Lucas’ Review: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White

Posted June 30, 2017 by lucas in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Lucas’ Review: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel WhiteGlove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White
Published by Less Than Three Press on June 8th 2016
Genres: F/F, Witches
Purchase links: Amazon
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Source: NetGalley
three-stars

Enne Datchery and Muriel vas Veldina, ex-lovers and witches with a shared apprentice, are tasked by the Citadel, to repair an old grimoire together, despite the fact their relationship is tense at best.

The situation is further complicated when the book is stolen, and tracking down the thief stirs even more of Muriel's past. It swiftly becomes clear to the two that dealing with their fractured relationship is going to be the easy part of the assignment—if they can live long enough to complete it.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

three-stars

As I said in another review I love me some witches and I think I always will, but I’ve been sitting on this review for like a year and that should tell you how I feel about this book.

As I read elsewhere “Witches are a complicated subject at the intersection of cultural and religious imperialism, aggressive and misogynistic gender politics, and antisemitism.” I was pleasantly surprised to find an established relationship between the two main characters Muriel vas Veldina and Enne Datchery who have been together for long and even have a pupil that feels like their daughter which I love getting in a story right at the dramatic part, when the conflict starts.

This conflict is a two part struggle: The relationship sort of wearing out and the loss of the grimoire Muriel and Enne have been charged to fix, which is fun but what I have a problem with is the length of the book (too short) and how that weakens the narrative, the layering of the story and the roundness of the characters.

It’s a fun read and light so maybe someone with less expectations about the subject matter and character dynamics may find it a lot better than I did.

three-stars
lucas

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