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- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publisher: Mortal Ink Press, LLC (May 5, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082C4W7DK
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One note: I read the 2 available (a 3rd comes out soon) Novellas by this author first and I am so glad. I feel I might've been a little confused as to the world of Kepler had I not read those first- they give you the back story so when you start Sisters of the Perilous Heart you already have a feel for that world and what it took to create it. And if you're like me, you'll get a little kick out of seeing cameos from some of the characters from the novellas in this book!
The story and writing were good, but I wasn't involved with the characters. My favorite character was Nate, and it seems he will be a prominent character in the next book. I may put the next one on my TBR list.
I rate this a 3.5 out of 5 stars for some solid characters and good writing style, but I had difficulty getting involved in the storyline and felt it lacked action in several places.
2 minutes into her reign as Queen of the Southern Kingdom of Kepler, assassins target the new queen with an arrow infected with the Immortal Virus. Thanks to Vivian's magic, she's able to stay mortal and not turn into one of the Red Eyed Immortals who have no emotions except hatred for mortals. As her life fades, she and her bickering brothers (Bastian & Nathaniel) hunt desperately for the magic they need to cure the virus. Time is not on their side. If she tries to use her magic, she will die.
The Sisters of Novi Dupree make the best beer on planet Kepler, and 16-year-old Carina, who has lived with the Sisters since her parents died, only wants a taste of sassafras. But when her increasingly use of telekinetic magic lands her in trouble, she and Miguela are forced to flee the only place they felt safe. With the mysterious Max alongside, and the dangerous, immortal Red-Eyed Ones after her, Carina must figure out a way to stay under their radar until she can reach a safe destination.
There is a backstory to Carina and her sister as well. The sisters were smuggled to Novi Dupree by a stranger with a purple scar from his left ear to corner of his mouth. Nothing is known about this stranger or where he disappeared to until the sisters meet him again later in this story. The author is keeping this man's identity a secret for some reason. Maybe we will learn about it in the next installment. The question is also about the sisters who raised Carina and Miguela as well. Especially Sister Agda. I'm hoping to learn more.
It's fair to say that Vivian doesn't get enough of her own story to tell. She's always on the edge of scenes where it is her brothers who bicker and argue and attempt to keep her alive until they can find a cure for the virus. A Virus that nobody has seen before. She does have a curious romance with Captain Brandon Thurlow who is supposed to be protecting her. There are also questions as to those response for targeting Vivian in the first place. Was it her own mother, Constance, who seems to control the Southern Kingdom of Kepler? Or, the Immortal Empire who wants to take out the remaining Cardinal family?
Vivian and her brothers are all Cardinals. That means they are magic users blessed with three kind of magic. Telekinesis (they can move stuff), thermodynamics (they either control hot or cold), and a special ability unique to each individual. Vivian can see relationships between people in colored threads that bind people. Bastian can tell if someone is lying, and Nate talks to animals. The immortals are trying to eliminate anyone with magic because they don’t like people with magic and want to kill them all. Simple. Or is it?
When Vivian meets Carina, she sees an opportunity. Is this girl with too much magic someone she can trust? And can Carina trust Vivian? She's been busy enough trying to keep her sister safe and contending with Max who somehow carries a weapon that is supposed to be outlawed. Vivian is powerful, but she doesn't want to live as an Immortal. She'd rather die than turn into an unfeeling scourge. So, the question becomes, how much would you sacrifice to protect yourself and the ones you love the most?
Certain Mortals in the Cardinal families have strong abilities in telekinesis and either heat or cold, while most people have some mild telekinetic skill. Carina has a duality of magic that makes her run on the cold side. While Vivian knows everything about her powers, Carina knows almost nothing. She's been hidden from the world for her own protection and has been forbidden to use her magic. Yet, when push comes to shove, her magic may be the one thing to say her and her sister who also has magic but has kept it quite for fear of luring the Red Eyes to them.
This is a book that mixes fantasy with science fiction. The setting is very much like Earth but 4,000 years into the future. There are many unanswered questions left after you turn the final page. What will happen next for Bastian who seems so angry and so set on taking his anger out on everyone around him including Brandon? What is up with Nate? He's supposed to be the next in line for the throne, but he has lots of questions about whether he is strong enough. Can we really trust what happens to Carina in the end, or is this another rope a dope to lure readers into picking up the sequel to find out?
Actual Rating: 3.5