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The Mist Keeper's Apprentice

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Storytelling was outlawed. Magic had all but vanished.

That all changed when the woman in black came to town.

Branded with the black stamp at a young age, Brent thought he would end up a vagrant like his father. His craft was telling stories, but the Order had long forbidden any weaving of tales. When Brent sees the woman in black, she leads him into a menagerie of tunnels
ebook, 436 pages
Published June 14th 2020 by E.S. Barrison
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MissBecka Gee
The world building is spectacular!
I could picture the towns and divides more and more with each word.
The storyline is interesting and weirdly relevant (I hear this took many many moons for her to finish).
I did find myself annoyed with Brenton more than I prefer with a MC.
All the side dish characters made up for his lack of diversity at least.
I am really looking forward to when the author releases more in this series.
Thanks a bunches to E.S. Barrison and Booksprout for my DRC.
❤️After posting my
D.Z. Thorne
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Mistkeeper's Apprentice, the debut novel of E.S. Barrison, introduces us to two unforgettable characters as they journey to learn the reasons behind their unique gifts and where their place in the world is. Brent has the powerful gift of storytelling in a world where stories are outlawed and treated as contrary to the beliefs of those around him. Branded, he walks the thin line between being accepted into society, or being tossed into the pit with the other undesirables. Two strange women en ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Mistkeeper's Apprentice is a fantastically whimsical tale about a girl who can control the plants and a boy who is a whizz at storytelling.

The novel is beautifully written and very engaging. If you're struggling to find something to take you away from the world right now, pick this up! The characters pop, the worldbuilding is terrific, and the plot is well-written with no inconsistencies.

Another thing I love about this book is that the ending is satisfying. There are too many unfinished sto
Esther Jones
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
I definitely enjoyed reading this book. It's always exciting to follow along on a debut author's journey, and I've eagerly soaked up the excerpts and illustrations Barrison has been generous enough to share as part of her pre-publication process.

Funnily enough, while I initially fell for Brent from the snippets posted on tumblr, when I actually started reading, I found I really connected with Rho. She's quite intriguing, and has both an inner and outer strength that is perfectly tempered with he
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Mist Keeper is Death.

Not the type from our horror stories that kills people off a list or a whim, but the kind version that helps the dead move on to the afterlife. A distinction which Brent, the protagonist, misses when he first meets the titular Mist Keeper.
You can’t blame Brent for getting it wrong. Born with silver eyes and having a penchant for telling stories, Brent was literally branded by the local religion as a potential host for demons, something which has left him with no real prosp
A. L. Kulseng
Jun 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I spent a lot of time thinking about whether this was a one-star book or a two-star book and ended up settling on Goodreads' definition for one star. I did not like this book.

The bones of this story were absolutely excellent. If I was only given a synopsis of this book I would've loved it. The plot has great pacing and everything fits together. There were a few snags along the way (the characters' reasoning for not just bailing on their little town in the beginning didn't connect for me, for exa
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Woah. This was really good. A nice steady pace. Great plot, and a writing style that really worked well with me. Plus, Rho has cool plant powers and that just proves that nature is just as powerful as intense fire balls or whatever kind of magic people have these days (Yay team nature!!! 🌿). This book also shows how people judge others based on superficial stuff and how those judgements can affect them. Sure, sometimes the main characters did some dumb things, and I guess it a took them a while ...more
Dave Jerome
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't read books in this particular genre, but found this one to be a fascinating read. It was initially a challenge for me to grasp the subtleties and nuances of the places, characters, and overall storyline, but once I became fully-immersed in the world of Brent and Rho/Bria, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Overall, a really well-done first novel -- I look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Chloe Gilholy
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mist Keeper’s Apprentice

I read this as part of an indie book club. It was one of the four books chosen as book of the month. It room me 12 chapters to get really hooked and it took 2 sitting to get me through it. Brent is a cool character and I like how he changes and shows development through the book. He likes to say shite a lot, it's amusing. I didn't like the Cadet guy, what he said in chapter 20 made me think screw you with his thoughts on women, the poetry and songs we're a good touch to t
Julia Galleguez
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This tale was woven with such care the whole way through. The characters and scenery are described so vividly, making the journey so immersive. The twists and delightful surprises sprinkled throughout the story keeps you on your toes! I would recommend this story to anyone in need of a new fantasy adventure story to add to their collection.
Elisabetta L.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a story

Wow this book starts in a world that the reader can’t understand but as the characters take shape and the story develops there is mystery and suspense, sadness and joy and love there is evil and beauty and somehow you realize half way through that it all makes sense and then you can’t put the book down. This book is rich with details, fantastic worlds with monsters and queens and magic. I can SEE the towns and the tunnels and the camellias as if I had actually travelled there. Just
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantasy series about Death is bound to be cool - especially when Death, aka the "Mist Keepers ", are not your run-of-the-mill Grim Reapers (nor is protagonist Brenton Harley for that matter! )

This is an awesome debut novel in this series and for author E.S. Barrison as well! A beautifully written tale, set in a world where magic and storytelling have been outlawed and filled with strong characters, page-turning suspense and a cliff hanger finale leaves the reader wanting more!
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think what made me love this book was the whimsical feeling and the way the authors writing flows makes it a pretty easy read.
Avalon Roselin
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Mist Keeper's Apprentice follows two young adults, Brent and Rho, as they struggle against the oppressive society that seeks to define them and stamp out their magic. Brent is an imaginative storyteller whose tales are, quite literally, magic; Rho can control plants and was nearly killed for it at birth.
What I liked most about this story is that there don't appear to be any easy answers or ways out for Brent and Rho. They have to take charge of their situation and are happiest when they make
Abbigayle Grace
ARC copy received for review. 3.75* Spectacular and interesting world-building, well-rounded characters, vivid imagery, and interesting plot. Looking back, the story seems reminiscent of a Hades and Persephone retelling.

