Review: Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

About the book:

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.

Cover of Trickery by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve

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Review by Katy Haye:

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this one. Reverse harem is, apparently, THE hot genre right now, and I picked this up to see what all the fuss was about more than anything else.

I’m not sure whether reverse harem isn’t for me, or just that I was lukewarm about this book in particular.

The good points first: it was fun, and the narration was excellent – full of energy and bounce. The plot was sound, and the device to bind all the characters together was very neat and satisfying.

I found the characterisation less strong. Willa was a bit irritating if I’m perfectly honest. I’m never keen on characters who literally trip over their own feet because that’s just stupid, and when you add to that the fact that I wasn’t bowled over my any of the heroes, (just being buff and strong and supernatural clearly isn’t enough for me!), they weren’t people I particularly wanted to spend time with.

This is the first in a series, and plotwise I think I can see what’s coming and I DID like how it was set up – although I don’t think I care enough to read the next one and find out whether or not I’m right.

PS – That cover though … gorgeous!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. The Clockwork War, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England with a mechanical genius for a heroine, is now out and available for just .99.

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