I’ve been on a bit of a Kate Avery Ellison binge lately. Which somewhat surprising, but in a good way. Usually I can only read one or two of the same author in a row before needing a break. However, Ellison is able to craft a narrative that cannot help but draw the reader in. And it appears she has a habit of leaving stories with the reader wanting to know what comes next. Ordinarily this would be annoying (and probably is if you have to wait months for the next instalment), but with Ellison it so how works.
A Gift of Poison is fairly standard fare for a fantasy novel. A group of heroes fighting against the odds to defeat a big bad. Nothing revolutionary, but why mess with a tried and tested formula? I will say, I was constantly expecting Kael to be revealed to be the prince, so was surprised when this doesn’t appear to be the case, even if I called the traitor from the moment they were I introduced.