Overall, I enjoyed this read very much, though there were a number of typos to look past and the poetry was a bit distracting the first time I came across it. I loved all the Mist Keepers (especially Caroline!) and the library; the concept of death is unique and interesting. Bren
Sep 09, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
March 27, 2021
A quick update from the author:

I just finished reviewing The Mist Keeper's Apprentice for small grammatical and formatting errors. While my editor did a fantastic job cleaning up 95% of the book, there were a few small things we missed that readers have pointed out. If you have a copy of the book that you purchased before this update, you may come across these errors.


E.S. Barrison

September 8th, 2020
Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your review and feedback on my debut no
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
It's 2AM, I just finished this book and I have so many feelings right now!!!... Holy hell. The ending. My jaw. Dropped. The fuck. Open.😲

This is a very unique story and it was more than I was expecting it would be. From beginning to end, this was (is) such an amazing and fun read! I ended up reading from 10 PM to 2 AM because I kept telling myself "just one more chapter then bed" ... Then I noticed that I had just under 100 pages left of the book, so obviously I said "Abandon sleep and finish the
Kimberly Pinto
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and the ending had me floored! I can’t wait for more, and I highly recommend! The world building is amazing, and I love the characters! I need more, and I can’t get over this ending! Omg!
Elena Johansen
Bear with me, this is going to get complicated and go to some uncomfortable places, but there are good things along the way, too.

A few months back I came to the realization that in a lot of cases I don't like what seems to be a "good" story because its priorities don't match mine. This story has good bones. This story as a debut makes me think this author is going places, because the concept and world-building feel fresh in recombining ideas I've seen before (and in some cases, that I love) into
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Amanda Sloan
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice by E.S. Barrison in exchange for an honest review. You can read my full review:

E.S. Barrison thrusts you into a world full of order, rules, and distrust.

Everything is happening and there is so much already at stake. As a reader, it takes a few chapters to catch up. Barrison’s writing is captivating and takes hold of you strong enough to bridge the knowledge gap that I definitely felt here. You’re urged to
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Digital Arc was given in exchange for an honest review***

So this book was very middle of the road for me. There were things I liked, and things I didn't. The main characters had an interesting dynamic, but I wasn't fond of the main guy. Every time it went to him I wished it would change to Rho. He grew on me a bit towards the end, but not enough to make the story more enjoyable. Sometimes other characters were annoying, but in a way that made me frustrated on behalf of the main characters.

Rachel Stanley
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The Mist Keeper's Apprentice by E.S.Barrison is an interesting tale about Brent - a hapless, clumsy vagabond/storyteller who finds himself apprenticed to Death (aka Caroline). I found myself very quickly drawn into the unique world that the author has created, its intriguing and refreshingly unusual. I also found myself drawn to Brent as the Main Character. He's had a bit of tough life having been 'marked' (and consequently persecuted) because of his silver-coloured eyes. However, his speech pat ...more
Emily Fowl
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Patrick D.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book... What a ride! The characters, the world, all of it is just... wow. Miss Barrison is highly gifted at expressing emotion - be it chills, thrills, heartbreak, joy, and many more. I'm thoroughly invested in this universe! The only negative thing about this book is how much I want, yet have to wait for, the sequel. If you haven't already, grab yourself a copy now! You won't be disappointed! E.S. Barrison is definitely an indie author to keep your eye on in the future. This is just her de ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mae Hill
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much, the characters are so wonderful and the story is amazing! Forever proud to have this in my bookshelf.
Andrew Kirschner
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice is the first book of The Life and Death Chronoicles series. It the story of Brent, a hapless, mistreated man in a village controlled by a repressive government which predetermines its inhabitants’ futures, and outlaws magic and storytelling. Forbidden to practice his narrative talent, his life seems aimless until he is led by a mysterious woman into a series of tunnels. Here he learns of his destiny as a future “Mist Keeper,” a kind of grim reaper. He soon becomes in ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for an indie fantasy
Recommended to Shona by: the author
This books strength throughout is the world building and fantasy elements. I really enjoyed the ideas surrounding the Mist Keeper and what this apprenticeship would mean for the protagonist and I was not disappointed! However, what I felt lacked was a complexity in the characters, especially the protagonist Brent, and this was mainly during the first half of the book. By the second half I started to enjoy the characters more and was left with a huge cliffhanger that left me wanting to know more. ...more
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
The story has the vibe of a dark Grimm fairytale. It also has an interesting premise.

But the typography and overuse of regional dialect snapped me out of the story too often (the first should never be noticed and the second should never be overwhelming.)

I liked the idea of the tunnels and Mist – and especially the library.

Brent… I had trouble bonding with him. Sure, he’s a storyteller (which is great), but I just didn’t like him. Which, of course, made reading the book difficult.

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E.S. Barrison has been writing and creating stories for as long as she can remember. After graduating from the University of Florida, she has spent the past few years wrangling her experiences to compose unique worlds with diverse characters. Currently, E.S. lives in Orlando, Florida with her family. The Mist Keeper’s Apprentice is her first novel.

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