CRYSTAL BLADE: Review and Giveaway!


I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Crystal Blade today! This beautiful book comes out one week from today! So be sure to get those pre-orders in now while you can still score some of Kathryn’s sweet pre-order swag!

About the Book

CrystalBladeCoverAbout the Book:


Author: Kathryn Purdie

Pub. Date: August 15, 2017

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 368

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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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.

Wine Pairing

I paired Crystal Blade with this Vincent Girding Emotion Pinot Noir. With Sonya being an empath, emotions play an incredibly vital and complicated role in this story. This wine has a bold flavor (which is certainly a characteristic that Sonya shares as well) and a sweet finish, which reminds me very much of a certain handsome prince.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*

My Review


I’m a huge fan of Burning Glass. I was captivated by the plot, the romance, and the incredible dynamic between Sonya, Anton, and Valko. But for me, Crystal Blade was even better. Kathryn Purdie has taken all the brilliant elements from the first book and really elevated them in this second installment in the series.

The plot throughout the story is riveting. Every single chapter includes at least one jaw-dropping moment that left me hopelessly addicted to the story. I could not put it down. The tension and stakes only increase as the story progresses, and I was in knots by the time it reached its epic conclusion.

I adore the three main characters of this series. Despite her knack for landing herself in sticky situations, Sonya exhibits such tremendous mental strength and has such love for her people and country. Anton is oh-so-swoony, yet the relationship between him and Sonya is still so complicated and fraught with delicious romantic tension. And I absolutely adore the dynamic that Kathryn has created between Sonya and Valko. It is unique, intense, and absolutely intriguing. I cannot wait to find out what happens between the three of them in the final book in this stunning series.

There are also some surprise characters from Burning Glass who made an appearance in Crystal Blade and proved to be so much more than what I originally thought them to be in book one.

The ending of this book is extraordinary. The entire plot built perfectly to this mind-blowing conclusion that left me on the edge of my seat and anxious to read the next book.

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.

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Enter the Giveaway!

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of CRYSTAL BLADE, US Only.

5 winners will receive a signed ARC of CRYSTAL BLADE, US Only.


Follow the Blog Tour!

Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!

8/7/2017- Mundie Moms– Interview

8/8/2017- YA and Wine– Review

8/9/2017- The Fearless Reader– Guest Post

8/10/2017- The Book Nut– Review

8/11/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

Week Two:

8/14/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review

8/15/2017- Arctic Books– Guest Post

8/16/2017- Ex Libris– Review

8/17/2017- YA Books Central Interview

8/18/2017- A Perfection Called Books– Review

Have you started reading this incredible fantasy series yet? Will you be picking up Crystal Blade when it hits bookshelves next Tuesday? Have you ever read another novel with an empath?

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20 thoughts on “CRYSTAL BLADE: Review and Giveaway!

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I love reading your reviews, Krysti. They are concise and to the point while still captivating me. I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but I am looking forward to it! Do you feel like Purdie’s writing improves in this book? Which book of Purdie’s do you enjoy the most?


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Jackie! That means a lot to me. I really like book one, but I do feel like her writing improves in this book. Every element of this book felt necessary and like it was really moving the plot forward. And every single chapter had a “cookie,” as Susan Dennard would say, or something big that happened that kept me turning the pages. This one is my favorite so far, but we’ll see what happens in book three.


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I love it when book two is an improvement over book one! I don’t think that happens often enough. It sounds like Purdie did a great job continuously hooking you, too. I am excited to see what you think of the series conclusion! I don’t know how you can read all these series books with so much time between them!


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        She really does. So waiting for books to be released is one of my favorite things. I think it’s because I grew up waiting for HP books to come out, and having that series come to an end was absolutely heartbreaking for me. LOL.


  2. LairOfBooks says:

    Great review Krysti! I just recently purchased the ebook of Burning Glass after seeing your love for this series. I’m also glad to see that it has edge of your seat chapters since those are my favorite, can’t wait to get to this one 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Meggy! I do love it when books get progressively better as a series continues, and that is definitely the case with these ones. 🙂


  3. Helena Reads says:

    I need to read the 1st one!!!!!!! Why oh why are there so many great books?????? WHY???? I want to read them all but particularly this one for sure. Great post, Krysti!! I hope you have a great day xoxo


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hahaha! It is a very serious problem. Too many amazing books to read. There should be a cap every year, so we at least have a chance of getting through them. 🙂 I hope you get to read this one soon. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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