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Curse of Shadows and Thorns: A Dark Fantasy Romance (The Broken Kingdoms Book 1)

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You also find out that Legion is not who you think he is and has been cursed to not remember who he is. Dark and vivid, this YA Fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast was everything I was hoping for and didn't know I needed.

Filled with luscious world building, banter-filled romance, and epic battles, Curse of Shadows and Thorns is the first book in The Broken Kingdoms series. Following her adventures really resonated with me, for I believe most will feel like her about marriage.I honestly feel like I’m rereading ‘Blood and Ash’, but the characters are posher and I constantly need a dictionary. Where is the author coming from to believe that it is her place to speak on these issues; and furthermore to do it in such a way that suggests an extreme lack of knowledge and tact, if not an outright peddling of alt right ideology. I am very convinced that the author did not have an editor especially seeing how quickly these books have been released, so clearly no editor has looked at any of these and you can see it in the writing to there’s plenty of mistakes.

She had absolutely no reason to go back there even to get Mattus knowing that atthat time she could not trust Mattus's Uncle. A lot of their history is told, not shown through actual “history lessons” disguised as journal entries. The romance is sweet, I really like how the relationship develops between Elise and Legion and the fact that Legion shows that he cares about Elise’s opinions and what she thinks, in a world where her opinion does not matter according to society made me smile. But his skin and eyes glimmered with the unique dark shade of Ettans, the people mine enslaved during the raids.What began as a jest with branches a few turns ago, had grown into a kind of weekly meet to fight, to be as our people—Timoran and Ettan alike—once were. I always make sure I give a series a chance before I move on to something else, so I’ll be moving on with book 2. When her uncle holds the life of her deathly-ill father over her head, reluctantly, Elise puts her fate into the hands of Legion Grey, the handsome and mysterious dowry negotiator. While there are already indications, the heroine nor the reader knows the extent of the hero's hidden agenda until over halfway into the book, so I hate how much the blurb gives it away. I still don’t think I fully understand how the Fae and their magic tie into the story or how their magic works.

like missing sentences, random jumps between chapters/events, characters showing up in a scene when its never mentioned that they are present, information presented in a way that assumes the reader is already aware of it, and just inconsistent pacing.There are clear and significant ties between Viking culture and organised racist movements, with Viking imagery and symbolism used widely to help push varying white supremacist narratives. Filled with luscious world building, banter-filled romance, and epic battles, this first book in the Broken Kingdoms series is part Viking, part fairy tale. The reason for that may be heavily influenced by two things: (1) it was narrated by Stina Nielsen, who I love, and (2) its plot and characters are VERY similar to the From Blood and Ashes series by Jennifer Armentrout…which was also narrated by Stina Nielsen. As niece of the king, Elise Lysander cares about two things: sneaking into gambling dens, and avoiding an advantageous marriage at all costs.

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