*Although Vows and Ruins has been out in the world for a week, I’ve been poorly with the flu, so haven’t been able to even write the review until now.
Thea Zoltaire has passed the Initiation Test, and is now a fully fledged Guardian of the Mid-realms, along with her friends Kip and Cal. She’s only one step away from achieving her dream of being a Warsword. But there are still too many obstacles in her way; namely, the revelation that along with her sister, Wren, she’s one of the lost princesses of Delmira with powerful Storm Magic. And her feelings for her mentor – the enigmatic and secretive Warsword, Wilder Hawthorne. Following their tryst in the Bloodwood, Thea now must try to distance her feelings for the infuriating man – but that may prove difficult when he insists on her boarding in his cottage, in a tiny cot that proves to be less comfortable than sleeping on the floor. Meanwhile, the Darkness is spreading and edging ever closer to the fortress of Thezmarr; with the Daughter of Darkness seeking the lost heirs of Delmira, Thea and Wren’s lives are in danger. Thea, as ever reckless, throws herself into missions and training, certain her fate stone will ensure her life continues.
Vows and Ruins picks up a short time after the ending of Blood and Steel, throwing the reader right back into life in the stormy, desolate fortress. Scheuerer never fails to impress with her writing; it’s not only flawless, but the powerful, vivid descriptions completely encapsulates anyone who picks up her work. I honestly couldn’t put Vows and Ruins down, spending an entire day lost to the moody landscape and thrilling action. Not only that, but if anyone thought that scene in the Bloodwood was raunchy in Blood and Steel, then I’d dread to think what you’ll make of the multiple scenes in her latest offering. Scorching hot, would be my description – with the sex scenes being as brutal as the sea that lashes the Thezmarrian cliffs.
By the time I read the last page of Vows and Ruins, I was shaking. I’ve been a reader of Helen’s novels for a LONG time, and have often noticed little clues and hints to where the story was heading. But, I did not see that ending coming. Whether it was betrayal, or just a major lack of communication from Wilder and Thea’s points of views remains to be seen – and to be honest – I can not wait to find out which way the Fates will fall.
Vows and Ruins – The Legends of Thezmarr book 2 is now available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited.
I reviewed Vows and Ruins after purchasing and reading it myself. There was no obligation to do so.