Can’t Wait Wednesday – VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson.  I just recently read my first Margaret Rogerson book, Sorcery of Thorns, and fell in love with her intricate worldbuilding and her unforgettable characters.  This new book sounds amazing too, especially the protagonist, Artemisia. I want to know more about her powers and about her troubled past.


VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson

Publication Date:  September 28, 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books


From Goodreads:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.

The dead of Loraille do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.

As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

24 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    Oh hello, this is creepy with the mention of the revenant, and promising in terms of action and adventure.

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Oh wow! I LOVE the sound of this one, Suzanne. I don’t know the author, but that premise is very intriguing. I’m going to check her out. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I haven’t tried this author before but definitely would like to! My favorite kind of YA is fantasy. I think I would really like this one. I hope you enjoy VESPERTINE when you read it! I hope you are having a great week.

  4. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    The summary sounds very promising. And the cover … I am curious now. The femal main figure seems to be a badass girl. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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