An Heir Comes to Rise Series Books 3 & 4

If you thought An Heir Comes to Rise and A Queen Comes to Power were good, then buckle up.

C.C. Peñaranda knocks it out of the park with these next two. A Throne From the Ashes is probably my favorite book (so far) in this series, and it had me feeling the same way Heir of Fire did the first time I ever read it. But I’ll get more into that in the actual review. Because the way I fell in love with that book…phew.

As for A Clash of Three Courts – I have a lot of feelings. So many. Most are really good as I ultimately loved the book. But there were moments where I wanted to pummel Nik into the ground, because omfg so much could have been avoided if he’d just fucking communicate. But more on that later.

All you need to know is that with each book this series gets better and better and if you haven’t picked up book 1 yet, what the fuck are you waiting for? Seriously, go do it. I promise you won’t regret it.

You can check out the first post of this series here

Book Review: A Throne From the Ashes (An Heir Comes to Rise #3)

Title: A Throne From the Ashes

Author: C.C. Peñaranda

Pub. Date: February 22, 2022

Pages: 669

Pub: Lumarias Presss

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


As darkness descends, two destinies will merge. But as embers fly, one may rise from the ashes.

Far from the land she knows, Faythe is beckoned toward the secrets of her heritage. Through trials of her name and a challenge to her claim, does she have what it takes to rule? Faythe bears a future that haunts; Reylan harbors a past that lingers. At his side, what ignited in her heart is kindling, but letting her guard fall could break them…or make them stronger.

Now faced with a far deadlier evil than the king, a higher calling seems determined to turn the hourglass on Faythe’s quest to save Ungardia. But she soon learns time isn’t the only thing working against her. Darkness is rising, history is stirring, and the hunters are about to become the hunted.

For fate cannot be outrun. Faythe’s powers are manifesting beyond her control, and if she can’t save herself, no one can. Defying destiny is not without consequence, yet Faythe may be willing to pay the highest price of all to forge a path to true freedom–for her kingdom, and for the ones she loves.

This will be another spoiler free review. Like the first two books in this series, I listened to the audiobook via Audible and absolutely loved it. Definitely recommend.

This is Faythe and Reylan’s book and I loved it so much. So much happens in this book, and it’s kind of insane to wrap my mind around it. But if you want a really good slow burn, building romance, this is it. Who care about anything else that happened in this book, when Faythe and Reylan grow to know each other more, learn about each other, are just there for each other, pining with all this sexual tension…

Like, who cares about end of the world, or quests or literally anything else, when their eyes meet and sparks fly and neither of them really want to admit that they like each other and it’s just like crack and addicting and just inject it right into my veins because I’m obsessed.

Faythe has dealt with so much the last two books – every kind of trial and test she could go through, she did and her journey isn’t anywhere near done…hell, it’s barely even started.

She’s separated from her friends, faced with her past that could become her future. She’s trying to do the best she can, and live up to expectations without crumbling underneath them. Reylan’s there to help, but she’s struggling and being practically alone in a new kingdom, she holds her struggles close to her chest, putting on a brave face and making sure people can’t exploit any weaknesses.

Even though she’s far away from her friends, Faythe finds a few new ones to add to her collection and I loved how they pretty much immediately accepted her and she grew comfortable around them. And I really like how it didn’t feel like, oh she’s the chosen one and therefore needs a support group just because. They accepted her because she’s a good person, and cares for Reylan, who they care about. They see the goodness in her, and are willing to accept her because of it. And Faythe slowly learns to rely on them as well.

Reylan has his own traumas, his own demons and struggles. His past is long and rather dark, and omfg the way it made me love him even more. That kind of sounds terrible, but I’m such a sucker for tragic backstories, and his is fraught.

But seeing him slowly open up, come to rely on Faythe as much as she does him – it’s wonderful. He’s such a strong character, keeping close those he cares about and keeping everyone else at arm’s length, letting reputation precede him.

There are some new characters introduced, and y’all…I’m lowkey obsessed. I really enjoyed these characters, and I like how there seems to be some inner conflict and this idea of nature versus nurture for these characters. For two books we hear about the evil coming, the darkness spreading and we finally come face to face with the faces behind the impending doom.

If you like moral conflict, loyalty, tough choices and more sexual tension – I think you’re going to enjoy these new additions.

Literally 10/10 for this book, I loved it so much, and I really need to dive into book 5 to find out what happens next. And if you’ve already read book 4, you know why I say that.

Book Review: A Clash of Three Courts (An Heir Comes to Rise #4)

Title: A Clash of Three Courts

Author: C.C. Peñaranda

Pub. Date: September 6, 2022

Pages: 568

Pub: Lumarias Press

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


In the bestselling An Heir Comes to Rise series comes the gripping fourth instalment from C.C. Peñaranda. A trial of the heart, a test of reign, follow Nik and Tauria as their story continues where it left off in A Throne from the Ashes.

