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Strange Grace

Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devils Forest.Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their townand their heartsinside out....

Title : Strange Grace
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ISBN : 32824058
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 389 pages
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Strange Grace Reviews

  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    This is such a weird and beautiful book. Friends, I am struggling to find the words to articulate how much I adored this book. While the premise of a hundreds-year old pacts that provide prosperity to a town in return for sacrifice isn't new, I found Strange Grace to be refreshing and captivatingly written and is one of the best witch stories I've ever read.

    Three Graces is an idyllic town: there is no disease, the weather is perfect, injuries heal overnight, and crops grow in abundance. Provide

    He will live or die on his own mettle, and for his sacrifice the devil blesses Three Graces.
    The book is told in the alternating perspectives of our three main characters, each of whom are tied inextricably to the bargain as well as each other. Their love for one another, as well as their town, is absolutely endearing.

    Mairwen Grace is the daughter of a Grace witch and a saint

    Arthur Couch was raised as a girl, Lyn, because his mother didn't want him to be named saint and run for the bargain: "to have a son in Three Graces was to live in terrible fear" . Unfortunately his secret was discovered, and has made himself hard to prove his "manliness" to the town, wanting to be named the saint but no one really taking him seriously.

    Rhun Sayer comes from a line of two saints and has almost been raised with the expectation of his fate, to the point that he assumed that he has no future after his run. He is good, pure, and kind -- just the characteristics that would make him the best boy and saint.

    This ways that the book tackles the society's expectations of gender is nuanced, from Arthur's genderfluid identity to the gender reversal of the "sacrificial lamb." Three Graces is not without its gender roles, and it was heartbreaking to watch Arthur struggle to fit into either of the worlds but falling in-between. My favorite character is by far Arthur - watching his arc and coming into himself was such a breath of fresh air. I struggled a bit with his homophobia early in the book, but that was as much about himself than a product of the society - there are a number of queer relationships in this book, including a polyamorous one, and the representation is heartwarming.

    I truly adore books where both the plot and characters drive the story forward, and I can say that this is the case here! The characters bring a heart to the story and humanizes it, but the lore of Three Graces and the bargain are interesting on their own. The prose gripped me, the characters tugged at my heartstrings, and the plot had me devouring the words - I read this book in one day because I was absolutely engrossed by it. I do wish that the magic system was explained a bit more; we do not learn how it works or what the limits are. We know that the female descendants of the original Grace sisters inherit the practice, but I wish it had been fleshed out a little more! If it is knowledge passed down to the daughters in the lineage, then I don't really buy the "your heart is different" explanation about her pull to the forest because she is essentially the same as everyone else; got to love the Chosen One trope in action, although this isn't too overt and in your face.

    Gratton's writing is poetic, descriptive, and absolutely captivating. The characters are full of life and each experience development, and I truly enjoyed reading each of the perspectives. Often times multiple perspectives wind up being jumbled, but the way that the story develops it just flowed. Melanie said that reading this book is like reading a lucid dream and I cannot think of a better way to describe it. It's weird, and you will likely be a bit confused in the beginning with the character relationships, but I sure you will settle in and fall in love.

    Overall, Strange Grace is an amazing atmospheric and poetically written story that celebrates the found family, the love people feel for one another, and the sacrifices they are willing to make for the people they love. I totally wholeheartedly recommend this book and I hope that you pick it up.

    cw: animal death, bullying, death of a parent, gore, human sacrifice

    Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an electronic advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication. Strange Grace will be released on September 18, 2018.

    🤝 Buddy read with Destiny from Howling Libraries!

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  • Acqua

    Strange Grace is a high fantasy novel featuring a polyamorous relationship, terrible bargains, and the creepiest forest since Uprooted.

    Which means, of course, that it was exactly my thing. I read it in less than a day - thanks to rivetedlit I could read it legally for free and not for the 11€ this ebook costs, but only for one day - and it's been a while since I did that without skimming. I loved this book so much, for many reasons.

    One of them is, of course, the polyamory representation. This is
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  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found on my blog!

    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Publishing September 18th!


    CW: animal death, bullying, trauma, grief, murder, torture, human sacrifice, abandonment, and general horror


    I blame Melanie.

    This was a great start to my spooky month. Because, sorry everyone, September is officially October Eve for me. While I did enjoy this, I had some pros and cons while reading it, which I’m going to make as succinct as possible for y’all.

    Ther ...more

  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)

    This is a really hard book for me to review. I'm going to do my best, but it's a book I think you really need to experience for yourself.

    In the village of Three Graces, no one is sick. The village is perfect: crops never die, no one dies unnaturally, people heal from horrific injuries in just days. This is all achieved by a deal with the Devil of the forest made hundreds of years ago. In order to maintain that bargain, the village must send their best boy into the forest every seven years during
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  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

    “The old god and the youngest Grace witch. The story says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?”

    🌟 I didn’t like and didn’t hate this book but I think it could have been better for sure.

    I read this because I like the synopsis very much! I thought that I have read something similar before -And it obviously isn’t new but still good- and I found out that it has the same synops
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  • Melanie



    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    “I fell in love with the forest. And the forest loved me back. And so we traded hearts. Mine is here, larger and stronger than it could have been in the small cavern of my body”


    I’ve read over one-hundred books so far in 2018, and Strange Grace is easily my absolute favorite. And I anticipate that it will be my favorite book of 2018 come December 31st, too. What a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Literally per ...more

  • Karima chermiti



    Actual rating : 2.5 stars

    Trigger warning : (view spoiler)

    The old god and the youngest Grace witch. The story says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?


    Oh, this book is such a mess to me, trying to understand what the hell is happening and what are the rules to the magic the book revolves around felt like trying to find your way back home in the dark completely blindfolded. I really don’t know what was taking place hal ...more

  • Eryn

    This sounds like all types of yummy.

    I can't wait to dive in!