Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
Expected publication: October 29th 2019
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.
A book that I have gathered from other reviews to be inspired by Sumerian culture, yes this already has my name on it 😉 I’m also pulled in by other hints at a very mature, dark and violent plot that quite a few other reviewers have mentioned and some have even said it should probably be listed as NA instead of YA which is all the more to love it cause I must say a lot of the time these days I find YA fantasy books to have recycled plots where the story is still engaging, but at the same time it has been done many times before. Sometimes YA books for me can be a little tame for me where mature subjects are not so subtly avoided because of the intended audience, mind you sometimes this is well done so I’m not complaining as such, but I’ll say seeing hints at a different, cultural and more graphic adventure is like the perfect treat because sometimes it does feel like the world is running out of ideas even though I am a firm believer of infinity 😉 I’ll be interested to read and explore the lives of the characters too as a plot and world like this are surely going to produce some badass yet likeable and realistic characters right? Yes, on that thought this story just got all the more appealing! 😀