“You are the heir to the Garin royal family. And you should be the next Empress of Sideros.”
Two weeks ago I was a clerk at a Sav-R-Mart in downstate Illinois. That was before a bolt of lightning blasted me to a world where gods, muses, and magic are real, and five gorgeous lords swept me off my feet while we searched for a stolen royal jewel.
Now it seems that I have a shot at winning the whole darn crown—even better, it comes with the Buff Lords as my consorts. But to pull this off I need to control my wonky elemental magic and navigate some hella treacherous politics.
Oh, and did I mention I'm competing with my cousin for the throne? Talk about a family feud...
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
CRYSTAL BLADE is the second book in the Paladins of Crystal series, and I recommend you read this following Book One as the story continues on from there. It is NOT a standalone.
Are you ready? Then hold onto your hats, because this book will take you on a wild and bumpy ride. Oh, man. Crystal is up against everything in this book, apart from the Buff Lords, that is. They are still being honourable and keeping their distance, even if they don't want to. More becomes clear about this bunch too, which I loved. But back to Crystal. I love her attitude. It's as simple as that. She is stubborn, knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to fight for it - quite literally, as it happens.
So many excellent characters in here help to move the story along, as well as either help or hinder Crystal. I love learning more about them as the story progresses. It certainly drew me in once again.
That ending though! Gah, I think the author is trying to kill me!!! I mean, seriously!!! Apart from desperately wanting Crystal Reflection which is the next book in the series, it has left me wanting to go back and re-read book one. You know, just because. And if that isn't the sign of a good book and an amazing author, I don't know what is.
Absolutely and definitely recommended by me.
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Nicola Cameron likes writing romance, especially when it's mixed with SF, fantasy, or the paranormal. When not writing about those things, she likes to make Stuff™. And she may be rather fond of absinthe.
While possessing a healthy interest in love and related activities since puberty, it wasn’t until 2012 that she actually tried writing a romance novel. She hasn't looked back since, and her To Be Written work queue currently stands at around nineteen books (Nicola's mojito-sodden Muse swans in from Bali every so often to add to the list, cackling to herself all the while).
Nicola plans to continue writing until she drops dead over her keyboard or makes enough money to buy a private island and hire Rory McCann as her personal trainer/masseur, whichever comes first. Visit Nicola's website and sign up for her newsletter at http://www.nicolacameron.com -- new subscribers get their choice of a free book from Nicola's backlist.