Colorless
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, sixteen-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 a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old. Their only target: Annabelle.

Colorless Details

TitleColorless
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
Number of pages400 pages
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

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Colorless Review

  • Rita Stradling
    July 31, 2017
    Hi :) Thank you for checking out Colorless! There's also a prequel that can be read before or after Colorless (titled Hazel). And . . . I'm giving it out for FREE, exclusively to my newsletter subscribers :D.If you'd like to join, you can grab your copy here (click on the cover):
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  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    July 27, 2017
    0.5 novella review: Hazel
  • Rabid Reader
    July 30, 2017
    I loved this unique, thrilling story of one girls fight against an evil regime. It is not the everyday tale of a brave hero, it has an unusual and totally captivating storyline. Set in a period world where a dictatorship of manipulative magicians rule, their wills endorsed by the creepiest monks ever, Annabelle is unknowingly thrust into a fight for her life. As the colour drained from her and she became invisible and forgotten by almost everyone, Annabelle learns the truth of what she has becom I loved this unique, thrilling story of one girls fight against an evil regime. It is not the everyday tale of a brave hero, it has an unusual and totally captivating storyline. Set in a period world where a dictatorship of manipulative magicians rule, their wills endorsed by the creepiest monks ever, Annabelle is unknowingly thrust into a fight for her life. As the colour drained from her and she became invisible and forgotten by almost everyone, Annabelle learns the truth of what she has become and the reason behind her parents and other nobles deaths. She is hunted by both the congregation and the magician controlled dire wolves, but with the help of unlikely friends, she finds the courage and means to fight for her life and freedom. This story takes you on an exciting journey that pulls at your heartstrings, has twists that surprise and keeps you enthralled to the very last page. I loved the different characters, from the hints of romance between Dylan and Annabelle, to her grudging friendship with Joseph and the hair standing up on the back of your neck monks; each had depth and merged to form a truly entertaining and exciting story. I can not wait to read the next book in the series to see where this story will lead.
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  • SUZAN CHIANG
    July 31, 2017
    I was given an ARC of Colorless from Rita Stradling's Street Team.I'd like to begin by commending Rita Stradling's unique way of engaging a reader to be immediately drawn into the main character's life. As with her books, I feel as if I'm in the main character's thoughts and world and walk along with the character's journey. For this reason alone, reading Ms. Stradling's books are always a pleasure and makes it hard to put down her novels even for a short break.The title of Colorless should be a I was given an ARC of Colorless from Rita Stradling's Street Team.I'd like to begin by commending Rita Stradling's unique way of engaging a reader to be immediately drawn into the main character's life. As with her books, I feel as if I'm in the main character's thoughts and world and walk along with the character's journey. For this reason alone, reading Ms. Stradling's books are always a pleasure and makes it hard to put down her novels even for a short break.The title of Colorless should be a clue to what the novel is about. In the world of Domengrad, magicians rule, monks dictate, and Gods and Goddesses are feared and revered. Set somewhere in the late 18th Century (and possibly the early Regency era), Colorless tells the story of Annabelle, a soon-to-be orphan whose parents died of unknown reasons. It's because of the mysterious death of her parents that we are taken on a roller coaster ride along with Annabelle as she tries to solve this mystery. As the story progresses through this mystery, Annabelle goes on a whirlwind of confusion, anger, and discoveries and through some new friends as well as an old family friend, Annabelle learns of many new mysteries of Domengrad and the magicians. Mistaken as an iconoclast - a soulless entity that is feared by the magicians and hunted by the monks, Annabelle traverses unseen and unheard throughout the story until she meets three brothers and their odd grandmother. The brothers help her find out why she has lost all color in both body and everything she touches. Is it an after-effect of losing her parents? Or is it a curse brought on by the Gods? Throughout the story, Annabelle grasps the fact that no one else remembers her or can see her. Her fiance and cousin also ends up helping her and even newer discoveries are made by Annabelle and her friends. While there is a bit of confusion on my part as to why Annabelle is "colorless", the author gives the readers bits of clues here and there and I feel I am the one who has to solve the mystery as well.I won't delve too much into the story as that would give a lot away but I would recommend reading Hazel first if you can. Hazel was Annabelle's mom and is also in the beginning pages of Colorless where Annabelle's story starts. Again, I became a bit confused as to what happened to her parents and I hope that in the next installment of Colorless, we will get more clues to why and how Annabelle's parents died. I would like to assume that Annabelle's family is either blessed or cursed by the Gods and somehow has to repay whatever debts they owed. In the synopsis it does say that a debt must be paid in order for the mystery to be solved, but there are parts in the story where it is a bit unclear as to why the parents or even Annabelle had to suffer from this "debt". I personally didn't see that they did anything wrong in order to pay a debt. Hopefully we'll see more of this reason in the future installments.I would definitely recommend Colorless as I stated earlier that Rita's books puts you instantly into the character's thoughts and life and you'll feel as if you're part of the story throughout. It's an engaging story and as you read further into it, there are surprises that are a definite delight!I gave it a four star instead of a five star mainly because of the confusion to why Annabelle's parents had to die. If it was to pay off the "debt", I personally couldn't see what was so bad about it. There in itself lies the mystery because I wasn't entirely clear about the debt and why Annabelle had to become colorless in order to pay it off. Also, the magicians might have been more fleshed out as they are written to be feared but I really didn't get why they are so fearsome. Thank you to Rita Stradling for the ARC of Colorless.
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  • Amanda Scheel
    July 31, 2017
    This was so incredibly good! I got this from netgalley for a free review and I am craving so much more now from Rita Stradling. Her writing style is fantastic and from page one, I was hooked. This was a beautiful book and I definitely recommend this book for everyone who loves a heroine standing up and fighting plus there was magic, so it was especially fantastic!
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