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2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Fantasy
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Fantasy
2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist for Fantasy

What is the worth of your spirit?

In the world of Awya, where life is scattered across isles in a seemingly endless ocean of black liquid, the Isle of Winder is home to uymns whose primary trade is agriculture and flower cultivation. Here, an umyn boy by the name of Amory Demshen becomes obsessed with Tempertime Cemetery—a collection of portals powered by spirits that link the isles of Awya together, and a place forbidden to those without proper training and knowledge.

Amory disobeys the laws and his mother, sacrificing the qualities of youth and the virtues of his upbringing to pursue a selfish adventure connived by a hidden, sinister force. Unnerving truths and perilous consequences await as Amory—equipped with an authoritative jar, a chest of bewitching cards, and a flying stone slab—plunges into the darkness of the spirit collectors.

Will Amory learn the worth of a spirit in time to save his own?

Review:

May contain some elements of a spoiler…sort of.
The Spirit Collectors was a very interesting read. Amory is a youth that wants more out of life. So much so, that he goes against the laws of his island home and visits Tempertime Cemetary before he’s learned enough to deal with the magic that resides there. Amory goes on an adventure. I’m not saying it’s a happy adventure, but it is eventful.
This book is well written and has a lot of descriptive prose. Normally I am not into that sort of writing. I find I usually skim over it. But, in all but a very few instances, the author keeps me interested enough in the descriptive writing that I don’t skim as normal.
I felt bad for the main character and was appalled by how he is used. But I think that adds to the mystery that you are left with at the end of the book.
Not a long book, it’s a quick read and very entertaining. I’d recommend this book to anyone that enjoys books with a magical element, as well as a subject matter that turns sort of dark. This is good fantasy.
4 of 5 Stars
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