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Curse of Shadows and Thorns: A Dark Fantasy Romance (The Broken Kingdoms Book 1)

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So I’ve really only forayed into fantasy romance a little - I think the ACOTAR series is really the only FANTASY romance I’ve read, but I really liked it. When she isn't writing she's keeping her four kids alive, spending time with her hot husband, or enjoying the mountains of Utah. I already had it on my kindle and picked it based on the title; not actually remembering any description. When her uncle holds the life of her deathly ill father over her head, reluctantly, Elise puts her fate into the hands of Legion Grey, the handsome and mysterious dowry negotiator. Filled with luscious world building, banter-filled romance, and epic battles, Curse of Shadows and Thorns is the first book in The Broken Kingdoms series.

There were moments of interest but the "poor me, no one treats me as a real person" whining by Elise got old. It is obvious to her that the MMC is hiding something, as he has such liberal views and doesn’t conform to fit in with other. There isn't too much repeating but there was a time or 2 where I did pause from reading but I still read the book in A-day and a 1/2. Where is the author coming from to believe that it is her place to speak on these issues; and furthermore to do it in such a way that suggests an extreme lack of knowledge and tact, if not an outright peddling of alt right ideology. So the book starts out FMC has become of age at 20 For marriage and her dowry has been open so people can start bidding her hand at marriage.The castle is a long ride away from where she lives but it can always be seen in the distance from other areas. There are parts I feel like a try to get the reader to be emotionally involved with the character but it just doesn't work for me. The romance is sweet, I really like how the relationship develops between Elise and Legion and the fact that Legion shows that he cares about Elise’s opinions and what she thinks, in a world where her opinion does not matter according to society made me smile.

I really struggled to envision how the world looked as it read as a country at times or as a small city in others.While I do have minor issues with lack of clarity on certain plot points and poor world building and development of ideas, there is one glaring issue that I would much rather talk about - the way this book deals with race. There wasn’t enough put into the character development or plot to take it to that next level that it had the potential to be so it feels like it’s missing something.

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.I went along with it and did enjoy the angsty parts, but that one somewhat spice scene we got… I felt it happened too abruptly. As secrets unravel about Legion's vicious past, questions rise over who has the true right to the throne. This book is what you get when you take a pinch of Viking lore and mix it with a dash of Beauty and the Beast. Filled with luscious world building, banter-filled romance, and epic battles, this first book in the Broken Kingdoms series is part Viking, part Beauty and the Beast. It wasn't perfect and the heroine was a little too naive for me at times, but I tried to be a little less picky and just go with the flow, and I'm glad I did.

I started this book because I’d finished the Hades and Persephone series I’d been reading and wanted to continue along the fairy tale/myth route. Like, the author wanted a core group of friends to get that found family vibe but it didn't work at all. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I feel like the core story is really good, but there was so much extra fluff and alternative stuff going on that it detached from the main plot. This is the tendency of white people to either consciously or subconsciously separate themselves into ‘good’ white people, who are not racist; and ‘bad’ white people, who are.

He's a tortured morally grey hero and I can't wait for him to make me question why I'm still on his side. The plot was very predictable but it didn’t distract from the fact that I was enjoying reading the story. Overall this start to a series shows promise and I am intrigued and interested in seeing where this goes. The repetitive angst, the lack of character growth and the superficial story line could not hold my attention. When her uncle holds the life of her deathly-ill father over her head, reluctantly, Elise puts her fate into the hands of Legion Grey, the handsome and mysterious dowry negotiator.

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