In a war of hearts, fates will be sealed. But in a battle of thrones, no bond may be truly unbreakable.

To reclaim her throne, Tauria leaves behind her safety to travel across courts. A marriage alliance with the prickly Prince of Olmstone could grant her the power to fight for her kingdom . . . or inspire a monarch’s deadly vengeance that threatens all she holds dear.

No amount of distance can make Nik forget his desires, but caught in a torturous conflict of heart against duty, he’s at risk of losing both. Now is the time to choose. Claim the bond and accept the prophesy that kept him from her all this time . . . or set his aching heart—and hers—free once and for all.

But peace is never promised when the shadow of war looms, and Tauria’s harrowing discoveries foretell a damning fate of evil to all those who bear a crown. To love may be to condemn, but to deny would be a far deadlier
curse at the hands of the sinister forces intent on taking them down.

This will be another spoiler free review. I did this book on audio via Audible as well, and just like the first three, I definitely recommend.

So, if you’ve done the Throne of Glass Series, then you can kind of understand the pain this book caused me. This is the equivalent of Tower of Dawn. Now, I fucking loved that book, and this one was fantastic as well. But with the way A Throne From the Ashes ended, you get the pain, because it’s the same type of heart wrench, soul shredding ending Empire of Storms unleashed upon readers.

That being said, I really liked this book, I liked seeing what was happening back with Nik, Tauria, Jakon and Marlowe. We saw Faythe’s journey, and now it was time to see what the other half were doing.

But for as much as I loved this book and seeing what everyone else was doing, I spent so much fucking time utterly annoyed at Nik. And I’ll give props to C.C. Peñaranda for writing such a fantastic book that it was me near raging, but omfg that boy needed to be smacked upside the head and taken by the shoulder and shook until some sense was knocked into him.

Like, okay, I get why he sucked at communicating, but he literally had me not rooting for him.

Tauria on the other hand is a badass, willing to do whatever it takes even when she feels like her heart is breaking.

But back to little dumb ass Nik. I’ve loved him since the beginning, but OH BOY he had me so annoyed. I was literally shipping Prince Tarly with Tauria over Nik. Granted I’m a sucker for emotionally broken princes in need of a hug, so Tarly was a pretty big weakness for me, but Nik literally pushed me right into his arms! Nik’s actions and inactions had me so annoyed – but I think that’s a good indicator of C.C. Peñaranda’s writing ability. Because as much as he annoyed me, I felt for him. Truly.

I felt for Tarly and his life in his kingdom. He hasn’t had it easy and he honestly tries his best. But he’s had to be so guarded his whole life, he struggles to find a way to open up. His relationship with Tauria was actually one of my favorite parts of this book, their slow building of trust and acceptance. He was deeply flawed and she was dealing with her own stuff, but they had such a promise for a really strong foundation.

Plot wise – so much happens in this book. It takes place at the same time as everything going on in book 3 (a little before the events and a bit afterwards) but it was interesting watching how things lined up, and how they impacted the world around them. I really loved that even though the main friend group is separated right now, they’re still working towards finding helpful insights and information.

And the ending…and everything leading up to the ending…phew. I really can’t wait to dive into book 5 – I’m tempted to go grab the ebook and start, but I’m kind of obsessed with the audio, and then there’s going to be a wait for the next two books, so am I really in a rush? I’m dying to find out what happens next, but if I inhale it the way I did the first four, then I’m stuck waiting and I don’t know if I can deal.

If you’re looking for a new high fantasy romance read, you absolutely need to check out this series.

An Heir Comes to Rise Series Books 1 & 2

When I first started this series like two years ago, my goal was to review them all separately, but then I stopped blogging.

Recently I inhaled books 1-4 back to back, and at this point, they’re just one giant book and I can’t tell you what explicitly happened in each one individually. So this review post is going to be spoiler free, but also it’s going to be a sort of joint review for books 1 & 2. With one exception. I do have a standalone review for An Heir Comes to Rise, book 1 since I read it before it came out, having been lucky enough to receive an eARC. So, we’ll start there.

There will be a second post with book 3 & 4. I wanted to do one big post for 1-4 but I just realized just how big that post might be, so I’m going to cut it in half.

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Book Review: Seven Faceless Saints (Seven Faceless Saints #1)

Title: Seven Faceless Saints

Author: M.K. Lobb

Pub. Date: February 7, 2023

Pages: 400

Pub: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: LGBT YA Fantasy Mystery

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


In the city of Ombrazia, saints and their disciples rule with terrifying and unjust power, playing favorites while the unfavored struggle to survive.

