Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Castle of Bitter Thorn: A Review


Before you read on, if you haven't read my review of Book 1: A Court of Bitter Thorn do not proceed unless you're ok with spoilers! A Castle of Bittern Thorn is Book Two, of the Court of Bitter Thorn series.


Fae Bargains are not easily broken.

Elora has decided to stay in Faerie to help Prince Brannick become High King. With the element of surprise on their side, they only have to hide their sword training lessons until the last phase of testing.

But Brannick is ruled by a bargain that could ruin everything. Queen Alessandra is beginning to remember her history with the prince. With one word, she could force him to lose the testing and give up his freedom forever.

With a growing reputation, Elora’s anonymity in Faerie is shrinking fast. Her sisters are safe in the mortal realm, but she is desperate to help Brannick win the throne.

If he doesn’t, any number of fae could capture Elora. Or even worse… her sisters.


First of all, I love a book that takes me someplace else.  The world Kay L Moody creates is beautiful, vast and dangerous. In the first book Brannick irritated me.  He kept Elora under lock and key (Did we not learn anything from Tamlin's mistake ya'll??). Her bedroom was magically sealed to keep her in, and she wasn't "allowed to leave" with out an escort, but Elora still managed to swoon over him. I'm still having issues with this one. 

Spoiler alter: she doesn't dump him. Instead we have a slow burn type of romance, and if you remember from the first book...Brannick and Elora cannot touch each other. Through out the book he slowly stops acting disgusted in her presence and begins to act somewhat proud of her. Other than Brannick seeming to be her weakness, Elora is quite badass and she shows off not only her sword skills in this book again, but she also rescues herself. 

Brannick...I'm disappointed in you, she is far more than you're worth.  I would have also liked to know more about Queen Alessandra, what's her story? The book ends on another cliffhanger and it doesn't seem we are finished with Queen Alessandra yet, so perhaps we'll find more in book three.

Overall, I've given this book 4.5 stars, despite not liking Brannick, it was a page turner and I really enjoyed it.  Onward to book three!

A Castle of Bittern Thorn is available for purchase here!

Disclaimer: I received an advanced e-copy of this book free for review.  This however does not affect my opinions, as I do not leave a review for each book I receive. There are links to my new bookshop, clicking these links won't cost you anything but any purchase helps support this blog.  Thanks!

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