We are so excited to be part of the CRYSTAL BLADE Blog Tour! Special thanks to Jaime @ RockStar Book Tours for having us! Check out Jennzah’s review of the book below, and make sure to enter the giveaway!
Title: CRYSTAL BLADE
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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 a huge fan of BURNING GLASS, the first book in this series, so I was jumping at the gun to read this sequel! It didn’t disappoint! It’s full of the exact same thrill rides that the first one had, but on a grander scale.
When we left Sonya at the end of BURNING GLASS, she’d realized the extent of her Auraseer abilities. Now she’s struggling to contain her ever-growing powers, and fighting her dark attraction to Valko, even though she despises him — I actually really LOVED this about the book.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it delved so much deeper into the darkness that Sonya struggles with; trying to hide her powers from the Duma, trying to stop herself from succumbing to desires far darker than she’d like. I loved the danger of this book, the thick overtone of it rang all the way through. I am excited to see how the trilogy ends (even though I don’t want it to!)
One character from the first book that I didn’t like that I now really like : Feliks. Even though he’s got a threatening presence through much of the book, you can’t help but love it!
If you’ve not picked up BURNING GLASS yet, what are you waiting for? 🙂
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.
Title: BURNING GLASS
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.
But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.
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.
Make sure to visit all the other stops on the CRYSTAL BLADE Blog Tour :
8/7/2017- Mundie Moms– Interview
8/8/2017- YA and Wine– Review
8/9/2017- The Fearless Reader– Guest Post
8/10/2017- The Book Nut– Review
8/11/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
8/14/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review
8/15/2017- Arctic Books– Guest Post
8/16/2017- Ex Libris– Review
8/17/2017- YA Books Central– Interview
8/18/2017- A Perfection Called Books– Review