Let’s Talk // The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Hey y’all just here dropping my thoughts on this new fantasy that’s taking over the book community, kinda like the entity in the book 😈

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“Branches and Stones. Daggers and Bones.”

The basis of this story is that the Town of Four Paths was founded in 1847 by Hetty Hawthorne, Lydia Saunders, Richard Sullivan and Thomas Carlisle and these four founders gave great power to imprison a beast inside of a dangerous place called The Gray. When we meet our main character Violet Saunders she’s grieving from the loss of her sister and her strained relationship with her mother that just doesn’t seem to care that she’s alive. Their broken family is uprooting and moving back to Four Paths to take care of her Aunt Daria who has dementia so Violet’s hopes of going to music school for college and playing piano are pretty much done for as she closes out her senior year. People in the town of Four Paths are growing increasingly wary of their founders’ ability to protect the town because people keep ending up dead. Of course, this happens every equinox but people have been dying more frequently and in even more gruesome ways, but the biggest threat to their town could be the dissension among the ranks.

“Stay out of the woods, little bone. I can see those branches reaching for you.”

There are a few other key players in this book which would be the teens of the founding families: Isaac Sullivan who has the power to disintegrate things, Justin Hawthorne who’s struggling with the shame from the failure of his ritual, and Harper Carlisle who was injured and lost her hand while in The Gray. Like any good story all of these families have beef, ancient and present and the town sheriff Augusta Hawthorne has warned everyone from fraternizing with the newly arrived Saunders family. As we move along in the book Violet is struck with violent blackouts, waking up in the woods and the emergence of her powers. As each teen vies for their hand at a friendship with Violet suspicion wreaks havoc and old wounds surface. The only thing she’s sure of is that absolutely everyone is hiding something and that is something that she’s 100% correct about. I can’t talk about a whole lot of the book without giving it away but this one definitely had me on the edge of my seat at the end. There really weren’t any characters that overshadowed the other and they were all fully realized.

“I think our ancestors went looking for a monster. And I don’t think they realized what the cost would be once they found it.”

I loved the writing in this book, it made it hard to put down and I devoured half of it in one sitting ( no pun intended). Pretty much every character in here is part of the LGBT+ community in some way, so if you’re looking for characters with messy teen feelings and a little bit of gay drama then this is a nice gothic fantasy for you. The power system in the book was pretty original and clear enough that I wasn’t struggling to figure out each family’s power. I loved the long standing rivalry of the families and the overall creepy adoration from the town people to the founders. It made for some weird Netflix body snatcher feels. If I had to find one criticism about this book it would be that I feel it got repetitive towards the end and I was kind of like okay let’s wrap this baby up.

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Did I give into the hype? Eh, I don’t think so. I thought it was a wonderful debut for this author and I look forward to reading more of her works. I think this would work well as a stand-alone but I am curious to see how the rest of the series played out because I was left with a few answers. I rated this novel 4.5/5 🌟

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