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Amethyst Pledge by Leonie Rogers
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it was amazing
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Amethyst Pledge is the first book in The Albatar Chronicles series by Australian author, Leonie Rogers. When the Day of Declaration arrives, the day when the fifteen-year-olds in each village are asked to choose, Kazari is absolutely certain that she will not decline or abstain; even without her parents’ blessing or support, she has known from a young age that when the Abbot asks, she will choose to serve the Lady.

In what capacity Kazari does this will be for the Lady to determine. Kazari has shown aptitude that might be useful as a Grower or a Judicar, but after some days at the Abbey, no one is more surprised than she to be chosen to wear the amethyst pendant and the black garb of the Hunter sept.

Kazari is apprehensive: the Hunter’s role is to protect Albatar, to battle with the gorgones, and that will be dangerous. The gorgones are the enemies of the Lady and all she stands for: they destroy minds, souls and physical bodies. But Kazari trusts that the training she receives from the members of her sept, combined with whatever Gifts she is revealed to possess, and her faith in the Lady, will see her right.

However, while her training is still far from complete, the Abbey, and perhaps all of Albatar, faces an unexpected threat. And it seems that Kazari has an integral part to play, whether or not she feels prepared for it. Will she find the inner strength to meet the challenge, to do what is needed, to survive?

Rogers gives the reader a worthy yet relatable protagonist, with interesting, likeable support characters, and presents them in a fascinating arena. The villains are suitably nasty and imaginatively armed. The world-building is subtly done and the necessary history is seamlessly inserted into the story. Likely to appeal to readers of all ages, this is an excellent beginning to a what promises to be an intriguing series, and the second book will be eagerly anticipated. More, soon, please!
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Hague Publishing.
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Reading Progress

December 16, 2019 – Shelved
December 16, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 16, 2019 – Shelved as: wishlist
April 3, 2020 – Started Reading
April 4, 2020 –
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April 5, 2020 – Finished Reading

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