Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

I LOVED every single word of this novel. Literally one of my top reads of the year. This was a dark read that kept my attention from the very start. This was a thrilling fantasy that doest stop once it starts. When its dark it's dark in this read and I was all about it. This fantasy follows Kammani, a healer and her task of healing the king. Throw in some epic twists and that her family in danger and I was completely hooked on reading it. Kelly has a unique writing style that completely grabs you. The characters are compelling and relatable and you fall so in love with them that you become completely invested in their journey. Then she delivers a plot that you become addicted to and an ending that leaves you grasping for more. I cannot wait to read the next novel in this series. Tingling with anticipation!

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The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land's greatest honor...and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave. In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence. Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.