Book of Immortals: Disciple
written by Kassandra Lynn
published by CreateSpace, 2014
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I did. It took me a few pages to get used to the reserved, almost detached way Celine narrates, but it makes sense given the setting. After re-reading the teaser blurb, I must admit it wasn’t clear to me that Celine was dead. I guess I thought, especially once she found another person in her situation, that it was going to be some sort of “and then I woke up from my coma six months after the plane crash” ending. So I guess my question is this: if Celine is really dead, and Shann is Celine’s reincarnation, why doesn’t Shann think she’s in a real place? Why does she assume the people she interacts with aren’t real? She can accept reincarnation and immortality and living underwater for 49 days in a world that appears to be based on the last book she read, but she can’t fall for her senior apprentice because he’s not a real person? It was just a bit inconsistent to me.
This book is weird. Like, GOOD weird. It’s got a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets Magic: The Gathering vibe, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Don’t let my confusion deter you–this book is really, really cool.
“Even luck is a type of strength.”
“I’m merely carrying out my heart’s deepest wishes without the influence and pressure of other people.”
Would I recommend it: Yes. Go for it.
About the book – from Goodreads: Librarian’s note: Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781500641573.
Following her death in a plane crash, Celine discovers that neither heaven nor hell is an option for her. Miraculously, she’s transformed into the antagonist of the book she’d read prior to her demise. Now she must navigate this strange new immortal life, knowing that the antagonist’s journey won’t end well. Between covering up her devil ancestry in an immortal school and trying to understand her feelings for a senior apprentice, can Celine circumvent her impending doomsday to create a favorable plot twist?