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Archivist Wasp

Archivist Wasp - Nicole Kornher-Stace Seen also at http://www.honkifyoulovejustice.com/2016/01/05/book-review-archivist-wasp

For months, one of my online friends has been recommending Archivist Wasp to pretty much everybody. It was on my list to check out some day, but when it went on sale a few weeks back she decided to just gift the book to a few of us and be done with it. I’m very glad she did.

At first glance, the world seems like a typical fantasy realm, where you take a medieval setting and add something weird (ghosts, in this case). ‘Wasp’ – not her real name – is the Archivist, one of a group of young women marked at birth by a goddess, and taught to catch and study the ghosts that linger all around the landscape. It’s a brutal life, as the role of Archivist is won through, and held onto, via knife fights to the death versus ‘upstart’ challengers.

Even that life is turned upside down when Wasp meets a special ghost – one that has no problem communicating with her. He shows her worlds never glimpsed by normal people, and shakes the foundations of everything she was raised to believe.

Archivist Wasp is a quick read that you’ll want to finish in one sitting. If there’s one flaw, it’s that it relies a bit much on flashbacks to the ghost’s previous life. But I was dying for that information so it didn’t bother me. Felt like the flashbacks to the island on Arrow in that way. Anyway, check it out at Amazon, you’ll be glad you did.