Liyana's last day on Earth. She has been chosen to be the goddess Bayla's vessel, and come evening she will dance until the goddess has taken over her body--and she has died.

Liyana has always accepted the fate that was shown to her during her dreamwalk, but when the time comes for her to dance, Bayla does not come. Liyana is deemed unworthy and left to die in the desert. She resigns herself to her dishonorable fate--until Korbyn walks out of the desert. He is the trickster god of the Raven Clan, and he brings with him the grave news that five clans have had their deities stolen, and he needs Liyana's help to rescue them.
While Liyana has never considered a life beyond the day she was to dance, the experiences and people she encounters across the desert make her begin to question the morality of being forced to sacrfice her life for her tribe, and she begins to ask the one question she never thought she would--what if she doesn't want to die?

Vessel is a moving book full of magic and the ethical struggles that can come when your fate is decided for you, whether you want it to be or not. If you like action, mysticism, and a little romance, then Vessel is the book for you.

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