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  • Steller Read!

    The game has changed. The Broken Realm is passionate, deadly and polished. Get ready for a whirlwind of emotions. The spectacular follow up to The Kingless Crown, Sarah M. Cradit will dazzle readers and leave them wanting more! The phenomenal world she has created will transport you to a different realm and you won’t want to leave. I give this 5 stars.

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  • Captivating!

    Rating: 4.75/5.00 I read the first few lines and I already knew it was going to be a 5 star rating for this book. When I received the first book, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. It did take me a while to get used to all the characters at once (the list is overwhelming) but once you’re at the end, you know each of them very well. This was a plus point when I started the second book. There was no time wasted because it felt like I always knew them. What I really loved about this instalment is that there are topics that authors are usually afraid of using but here, it formed a significant impact on the plot. There were some parts that were so disheartening that I had to take a break to process. How often do you find a book where you’re so fond of the characters that it hurts and mulls your heart when something bad happens. The story of filled with a mountain range of emotions and meaningful, interesting plot lines that just drive the story forward, keeping us all on our toes. It is character driven, fast paced, exciting, (insert every good adjective here). Sarah never lets me down. She’s gotten me entangled once again and I can’t wait for the third instalment. I need these books. Thank you, Sarah for the advance copy.

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  • Epic fantasy!

    When I read one of Sarah Cradit’s books I am reminded of how woefully inadequate a 5-star rating can be. I received an ARC of this, the second book in the Kingdom of the White Sea series and I’m left, yet again, gasping for air and dying to read the next installment. It reminds me of when I read The Lord of the Rings series. I have not yet read nor seen the Game of Thrones series, but I imagine this is similar—multiple families with multiple characters who are interconnected and multiple plot lines connecting to one overarching plot. I cannot imagine the organization and discipline required to plot out and tell a story like this one. I’d be fortunate to figure out how to tell the story of just one character! Sarah Cradit tells the stories of all of them, each unique and memorable, and engages my imagination and empathy for all of them. It’s truly remarkable. There’s a lot of death in this one, and some truly unspeakable acts. If you’re sensitive to rape scenes, the one in this book is probably worse than the last one. Luckily, I’ve managed to block out the details of the last one, while this one is fresh in my mind. Nothing gets overly graphic, thank God, but the imagination is a terrible thing when sent in the wrong direction. Fictional or not, I’m still having a little bit of trouble shaking this one off. That’s certainly a testament to the talent of Sarah Cradit, but as a #metoo survivor myself, I feel obliged to warn other readers. In my opinion, the rest of the book is so good, it’s worth the discomfort. Aside from her ability to evoke empathy for her characters, as well as fear of the villains, Ms. Credit is also a pro at describing the indescribable, and she’s really good at sprinkling bits of wisdom into the book, the kinds of universal truths that benefit everyone. Examples include this quote encouraging a focus on the future rather than the past: “If all you can think of is what you could have done, you will never do what should be done.” At one point, Asherly tells Alasyr: “...the greatest skill one can learn is to surrender to that which is beyond our control, and then to search for that which is.” Later, Lisbeth tells Eavan (the last book’s rape victim): “We are all given the strength we need, when we need it.” When Ravenna describes the love she wanted to feel for Drystan, Esmerelda, with a wisdom beyond her years, tells her: “What you describe, this love that is blind to your own needs, is exactly the cage all women are expected to contentedly climb into when they are given to their husband.” She follows up by saying, “When the cage door opens, the mind follows.” When Jesse finds himself in a new and wholly incomprehensible situation for which he has no frame of reference, his reaction is described like this: “He didn’t dare step forward, or back. He was weightless, but also weighted, rooted to nothing and everything. Alone, but filled with the sense that he was surrounded by enemies. Called by and repelled by an unknown too perilous to explore.” And there is another scene, this one with Brandyn, which presented a dilemma I don’t know that I would have ever considered otherwise: “A hand ripped the rag from his mouth. Brandyn heaved out a breath, then sucked one in. He didn’t know which he needed more, to be rid of what was in him or to pull in precious air.” Holden, who admittedly, has never faced war himself, tells an impatient Marsh: “But that’s what war is. Waiting, for days, weeks, months, and then, at last, being thrust into the worst day of your life.” Poor Holden can never live up to the impossible standards that Gretchen has set for him, but it becomes apparent later that no one can. I guess as a Quinlanden, there’s a certain cruelty that was learned at a young age, and even love cannot always quash her tendencies to be unkind. And as Assana (her niece) observes, “she hailed from a family of professional prevaricators.” Gretchan’s heartless treatment of Holden is pointed out to her by her son, Christian, forcing her to face her actions and maybe her intentions: “He knows how you feel about him. Is it necessary to grind your hatred of him into his flesh like glass?” Gretchen closed her eyes and focused on her breath through a long exhale. “I don’t hate your father.” Christian threw his hands up. “Then I fear for the man you truly do hate.” I can’t help but wonder if this is foreshadowing of what might be coming in future installments of the series. Lest there be any doubt, I am committed to reading this series in its entirety. It is epic, engaging, original, and unique, written by a master storyteller. This is no cookie-cutter tale with a guaranteed happy ending. The characters you love the most may die. In fact, they probably will. The ones you think are heroes and villains may not be what you think. There is simply no way of predicting the final outcome. Kobo doesn't allow for my full review so I suggest Goodreads.

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  • The Broken Realm

    The Broken Realm is amazing. It is a high octane high fantasy that will leave you intrigued stunned fascinated and more. Don't go into it thinking you will read it quickly it needs to be savored as you progress thru the amazing story. I can't wait to be able to read the third book I'm so excited.

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  • You thought you knew!!

    SC has done it again with the Broken Realm! I thought I had a pretty good grasp of where The Kingdom of the White Sea was headed when I wrapped up reading the Kingless Crown, the good guys, the bad guys, but little did I know, I couldn’t have been more wrong… Undercurrents ran deeper than I ever thought. There were so many pieces in motion! I couldn’t put my kindle down! I immensely enjoyed living though the eyes of so many of my favorite characters as they developed into the heroes they needed to be, that they were designed to be. And I won’t lie as I suffered their defeats with them too. The Broken realm is a supremely satisfying read, there were moments when I was reading that I just had to pause to fully take in the enormity of what had just happened. BR was everything I was hoping for and more. I couldn’t be more excited for the release of the Hidden Kingdom!!

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