Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1) by Kelly Coon – The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.
In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.
When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.
But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.
Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.
Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 29, 2019)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
About the author: (from Goodreads.com) YA author Kelly Coon (GRAVEMAIDENS, Oct. 29 2019 Delacorte Press, sequel 2020) is an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, ACT test prep book author, and a wicked karaoke singer in training. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes every story got the happy ending she’s living near Tampa with her three sons, brilliant husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich. www.kellycoon.com
Review of Gravemaidens
Gravemaidens is the first book in the Gravemaidens series by Kelly Coon. A dark intriguing young adult mystery with well-written, bold characters that will keep you turning the pages. Coon writes a compelling story that is sure to leave you wanting more! An exciting novel of injustice and a strong inspiring heroine that fights for what she believes is right. Gravemaidens is a magical world full of unknowns, action, drama, and a breathtakingly surprise ending that is sure to stay with you long after reading! *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*