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Witches Steeped in Gold

(Witches Steeped in Gold #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  173 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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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!!!!!!
Jun 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
so, hypothetically, can I marry this cover?
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
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

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.

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
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!
Jun 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Witches from enemy castes? Forming an alliance? Because they want revenge? SIGN ME UP
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Content warnings: (view spoiler)

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
♡ jules ♡
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

my most anticipated book of 2021 just landed on my kindle.
[incoherent sobbing noises]
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
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Trust no witch...
Umairah | Sereadipity
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing! Full of intrigue, action and scheming, it sank its claws into me and didn't let go. It was interesting to follow Jazmyne and Iraya as they walked the knife edge between hero and villain and became exactly what they were afraid of becoming.

Full review to come!

*I obtained an e-arc of this book from a giveaway by the author in exchange for an honest review
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
So excited to have this arc!


4/5 ✰’s
Jun 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
June 18, 2020: You give me BIPOC witches and I'll give you my gold—

—en heart! Also, the cover has just been revealed and it is GORGEOUS.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
☀︎El In Oz☀︎
Edit June 18: THAT COVER THO

Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I will gladly give my money and soul for a peek at this book!
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 . . .
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Dec 05, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: tbr-jar
I've received an ARC paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and looking forward to reading this book soon! ...more
Cammie Mark
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars for this action packed debut from Ciannon Smart.

When I saw the cover and synopsis for Witches Steeped in Gold I was immediately intrigued. I am a second generation Jamaican living in Canada and have never had the pleasure of reading a book that spoke so much of my culture. I was engaged from the very first page off of this alone.

I would say at about the 30% mark this book takes off at rapid speed where you cannot put it down. The first 30% really focuses on building that world to the p
Tea And Chill
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing you frig!!! The characters the setting!!! Definitely one of the best books I read this year. I love that I never knew who to trust, what to expect. I love the drama, the betrayals ofc the action. Was on edge the entire time reading it. All that with Jamaican base settings. Ciannon is a bloodclaat good fantasy writer and I'm looking forward to book 2.

Hopefully a map will be included too😊
Jacinta Jade
Jan 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
This sounds absolutely amazing! Can’t wait til 2021 to read this 😍😍
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for a digital advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.**

Well that was a wild ride!

**Please make sure to check out some own voice reviews!! I of course do not have knowledge on the Jamaican culture and cannot comment on the representation.

Let me start off by saying that this cover looks like it is going to be absolutely gorgeous! I cannot wait to see it in person.
I ended up needing to sit with this book for a day before I felt like I could write my ful
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for review.

This is an incredibly strong debut! The world-building and lore is super intricate, and the story is steeped in intense political intrigue and scheming. Smart has done a great job of writing morally gray characters and sending readers on a journey where they never know who to fully trust. I liked both our main points of view, but personally didn't care for the romance plot line. The writing is lush, and defi
Sep 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
This cover?!?!?!?!?!?!
Sign me the heck up!
The Bookish Austin
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm swaying between a three and a four. I'll write a full review later. ...more
caitlin ✶
Jun 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
i just found out that the author's name is actually pronounced "see-yah-nun" & it's not a quirkier way of spelling shannon..

edit: it's actually shannon lmao
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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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