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The Ninth Sorceress

(The Price of Magic #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and s
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Published February 13th 2020 by Talem Press
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Helen Scheuerer
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I’ve fallen so hard for a novel, but Bonnie Wynne’s debut swept me off my feet and refused to put me back down. Written in stunning prose, The Ninth Sorceress is a breathtaking book that’s brimming with worldbuilding you can almost touch, and a diverse cast of morally grey, but loveable characters.

This novel feels like ‘classic’ fantasy: epic adventures, magic and dark forces, as well as a beautifully crafted coming-of-age narrative. I can’t speak highly enough of this t
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

WOW, I'm so surprised by this book! I really feel happy for having decided to read it. It's a super entertaining fantasy with so many plot twists that keeps you hooked from minute one. I really like and appreciate the details that the author has put in this book in such a unique way and make it stand out from the rest. It has a solid beginning, well-created characters and a captivating plot that's becoming more and more twisted. Maybe it has some details and situations that I 'd have changed or
Gwyn was only seventeen, but her very existence brought fear to magic users. Could it be the powers she has always suppressed? Has the life she has known been a lie? Is she meant to stand tall and take charge of her destiny and the destiny of the world around her?

Elegant writing that colors the atmosphere pulls readers in slowly, but once that hook is set, this s a totally engaging tale rich in details. From the beginning, there is a feel of a story waiting to unfold, which it does without rushi
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Probably the worst thing about reviewing advanced copies is that if you loved the book, you have to wait even longer for the next book in the series to come out - and this is my pain right now.
This book is AMAZING! I’ve been in a slump again for what has felt like forever, but The Ninth Sorceress has given me back what I had been missing for the past few months - my love for books and most
Bronwyn Eley
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know what’s so great about the world of books? The fact that you will never run out of amazing books to read. Picking up my advanced proof copy of The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne proved just that.

The first thing I noticed about Wynne’s book is her beautiful writing style. As an author myself, it made me want to be a better writer. Her sentences are like rich, delicious chocolate. Smooth, moreish, enticing. And her storytelling is much the same – I could hardly put this book down! Only wh
Courtney Trestrail
Really enjoyed this book! Hard to believe it is the authors first!

Beautiful writing + world building that I wish was allowed the time to go slower especially towards the end where the histories and the magic system were explained. But nonetheless! Excellent debut, rekindled my love of fantasy after being in a fantasy rut!
Benjamin Fellows
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hot damn!!!

I am so damn blown away by this amazing book!
I have never been so captivated by a book and so intrigued by an awesome cast of characters!

Bonnie writes in a way that paints a beautiful, vivid picture of the world and the characters inhabiting it, while maintaining a steady, gratifying pace.

Its been a long time since I have been this desperate to read the next book in the series!
Maybe not since Harry Potter as a child...

Please Bonnie, please let it be soon!
Olivia Estelle
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was highly anticipated, and it definitely did not disappoint! A beautifully written, sweeping fantasy that drew me in from the first words on the page! What a brilliant debut. Can't wait for the rest of the series!
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was caught up in the story right from the start and loved everything about this book! It was all done so well, the world building, magic system, characters, were all interesting and engrossing. I can't wait for the next in the series...
Laura Koerber
I got bored and quit reading. The writing is really good--word choice, sentence flow, apt metaphors etc. But I got tired of the main character's role as victim-who-doesn't-understand and keeps asking the sawm questions over and over, questions are are answered ambiguously just before another action scene forces more fleeing and running about. I just felt like I had rad this book before.
Firstly, I'm so glad to see more Aussie fantasy YA out there (we've had some great contemporaries in recent years, but we can always use more fantasy). The first half of this book was incredible... this felt like it was building up to be a darker than usual take on many of the usual YA fantasy tropes, and I was rooting for Gwyn to both literally and figuratively throw off the shackles and take charge of her own destiny. I thought the divisions within the magical community, and the blurred lines ...more
Chloe Anderson
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Absolutely amazing! A definite must-read.
Never have I ever been so engrossed in a book. After every chapter I felt this urge to just pick it up again as if Faolan had ropes around my wrists, impossibly addictive!
I have to admit I’ve never really been that into fantasy books, but this book has completely changed that. I’m so eager to read the upcoming second book to the series and the third and hopefully so many more.
At first I found it quite difficult to keep up with so many different characte
gwendalyn _books_
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Ninth Sorceress

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic

The Ninth Sorceress is the first book in the young adult epic fantasy series,
A stunning debut author has captivated me right from the very beginning in this stunning, soon
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Ninth Sorceress!! I enjoyed the unique magic and the addictive world building.

I have so many unanswered questions!!!

I can’t wait until the sequel comes out. ❤️
Apr 12, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a few days to get through The Ninth Sorceress, which surprised me. The book has generally very positive reviews - while there's a few low starred ratings on GoodReads, there's not many actual negative reviews. But it didn't hook me in like I'd expected.

