This was one of the most rocking sci-fi thrillers I have read in recent times. Jessica Thorne has done it again. In the first book she had pitched Bel’s world against the invaders. In this round, Bel had to face an enemy from the bowels of the earth – the Stoneheart. And there was nobody better than her best friend and her general Petra to help her vanquish it.
Book 1 has to be read to understand this book and to love the characters as I did. Petra had always been a fighter and this time too, she does not disappoint. Her mind and resistance to the power of the Stone was mind blowing. There was a force to her when she came on the scenes in this book. She was both strong and yet so vulnerable to the people she loved and trusted. She had 2 suitors in this story Zander and Teel. It was fun to see the General flustered at the attention. But nothing was ever as it seemed till the very end.
Jessica Thorne has dipped her pen into the ink of valor to write this book. The story had everything fights, action sequences, travel to space, magical beings Rondet who were both humane and crystalline, the evil magical stone wanting blood and power, humans and animals who were made machines, the Mecha, the Empress who wanted to control the world, the mad scientists, sleeping sickness, and more. Whew!! I could barely breathe while reading it all.
Fun books should not have niggles, but this one did, just teeny tiny ones. Few parts felt a bit rushed. Time was spent in explaining the power of the Stoneheart, but the vanquishing was done in a jiffy. I wanted more of the camaraderie between Petra and her soldiers. But they were minor, didn’t affect the overall flying pace of the book.
There is a book 3 in waiting, or I should say in writing, and you bet I am eagerly waiting to get to it!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart
My review of book 1 can be read here
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Petra Kel – young and headstrong – has been named General of the Queen’s Guard. But while Petra’s head may be in rebuilding the war-torn kingdom alongside her childhood friend Queen Belengaria, she left her heart miles away in their homeland, the day she turned her back on the only man she ever loved and fled.
But then Petra’s past – in the form of Bel’s roguish brother Zander – comes crashing in, just as rumours of dark magic begin to swirl at court. Petra can’t afford to be distracted… but the unfinished business between herself and Zander is like a vice upon her heart.
When evil takes hold of the kingdom and threatens Bel, Petra is forced to make the impossible choice between love and loyalty. And will the insidious magic of the Stone’s Heart reveal the heart-breaking reason why she left Zander behind all those years ago?
Publication Date: 19th February 2019