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Pretty interesting fantasy book that my 14 yr old loved
 
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dulegstmiramherzen | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 19, 2023 |
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I see the author is relatively new to writing. However, I do believe this book makes her seem much more established. I wasn't a hug fan of the story, but she does a good job with descriptions without going too in-depth or leaving you wanting more. It's enough to keep the story flowing. Overall, not bad. It's an easy read.
 
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weswade | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 1, 2023 |
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Rich, high fantasy full of court intrigue.
 
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mkh43 | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2023 |
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I wouldn't complain if there was more character development, because the characters are quite great! I enjoyed this world, and I'm not usually into books featuring magic (unless it's the Daevabad Trilogy) and was sorry to see the end of the story.
 
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karmabodhi | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 18, 2023 |
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What a heartachingly beautiful story. Badriya is a gorgeously complicated character. Broken and miserable, but still finding friendship, love, and family - in a broken little way. The cast of characters range the spectrum from cruel to spiteful to pitiful to endearing.
It’s gorgeous. I loved it.
 
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reginacorley | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 29, 2022 |
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Court of Venom tells the story of Badriya, a young woman living in the strange land of Aran, where everyone seems to be haunted by their own ghosts and demons. Flashbacks tell us she has changed. Once an innocent and naive girl who watched her mother dance and mix together magical concoctions to help others and make a living, she now uses the knowledge passed down by her mother to poison those that have fallen out of favor with the queen. It's that or death, and Badriya won't do anything that would put releasing her mother's soul from the Lost at risk.
This book is fairly short and the story has a good flow. It's written with adults in mind, but would be appropriate for a YA audience. The ending is solid, this could definitely be a stand-alone story. But I wouldn't complain if there was a sequel.
I received a copy of this book via LibraryThing for an objective review.
 
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melcena1 | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 24, 2022 |
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I really liked the premise of the book but found some of the writing - lots of exposition and not a great deal of character development - a little difficult to follow. Those are my tastes though and the book is well written.

I like the idea of the poisoning culture and the character wanting to flee from her step-sister. My personal tastes just wanted this developed a bit further.½
 
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ggprof | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 23, 2022 |
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I won this through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers group. I really enjoyed this short fantasy novel about a distant and enchanted city and the magic that happens there. I would have liked to see more character development and to spend more time in “then”. I enjoyed exploring the world, but found the characters repeated themselves often in scene after scene.
 
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Karen.Helfrick | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 18, 2022 |
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First, let me say that I was given an early reviewer copy of this in exchange for an honest review (through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program).

This is really a DNF review. I wanted to like this book. The premise really spoke to me. The execution wasn't great. Lots of exposition and not a lot of action. I got about 60 pages in and called it quits.
 
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Jessica_Olin | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 24, 2022 |
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book! The plot is very intriguing and I loved the characters. With that said, the constant flip from present to past didn't feel entirely necessary and made it a bit cumbersome to read. An abbreviated version as a prologue with maybe one or two brief flashbacks might have made for a smoother reading experience. The writing also felt a bit repetitive, with the same plot points being described multiple times. But even with as repetitive as it could be at times, I didn't fully understand the magic that the main character posses, or the need for her blood/tears. It felt glossed over. The story line is really enjoyable, but a little extra work could take this book from good to great!
 
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sedodge | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 19, 2022 |
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Court of Venom is a fantasy novel with a bit of a different feel. Drawing from Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Garden," the protagonist has eaten so much poison she herself is poisonous. The plot moves along and the ending is satisfying.
 
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JuliaMira | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2022 |
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This book is a fantasy that involves a young woman who is trying to escape her step-sister who is queen of their land. However, this land is surrounded by a desert that seems to be haunted by the souls of the dead - it reminded me of the Egyptian Duat.

The woman is a master with poisons - her mother was also. She sells her tonics and potions in order to buy passage out and save her mother's soul from the sands of the desert.

Eventually, she finds herself involved too much in court intrigue and almost loses herself. She ends up losing other things and her decisions force her to alter her plans.

I was able to read through this very quickly. The writing is plain, simple, and not overly flowery.

I personally wasn't impressed with the main character and felt she lacked some important decision making skills - that could be because it'll be discovered in another book - I don't know.

The story itself is very simple and easy to follow. There aren't a lot of characters to worry about and most of them are one or two dimensional. I don't feel like they grew in the story.

This was interesting enough that I might read a second one if it ever came out.

