Review: Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 7:00 AM

Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Format: Electronic Review Copy

Series: Wordless Chronicles #1

Buy this Book: Amazon


From Goodreads:

Riana has learned how to stay out of trouble. She spends her days studying written texts in the government’s Office of Readers, and she spends her nights taking care of her sick sister. She always—always—follows the rules. Despite her low profile, she has mysteriously become a target. Someone has kidnapped her sister. Someone else is trying to kill her. And someone has sent a Soul-Breather to beguile her out of her secrets.

Her help comes from the mythic leader of an underground rebel movement. A man who used to be her friend. A man who has silently loved her for years. He disappeared from her life without a word, and now he expects her to trust him again.

Then there’s the Soul-Breather, a man who can taste her spirit with only a touch. He makes her feel things she’s never experienced before, but she doesn’t know if the feelings are real. Hired to deceive and betray her, he offers to help her instead.

Without both men, she can’t rescue her sister. And she can’t discover the world-changing knowledge—buried in her memory—that has made her a target in the first place


Five centuries ago, the Cataclysm destroyed almost everything; practically everything of value was gone.    When the society started to build again the Union Government rose from the ashes and gave people the stability that they desired.  But the Union Government slowly took over the entire continent and nothing has been strong enough to stop it.

Riana Cole is a 22 year old read Reader, which in the world she lives in is very rare, most Union officials can’t read so they depend profoundly on the Readers to look for suspicious messages and for collection of important information from the past.  Riana just wants to do her job and take care of her handicapped sister, Jannie.  Unfortunately, the Union has other ideas for Riana and they are not the only ones who want something from her.  Riana’s world is about to alter and there’s nothing she can do to stop it.

Mikel is a Soul-Breather; he can breathe out a specific memory or piece of information from anyone with a touch.   When Riana is suspected to have ties to the Front, a known rebel group, the Union hires Mikel to tail her and to find out if she’s hiding anything, but can he do what he was hired to without falling for her?  You’ll have to read it to find out J

Reed Connor is a former co-worker and former crush of Riana’s, he left three years ago and she hasn’t heard from him since, but that’s about to change.  When someone Riana loves disappears she needs help from both Connor and Mikel to find them.

Word and Breath is a riveting and magnificent read.  It’s enthralling and will have you mesmerized from the very first page.  This story was fast paced and the characters were wonderful, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

*Word and Breath was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are my own.



I can’t believe you went out of your way to help me.  I didn’t think men made gallant efforts at rescue anymore.”

‘But she’d done something different, noteworthy, rebellious.  She felt rather pleased with herself.’




1 comment:

  1. Hey! Just found your blog from Book Blogs and followed you :) I love your blog and your reviews! The cover of this book is ssooo pretty!

    Happy Reading!!


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