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!
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!
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 ebook for the novella, FIELDS OF FIRE, on all digital retailers: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/601985/fields-of-fire-by-hannah-west/9780823440160/
Disclaimer: It might be restricted by country.
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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