REVIEW: The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon

BLURB:  “There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.” 

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.

REVIEW:  5 STARS *****
Part two of the Bird and the Sword Chronicles – DO NOT read this book if you have not read the first book ‘The Bird and the Sword’. Not only will you not understand what’s happening, you will miss out on one of my favourite books ever.

In saying that, I had high expectations after reading the first novel and was readying myself to be disappointed, because how could you top the bird and the sword? Well guess what – The Queen and the Cure was definitely on par with the feel of the first book and I could not put it down.

In the Queen and the Cure, we get to see Kjell’s story. Kjell was the king’s bastard brother from the previous book and always intrigued me with his healing ways and his desire to hide it. Kjell is just cruising along in life and patrolling the kingdom and the other land’s due to his position as Captain of the King’s Guard. On his way to a small village where he’d heard rumours of discontent, he comes across a girl, Sasha who is barely alive and broken at the bottom of a cliff after being pushed off. Sasha has her own abilities and this is where the fun starts.

I fell in love with you in pieces, layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch..

See that quote right there? Magic. Amy Harmon has created a whole other world with these characters and this story. The writing is rich and decadent and just makes me want to devour the whole book in one sitting and wish for more and more and more!

Kjell is a brute of a man and we are used to seeing his typical warrior side and hiding his feelings, but Kjell gets his time to shine in this book and we really see his development, especially alongside Sasha. With some bombshells thrown in for good measure, this novel is romantic, diverse and just majestic! I want.. no, I NEED more.

I remember. I remember everything. And everything has changed. But I have not forgotten how I feel about you,

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