ARC Review: SAINT DEATH’S DAUGHTER by C. S. E. COONEY

Publication date: 12 April 2022

Rating: 2/5 stars

Category: Fantasy, Adult

Pages: 1259

Publisher: Rebellion

Source: Netgalley

Trigger: Child neglect

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

This book will be published on my birthday in the US and on 14th in the UK, so I want to use this opportunity to wish all the April babies a happy birthday.

SUMMARY

Life gets complicated when Death gets involved.

To be born into a family of royal assassins pretty much guarantees that your life is going to be… rather unusual. Especially if, like Miscellaneous “Lanie” Stones, you also have a vicious allergy to all forms of violence and bloodshed, and an uncanny affinity for bringing the dead back to life.

To make matters worse, family debt looms – a debt that will have to be paid sooner rather than later if Lanie and her sister are to retain ownership of the ancestral seat, Stones Manor. Lanie finds herself courted and threatened by powerful parties who would love to use her worryingly intimate relationship with the goddess of death for their own nefarious ends. But the goddess has other plans…

Review

Miscellaneous Stones has lost her parents in quick succession to each other and found out upon their death that the family is in huge debt, which now belongs to Ms Scratch. Lanie is only fifteen so she writes to her older sister who is schooling in a different kingdom, to return as the heir of Stones Manor. Lanie and her sister do not get along, as they are polar opposites and her sister enjoys tormenting her too much.

Lanie’s sister is pompous, arrogant and despite what she thinks, has little power compared to Lanie’s power over death but Nita uses that little power to terrorize Lanie as a means to testing her powers when they were younger.

Although, Lanie is a young adult at the start of the story, there were a lot of advance vocabulary and complicated speech patterns that the reader has to pay careful attention or they’ll get lost. The prose was very well written, although the pace of the story was very slow.

I gave 2 out of 5 stars because for me I didn’t really enjoy the story at all. There were some good highlights for me, like the fact that there was a character with the pronouns of them/they/theirs. The story was told mostly from Lanie’s POV alone so the reader gets to know her quiet well and has a front row seat to her growth. The magic system wasn’t explained in detail but seemed tedious to practice or understand, at least for me. It was so tedious for me to read that it was unintentionally DNF’ed because it expired on my netgalley shelf before I could finish it.



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