Author: Terah Edun
Series: Sarath Web
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication date: August 5th 2015
Pages: 395 (paperback)
Source: received from author
Sixteen-year-old Katherine Thompson wasn't trained to rule a coven. That was her sister - perfect, beautiful Rose. But when a mysterious plane crash kills off the heir presumptive of the Sandersville coven she has no choice.
After stepping in to fill her sister's shoes, Katherine realizes she didn't have a clue - faery wars, depressed troll and angry unicorns are just the beginning.
For centuries, her family has served the high Queens on both sides of the Atlantic but it is a well-known rule that mid-level witches stay away from high-level Queens.
But when Katherine's youngest cousin vanishes without a trace in the Atlanta court an no one wants to investigate, Katherine decides to step into the darkness on her own. She will soon discover that nothing, especially in a queen's court, is as it seems.
Sarath Web is the third series by Terah Edun that I’ve read. And I really liked her previous series, so I had high expectations for this new series of hers. I have to admit that Accession didn’t live up to my expectations.
There were still a lot of good things about the story. I really liked the concept of the book for example. Humans and the supernatural lived next to each other. In fact humans are even aware of the witches that live among them. The witches are after all the rulers of the town, counties and states. They are the ones who have to keep the balance between the supernatural and the humans. Terah Edun used all the whole range of supernatural creatures, trolls, kobolds, faeries… These creatures made the story interesting because they are all unique in their own way and they demand different things. When this bunches of supernatural creatures it thrown together there is always a conflict between some of them. So surprise is never far away.
The magic part of the witches was also very interesting to read about. But I already knew that this part of the story would be great since, magic is also a part of her other stories. Every witch has access to a different kind of magic. Some of the can control the wind or the trees, while others can control death. This part of the book was really fascinating and I hope that the author will explore this more in the next book in this series.
But then on the other side there wasn’t enough action in this book. Katerine her sister, Rose, had died and she wanted to find out what had caused her death. So I kept waiting for something exciting to happen but it just never did. A lot of other things did happen but they were unrelated to Rose’s death. I think that the author got sidetracked after a while and then in the end she found her way back to the main storyline of this book. This book felt more like an introduction to this world to me than like an actual story.
And then there was the main character, Katherine. Honestly she frustrated me a lot. All that she did throughout the story was arguing with everyone she met. And most of the time her arguments didn’t even make sense to me. She sounded quite immature a lot of the time, seriously she really needs to grow up.
Overall I still liked this book but I had a feeling that it could have been better. And in my opinion this book wasn’t the author’s best work so far. So if you have only this book by Terah Edun so far and you didn’t like it, don’t let it discourage you. Her other books are still worth a shot! I’m still looking forward to the next book in this series, because I truly believe that that’s when the story will really start.