Oh my gosh, you guys. I loved this book, I loved this book, I LOVED this BOOK! It doesn’t come out until August, so I’ll be waiting to post my full FIVE STAR review until we get a little closer to the pub date. In the meantime, here’s what you NEED to know about this book, so you can be sure to get it added to those TBR lists!
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What you NEED to know now about Crystal Blade
- If you liked Burning Glass, you will LOVE Crystal Blade. Kathryn Purdie took all the brilliant story elements from Burning Glass and totally elevated them in this breath-taking sequel.
- Every single chapter in this book includes a jaw-dropping moment that will leave you helplessly addicted to this story.
- There are some SUPER sweet and swoony moments with Sonya and a certain someone.
- The tension and stakes get higher, and higher, and higher as the story progresses. You’ll be in knots by the time you reach the EPIC conclusion.
- Certain characters that you thought were dead in Burning Glass may not be quite so dead after all.
- Certain characters that you thought you understood in Burning Glass may turn out to be someone/something completely unexpected.
- The ending just might kill you, but it is guaranteed at the very least to leave you utterly wrecked in such a great way!
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie
*Beware of Spoilers below if you haven’t read Burning Glass*
The peace is unsustainable.
Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?
The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.
Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.
It’s All in the Details
- Title: Crystal Blade
- Author: Kathryn Purdie
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Pub Date: Augsut 15, 2017
- Pages: 384
About Kathryn Purdie
My love of storytelling began as a young girl when my dad told me, in his own words, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird while we listened to the film score together. Enchanted, I began my own attempts at storytelling, which usually led to home video productions featuring my younger sister as the nerd or maid, while I reserved the role of the glamorous movie star or princess.
In high school, I focused on acting and won first place in monologues at a prestigious statewide Shakespearean competition. When I wasn’t on the stage, I spent my time composing sappy poetry and completing at least ten pages in my journal every night. My author dad edited my school papers and taught me the art of writing. I went on to study acting in college and at The Oxford School of Drama in England. (All that character analysis transferred nicely to writing!)
The writing bug bit me when I was in recovery from donating a kidney to my older brother. I found my old stash of short stories, and the inspiration for my first novel struck. I’ve been writing ever since.
A lover of art in all forms, I also enjoy singing and playing the guitar. My husband is equally artistic. We keep busy raising three rambunctious and creative children.
I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Check out her website here!