Vessel

Vessel

Sarah Beth Durst / Jul 20, 2019

Vessel Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess She will dance and summon her tribe s deity who will inhabit Liyana s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert But when the danc

  • Title: Vessel
  • Author: Sarah Beth Durst
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  • Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess She will dance and summon her tribe s deity, who will inhabit Liyana s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there Her tribe is furious and sure that it is Liyana s fault Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert Until a boy walks outLiyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess She will dance and summon her tribe s deity, who will inhabit Liyana s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there Her tribe is furious and sure that it is Liyana s fault Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels The desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods But the journey is dangerous, even with a god s help And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god s tale.The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess But she has no choice she must die for her tribe to live Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

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      • Sarah Beth Durst

        Sarah Beth Durst is the award winning author of fourteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including Drink, Slay, Love, the basis for the recent TV movie of the same name Her latest book for adults, The Reluctant Queen, came out in July 2017 from Harper Voyager her latest book for kids, Journey Across the Hidden Islands came out in April 2017 from HMH Clarion Books and her first picture book, Roar and Sparkles Go to School, came out in June 2017 from Hachette Running Press Kids She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for SFWA s Andre Norton Award three times She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill mannered cat For information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.


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    1. Wow! Where Durst has always placed her books at least partly in our world, this is an otherworld fantasy, where there are flying serpents made of unbreakable glass, wolves made of sand, and subsurface giant worms that live in salt! Here the gods are vanishing and humans are in the midst of a great drought and famine, blaming the vessels who are supposed to house the gods when the gods don't come. But the god Raven, a wonderfully strong-hearted girl vessel, a troubled young emperor, and a handful [...]


    2. Creatively, Vessel hits all the right notes. Combining an intriguing premise - a girl’s raised to be a vessel for her goddess but is instead abandoned by her deity and her tribe - with a vividly stark desert landscape and plenty of moral questions, Sarah Beth Durst has certainly written one of the most highly original books I’ve ever read. Yet at the same time, the somewhat lacking characters and shallow plot really torpedoed what could’ve been a great book for me.My problem with the chara [...]


    3. 3.5 stars - I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I really liked the story because it was unique and thought provoking. On the other hand, I felt the story progression kind of dragged, and I really didn't connect with any of the characters - with the exception of Raan - until the last part of the book.I was really impressed with the world Durst has created. The concept of training your whole life to be worthy as a vessel and sacrificing your life for the gods is beyond intriguing. [...]


    4. Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersREVIEWAna's Take:Thousands of years ago, the people of the turtle made the desert their home and divided into several clans. It was a difficult way of life and many people died in the harsh desert. Those souls of the first dead wandered around our world until they found the Dreaming, where they remained. But the souls could not rest in peace in the Dreaming when they could see how their people suffered in the desert. And so it has come to pass that the so [...]


    5. I was surprised that this novel wasn’t more aggressively marketed because it has all the elements necessary for a blockbuster in the book world. I have been waiting for this novel for ages and it did not disappoint. Liyana is an extremely likable protagonist and following her journey is exhilarating and thrilling at times. The mythical world created by Durst is also fascinating with its different ecosystems, tribes, arts and religion. The desert is almost a character in its own right and I bel [...]


    6. Okay, so what had happened was, I wrote a very glowing review of this last year after I read it, and apparently somewhere along the line, it got deleted. Couldn't tell you when, as it was around the holidays that it would have gone up (and who can focus on anything except yummy turkey dinners (mmm, gravy!*), ugly holiday sweaters and family dramz around the holidays?); all I know is that I went to link to it for something a few weeks ago and noticed it was no more. =/[*But seriously, though? I a [...]


    7. Do not let my three-out-of five rating deceive you, this was a beautiful book, and I enjoyed it immensely. The world was rich in a mythology of its own, which added a touch of history to the culture and background that Durst created.I appreciated many things in Vessel. The first being that it is a standalone fantasy novel. I've noticed an increasing amount of fantasy series, specifically marketed at a YA audience, and it's been difficult for me to find an enjoyable standalone novel in that genre [...]


    8. How does she do it?! None of Sarah Beth Durst's books are remotely similar in topic or style, yet they are all superb! She's done middle grade fractured fairy tales, contemporary vampire romance, and now this gorgeous fantasy set in a desert world where the gods walk among the tribes. Beautifully descriptive, with an interesting theme of the morality of sacrifice (both being sacrificed and accepting sacrifice). I even liked the stories within the story! This is my pet peeve: when authors have so [...]