**All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
 
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The_Literary_Jedi | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2022 |
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. This book is incredibly atmospheric, full of rich descriptions and language about the settings and characters that make them come alive and practically jump off the page. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and I mostly appreciated how interesting the political intrigue enveloping the story is. No situation was completely black or white, but in varying shades of gray, and Badriya was a well-rounded protagonist who had clear motivations for everything she did, be it good or bad. All in all, I would recommend this book to lovers of Game of Thrones and those who are looking for similar vibes to the Sands of Arawiya duology by Hafsah Faizal.
 
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abbytuttle | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 25, 2022 |
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An engrossing read that I wish was longer! The concept was fascinating and unique, which is great in a market of fantasy that can get quite repetitive. If you are a fan of books with a lot of dialogue, then this is certainly for you, but you may find it lacking if you are looking for more world building. I can't honestly say the twist was unexpected, but there is enough in there to keep you interested. I hope to see more from this author in the future!
 
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MrDrake | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 30, 2022 |
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Court of Venom drips with atmosphere, magic, and intrigue. The Middle Eastern fantasy setting and unique magic system reminded me of Tasha Suri's Empire of Sand, however, the protagonist, Badriya, is darker than Mehr. Partially blackmailed, partially driven by her own motivations into being the queen's assassin and the court's herbalist (for a price), when Badriya says she's full of poison, she doesn't mean it figuratively. The title is absolutely apt for this royal drama set in a lush yet venomous oasis amid a treacherous desert, and the tight cast of characters each surprise you in their own way. I would highly recommend the book to fantasy fans, and I would happily read a sequel!

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SpaceStationMir | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2022 |
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This is a historical/fantasy novel set in the corrupt court of Aran, a fading nation-city that is isolated by a dangerous desert filled with witches and demons. Badriya, derisively called “Diya” by the court, came to the city as a child after an arduous, near-deadly trip, with her mother, a dancer with knowledge of potions and poisons. While her mother caught the eye of the king of Aran, Badriya was bullied by Solena, the king’s eldest daughter and her companions. Now that Solena is queen, Badriya hopes to sell enough potions to the court to buy back her mother’s soul from the desert witch and leave, all while being forced to fill herself with poison to do Solena’s bidding.

Aran was once the pearl of the desert, magically enhanced to be a paradise. But the deal that the first king made for this city is coming to an end. They city is fading and falling apart, matching the fading decay of the court itself. The book is a bit slow, and not a lot of action happens, but it has a very strong mood. There is a great sense of suffocation, fading, coming to an end, that things cannot last as they are, permeating the entire book, from the city, to Solena’s court, to Badriya herself.

Badriya is falling apart. Because of all the poison she deals with, she can no longer cry. She barely sleeps or eats. She hates where she is, what she is doing, and is pushing herself to get through it all so she can rescue her mother, protect Najma, Solena’s younger sister and one of the few people Badriya cares about, and finally leave Aran to go back to the shoreline home of her childhood.

The book bounces back and forth between the current time, and a ‘then’ which starts with Badriya and her mother in the shoreline city of Mer, and continues on to bring the reader up to where the book started. I found the flashbacks great for building our understanding of what had happened to lead Badriya to where she is now, so by the time we got to the last flashback, we had also reached the critical ‘no turning back’ junction for Badriya.
That being said, despite all the tension of eminent collapse that had driven most of the book, the ending itself felt rather lackluster, a bit too open-ended without giving us a sense of relief for all the angst we’d gone through with Badriya. Still, even with a lackluster ending, I enjoyed reading this book.

Disclosure: I got a copy of this book in exchange for a review as for the Early Reviewer program on Library Thing.
 
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li_izumi | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 10, 2022 |
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I liked the concept of the book. Took off quick and really made you consider the position off the main character and what she continues to fight for. There were several spots were the words were switched around but obvious repeats from previous entry.
 
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GOB1324 | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 10, 2022 |
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This was a slow book to start and finish. Not much really happened and it jumped from past to present a lot. There was little world building nor much about the characters that really made you connect with them. I found the relationship between mother and daughter to be neglectful and selfish yet there was such a loyalty that it was somewhat annoying. There could have been so much more to this story had there been a real plot to it. It felt like there was a bunch that was meant to happen but then... nothing really did?

I liked the writing style of the author and really wished I'd liked the book more but it left so much to be desired.
 
