Title: A Twist of the Blade
Author: S.M. Gaither
Series: Shadows and Crowns #2
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Audience: New Adult
Length: 548 pages
Release Date: January 28, 2021
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Recommended for fans of: The Song of the Marked, Throne of Glass
Content Warnings: death, violence, panic attacks
Mercenary. Survivor. Queen.
Who is Casia Greythorne?
Still reeling from an unimaginable loss and the revelation of an identity she isn’t sure she wants to embrace, Casia has one plan: Try to control something. Something like the strange magic awakening inside of her. Mastering that magic will take her and her friends on a quest through cursed lands, into the dwellings of old gods, and deep into a southern empire filled with deadly foes and unlikely allies.
Meanwhile, the foundations of the Kethran Empire continue to crumble. The king-emperor clings to his crown with increasingly bloodied hands. Monsters and soldiers alike stalk Casia’s every step, determined not to let her return to claim a throne that is rightfully hers. Still, the greatest threat to her possible rule may not lie in the king-emperor, but in a former captain of his army—a man that she came dangerously close to falling in love with.
Elander Revenmar thought he knew who he was. He had a mission, a plan, a god he was content to serve. Then came Casia. A woman as mysterious as she is dangerous. One he should have stayed away from, and whose life he never should have saved.
Because salvation always comes with a cost.
And some debts can only be paid for in blood.
I am getting very invested in this series! The magic system in this world is so cool, and I understand it much better now than I did reading book one. There were more deities, more monsters, and more explorations that contributed to a fast-paced adventure with EPIC fights and battle scenes.This series also has a great cast of characters: badass FMC, found family, meddling gods, fallen gods, evil siblings, enemies and allies. Everything just works so well together!
And let’s not forget THE ROMANCE! Casia and Elander move beyond the enemies stage of their forbidden love, and their banter and mutual pining are all I’ve ever wanted. This book has the perfect amount of steam, with one spicy chapter. And my favorite twist on the forbidden love trope is revealed!
Beware the cliffhanger ending!!! It will cause you to feel pain, and possibly scream or throw your book. But isn’t that why we read, to get attached to characters and worlds and feel something? I don’t know how I haven’t started book 3 yet.