The Shattered Court
A Novel of the Four Arts
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First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.
Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…
The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.
Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.
Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…
A huge let down after a promise of a gripping storyline. The backstory and developing plot promised action, romance and excitement abound but chapter after chapter, fell completely flat.
The few conquests actualised were terribly predictable and short lived with no revel in the accomplishment. The hero of the story was quite bland and unimpressive. There seemed to be a huge disconnect between the "lovers" despite over 300 pages of constant interaction.
The story setting was set in an idealistic period but completely lacked even a single element of romanticism. Most disappointingly however, was that the whole book just went no where at all. A slap in the face to the committed readers who braved over extensive descriptions of innate objects and tedious, spineless "heroines". The perseverance through such bland diary entry material was sorely rewarded with less than a single chapter of worthwhile story development.