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Witches Steeped in Gold

(Witches Steeped in Gold #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Divided by their castes. 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 reveng
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Expected publication: April 20th 2021
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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
May 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
so, hypothetically, can I marry this cover?
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
my wallet better be steeped in gold to allow me all these epic-sounding new releases

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👏
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Right we've got Killing Eve mentioned in the marketing materials and Ciannon Smart has basically won my eternal allegiance by not only having a killer villanelle gif game but by demonstrating she understands enemies to lovers and antiheroines so well

So the first book isn't sapphic enemies to lovers but the second book may be based on things I've heard from moots with early review copies lol
Jun 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Witches from enemy castes? Forming an alliance? Because they want revenge? SIGN ME UP
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 on-my-radar  ·  review of another edition
that cover
i mean WOW
chef's kiss
☀︎El In Oz☀︎
Edit June 18: THAT COVER THO

Jun 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jacinta Jade
This sounds absolutely amazing! Can’t wait til 2021 to read this 😍😍
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I will gladly give my money and soul for a peek at this book!
Sep 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This cover?!?!?!?!?!?!
Sign me the heck up!
The Bookish Austin
I'm swaying between a three and a four. I'll write a full review later.
caitlin ✶
Jun 27, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler free*

When you see a cover like that, it's hard not to be instantly intrigued. And that's exactly what I was. Two witches, one a long time prisoner and one a princess. Sworn enemies to each other, but willing to come together to bring down a mutual threat. This book sounded dark, brilliant, and absolutely like something I would want to read. I was very much looking forward to giving it a shot. Trigger warnings: death, torture, blood

This book delivered on everything that was promised. It
Wow! That was intense. I have to be honest, I was very confused in the beginning. There are a lot of characters and magic to remember. The world building is great though, I definitely wanted more. This book is rich and a very slow burn. The author took time writing this gem.

I loved it, love the characters, love the world and absolutely NEED the physical book! I don't know how I am going to wait for book 2!!!!

Thank you Harper Collins and Netgalley for letting me read this book in an exchange for
Ciannon Smart
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen year old me wouldn't believe it, but here we are.

Trigger warnings to come . . .
Brianna Donato
Dnfed at 13%

I feel like this is a case of right book wrong time. I'm going to pick this up again in the future and give it another shot.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This YA is incredibly detailed and richly imagined. It's the perfect recommendation for stronger YA readers who love deeply involved world building.
Mecca-Amirah Jackson
holy schnitzel, this cover is EVERYTHING
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
take my mONEY
Jun 18, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A Caribbean inspired fantasy you said? Sign me the fuck up.
I saw Caribbean and witches and that's all I needed to see, I'm sold!
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have read this entire year! Witches Steeped in Gold does it all! Two opposing narratives, suspense, and slightly stress-inducing.
The two main characters in the book come from two families. Iraya's family once ruled Aicaya that Jazmyne's mother dethroned. Both want revenge of a sort. In theory, they want the same thing, but they have different goals. Both PoVs are very distinct from the other. Iraya's is sarcastic and Jazmyne's is careful and both are calculative. Then th
Austin Ferraro
ARC provided by the publisher, all opinions are my own

This is the story of two witches on opposite sides of a fight over the throne of a Jamaica-inspired island, both arguably the rightful heirs to the kingdom, who come together for the purpose of overthrowing the current ruler - who happens to be the mother of one of them. Overall, the premise and atmosphere were exciting and full of potential, but the actual execution left a lot of things unclear as the plot unfolded.

The thing that stands
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to include a snippet of the beautiful author’s note in this book.

“Witches Steeped in Gold is an ode to my love of magic and island tales—those of fact as well as fiction. It contains echoes of unity and resistance, in deference to Jamaica’s history; a fallen empire where power is as fickle as a coin toss, and competing hands scramble to catch it; two girls from enemy orders who dare to challenge the past, and the resulting twists and turns as they navigate their way to a new dawn.”

Kylie Q. Rada
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided with a free advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

That's it, I'm officially a convert from medieval European fantasy to non-Western fantasy with diverse casts of characters. You just can't beat the fresh perspectives brought by simply WRITING A FANTASY NOVEL NOT INSPIRED BY MEDIEVAL EUROPE. Don't get me wrong, I love a good classic fantasy. But I think it's time for the OG fantasy writers to sit back and let the WOC take the lead for a while. T
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
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Of Jamaican heritage, 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 foun ...more

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