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Crystal Blade (Burning Glass) Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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“Sonya’s first-person narration is filled with descriptions of the emotions of those around her....With this second installment, the Burning Glass trilogy hits its stride.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for BURNING GLASS: “Dark, intricate and utterly immersive, Burning Glass will take you on a journey you’ll never forget. Heart-pounding action meets deadly intrigue and aching romance, drawing you deep inside a story full of complex questions.” (Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the award-winning These Broken Stars, This Shattered World and Illuminae)
“Filled with mystery and intrigue, betrayal and passion, Purdie’s political debut will sweep readers away to a world that is not that different from their own.” (School Library Journal)
“Richly imagined, compelling, and darkly romantic, this book will leave you begging for more!” (Sara B. Larson, author of the Defy trilogy)
“I feel like BURNING GLASS has catered to all of my YA book needs: Russian-flavored fantasy, a neat but not overly complicated magic system, a flawed but wonderful heroine, and the only kind of love triangle I can enjoy (one involving competing brothers!)” (Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books)
“Purdie expertly weaves a complex storyline with well-developed characters in a vividly described world to entrance readers with her words.” (Desert News, Salt Lake City)
About the Author
Kathryn Purdie lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three children. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama and was inspired to write this debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother. www.kathrynpurdie.com.
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When we left Sonya at the end of BURNING GLASS, she'd realized the extent of her Auraseer abilities. Now she's struggling to contain her ever-growing powers, and fighting her dark attraction to Valko, even though she despises him -- I actually really LOVED this about the book.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it delved so much deeper into the darkness that Sonya struggles with; trying to hide her powers from the Duma, trying to stop herself from succumbing to desires far darker than she'd like. I loved the danger of this book, the thick overtone of it rang all the way through. I am excited to see how the trilogy ends (even though I don't want it to!)
One character from the first book that I didn't like that I now really like : Feliks. Even though he's got a threatening presence through much of the book, you can't help but love it!
If you've not picked up BURNING GLASS yet, what are you waiting for? :)
On the other side I enjoy the plot and the originality of it all. The twists and turns keep you reading and the ending is quite the surprise.
The plot throughout the story is riveting. Every single chapter includes at least one jaw-dropping moment that left me hopelessly addicted to the story. I could not put it down. The tension and stakes only increase as the story progresses, and I was in knots by the time it reached its epic conclusion.
I adore the three main characters of this series. Despite her knack for landing herself in sticky situations, Sonya exhibits such tremendous mental strength and has such love for her people and country. Anton is oh-so-swoony, yet the relationship between him and Sonya is still so complicated and fraught with romantic tension. And I absolutely adore the dynamic that Kathryn has created between Sonya and Valko. It is unique, intense, and absolutely intriguing. I cannot wait to find out what happens between the three of them in the final book in this stunning series.
There are also some surprise characters from BURNING GLASS who made an appearance in CRYSTAL BLADE and proved to be so much more than what I originally thought them to be in book one.
The ending of this book is extraordinary. The entire plot built up perfectly to this mind-blowing conclusion that left me on the edge of my seat and so anxious to read the next book.