Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand

“With the Fall of the Blood Queen, the magic that had once illuminated humanity’s path to the empirium had vanished. And, somehow, Eliana had to find it again. Find it, and control it.”

Friends, this was a wild ride of a sequel and if I am being honest took me days to formulate my thoughts on this book (I still don’t think I did this book justice). One thing I can say for certain: my heart hurts and need the next book NOW. The Empirium Trilogy is set in an intricate and complex fantasy world, and just when you think you have it all figured out you find out you were wrong. And I am just putting this out there now: your heart will break and there is an evil cliffhanger in this book.

I am conflicted. Reading Kingsbane was at times arduous for me, but then again I’ve thought about nothing but this book and the mindf*ck of a cliffhanger for over 24 hours. When I sat down to write my initial thoughts for this review (my first drafts are usually bullet point lists of word vomit), it sat at over 1,000 words. The best of books challenge you and stay with you, and this one has invaded my mind.

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

“For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet…and has stood up anyway.”

Yes this quote is from the dedication, but it really sums up what this book is all about in 18 words. This was one of my top anticipated releases for July because we all know that I love strong female characters and political intrigue, but unfortunately this book missed the mark for me.

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