Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publication: September 11, 2012
Genre: YA, Mythology, Romance, Fantasy
Summary: 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 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.
My Review: I was a fan of Sarah Beth Durst's Ice so I decided to give this one a go.It was good for the most part, but it felt like it missing something. The world is intriguing and Korbyn is hilarious. But I liked Ice better than Vessel. After reading it I felt like the book was kind of split in two. The first half was wonderful. I loved reading about Liyana and Korbyn's adventures in the desert. I like Raan and Pia also. But I feel like the last half was lacking a bit. I feel like it went quick and there was more to be told. I also don't like how it ended. I feel like Korbyn's story line wasn't completely finished. But maybe that's me wanting to read more about him.I also feel that the end of Liyana's story was a bit too rushed. Despite those flaws, I would recommend it. I love the writing style and it did pull me in. And the cover is beautiful!
I'd give this book a 3.5/5 stars.