Colorless. By Rita Stradling. Release date 08/08/17.
About the book … (from the blurb)
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.
I'm a big fan of YA books, especially where there's magic involved, so Colorless was always going to do it for me.
I really enjoyed Rita Stradling's style of writing, the world building is just right, enabling me to picture Domengrad so well.
The cast are given real depth, their characters build layer by layer as the the story progresses, From Anthony who I found loathsome in the beginning but pitied as I learnt more about him, and Annabelle who proves to be a brave heroine, rather than a simpering idiot waiting for the love interest to rescue her, to the monks, who had me feeling more uncomfortable at every appearance.
I particularly appreciate the fact that there's a romance budding between Annabelle, but that the author hasn't rushed them into instant love which can be tedious and unbelievable.
Because Colorless is the first book in a series the author has been able to take the time to build a unique, truly engaging story, it's one of the best Young Adult fantasy/magic books I've read in a long time, and I've read a lot.
I realised about a third of the way through the book that there must be a sequel and I was delighted because I'm not ready to leave Annabelle and Co behind yet.
Colorless is released today 08th August 17 and is available on kindle for just 99p.
I wholeheartedly recommend Colorless and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for good world building, interesting characters, and an intriguing story, unlike any I've read before.