REVIEW – THe Queen of Nothing by holly black

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy

My Review

I will miss the elves !!!

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This was a wonderful conclusion to a rich, beautifully written story. I felt that the characters Black has made me fall in love with all finally got the screen time they deserved. The Wicked King took a bit too many trips away from the main Jude/Cardan plot to deal with Locke, the Undersea, etc. This was the one I’ve been waiting for!

There have been times throughout this series when I wanted to kick Jude for not learning from her mistakes, but I have to say that, after watching her full journey, I’m pleased with her character development.

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My only regrets are –
1. How much I will miss Jude and Cardan
2. The fact that there weren’t 50 more pages of the epilogue. 

The Crystal War Cover Reveal

The line between human and monster…

Is not always clear.

I love the dystopian vibe from this book! My designer did another knockout job!

Compared with The Sin Soldiers cover, it’s got a similar theme, but I believe the added darkness and the closer look at other characters really captures the book’s vibe. Here’s the first Fragments book:

Let me know what you think, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out The Sin Soldiers.

Sons of Fire Release and Crystal War cover reveal!

Busy, busy!

It’s been a crazy couple of months, between some author showcases, coffee house book signings, and lots and lots of WORK!!

I’m so pleased to announce that, at long last, SONS OF FIRE will come into the world on January 14th. Click on the title for the Goodreads link, complete with synopsis. And in case you forgot, here’s the cover:

Oooooh! Ahhhhhh!

Also…

The official cover reveal for THE CRYSTAL WAR (FRAGMENTS #2) goes live on 11/20. Stay tuned to Goodreads for the blurb. If you enjoyed THE SIN SOLDIERS, don’t leave Kai, Finn, Dex, Tessa, and Charlie hanging. Tune in to see what happens next.

Official release in April.

Stay tuned…

Sons of Fire Cover Reveal

Sooooo excited to finally be able to show the gorgeous cover by @shayneleighton to the world!

SONS OF FIRE comes out on January 14th.

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One brother destined to rule…

…The other cursed to exist

Tell me what you think!

Tour Schedule

As I have a bunch of local author events coming up, I just wanted to get my appearance schedule all in one place. Feel free to stop by! I’ll be promoting the Fragments Series as well as my stand-alone urban fantasy book Sons of Fire.

10/19 12:00-5:00 – The Long Island Book Fair – The Holiday Inn Westbury

10/25 7:00 PM – Local Author fest – Syosset Public Library

11/2 11:00-2:00 – Coffee House Tours – Mongo’s Coffee House in Syosset

11/16 2:00 -5:00 – Long Island Author Fair – St. Stephen’s Church in Hicksville

12/7 – 1:00 – 4:00 – Coffee House Tours – Starbucks Bay Terrace

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Review of Veiled by Desire (Laith #2) by Candace Robinson

Veiled By Desire (Laith, #2)

In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with sharp fangs and long claws. A beast that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.

Rhona, along with her village, are under a sinister leader’s control. Their leader has taken Rhona from the boy she loves, stripped away her abilities and, under the threat of killing everyone she loves, forces her on a dangerous task to retrieve a dark prism that will increase his already massive powers.

When Tavarra and Rhona cross paths, they discover they need each other. Rhona knows how to help the cursed sea creature, while Tavarra knows where to find the dark prism. They embark on a mission that could help them break Tavarra’s spell and save Rhona’s family and village. But with an untamable beast inside Tavarra, nothing is certain…

My Review :

After reading “Clouded by Envy,” I was very excited to get back into the magical world of Laith. And there were a lot of familiar magical items and creatures – the mythology of Luca, jovkins, bats, and the Stone of Desire – but “Veiled by Desire” introduced a whole new depth to Laith, really fleshing out the world in a way that drew me right in.

I LOVED the characters in this book! Rhona and Tavarra, the two POV characters, were so different, and I enjoyed reading about their journeys even before their stories intertwined. The side characters – Eza, Quil, Perin, and Lana, all won special spots in my heart in the end as well. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but Perin in particular tugged at my heartstrings in every possible way, and I was sooooo invested in him and his happiness. I laughed and cried for him. The relationships between the characters were well developed, natural, and sweet in a way that really won me over.

Told through the two POV’s of Rhona and Tevarra, and rich with flashbacks and the slow unmasking of character history, “Veiled by Desire” left me wanting to stay in Laith, and missing these new characters when the the book was done. I love how the human monster mythologies are being woven into the plot, and I cannot wait for the next Laith installment!

Never make the same mistake twice. There are far too many new ones to try out!

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