After her father’s murder at the hands of the Ombrazian military, Rossana Lacertosa is willing to do whatever it takes to dismantle the corrupt system—tapping into her powers as a disciple of Patience, joining the rebellion, and facing the boy who broke her heart. As the youngest captain in the history of Palazzo security, Damian Venturi is expected to be ruthless and strong, and to serve the saints with unquestioning devotion. But three years spent fighting in a never-ending war have left him with deeper scars than he wants to admit… and a fear of confronting the girl he left behind.

Now a murderer stalks Ombrazia’s citizens. As the body count climbs, the Palazzo is all too happy to look the other way—that is, until a disciple becomes the newest victim. With every lead turning into a dead end, Damian and Roz must team up to find the killer, even if it means digging up buried emotions. As they dive into the underbelly of Ombrazia, the pair will discover something more sinister—and far less holy. With darkness closing in and time running out, will they be able to save the city from an evil so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything in its path?

Discover what’s lurking in the shadows in this dark fantasy debut with a murder-mystery twist, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kerri Maniscalco.
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Book Review: This Vicious Grace (The Last Finestra #1)

Title: This Vicious Grace

Author: Emily Thiede

Pub. Date: June 28, 2022

Pages: 448

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!
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Book Review: A Touch of Malice (Hades & Persephone #3)

Title: A Touch of Malice

Author: Scarlett St. Clair

Pub. Date: May 25, 2021

Pages: 418

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: Fantasy Romance Retelling

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Persephone and Hades are engaged. In retaliation, Demeter summons a snowstorm that cripples New Greece, and refuses to lift the blizzard unless her daughter calls off her engagement.

When the Olympians intervene, Persephone finds her future in the hands of ancient gods, and they are divided. Do they allow Persephone to marry Hades and go to war with Demeter or prohibit their union and take up arms against the God of the Dead?

Nothing is certain but the promise of war.
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Book Review: The Last Legacy

Title: The Last Legacy

Author: Adrienne Young

Pub. Date: September 7, 2021

Pages: 368

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️


When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Henrik has plans for Bryn, but she must win everyone’s trust if she wants to hold any power in the delicate architecture of the family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. Despite their growing influence in upscale Bastian, their hands are still in the kind of dirty business that got Bryn’s parents killed years ago. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.
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Book Review: Heart of Flames (Vampire Royals of New York: Gabriel)

Title: Heart of Flames

Author: Sarah Piper

Pub. Date: July 16, 2021

Pages: 292

Pub: Two Gnomes Media

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and bad blood.

For the vampire prince and his witch, the plan was simple:

Save the wolf. Capture the traitor who took him. Torture the bastard into spilling the intel on the demons working against them.

But after a string of brutal attacks leaves one vampire near death and the rest reeling from the effects of the blood curse, Gabriel and Jacinda have no choice but to hunt down their enemies at the source:


It’s a land of imprisoned souls, unimaginable torments, and ever-shifting realms that make Earth’s most inhospitable places feel like paradise. And for the monsters who call this brutal underworld home, the newcomers look like easy prey.

But for Gabriel and Jacinda, the real enemies aren’t the demons lurking in hell’s darkest corners.

The real enemies are the demons lurking inside their own dark souls.

And the servants of hell won’t rest until every last one is brought to light.
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Book Review: When Night Breaks (Kingdom of Cards #2)

Title: When Night Breaks

Author: Janella Angeles

Pub. Date: October 5, 2021

Pages: 480

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more than just his life, with no promise of return.

After awaking in darkness, Kallia has never felt more lost. Especially with Jack by her side, the magician with who has the answers but cannot be trusted. Together, they must navigate a dazzling world where mirrors show memories and illusions shadow every corner, one ruled by a powerful game master who could all too easily destroy the world she left behind — and the boy she can’t seem to forget. With time running out, Kallia must embrace her role in a darker destiny, or lose everyone she loves, forever
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Book Review: Thronebreakers (Crownchasers #1)

Title: Thronebreakers

Author: Rebecca Coffindaffer

Pub. Date: October 12, 2021

Pages: 384

Pub: HarperTeen


Rating: 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀


Perfect for fans of Aurora Rising, The Hunger Games, and Three Dark Crowns, this electrifying duology closer is jam-packed with tension and thrills that will hook readers from its first page.

Alyssa Farshot never wanted to rule the empire. But to honor her uncle’s dying wish, she participated in the crownchase, a race across the empire’s 1,001 planets to find the royal seal and win the throne. Alyssa tried to help her friend, Coy, win the crownchase, but just as victory was within their grasp, Edgar Voles killed Coy—and claimed the seal for himself.

Broken-hearted over her friend’s death, Alyssa is hell-bent on revenge. But Edgar is well protected in the kingship. Alyssa will have to rally rivals, friends, and foes from across the empire to take him down and change the course of the galaxy.
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Book Review: Luminous

Title: Luminous

Author: Mara Rutherford

Pub. Date: October 5, 2021

Pages: 384

Pub: Inkyard Press

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5


Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos–and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.
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