ARC Review: Crystal Blade

Author: Kathryn Purdie
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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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.
I was such a huge fan of Kathryn Purdie's debut novel, Burning Glass, that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read an early copy of Crystal Blade. Without giving too many spoilers, the characters in this book deal with the repercussions of their actions in the previous book. The kingdom is in such a delicate state that could lead to ruination or salvation depending on our main characters' leadership and decisions.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the sense of urgency and desperation. As I said before, the main characters are making life-changing decisions that will not only affect themselves but the kingdom as a whole. It was fascinating to see the grapples for power and influence and the extremes that people will go when they have an idea in mind.

This book also touched on prejudices among the rich, poor, and the nomadic tribe groups, and I hope to see this element explored more in the final book. I do love Tosya and everything he stands for (and I REALLY hope he gets his own book!).

I'll admit that I wasn't a huge fan of the characters in this book as I didn't agree with all of their decisions, but I know they only have the best intentions in mind. Sonya and Anton are at odds as they disagree a lot in this book, but I love that Sonya has fully embraced who she is and how her powers work. We are introduced to some new characters in this book and we see some old characters change irrevocably.

Kathryn's writing had more poetic phrases and flowery words than in her last book, which I enjoyed. I also really liked that she capitalized on political intrigue and drama in this book, although I do hope for more action and romance in this next book. Overall Crystal Blade was a solid sequel!

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.

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Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

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