    9. 3,5On the day she was to die, Liyana walked out of her family’s tent to see the dawn. The people of the desert believe that every hundred years the gods/deities choose someone in their clans, a human vessel, to walk again.Lyana is the vessel of the Goat Clan, but at her ceremony the goddess fails to appear. That. Is. Not. Good. The goddess means WATER, food, and the life of the clan.“It sickens me,” Raan said. “Killing people so they can play at being human.”Pia clucked her tongue but [...]


    10. 4.5Gods, Sacrifice, love and adventure all blend together in this wonderful fantasy. it follows an amazing heroine as she struggles to make a sacrifice to save her people.She meets and grows to know many gods, people and hear their stories. There is a lot of myth/story sharing which I loved.Liyanna, she never weekend her beliefs, she does not cower in fear she charges into action even when all seems hopeless. She walks with the Trickster god- Raven, a fascinating man/god to spend time with. She [...]


    11. 4.5 stars.Holy crap, this book is amazeballs!I have no idea why this book hasn’t received more hype than it did. I mean, there was a big rush of it when the cover first came out but then as the months went on, the chatter died down.And that cover. Omg, that cover. Lemme salivate for a moment…It’s one of the most GORGEOUS COVERS EVER! I swear! Holy shizz. I want to have a huge giant poster of it plastered on my wall. It’s THAT awesome.Guys, I want to tell you how much I loved this book. I [...]


    12. I am kind of a sucker for lore, and folklore, so i really liked this book for the believable world that was built. I think it could have used a bit more pacing, but overall, I really thought it was original, no vampires, yay!This is set in a fantasy world with a nomadic people who sacrifice a child to be a "vessel" for the gods to come back to the earth (the gods take over their bodies), but Liyana, when they try to sacrifice her, doesn't disappear and become a goddess. This is a huge shame on h [...]


    13. Vessel is a book that seems so predictable at first that you seem to have all the cards about the story laid down. You know who the bad guy is. You know how the romance will phase out. You can guess what the big mystery is. You can predict how the characters are going to act throughout the book. Aaand, you will probably be correct about that. Until the shit hits the fan, that is. Vessel has everything one would want out of a fantasy YA book - a tough female protagonist, a sarcastic cocky hero, a [...]



    14. Once every hundred years, the desert clans’ gods come to walk among them. One young man or woman from each clan is chosen to serve as the vessel for that clan’s deity. The human soul dies and returns to the Dreaming, while the god takes over the body. Now incarnate in the vessel’s body, the god works magic to help keep the clan alive in the harsh conditions of the desert.Liyana has known for years that she is destined to be the vessel for the goddess Bayla. But Bayla never shows up. Believ [...]


    15. Meh. Another book I expected to love based on the cover and story blurb, but ended up being disappointed by. The funny thing is that the story itself is actually rather good.A teenage girl has been raised to sacrifice herself to her dessert clan's goddess - allowing the goddess to come to life and save the people from drought. But when the clan performs the ceremony the goddess doesn't show up. The girl goes on a journey to find the abandoned vessels of the other dessert clans and together they [...]


    16. Spoilers-This was sort of a decent read. The premise and worldbuilding were great… they're the only reasons why I rated it 3 stars. The characters however were a huge let down. The heroine was really boring and so were the majority of the side characters. -I liked the whole setting of the desert — it was described in a simple yet powerful way. I expected the writing to come across as overly flowery and lyrical but thankfully, that wasn't the case. I absolutely loved the fables and tales that [...]


    17. 3.5 stars. Vessel is the very best of young adult high fantasy - it's a thrilling and creative adventure with wonderful worldbuilding and a protagonist that is intelligent, sensible and extremely likeable. Actually, even the fact that this is young adult high fantasy, rather than paranormal or supernatural, wins brownie points; I can't remember the last time I'd read a good fantasy novel that didn't try to involve fae, vampires, werewolves and the like. Had the romance portion not left me ultima [...]


    18. This novel was everything wonderful about fantasy in one go. Let's start with the worldbuilding, because holy wow is it stellar. The desert and its clans clearly have history. The myths the people have for their beginnings read like a genuine creation story, while the novel's actual premise and the magic involved are worked intricately into the lifestyle of the people. So the vessel concept is unique, yes, but it isn't just a hook; it has substance. It has meaning. And oh, there is a delicious t [...]


