Leslie's Review: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

book cover Hardcover: 424 pages 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 11, 2012
ISBN: 9781442423765

Source of my copy: publisher
Series: none
Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry 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. For 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.

Leslie's Review:
Sarah Beth Durst truly is a great writer with a great imagination and this is evident in her amazing book,  Vessel.

The setting of Vessel was beautiful. The desert world and its stories made it extraordinary and so vivid. I enjoyed reading Liyana's people's stories of their desert and their gods and goddesses. I loved learning about their world and being immersed in their culture. I also loved how the plot and conflict revolved around the setting of the story. It made the plot very interesting and refreshing. The story was very well-paced, exciting, and suspenseful. It never dragged or lost my interest.

The characters of Vessel were also fantastic. I loved, loved, LOVED Liyana. She was a magnificent heroine--strong, brave, stubborn, resourceful, intelligent, beautiful--and is now one of my favorite heroine. I admired and rooted for her throughout the story. The people she befriended and met were also very interesting, especially Korbyn and the other vessels--even though it took some time for me to to warm up to some of them (I believe they are written that way intentionally, it was just how their characters were).

When I turned that last page, I felt very sad because my time with the characters I grew to care for and love is over. Sigh.

But I loved this book so much that I know I am going to be re-reading it again and it will be just like revisiting old friends. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you love to read high fantasy. This book is a MUST-READ. If you have never read Sarah Beth Durst before, Vessel is a good place to start (then, you're probably going to want to read her other books). Fans of Sarah Beth Durst will eat this book up--I know I did.


  1. Oh yay!! We have seen this book around a bit, and we were cautiously optimistic, but after reading your review, we are openly and fully and unabashedly excited! :D

  2. Sounds like it's as good as the cover and I should get it.

  3. Love that cover, and glad to hear that the story matches up.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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