About the Book:
Title: Tonight, I Burn
Author: Katharine J. Adams
Series: Thorn Witch #1
Page Length: 480
Publication Date: Nov. 7, 2023
Synopsis: Thorns, Tides, Embers, Storms, and Ores. All five covens are bound in servitude to the tyrant High Warden of Halstett.
Penny Albright is a daughter of the thorn coven, forced to patrol the veil between the realms of Life and Death, keeping it safe and whole. Each night, one thorn witch—and only one—must cross the veil by burning at the stake. Each morning, that witch returns with the help of their magical lifeline. Failure to follow the rules of Death risks them all.
But one morning, Penny’s favorite sister Ella doesn’t return. And that night, determined to find her, Penny breaks the rules. She burns in secret.
What she finds in Death is a manor that shouldn’t exist, home to the devastating Lord Malin, who shouldn’t be there. Malin offers Penny a dangerous deal: Ella’s freedom in exchange for information about the High Warden.
But all isn’t as it seems in Life or Death. Penny’s bargain leads her to Alice, a mysterious captive prophet… and to a rebellion brewing in the shadows of their city. And as Penny’s world splits between her growing love for the ethereal Alice in Life and her attraction to the seductive Malin, in Death, she’ll face a devastating choice.
Because it’s not just her sister’s life that hangs in the balance. It’s the fate of all magic.
All it takes is one witch—and one spark—to set the world ablaze.
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5 Reasons to Read Tonight, I Burn
The writing style.
I loved the author’s writing style. It’s immersive and engaging, and it feels almost poetic at times. The author sets a dark and ominous tone, and the imagery and world-building support that. I like the vivid descriptions and the dark, atmospheric feel to the story. Adams also created a strong voice in Pen, the protagonist, and though she frustrated me at times, she is a layered and complex character with an original arc.
The world is so immersive and detailed, and it was easy to get sucked into this dangerous world where witches lives are not entirely their own. There are some interesting dystopian elements that revolve around a corrupt government, growing dissention, and rebellion. This isn’t surprising considering it’s a world where witches are basically enslaved and controlled by an immortal and tyrannical leader. And the worlds of Life and Death are so intriguing!
The morally-grey characters.
If you want a preponderance of morally grey characters whose motivations are a mystery, you should check this book out! I love morally grey characters, and I found it tough to trust most of the characters in this story, especially one particularly intriguing character Pen meets when she crosses the veil.
The magic system in this world is so unique, and the different covens, their practices, and other magical elements gripped me. I found myself wanting to know more about the different covens and witches in each, and like that the author went into a lot of detail when explaining the their history and how the magical world has been manipulated and used. The magical elements felt fresh and new even though the book is about witches, which I read about a lot. lol
It’s a debut!
I always enjoy reading books by debut author and like to support as many as I can. It was one of the reasons why I requested this book. And I’m glad I did. I definitely want to continue the series and see what happens next.
I can bring her home. I just have to find a way to burn.
When I step in Death for the first time., which fragment of my soul will I leave behind?