Nutshell: When Reychel, a lifelong slave, is rescued from her life of servitude on her fifteenth birthday, it's the start of a journey that will eventually reveal the important role that she'll play in the future of her people. Megg Jensen has created an engaging, richly detailed read. 4 stars.
Review: With Anathema, Megg Jensen has created a richly detailed, interesting world that drew me in almost immediately (the whole business with the coin didn't really work for me, so it was a bit wobbly at the start, but that's probably just me). As I've written before, I'm a sucker for fantasy to begin with, so the bar is set pretty low. However, Jensen has just done such a nice job with her book that I think she'll win over lots of fans regardless of their literary preferences. The story is engaging, the details allow you to easily imagine the world the characters inhabit, and although some aspects feel a bit familiar, the twists and turns in the story are interesting and unexpected. This is one of those books that will leave you thinking about the characters well after you finish reading.
Is this a perfect book? No. I have some minor issues with a few things--there are some small typographical and continuity errors scattered throughout that should have been caught by her beta readers, the language is sometimes jarringly modern and several scenes seem underdeveloped. However, overall those are small problems, and they didn't detract too much from my enjoyment of the book.
Rating: 4 stars and a recommended buy. This is well worth your time and money, and keep your eyes open for more from Megg Jensen in the future!