Vortigern’s Garden, Samantha Kuk

V Garden eCover.jpgIn the Glade, a town tucked away within a wall of unending blackberry thorns, people receive the magic ability to grow and wither plants at will. A plucky teenager by the name of Niss is gifted with the talent to grow untold amounts of flowers at the flick of her wrist — something unprecedented within her community.

But instead of being praised, Niss is sent to live at the edge of town to be mentored by a mannerless, brash man named Vortigern, who is as weedy as the plants he creates. And when her flowers begin to die off, and the town she loves begins to exile her further, Vortigern has to slip Niss the barbed truth: she’s more deadly than she imagined.

Through trial and error, Niss and Vortigern find a way to coexist with both one another and the town that hates them. Yet, as Niss’s uncontrollable powers continue to strengthen, the idea that tragedy lies just around the corner is planted firmly in everyone’s heads. If she slips up, does she become one with the thorns? Or do the thorns become one with her? 

Vortigern’s Garden is a brilliant read that kept me, entertained, enchanted and thrilled until the very last page. Vortigern’s Garden is a book that was incredibly phenomenal and addictive, I found it to be unputdownable because I was so thrilled and entertained thanks to the novels riveting, engrossing plot. All of these factors combined make Vortigern’s Garden one of my favourite reads of 2017, it is a triumphant piece of literature from an author who is a wordsmith extraordinaire. I promise you now that you will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book; never before have I read anything quite so brilliant so please, I urge all of you to read and immerse yourself in this wonderful book! If you need more convincing then read the rest of my review to hear more about this enchanting piece of literature. 

The synopsis of Vortigern’s Garden is gripping, glorious, and let’s not forget poignant and beautiful. The novel has a plot that has surprised me more than once thanks to its captivating and absorbing nature; I did not get bored when I read this book, this is thanks to the all-consuming brilliance that is Vortigern’s Garden.  

The story of Vortigern’s Garden is an incredibly dynamic, unique one; a story that I have not come across before. The story focuses on a world… a society that has specialized magical powers and it makes for a thrilling read in which many exciting, memorable things happen! The pacing of the story as well as the narrative was wonderfully written and plotted so that I did not get bored at any period in time. I always measure my likeness of a book on whether I find myself looking at the page number; if I do in fact do this I know that the novel is taking its toll… in other words it is dragging and I want it to end but Vortigern’s Garden was different than this and not like this at all as never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that this novel is a compelling piece of literature that captivates the reader from the very beginning.  

The author of the novel Samantha Kuk can only be described as a brilliant, compelling, creative writer. Writing for me is an art form, the objective of any great writer is that of any kind of artist; it is to communicate a message and to delight the recipient whether that be the listener, the viewer or the reader… in this case the reader. Kuk has wonderfully done this and has communicated the novel’s message perfectly and I am in such awe of Kuk and her brilliant work. She is a creative genius… a visionary thinker who is passionate and for that, I adore her work and implore all of you lovely readers to read Vortigern’s Garden.  

Kuk’s writing was radiant, her words leapt off the page for me and I was in awe of her descriptive, vivid writing. It was luminous and very memorable. I felt pure enjoyment from reading this engrossing book, it is a book I would love to read again so that I can pick up brilliant new details!  

To summarize my thoughts on the glowing novel that is Vortigern’s Garden I would say if you are a reader who Is tired of reading the same old books that are not entertaining or vivid, then take a chance with Vortigern’s Garden and you will not be disappointed! The novel has spine-tingling good content, dynamic, memorable characters, a charismatic author that writes beautifully and wonderfully so and lastly it is an all-around, interesting, memorable read that you will not be disappointed if you choose to read it. My rating for this wonderful book, of course, has to be Five Stars, it would be crazy if I did not give it this rating after all of my praise over these paragraphs!   

Thank you so much for reading book lovers, I deeply appreciate it and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Vortigern’s Garden do you see yourself reading this book? Is it not your usual cup of tea? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!  

Goodbye for now book lovers,   

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!


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