A deadly disease. A vanishing remedy. A breathless journey.
All her life, Niya's known she will die young from the fatal rasp. She survives only with the aid of vitrisar spice and a magical, curmudgeonly fire salamander named Alk. Then an ambitious princess burns down the vitrisar grove in an effort to steal Alk so she can claim her rightful throne. Joined by Jayesh, a disgraced monk, Niya and Alk must flee to the faraway Hidden Temple with the last vitrisar plant, or all who suffer from the rasp will perish.
But even as Niya’s frustration and banter with Jayesh deepen to affection, the rasp is stealing away her breath and life.
For a girl with limited time and a crippling quest, love may be more painful than death.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ever since I read Coiled, I think I've been a little bit of a Burke fan. So I was quite excited for Spice Bringer! The story is set in a lush, beautiful, fantasy world--full of colour and spice--with slightly Indian undertones. I was initially slightly wary of this--after all the publishing kerfuffle and fuss, you tend to look askance at stuff like this... but whilst Burke uses the real world for inspiration, this fantasy world is all her own. Alk, the ornery fire salamander, is one of my favourite characters in this book. He's sarcastic and prickly, hiding a caring heart that has a soft spot for the girl he watched grow up. The interplay between Niya and Alk made me chuckle with amusement many times. And the ending!
4.5 stars *stares at keyboard trying to decide what to say* This book was unexpected. I admit that I didn't love the beginning and wasn't engaged as much as I thought I would be. (That might have something to do with a certain "lizard." Haha!) However as things progress and Niya experiences life in a whole new way, the story wouldn't let go. There aren't really words to explain the things she learns and experiences. It's just something that sticks in your mind and leaves you on edge as well as sometimes wishing things were different. Yet, it was in those moments she learned so much! Quite a few moments I was surprised by turn of events and will totally admit that I cried (like to almost the point of sobbing). The last turn of events was deeply moving and just felt a whole range of emotions. I want to mention that this is probably my third or fourth book by this author and I totally admire how she can write such a strong clean romance that is realistic. I was especially touched by this one and the struggles both of these young people have to handle and go through. Was extremely well done! This story takes readers on quite the adventure, and one that requires patience and a box of tissues. Highly recommend to fantasy readers! *(Many thanks to the publisher and author for providing me an ARC. I was not required to write a review or positive one. All thoughts expressed are my own.)*
Niya's lived her whole life with a deadly disease--a life that's lasted much longer than most thanks to the vitrisar spice that her keeper grows. But Niya knows her time is short. Which is why when the grove burns to the ground, she sets out to preserve the plant that could give hope to the entire country. Aided by a mouthy fire salamander and a disgraced monk, she must get the plant to the hidden grove before the princess--and the rasp--catch up with her and ruin all chances of saving those who suffer as she does. You can't help but love Niya, who knows the entire time that she's just a stone's throw from death, and lives the best she knows how in the moments she has. The salamander was a bit irksome at the beginning, but he grows on you. A lot. And Jayesh, the disgraced monk, is adorable, and perfectly opposite Niya, with his careful dissection of every situation. This is a beautifully crafted story of love, struggle, and culture. Seriously, grab the tissues, and find someplace comfortable to sit, because you're going to want to devour this book.