Spring’s Arcana by Lilith Saintcrow

Spring’s Arcana by Lilith SaintcrowSpring's Arcana by Lilith Saintcrow
Series: Dead God's Heart #1
Published by Tor on May 2, 2023
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Spring’s Arcana

Nat Drozdova’s mother is dying. And Nat will do anything to save her. Even making a bargain with the mysterious Ms. de Winter. A bargain that sends Nat on a chase to recover a magical artifact and pulls her into a hidden world of magic, divinities, archetypes, and demons. Nat slowly realizes that everything she thought was real, was a lie. Even her identity.

My thoughts about Spring’s Arcana

The author has a lushly descriptive writing style with detailed world-building that I enjoyed in her earlier, grittier series, Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine. I enjoyed seeing how she took a different, more contemporary fantasy route with this new series without losing what drew me to her books in the first place.

In Spring’s Arcana, she overlays our reality with a world where divinities and archetypes exist feeding on the belief and dreams of normal people. 

Nat is quickly thrown into this mysterious world but the revelations about it and her mother are definitely a slow burn. You have to read this because you enjoy the exquisite journey, not because you want all of the mysteries revealed at once.

I enjoyed that Russian folklore was center stage. Baba Yaga needs to be in more books!

Readers, be prepared for a cliffhanger ending.

In closing

Thank you Tor Books for the ARC.

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About Lilith Saintcrow

Lili Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, fell in love with writing during second grade, and has continued obsessively ever since. She currently resides in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her children, dogs, cat, and a library for wayward texts.

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