The Queen and the Cure
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There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.
Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He'd never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.
But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.
Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.
Best Book This Year!
If there is one author who writes poetic beauty time and time again, it would be Amy Harmon. ALWAYS. The Queen and the Cure was even BETTER than The Bird and the Sword and I loved that book too. Ms. Harmon manages to take my breath away with her writing and these books are my favorites of hers to date.
The Queen and the Cure is the story of Kjell of Jeru (he is the the brother of King Tiras who we met in book 1). Kjell has never wanted to be king and is content being Captain of the Guard of Jeru. Kjell also has a special gift and is a healer.
This healing power comes in handy when he comes across a woman—Sasha—and he restores her to good health. Reluctantly he takes her with him on his travels and back to his home and in doing so forms a bond that was written in the stars.
Now I can’t tell you more because I honestly don’t want to ruin the story for you. This is a story that you need to live and experience on your own because IT IS SO SO SO FREAKIN’ GOOD! I will however share some of my thoughts with you…
Sasha’s loyalty, her will, her strength, and her heart were my favorite things about her… she is one of my favorite heroines ever!
Kjell’s songs, his protective nature, his love, his devotion, and oh my goodness his words made me fall completely in love with him over and over and over again.
The world building in this series is magnificent.
Ms. Harmon has the ability to bring the reader into the story so that we are living in the moment. I was transfixed by the beauty of her words and left speechless by this unique and utterly emotional story. I have read other books by Ms. Harmon and delving into fantasy is something different for her but her talent, her mesmerizing prose, and her exquisite stories show me time and time again that she can do it all. I will admit that there were a couple of scenes in this book that I teared up because the powerful words and emotions just touched my heart and soul completely. This book is a beautiful masterpiece.
I know I am gushing… I know I am not saying anything more about the book but JUST READ IT! I promise you WILL LOVE IT!
I am in complete awe of Amy Harmon… The Queen and the Cure is one of the BEST BOOKS I have read this year and I can’t wait to read more in this series—I am completely addicted to Ms. Harmon’s words <3
Talent beyond your wild imagination
The Queen and The Cure was about Kjell's journey as captain, as healer, and as a warrior. Kjell battled with his gift as healer deeming it a weakness against his strength as a warrior wielding a sword in battle. Kjell of Jeru was a healer, Gifted, and a man at odds with his power.
The Queen and The Cure embraced and encouraged the gifted. Many new characters were introduced to expand upon the gifted. The gifted had grown from the original gifted expanding the talents in the land of Jeru.
Kjell and Sasha had a love/hate relationship. Kjell was full of anger and frustration from the temptation that love caused.
This book explored Kjell's character and his undesirability to change because he struggled enough with who he was. The internal battle was strong when Sasha's character questioned his resolve. Kjell was a warrior, a soldier yielding a sword ready to fight to the death to protect the land of Jeru. His quest for life was not the servitude of King or husband. His quest was to fight in wars against men and creatures. Kjell was manipulated and betrayed by a gifted creature whom he trusted making him question himself as a man who provided protection to the land of Jeru.
Amy once again brought forth spins a fantastical journey. Jeru had magical creatures with powers beyond your wild imagination. The pace was slow and steady, yet detailed with such clarity I could picture the scenes in my head. The plot thickened and layers were flayed open. I found this book quite different from the first book even though the storyline was a continuation from the previous book. The creation of new gifted characters added a unique and creative approach to the land of Jeru. While these creatures had interesting talents I did not find them as appealing as the original Gifted. I enjoyed the story for its fantastical approach but I missed the connection between Kjell and Sasha. Their bond was not one I believed in. Kjell seemed too easily swayed while Sasha seemed too meek to please.