Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: July 12, 2022
Haven’t read the previous novel, A Fate of Wrath & Flame? Check out my review HERE!
From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker comes the second novel in her Fate and Flame series, an adult fantasy story that should be read in series order.
“I do not know how to love you and be a good king to my people.”
From jewelry thief to interloper to queen-in-waiting, Romeria flees Cirilea a traitor to all. But the yawning distance between her and Zander troubles her more than any king’s bounty on her head. While Zander may have escaped by her side, he seeks to regain his throne, and no immortal will ever welcome her as Islor’s queen. She fears it won’t be long before Zander abandons her as everyone else she’s ever loved has.
Zander sacrificed his crown to save Romeria’s life, yet he dreads what her existence means for the future of his realm. As Ybaris’s plan to destroy Islor unfurls, a more insidious threat, orchestrated by rival fates, lurks beneath the surface. He can offer his allies no honest explanation for why he protects the Ybarisan princess and takes counsel from Queen Neilina’s caster, leading those closest to doubt his wisdom—and his allegiance.
As their company aims for the Venhorn Mountains, steered by prophecy, Romeria is desperate to wield her newfound abilities to undo Princess Romeria’s treachery before the kingdom tears itself apart. But with the mortal rebellion swelling, bolstered by the gift of Ybaris’s poison, it may already be too late.
A Curse of Blood & Stone picks up immediately after the events of the previous novel, A Fate of Wrath & Flame. The world building for this series is slightly confusing as there are a lot of threads that are left undeveloped at the end of A Fate of Wrath & Flame, so I would suggest rereading it before reading A Curse of Blood and Stone. I wish more novels would include a summary of the previous novels, especially for world building heavy novels.
A Curse of Blood & Stone focuses almost solely on Romy’s developing power, command, and leadership. As Romy and company deal with Zander’s choice to save Romy and sacrifice his crown, they travel through small towns and villages which offers readers a glimpse of the real life consequences this world has on the humans. I thoroughly enjoyed the expansion of the world and seeing the character develop.
A Curse of Blood & Stone is light on spice, so if you’re looking for something spicy you might be disappointed. Romy and Zander’s interactions remain at a minimum for most of the novel as they grapple with Zander’s decision to save Romy. Tucker’s writing of relationships are always chef’s kiss, so the few tension-filled moments between Romy and Zander are thick with angst.
A Curse of Blood & Stone is fast paced as the characters flee and attempt to untangle the prophecy. From the beginning to the end, it was hard to put this novel down.
Overall, A Curse of Blood & Stone is a fast paced sequel as Tucker expands her world while offering up some political intrigue, battle sequences, and a light dusting of romance.
*** I received an ARC via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
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K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me.
Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.
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