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Tatter and Shine

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Tatter and Shine by JW Troemner

Shine is running out of time.

She’s a self-taught sorceress in a kingdom that outlaws magic, and the witch hunters are closing in. If they catch her, she’ll face slow death by torture. If she turns herself in, the best she can hope for is a long life locked in a convent.

She takes a third option: she summons Tatterdemalion, the immortal sorcerer of legend, and offers herself as his apprentice.

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 J.W. Troemner

Author’s Bio

JW Troemner was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States, where she lives with her partner in a house full of pets. Most days she can be found gazing longingly at sinkholes and abandoned buildings.

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My Review

5 stars

Shine is a duke’s daughter that has taken to practicing magic. After the war with the Sorcerer Queen, magic is forbidden and Shine is on the verge of being discovered. She summons Tatterdemalion to be her teacher. Tatter has his own issues but decides to accept her. He wonders how long until she walks out the door like so many others. At first Shine feels like she is nothing more than a scullery maid but slowly starts to understand how she can make things bend to her will.

Then Shine learns more of Tatter’s history and who the Sorcerer Queen is to Tatter. She leaves and Tatter thinks of her for a year until he is summoned to a dungeon by someone that is barely alive from her torture. The Sorcerer Queen has gotten a hold of Shine and is draining her powers. But they cannot be safe for long, The Sorcerer Queen has not for gotten about either Tatter or Shine and is not going to let them get away.

This is a great, quick read. When you learn of Tatter’s past, you can understand why his is the way he is and you can’t help but having feeling for the guy. Shine is a proud duke’s daughter and clearly insulted to be cleaning the castle but something as simple as this gives her a new perspective with how to use magic. I loved the concept of how the magic you work can only be what you know. What a great concept that keeps limits on power.

This is a quick read and I loved every moment of it. I have read JW Troemner’s story Mark of the Dragon and have to say I love her books. She has many more that I need to catch up on. But this was a great read to wet my appetite for more of her books.

I received Tatter and Shine from Ari at Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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