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Fans of Three Dark Crowns and Red Queen will devour book two in the #1 New York Times bestselling Burning Glass trilogy, about a teen empath and the secret dangers of her expanding power.
Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?
The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike most Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel what she’s feeling as well. And with her relationship falling apart, Sonya isn’t immune to her power’s sinister temptations.
Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned seeking revenge—and she won’t be satisfied until Sonya has suffered for her mistakes.
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 her debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother. www.kathrynpurdie.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My favorite part of this book was the way the author explored consent in the context of Sonya's powers and especially in her relationships with Valko and Anton. I continue to be engaged by the story and Sonya's struggle to determine who she wants to be and what she really values in the face of feeling the emotions of everyone around her.
Crystal Blade jumps in where Burning Glass left off - at least for me, the writing was much easier to dive into than the first book. We instantly fall back into synch with Sonya and Anton, but the issues and circumstances that arise are impossible to predict or imagine a solution to. For the first half of this book it felt like a lot of filler, a placeholder book leading up to the third. However, the last quarter of this book is action-packed and filled with revelations that seriously left me gasping in surprise. Just like the first book, I have no idea what future lies for Sonya and these characters, but I can't wait to find out.
If you read book one and fell in love with this series like i did you will eagerly devour book two. I was worried that it been to long since i read burning glass and it would be hard to get back into the story without a re read. Nope it was not i devoured i mean really devoured this book in two days. It would of been one but ya know life. I love how we are swept in the action of this series and it really felt like i had not been gone from the story at all. I love sonya she a strong character that is really special. This story is great in the fact that as you read along you discover little secrets and then as you get to the end and think that all their is, Wham your hit with several that you did not see coming. The ending is killer so if your not a fan of cliff hangers just wait tell you have book three in hand cause it gonna kill you. Excellent read well worth waiting for and i know the author will not disappoint us with what up next.
I'm a huge fan of BURNING GLASS. I adored the plot, the romance, and the incredible dynamic between Sonya, Anton, and Valko. But for me, CRYSTAL BLADE was even better. Kathryn Purdie has taken all the brilliant elements from the first book and really elevated them in this second installment in the series. 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.