    19. There were aspects of this story that I really liked, and there were other aspects that weren't as strong for me.I found Liyana to be very strong, and compelling especially in the beginning. I liked how practical, and blunt she could be. It was refreshing change from the whiny, self absorbed girls found in so much of ya literature. I liked her interactions with Korbyn. Their interplay helped keep the book interesting, and alive to me. However the secondary characters were weak, and ill formed. A [...]



    20. Originally posted at Novel Idea ReviewsRATING: 4.5/5This was one of those books that just had me completely spellbound from the first line. Vessel contains a beautifully constructed fantasy world of sweeping desert and volatile gods, of sand storms that darken the sun and dragons made of glass. Long before the end, Liyana had made it to my list of all-time favorite heroines and the ever expanding list of people I want to be when I grow up. (Uhh, whenever that miraculous event might occur… *cou [...]


    21. I've opted not to read other novels by SBD given many readers' comments on or , as well as brief plot descriptions that didn't appeal to me very much. I suppose I'll give at least one more of them a try after this, though, because Vessel is absolutely fantastic! Either this is Durst's masterpiece that she will never match, or she has some surprising way of making the other unappealing plots much more interesting and engaging than you expect. We shall see.But for the book at hand. I was impresse [...]


    22. How many books have you read with a desert setting? I’ve read more than I thought – I kept recalling more titles, more stories, all disparate but with the common thread of a background in a dry and parched land. My latest read conjured memories of Robin McKinley’s Daria, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, the 1990 Newbery Honor book Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, Leon Uris’ The Haj and James Michener’s The Source. Of course, it is not really like any of those books. But it turns o [...]


    23. Originally reviewed on my blog Reading the Best of the Best.4.5 on blog. Rounded up Having read and loved all of Sarah Beth Durst’s books, I can safely say that this was my most anticipated novel of hers. I didn’t read it for the longest time because I didn’t want to be disappointed. Yet all of the positive reviews seemed to be mocking me so I caved in and read Vessel. Vessel is by far Sarah Beth Durst’s best novel to date. It’s intriguing, beautiful, the setting is amazing and the cha [...]


    24. I wanted this to be AMAZING. Because it’s Sarah Beth Durst. And there’s a stunning Asian model on the cover. But VESSEL didn’t blow me out of the water, though it was still a fine and unique fantasy geared more towards younger fantasy fans rather than jaded, crotchety SFF readers with high demands for world-building, plot, and characterization (a.k.a. me).Right out of the gate, VESSEL stands a head above others of its ilk because of its protagonist, Liyana. With her slightly snarky sense o [...]


    25. This is a book with a lot of potential and it did make use of it. The writing was melodic, fitting with the desert setting, and I liked the fact that the author did not shy away from brutal scenes. (Did those worms remind anyone of the King Kong movie? Eww) There were two things that bothered me though. First, I felt that the love triangle, quadrilateral was unnecessary - (view spoiler)[ Korbyn and Liyana needn't have fallen in love for the plot to work. They could have remained friends and Jarl [...]


    26. Review to come. Oh wow. This was just as great as the cover would promise. I really enjoyed it. There were nitpicks I could make on certain details in the story, but honestly, it held my attention the whole way through and I loved the detail in the writing, albeit I read it slowly because I would pick it up during my commutes to and from work.I'm going to have a thorough review of this book up sometime this weekend.


    27. Also found on my book blog.I admit I enjoyed the uniqueness of this one although it left me with some pretty mixed feelings about how things ended.The concept: The story is about the desert people and their one particular tradition of preparing a "vessel" for their deities to dwell in once every century. Once chosen, the vessel relinquishes all his/her rights to living and is basically kept in pristine condition until the time he/she performs the summoning ceremony; pulling the gods from a place [...]


    28. I debated this rating for quite some time. There were times that I'd have given it a 2 and times I'd have given it a 3, today I feel it was just ok so 2 it is!I'm actually disappointed cause when it started it felt like a 4 but as it progressed there was too much drama for my liking.But let as start with what I did like!1. The setting: this is a book that takes place in the middle of a desert. As settings go that's pretty dope and original, but then again I always thought of the desert, its peop [...]


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