Book Review: Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

There are other ways to seek justice. More death isn’t the answer

When I read Inkmistress I didn’t even know it was a prequel to Of Fire and Stars. It also didn’t matter because they don’t seem to have much in common.

Book Review: Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst


Title & Author: Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release date: March 6 2018
Series: Of Fire and Stars
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

I give Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst two out of five hearts because I didn’t care for it. It felt like a lose story, as if Audrey just pulled elements out of nowhere and put them into the book.

I liked Asra’s power, it was interesting and full of things that would make her flawed. But it had barely anything to do with the story. Also I thought that Asra was a flat character, not much development and except for her power not flawed.

Audrey’s writing was too descriptive and boring. It made the story feel slow and I kept checking how much I still had to read, looking forward to the moment I was done. I really didn’t care for the story because I couldn’t connect to the characters.

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