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"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. When bandits threaten Ina's village, Asra uses her blood magic to try and help but her spell goes horribly wrong. Ina takes a savage dragon as her manifest, and swears revenge on the king, unaware Asra is at fault. To stop Ina, Asra becomes a player in lethal games among assassins, gods, and even the king himself."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780062433282
Branch Call Number: YA Coult 3565
Characteristics: 393 pages :,map ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Ink mistress


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Jan 16, 2019

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This, to me, was a very disappointing read. I am all for bisexuality within literature, but as I was combing the shelves for WLW reads the inside cover was entirely deceptive. It had no mention of a man (Hal), only the "love" between Ina and Asra. Thus, I was fooled into believing I would read a fun book about a WLW protagonist which celebrated the love between two women.

I was dreadfully mistaken.

Nearly immediately, Asra is thrown out of her relationship with Ina and into one with Hal, a rather Mary-Sue character who's single "flaw" is betraying Asra one singular time. A stereotypical sunshine boy, this novel follows all-too-plainly the trope of a bisexual protagonist loving women until she meets the proper man who sets her back on the "right" path.

This is further exemplified by the portrayal of Ina throughout the book. Ina is completely demonized from the second that her village is attacked, and revealed to be a ~dirty cheater~ with a man (cheating bisexual stereotype, of course) who was only using Asra to gain power. Their "love" is revealed to have been absolutely awful, and Ina completely manipulated Asra-- as opposed to the so-called perfect love between Hal and Asra. This sends the awful message of how WLW love is evil and manipulative and wrong, as compared to m/w love being perfect and the only good form of love.

Some may argue that this book doesn't portray this message because Ina ends up with one of the other main antagonists, who is a girl, and to those people I suggest you look into the trope of gay people only being portrayed as villains. The only other WLW couple is, once again, portrayed as violent. How surprising!

Do not read this book if you are looking for something that respects bi women, or the LGBT community as a whole. It demonizes love between women as something wrong, evil, and manipulative. If I could give this zero stars, I would.

Mar 22, 2018

I loved Asra and her development, some parts were predictable but I couldn't put it down.

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