There was nothing wrong with the writing, but there was nothing special about it either. It was solid, unobjectionable prose...with nothing that screamed "wow". No moments of awe at the writer's skill or imagination. The story itself, a
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like many other publications from Talem Press, the Ninth Sorceress is a hidden gem in the realm of Fantasy. Since I’ve started trying to write my own novels and short stories, I’ve developed an entirely new appreciation for the elements of a story. World building is hard. Crafting characters is hard. Writing a compelling plot is hard. And the writers of Talem Press always seem to do these things impressively with Wynne being no exception.

The Prologue of The Ninth Sorceress had me hooked the seco
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**Book Review** We are both huge fans of @talempress and reached out for a copy of The Ninth Sorceress by @itsbonniewynne because we absolutely loved the Oremere Chronicles by @helenscheuerer . The release date is 13th February and the ebook will be available on Amazon 🎉

As a bit of background, Talem Press (latin for ‘empower’) is an independent Sydney-based publishing house that aims to ‘empower’ both authors and readers. They focus on publishing fantasy books featuring unlikely heroines and mag
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thanks so much to Talem Press for sending me the ebook for review **

The Ninth Sorceress is the first book in a new series, and it definitely felt like a first in a series book. There was quite a bit of background about the society and magic to be introduced, and I feel like this was done pretty well.

I had a little bit of trouble figuring out some of the timing of the story, but I did feel like enough time was passing for Gwyn to grow and change, and for her relationships with others to do the
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Talem Press for providing me with a copy of The Ninth Sorceress in exchange for an honest review!

Gwyn is a traveller with her guardian, a herbalist and fortune teller (but not a wizard, because wizards are not welcome in these parts of town). After a terrible encounter with some locals, Gwyn is healed of her physical wounds, but things she overheard mean her questions are just beginning. When she ends up on the run, she could never have imagined the creatures she would meet
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Rainsford
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this - mostly because the author seems super lovely. But I struggled to get through this :-( The first part is mostly wilderness trekking and world building. The writing is descriptive in a way that shows how intimately the author knows her world (she can tell you exactly what the protagonist is hearing and smelling, not just seeing) but at times feels heavy and laden with detail. I thought it was picking up a bit in the second half until it just became sitting around and ...more
Corinne Anderson
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Readers
I discovered this book on Instagram. I follow the author, Bonnie Wynne, and she posted about her book and was instantly intrigued. I downloaded the book and dove in to a rich story. I was hooked by the first few chapters and found myself flipping through the pages to find out what happened next.
It is a traditional, below average appearing individual who learns as time goes on that she is more than meets the eye. Bonnie Wynne has crafted a world of magic, governed by greedy, power-hungry magician
Gregg Buford
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Just want to start off with that I think this is a good book and I enjoyed reading it. It's not perfect or anything but don't think most people will be disappointed reading this story. I can see similarities to other fantasy books that I like as well. Reading the same type of story like this can be boring except when the author brings something in either how she tell the story or how well they tell their particular story. Bryn is an interesting character in some way. She is young and naive but n ...more
Emma Bean
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very much reads like a start to an exciting series. There are a lot of threads weaving through the book which sometimes are a little tricky to keep track of. I read the first 2/3 fairly quickly but got a little lost in the last 1/3 as there are a lot of details, names and concepts that you have to remember. I think this may be clearer in a second read and clearly sets things up for the following books.. There is lots of excitement and wonder, some brilliant descriptions and I am interested ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two things bothered me with The Ninth Sorceress, it ended and book number two is not out yet!⁣

I've always admired fantasy books authors, it takes talent to allow the reader to immerse himself or herself in a fictional world, to break away from reality and believe in the impossible. One thing is certain, Bonnie Wynne successfully achieved all of these. ⁣

I particularly enjoyed the fact that she found inspiration in things that we all already read about, and yet succeeds in creating a world, imag
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It isn’t often that I read a fantasy debut novel of this quality. First I was captivated by Bonnie Wynne’s wonderful style of writing, that just managed to blow me away in how she constructed such vivid pictures
and such a unique but not inaccessible world, without sounding generic. The beginning definitely spikes curiosity and while the book does slow down at some point, what kept me along for the ride was the wish to see the protagonist, Gwyn, grow and what a reward it was to continue read
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's an excellently written first in a series fantasy YA that cleverly weaves world-building, character development and plot in a way that is very engaging and avoids the pitfuls fantasy stories can often fall into when needing to set up an epic story in the first book. I really loved Gwyn and her growth through the story. I particularly loved how many twists and developments there were. I guessed a few, but there were so many, that really kept me guessing how the sto ...more
Jessica A McMinn
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Breath-Taking Indie Debut

The first book of Bonnie Wynne's debut fantasy series, "The Price of Magic", is an intriguing and well-conceived introduction to Gwyn and the world of Caerwyn.

The world-building, lore and magic systems are phenomenal in their depth of detail, and the writing itself is beautiful and accessible.

With twists and turns awaiting the flip of every page, the second book cannot come quick enough.

A solid ★★★★ read.
Natalie Mason
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Ninth Sorceress is one of my stand out favourite books of the year.

I love the magical systems and characters. One of the big things I love about this book is its lack of focus on romance and more focus on the quest and journey of the female lead.

Bonnie's world building grows throughout the book and sets a vivid picture for the reader that makes you feel like you are actually there.

I can't wait to see what Bonnie has in store for us in the next book.
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