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.
Rita Stradling has already proven to be a very versatile writer. So when I received the arc of Colorless I was curious which type of story she would have woven this time. Since the blurb was a bit confusing, I started with a lot of questions. I mean, what in the name of love is an Iconoclast and why are they unseen??
After a few chapters, the book ended on my ToRead pile. And slowly it graduaded to the bottom of the pile. The starting of the book was a bit heavy and I kept putting it of. But when the book was moved on my Netgalley shelf to the ‘more than 3 months old’ I knew I had to start over again. Since Ensnared also had a bit of a slow start, I promised myself it would get better in time.
And it did. However, the changing Point Of View in the chapters made it first a bit confusing. But suddenly you feel yourself drawn to Annabelle, who becomes invisible after the sudden death of her parents. The colour just drips off her body and clothes. Feeling scared and alone, she is happy to find out that some people still can see her. However, they are not pleased to see her.
In the following chapters, Rita unfolds the story, where pieces of the puzzle start to fall together: why is Annabelle’s cousin her best friend? Why would he betray her? But then the story gets fuzzier and when the dire wolves are released, chaos is complete.
When the story ended I had to do a double take: was the story really over? I’m still not sure. Maybe Rita tried too much this time. The story is a bit forced and sometimes to much intrigues for the story to flow well. So, in all, not her best book ever. I doubted a bit to give it only two stars, because I think this is too harsh for this story. But it didn’t convince enough to validate three stars. So, two-and-a-half stars out of five this time. And still looking out for new stories of Rita Stradling. With a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: Rita Stradling
Published: August 2017
My Rating: ♥♥⁄½