Review ~ The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

Posted April 29, 2024 by Melissa in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review ~ The Familiar by Leigh BardugoThe Familiar by Leigh Bardugo
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Macmillan Audio on April 9, 2024
Genres: Fantasy
4 Stars
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In a shabby house, on a shabby street, in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil as a scullion. But when her scheming mistress discovers the lump of a servant cowering in the kitchen is actually hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to better the family's social position.

What begins as simple amusement for the bored nobility takes a perilous turn when Luzia garners the notice of Antonio Pérez, the disgraced secretary to Spain's king. Still reeling from the defeat of his armada, the king is desperate for any advantage in the war against England's heretic queen—and Pérez will stop at nothing to regain the king's favor.

Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the line between magic, science, and fraud is never certain. But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition's wrath. She will have to use every bit of her wit and will to survive—even if that means enlisting the help of Guillén Santangel, an embittered immortal familiar whose own secrets could prove deadly for them both.

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Luzia Cotado is a scullion, a kitchen servant. She has a talent for doing miracles. Her mistress noticed the burnt bread magically became unburned and Luzia’s abilities were revealed. Little did she know this would change her life forever. To bring status to her family, the mistress made Luzia preform her miracles at dinner parties. This catches the eye of a secretary of the King. On begins her journey to win a competition, all while trying to avoid the Inquisition finding her miracles being a sign of the devil.

Riveting and unique, The Familiar is a book you need to add to your collection. It is a breath of fresh air; I have not read a book like this before and enjoyed every page. Luzia was a loveable character, her pride and stubbornness shone brightly, and I loved seeing what magic she had. She had to dance a fine line of showing her powers were a gift from God and you can feel the tension it caused with every page. If you are looking for a unique historical fantasy, you need to try this book.