I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she's concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, 16-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents' sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents' murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians' monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle's family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about-a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in 100 years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.
Colorless by Rita Stradling had such a unique concept with Annabelle losing her color. The first few chapters were really what grabbed my attention and made me curious as to the reason. There were some parts of the story that I liked and other parts which had me wondering about what was going on.
Colorless, magicians, monks, and dire wolves….
It’s a lot to take in. There is a religious undertone to the whole storyline. You’ve got the villains which are the magicians and monks who are after power and control. Who, I’m guessing as a pretense, are labeling certain people as iconoclasts and killing them off. Annabelle, who becomes colorless after her parents’ death, is a enemy to Domengrad because of her affiliation.
To be colorless means that Annabelle is virtually invisible to everyone. She sets out to figure out why. I still really don’t understand why it happened to her. Maybe I just didn’t understand it fully.
Normally I would enjoy multiple POVs in a story. This one just seemed a little bit too much. Annabelle’s cousins’ POV although interesting, seemed a bit too much. Too much information at times lead to me becoming a little disinterested in the storytelling. I was eager for Annabelle’s storyline and wanted to see it resolved.
I had the opportunity to listen to this book in audio book as well. It took me awhile to get used to the narration. I really couldn’t stand the voices used for the Monks. The drawling tones really had me cringing and eager to get through. The male voices all sounded the same to me.
Overall, while a unique concept, it introduced a lot of content without a lot of cohesiveness. I enjoyed it for what it was and when there was action it was interesting.