Review: Crystal Blade

Crystal Blade picks up right where Burning Glass left off and Riaznin is transitioning to a new democracy. There are so many unknowns in the political world that Anton is building up and Sonya isn’t quite sure what her new role will be now that there are no more Sovereign Auraseers. Kathryn Purdie takes her Russian based YA Fantasy to a whole new level that will leave you asking yourself “what just happened?”.

About Crystal Blade

f1cfdd45-4796-4bb8-88b0-cd2db00a940f-2996-0000032444c3ebcdBetrayal cuts deep.

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.


My Review

5 Stars

Sonya is left wondering what her role is going to be in this new democracy and is again faced with decisions she’d never have imagined she’d have to deal with. This book takes Sonya on a journey to realizing just how much her powers have evolved since she first came to the palace and struggles with the darkness it brings to her. Kathryn did a great job of portraying the internal turmoil Sonya has in this second book and by the end you’re not going to know who to trust, and will be wishing you could get your hands on the next one right away!

Anton was a bit of a minor character for me in this installment which for me made it difficult to feel his connection with Sonya. In some parts he was almost too protective of her which caused me to dislike him at times. I’m curious to see how his character develops in book three with all the unknowns you’re left with.

Valko. Oh Valko. He is probably my favorite character of the three. He is the most dynamic and even though he makes you cringe at times his cunning keeps you wanting more from him. I think we’ll see him make some surprising decisions in book three and I can’t wait to see them!

The ending of this book left me speechless. I seriously have had to take some time to think about how I was going to put this post together. There were so many twists and turns, and then the ending, I mean….Wow!!!

Have you read Burning Glass or Crystal Blade yet? If so, what were your thoughts on them? Who is your favorite character?

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