The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Series: The Devouring Gray #1
Published by: Titan Books
Release date: 16/04/2019
Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
Summary: Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.
After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.
The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.
This was a reread for me, because I wanted to refresh myself on the story before reading book two, and this time round I listened to the audiobook. I really liked the narrator, and I feel like listening to it really heightened the creepy atmosphere of this book, especially with the creepy ritual songs.
This book has such an autumnal and creepy atmosphere that is perfect for this time of the year. I found it very atmospheric, and I felt like I could really picture the town and the descriptions of people and places.
The Devouring Gray is told from multiple points of view, and it is also told in 3rd person so I never got confused as to whose point of view I was currently in. I really like all the main characters in this series, I never felt like I was just waiting to get through
Issac was definitely my favourite character, both times I read it. He is just so precious. I also really liked Violet, especially the fact that she plays piano, since I have played piano for most of my life and I really like seeing it in books. Also, there was a cat, and we all know that cats make everything better.
I really liked the magic system, and the way each family had their own set of powers, and the rituals were all really unique.
There were some really good reveals at the end that still took me by surprise despite this being my second read.
This book gets compared to The Raven Cycle a lot, which made me nervous going in the first time round as I wasn’t a fan of The Raven Cycle. I just want to assure you that if you are interested in the premise of this book, but are put off by this comparison if you didn’t like The Raven Cycle, you might still like The Devouring Gray, so definitely give it a try.