Hello hello and welcome to my spot on The Write Reads blog tour for Marrow Charm. I read this book as part of the Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award 2020. While it might have finished in 6th place for BBNYA, I was rooting for it the whole time, as I absolutely loved it.
Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above.
Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities, a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes.
The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the Auction block of Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world.
And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.
Although it was a while ago that I read Marrow Charm, it’s not a book that you forget easily. Both the characters and the story left their mark on me and thinking back to them is really one of those ‘happy to look back on’ books.
Azzy is one of the most dedicated siblings and characters in general I have encountered in literature. Her absolute love for her brother is evident in the tasks she takes on, prepared to do anything to help him, naive to the bigger picture – and bigger moving pieces – at play. She willingly makes sacrifices without hesitating, and runs into whatever is coming next without a thought for herself.
The prose itself is beautifully crafted and easy to get lost in. Between the setting, the characters, and the writing, the book is wonderful escapism, and the type of book that you won’t want to put down. I was so pleased to read this for BBNYA and glad I can FINALLY rave about it after enjoying it so much.
About The Author
Kristin Jacques is an author from small town New England. She grew up in the sticks, surrounded by river wildlife, and various swamp inhabitants. Somehow she managed to keep all her toes despite a run in with a snapper or two. She lives with her husband and sons in another small New England town. She is mighty attached to them. When not writing, she is likely reading, watching a terrific B-Horror flick, or further spoiling the family cats. Sometimes she has blue hair.