Ahoy there me mates!
vessel (Sarah Beth Durst)
A lovely book. A desert girl has been raised her whole life to be a vessel for a god. On the day of her death, the god does not come. But what happens after? This story was fabulous.
The female protagonist, Liyana, is strong, intelligent, and all things you would want in a girl character. Not that I would expect less from this particular author. The secondary characters were just as great and uniquely drawn and a crucial part of the storytelling.
Intertwined throughout the narrative were stories and traditions and myths of the tribes that enriched the telling and made me smile. These stories had the feel of Native American and African myths, among others, and drew me further into the story. The reading went by quickly and when I was finished, I wished there was more, even though the ending needed no changing. A strong recommendation from a wonderful author.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her . . .
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