by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Realm Breaker #2
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: June 28th 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, YA
Format Read: ARC
The fate of the world rests on a blade's edge.
Fighting beside her band of unlikely companions, Corayne is learning to embrace her ancient lineage and wield her father's powerful sword.
But while she successfully closed one of the Spindles, her journey is far from over.
Queen Erida's army marches across Allward with her consort, Taristan, right beside them, opening more portals into nightmarish worlds, razing kingdoms to the ground.
Corayne has no choice but to assemble an army of her own if she's to save the realm as she knows it. But perilous lands await her and the companions, and they face assassins, otherworldly beasts, and tempestuous seas all as they rally a divided Ward to fight behind them.
But Taristan has unleashed an evil far more wicked than his corpse armies. Something deadly waits in the shadows; something that might consume the world before there's any hope for victory.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Seriously. Seriously! This book is a chart topper. No doubt in my mind.
I usually have a hard time getting into books with so many perspectives, but this books runs with titles like The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It has the most fantastic world building and character development. Aveyard really has created a Lord of the Rings for today, from her quirky ensemble cast, to the impending doom that is What Waits beyond in the realm of Asunder. She has brought the epic scale of fantasy back. But this time it’s back with diversity! (So much better!)
Blade Breaker picks up right where Realm Breaker left off and I appreciate that so much. Victoria laid so much ground work in book one that Blade Breaker was just a wild ride, cover to cover. Each character is more their own now and you can really see the dynamics fleshing out between them and where each of their strengths lie. I love the workings of all of them, especially Dom and Sorasa. They are *chef’s kiss*
On the other side, we have Erida. We didn’t see a whole whack of her in book one, but she is back baby, and she is a massive BADASS QUEEN! Seriously, I would die for this woman. She is a remarkably constructed character and by far one of my favourite perspectives to read!
I cannot wait to see where book three takes us, because so far all I can say is holy shit my mind is blown. Along with throwing the book across the couch upon finishing it, and audibly shouting. I simply cannot wait. Victoria, if you stumble across this review… you’ve ruined me (in the best possible way) Book 3 please?
I’m Diane, I suffer from wanderlust and am from Toronto, Ontario.
Since I was a wee bairn I was obsessed with reading and the fantastical worlds books would sweep my away in. Flash forward 28 years, I can now be seen running through the trees in hopes of being carried to a world far far away, but mostly just tripping over tree roots.
When I’m not reading or watching What We Do In The Shadows on repeat, I can be found tracing my lineage to the ancient Vikings and Scots. Oh! And making organic dog treats for my high-maintenance pets.