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Witches Steeped in Gold

(Witches Steeped in Gold #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,466 ratings  ·  515 reviews
Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom - and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But pow
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by HarperTeen
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Ciannon Smart
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Kajree Gautom No, it doesn't. In fact, romance is very negligible and isn't the main element of the story per se. …moreNo, it doesn't. In fact, romance is very negligible and isn't the main element of the story per se. (less)

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Joel Rochester
holy. shit.
i can't form into words how much i needed this book
i can't explain how much i love this book
i'm going to be screaming into a void until 2021
to see my identity represented and this story exploring the duality and dichotomy of heroes and villains?
holy. fucking. shit.
beautiful, amazing, wish i could rate it more highly
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
from a cultural standpoint, this book is fantastic. the jamaican influence, diversity, and representation are what gives this story its power. theres so much magic and heart and imagery. it reminded me very much of ‘a song of wraiths and ruin.’

and although im not as obsessed with the plot (full of YA clichés) or characters (there isnt a lot that personally distinguishes between the two MCs - i kept ketting their POVs mixed up in the beginning) as everyone else seems to be, i still found this to
May 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
This Synopsis said, "Caribbean," "Witches" and "Revenge" and they just so happen to be a few of my favorite words.

and like, can we talk about this cover though????

UPDATE: I got an ARC!!!!!!
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
my wallet better be steeped in gold to allow me all these epic-sounding new releases

Jun 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
so, hypothetically, can I marry this cover?
May 07, 2021 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Okay I am about 150 pages into this and I’m giving up. 😓 I hate DNFing books, but I literally have no idea what is going on. It’s pretty slow and I am just so desperately behind on following the world-building that I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up. Maybe I can pick this up again sometime in the future, but for now I’m going to have to set it aside. I just don’t think I’ll be able to trudge through the rest of this 550 page chonker right now.

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☀︎El In Oz☀︎

"Trouble doesn't give signs like rain, so we must always be ready for it."

And I guess that's on my most anticipated releases not being good lmao.

While this book isn't that bad, it lacked everything I wanted from it. It wasn't a tale of revenge and blood and witches who are willing to get revenge at whatever cost. I guess I wanted too much from it.

The writing is okay. My issue is the two POV's are incredibly similar and I often forgot who I was reading about. I also think many of the char
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
this was comp'd to Killing Eve so <33

thank you to the publisher for gifting me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review!
I would have bought this book for the cover alone, but then I read the synopsis and now, I'm off to perorder!!

There is only so many times you need to say the word, vengeance, in a synopsis before I am sold. And by that, I mean, once.

You only need to say it once.

Fadwa (Word Wonders)
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I am one sad reader. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and although I liked some of it and saw the potential in it, it ultimately ended up disappointing me because of everything that I didn't like about it.

The positives:
- The worldbuilding and lore. This was the book's strongest suit and my favorite thing about it by far. It's Jamaican inspired and so so rich and vivid, I
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
As I've already promised my husband's left tit for another book, I will GLADLY give his right tit for this one. The way I NEED THIS FACE OUT UGGHHH my body (and my shelves) are 👏READY👏 ...more
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Apr 20, 2021 marked it as to-read
Miranda Reads
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it

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Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this book I had no idea what to expect but I was extremely excited to read it- luckily, it definitely delivered. A Jamaican-inspired young adult fantasy full of intrigue, action, scheming and compelling characters, Witches Steeped in Gold bewitched me from the first page until the very last.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4.5/5

The plot revolved around two witches who belonged to enemy orders: Jazmyne who belonged to the Alumbrar order and Iraya who belonged to the Obeah order.
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
This one took me a while to get into. I'm not as familiar with the terminology in this book as I would've liked, and sometimes certain things are not explained, so I found myself stumbling through the novel from time to time. But eventually I pushed past that and the story sucked me in. The novel is brimming with magic and secrets, and just when you think that you know what's going on, you're smacked with a new surprise. It's a really quick read despite the length, and even though I struggled sl ...more
Jun 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Witches from enemy castes? Forming an alliance? Because they want revenge? SIGN ME UP
May 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
I had to PUSH through this one. I wanted to like it so much more than I did but I found most of it to be boring. Things picked up a little in the middle and then slowed down again and the ending felt a little rushed in my opinion. The magic system could've been more fleshed out as well. However, the world-building was amazing and I did love a lot of the characters (we got BLACK PIRATES BBY!!).

