Review of :  The Priest by Rowan McAllister

TITLE: The Priest
AUTHOR: Rowan McAllister
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sept 10th, 2019


hronicles of the Riftlands: Book Two
Brother Tasnerek, one of the infamous Thirty-Six stone bearers, is facing a dangerous crisis of faith after uncovering a secret that could shake the foundations of the Brotherhood of Harot. When Tas is sent to protect a tiny village on the edge of Rassa’s borders from Riftspawn, he struggles to resume his duties, risking his life and the lives of those around him.
Girik has always been an outsider, but to help his sick mother, he agrees to be the village’s offering in a painful ritual deemed necessary by the Brotherhood. But when the priest has a crisis of conscience, Girik offers his help to untangle a web of lies—even if it means getting closer than he ever imagined and committing sacrilege in the process.
With a monster lurking in the forest, a wandering mage mysteriously appearing, and more secrets awakening to unravel the truths of their world, Tas and Girik must make grave decisions. A life without danger seems a far-off hope, but love just might be theirs… if they survive.

Brother Tasnerek is one of the Thirty-six stone bearers. He’s facing a crisis of faith, and he doesn’t know how to face the next ritual he has to perform for the next hunt.
Girik is an outsider in his village, but he agrees to be the offering of the next ritual if the village will take care of his sick mother.
Tas and Girik have nothing in common at first, until Tas fails the ritual and Girik helps him to find a better solution to save the village. But when the spawn missed killing them, and a curious mage appears out of nowhere to help them, Tas and Girik will have to face the truth about their life, their future, and their feelings.
The Priest by Rowan McAllister is book 2 in the Chronicles of the Riftlands. It can be read as a standalone.

I adored The Wanderer, book 1 of this series, and I was happy to read this sequel.
Tas is a young priest, the youngest in his position. After discovering some proof against his brotherhood and how they lost themselves in greed and power, Tas has a crisis. A crisis of his faith in his brotherhood, a crisis of his life and his purpose. He tries to hide at first, but when he must face Girik in the ritual for the hunt, Tas loses his nerve and confides about his doubt. I liked Tas. He was really lost between what he believed and the truth, but when he couldn’t deny it anymore, he tried to do what was the best to protect the innocent and Girik.

Girik is an outsider among his village. People think of him as a simpleton, but Girik doesn’t care. He doesn’t care about what people think of him, he only cares about his mother, and he’s ready to do everything to make sure she’s well taken care of. She’s dying, and that’s why Girik accepts being the offering, but when he realises that Tas couldn’t perform the ritual, Girik tries to help him. I adored Girik. He’s smart, brave, fierce with a kind heart. He’s smarter than what people think. He didn’t hesitate to face a spawn to save Tas. I adored him.

The story and the plot were good, a little bit slow at the beginning, but it made sense at the end. The author takes the time to explain all the context about Tas’ stone, the brotherhood and most importantly, the immediate connection between Girik and Tas. The MCs were well developed. I was happy to see Lyuc, Ian, and Brin. They’re part of this adventure, and they help Tas and Girik to accept their destiny.
This book can be read at a standalone, but it’s better to read the series in order. Indeed, there’s a thread between each book, and it will be easier to understand all the background of this amazing universe.

I can’t wait to read the next book, the end of The Priest announces more in the future for this misfit band, and more revelations will come.

It’s 4 stars for them.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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