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Blog Tour: Realm of Ruins by Hannah West + Giveaway

I am so glad I am on this blog tour. I never had heard of it before, but now I know I need to read the other books from West!



Release Date: December 4th 2018 Publisher: Holiday House Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos? 

Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.

A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities.

Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back.


(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I loved about Realm of Ruins is that it looks about the cost of ambitions and the price of the rules when they are broken. It’s almost like a mixture of Beauty and the Beast with The Little Mermaid and more! It feels like this blending of stories you know, but always with a new twist, a different option – another ending. One of the things I adore about this book is that it celebrates the idea that we cannot pretend to be someone we aren’t. Valory struggles with her power and taming it, but what it she were to let it go?

You can definitely read this book without reading Kingdom of Ash and Briars, but, if you’re like me, you’ll want to read that one next! But both books can be read as stand alones.

At the same time, the side characters have some wonderful story arcs! Glisette has to realize how privileged her upbringing was and I loved seeing her own journey. People can change if you give them a chance, and time, but also sometimes they need trials and challenges, and also, maybe, hope.

(There is a side character who is a lesbian).


Another theme that Realm of Ruins plays with is the idea if we are merely fulfilling prophecies or if we make them come to pass due to our belief. It’s almost like belief versus destiny. And can we change our destiny? Realm of Ruins has an amazing cast of women characters who I’d be honored to fight besides and be their friends! If you love strong heroine fueled fantasy, then this is definitely one you should pick up!

Find Realm of Ruins on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Nobles, KOBO and The Book Depository.

About the Author

Hannah West is the author of Kingdom of Ash and Briars and its companion, Realm of Ruins. She’s always loved writing about magic and fairytales, but her time studying abroad in Orléans, France inspired her to finally write and publish a fantasy novel. She’s a freelance writer and vegetarian living in Texas with her husband and their rambunctious blue heeler.





Free Goodies

FREE ebook for the novella, FIELDS OF FIRE, on all digital retailers:

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Win 1 of 5 bundles of the Nissera Chronicles (US Only)

Bundle includes: 1x physical copy of Kingdom of Ash and Briars + 1x physical copy of Realm of Ruins.

Giveaway starts: 4th December 2018

Giveaway finishes: 17th December 2018

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Tour Schedule

December 4th

December 5th

The Reading Corner for All – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Wishful Endings – Review

December 6th

Jrsbookreviews – Review
Bri’s Book Nook – Review
Mythical Books – Promotional Post

December 7th

Rhythmicbooktrovert – Review + Playlist
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes

December 8th

Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes
808bookdr – Review + Favourite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

December 9th

Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post

December 10th

My Fangirl Chronicles – Review + Favourite Quotes
Fyrekatz Blog – Review
Belle’s Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
Oh Hey! Books – Promotional Post


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6 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Realm of Ruins by Hannah West + Giveaway

  1. What do you think about REALM OF RUINS? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Have you read the first book? I was not aware of this set of books, but after reading about Realm of Ruins, I will be picking them up to read. They are both on my TBR and I look forward to reading them. Good luck with the novel

  2. “What do you think about REALM OF RUINS? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Have you read the first book?” Sounds like a good story of kingdoms and magic–I have added it to my TBR! I have not read the first book, so I will have both to look forward to!

  3. I haven’t read the first book yet, but both are on my TBR. I love the premise of these books and I love how you described them in your post.

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