This is the thing that really got me:
I love books with dual pov but it didn't seem to work in this one.
Trish-Antoni  Baker
I want to like this book. The premise sounds amazing, right? Jamaican... witches fighting together against a common foe. I desperately wanted to like this book, and yet, I don't. I actually really don't like this book. I didn't finish the book, I am going to try to but I find this book so offensive as a Jamaican, born and raised in Jamaica that it's hard to read. I can't tell what this book is trying to be, it feels like a punishment, the worlding building is a slugfest, the characters thus far ...more
✧ jules ✧
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

my most anticipated book of 2021 just landed on my kindle.
[incoherent sobbing noises]
Ciannon Smart
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Fifteen year old me wouldn't believe it, but here we are.

Trigger warnings to come . . .
Nicholas Perez
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from the author

3.5/5 stars

That took awhile, so let me go ahead and say that one of the issues with this book is its pacing. The first part is pretty slow but then it picks up in the middle of the book but then the ending drags out just a bit.

Anyway, Witches Steeped in Gold takes place in a fantastical version of Jamaica where two young witches fight against the cruelty of the Doyenne of Aiyca. One is Jazmyne of the Alumbrar, the doyenne's daughter, who plots against her, quite c
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
While the world building is excellent and complex, pacing is a serious problem in this work. The first half of the novel is painfully slow and most of the action driving events occur "off stage" so speak, resulting in hundreds of pages of the two protagonists reacting rather than doing (and those reactions are largely wishing they or their lives were different, that they were older, that past traumas hadn't occurred, etc.). The pace radically increases in the second half, which is refreshing, bu ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5-stars
This book is a dream come true!

I've longed for a Jamaican inspired fantasy novel filled with political intrigues and hopefully something involving obeah since it's something very much edged into our Island.

Witches steeped in gold is a book about betrayal and not knowing who to trust, and it DID SUCH AN AMAZING JOB AT THAT.

I cannot stress enough why you shouldn't trust or give your heart up too easily to a single soul in his book. (I DIDN'T LISTEN TO MY OWN ADVICE LOL)

Although, it sometimes irked
h o l l i s
Look, I'm not saying I'm an idiot for picking up a dense complicated fantasy while trying to pull myself out of a slump but.. if the shoe fits, right?

While a good portion of my struggle with this book is, as above, my own damn fault, I also think the first half of this book is just too thick. There is so much to wade through as far as history and worldbuilding and terminology, which is kind of understandable with a series-starter, but it just didn't sink in. And while the second half of the stor
May 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, bame
I really don’t have anything nice to say about this book. It took me a month to read and it was a LONG month. The pacing was incredibly slow, the plot dull, the characters shallow and barely distinguishable from one another. The premise of the novel that is described in the blurb only happens 60% into the book. The romances fell flat and the world building was confusing. The writing was ok, if at times overly complex.
I wish the best of luck to the author for the sequel, but I certainly won’t be
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
“From light we are born. And to light we cleave.”


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Huge thank you to Coloured Pages Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

First of all - CAN WE LITERALLY TALK ABOUT THIS COVER?? I’m obsessed 🤩 This story is so rich and the writing is absolutely stunning. I love the magic system. Honestly overall, in terms of being unique, this book checks all the boxes.

Brittany (whatbritreads)
*Thank you so much to HotKeyBooks for sending me a copy in exchange for review!*

They say don’t judge a book by its cover but this was truly as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside. From the carefully crafted worldbuilding, the complex magic system, the political rivalry, the strong cast of characters... this was a solid debut. This did morally grey characters to perfection. They felt so real. The dual narrative really helped to piece the story together and I liked the tension between t
Wren (fablesandwren)
100 pages in and I was so confused.
Jun 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
that cover
i mean WOW
chef's kiss
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This YA is incredibly detailed and richly imagined. It's the perfect recommendation for stronger YA readers who love deeply involved world building. ...more
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Ciannon Smart grew up in a small town in the south-east of England. As the only daughter in a house full of boisterous sons, she developed a voracious appetite for reading from an early age, preferring anarchy in stories rather than real life. In YA she loves her heroines exactly as she loves her villains: wilful, wily, and unpredictable. When not writing, Ciannon can be found reading, painting, o ...more

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