Blog Tour: #Giveaway #win Crystal Blade (Burning Glass #2) by Kathryn Purdie ~ Review




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Title: CRYSTAL BLADE
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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Synopsis:
The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya's expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she's learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn't immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya's past has returned. And that someone won't be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she's made. 

Review:

Crystal Blade full of political deception, romance, mystery and all the fantasy one needs. This was such a fast and easy read. Kathryn's writing seems effortless. Sometimes middle books have a middle book syndrome but this did not have any of those issues. It flowed right from where Burning Glass left off. 

I love Valko's character from Burning Glass and now into Crystal Blade. I love a bad boy and he definitely falls into that category. He has this sexual allure and you know you should not be cheering for him but you can not help to. That being said towards the end of this book I do not know how much I will be cheering him on in book 3. All the way up to the end I loved him but I see his path getting dark and dark and almost nonredeemable. 

Anton was not the love interest I really liked. He always seemed self righteous and a little too perfect. That opinion stayed through the first part of the book. Towards the end I definitely think I softened towards Anton. He started to break down his self control a little and show more emotion.

Sonya is always been such a complex character that you feel for. I do see not just through the writing saying so but the similarities and complexity that her and Valko have with their darker nature. She really struggles with her empathy and if that makes her the same as the people who perform these horrible acts.

Sonya has lost her position and is discovering how she fits into this new world she fought for. Freedom however is sometimes an illusion. Sonya is soon confronted with someone from her past that will impact her life in more ways then she could ever imagine. 

Crystal Blade does end with a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this series to all fantasy fans. Good or bad, love them or hate them, Kathryn's character development is incredible. She makes you feel so much for these characters, like you were living in the world among them. I loved Crystal Blade and this will stay on my forever shelf where I will read it over and over again. This was a 5 out of 5 stars for me.






About Kathryn:

My love of storytelling began as a young girl when my dad told me, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while we listened to the film score together. Enchanted, I began my own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring my younger sister as the nerd or maid, while I reserved the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.

In high school, I focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. When I wasn’t on the stage, I spent my time composing sappy poetry and completing at least ten pages in my journal every night. My author dad edited my school papers and taught me the art of writing. I went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)

The writing bug bit me when I was in recovery from donating a kidney to my older brother. I found my old stash of short stories, and the inspiration for my first novel struck. I’ve been writing ever since.

A lover of art in all forms, I also enjoy singing and playing the guitar. My husband is equally artistic. We keep busy raising three rambunctious and creative children.

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.




Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of CRYSTAL BLADE, US Only.
5 winners will receive a signed ARC of CRYSTAL BLADE, US Only.


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