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Sammi.Smith | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2022 |
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Court of Venom by Kristin Burchell—an early reader’s review:
There are some books that take a little while to get into—it takes time to fall in step with the author’s cadence: but not here! This writing was as enchanting as the story it told. I totally enjoyed it.
The court of venom is a layered tale of how poison comes from within as well as from without. A young woman lives an unhappy existence doing what she hates in order to free her mother’s ghost. She has only a few rare friends as she is bullied into attacking various members of the court who have in some way, great or small, crossed the queen.
Beauty, the queen believes, is only skin deep, but the assassin knows otherwise—what she comes to realize is that the poison she deals in does not define her either.
This story was beautifully crafted—the writing was ephemeral—and my satisfaction was complete.
Thank you for a great read.
 
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Leano | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2022 |
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Badriya is an assassin with a conscience. "Court of Venom" was an enjoyable, easy read with very likable characters and beautiful imagery. I do hope there is a sequel.
I also think the book should be considered YA instead of adult fantasy.

Full disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a review as part of the Early Reviewer program on LibraryThing.
 
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joanne.heffner | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2022 |
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Despite the 3-star rating, I greatly enjoyed this novel! It constantly kept me guessing and contained a variety of well thought out, unique characters. The plot was intriguing, as was the lore of all the magical tinctures and balms. With well-described locations and a variety of fascinating healing/poisoning herbs, the world-building was wonderful. Overall, this book was very well written, making it a delightfully engaging read. It even ran the gamut of human emotions and experiences, with everything from joy to hatred to utter despondency. And all of this resonated so much with me.

But, the timeline was all over the place and sometimes I was seriously confused by how many days? months? years? took place between incidents. There was a device of saying "Then" in bold before telling a story from the past, and the book did very cleverly bring the "Then" up to the beginning's now. But the way in which it was done made it seem like the book's now started directly after the king died when my first summation when beginning the book was that the king had been dead for years. Honestly, I am still quite a bit lost as to how everything fits and how old Badriya and the other characters were during each highlighted incident. If the timeline had been made more clear, this book easily would have gotten 4 stars from me.

Another thing I found odd was that in the "About the Author", it said this was an adult novel, but that the author typically writes young adult and middle grade novels. To be perfectly frank, I thought this was a young adult novel... I mean, that doesn't bother me at all, I love a good YA book, but I would not bill this as adult--there are some graphic moments and the motivations of many of the characters are, in a word, dastardly, but I don't think that makes it adult by default. I'm not sure what about it was supposed to make it feel more adult...

And finally, the thing that would have prevented me from giving this 5 stars even if the timeline was clearer, was the ending. I don't know what I was hoping for or expecting but the strangely open-ended way that the story fizzles out just didn't feel like a satisfying conclusion. Whereas the last book I reviewed had too detailed of a conclusion, this book had too vague of one. I didn't know whether I was supposed to be happy or sad or neutral at how things turned out. There just wasn't much to go off of.

Regardless of these criticisms, I absolutely loved reading this book and am so thankful that I had the opportunity to do so. Full disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a review as part of the Early Reviewer program on LibraryThing.
 
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ThriftyMorgana | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 18, 2022 |
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Enjoyed this book. Some nice world building. Badriya is stuck in a very hard place & doing the best she can to get by. Fast read. Good for fantasy fans.
 
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Docjmh | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 16, 2022 |
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I received this book from librarything early reviewers. This book was a quick read and I would like to read more from this author. Badriya never wanted to become the queen's poisoner, but she has no choice. The Queen Solena will kill her if she refuses, and the city is surrounded by a desert wasteland many fear to cross. I did feel like there was a lot or repetition in the story telling but it still kept my interest. I didn't like how the book kept jumping between past and present it just made the story seem confusing and hard to follow.
 
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JesseekaG | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 13, 2022 |
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Plot:
Badriya came to the desert city of Aran with her mother, but now her mother is dead and Badriya is stuck in Aran until she can free her mother's soul from the witch who keeps it prisoner. To earn enough money for that, she uses her knowledge of plants to make magical cosmetics and drugs for the women of the court in Aran. But Queen Solena also has a different use for her: Badriya is her poisoner, and she makes free use of her as she looks for a suitable husband.

Court of Venom is a nice read with interesting world-building that doesn't get the pacing quite right, I thought. Still, I enjoyed reading it.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2022/02/10/court-of-venom-kristin-burchell/½
 
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kalafudra | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 12, 2022 |
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I liked that this story is a bit different than the usual assassin books. I did feel like there was a lot or repetition in the story telling but it still kept my interest.
 
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stormy50 | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 10, 2022 |