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.
I read A Different Blue in 2013 and fell head over hills for Amy Harmon. Since then, I’ve read everything she’s written and mark her releases with unapologetic enthusiasm. Last year when she ventured into my all-time favorite genre of fantasy, I had high expectations. I enjoyed The Bird and the Sword but felt it was somewhat lacking in the world building and fantasy aspect. It was like she read my review and took copious notes, because Amy Harmon delivers on every level in her second installment of this series. I was blown away by her marked improvement and she has transformed into a true fantasy author. The Queen and the Cure has quickly become one of my all-time favorites from Harmon.
“I don’t have to know how to die to know how to live.”
Kjell was an enigma in TBatS and I’ve been looking forward to finally getting his full story. He’s such a brute of a man but has the ability to heal and save others.His brash personality and contradicting gift intrigued me. Having not read the synopsis, I knew little about Sasha or the storyline. However, I immediately admired her quite sense of strength. The interaction between Sasha and Kjell was the best torment. They are polar opposites and Kjell fights their attraction so hard. With the plot twists and turns, it felt like these two would never give into their desires. I couldn’t get enough of their chemistry and this is slow burning romance at its best.
“How can I feel so much when you feel so little?”
Harmon has always been a master of romance, but I was truly impressed with the fantasy piece as well. She weaves a complex and unique world, along with interesting characters and storylines. Aspects that were lacking in the first installment of this series are expanded upon in great detail. The secondary characters are outstanding, and there are several I long to read more about. This book is the complete package and one of my top fantasy reads of the year. I highly recommend The Queen and the Cure to fantasy lovers and romance fans alike. I am hopeful Harmon returns to this world in the future, as I am not ready to say goodbye to this fascinating place.
**Thank you to Amy Harmon for my advanced copy of this book, and I’ll be getting a signed copy ASAP.**
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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in fifteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot and the Purgatory series, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2016 finalist.
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